Meaning and Origin of: Burns

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Brook

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Scottish and northern English : topographic name for someone who lived by a stream or streams, from the Middle English nominative plural or genitive singular of burn (see Bourne).
  • Scottish : variant of Burnhouse, habitational name from a place named with burn ‘stream’ + house ‘house’.
  • Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin (see Byrne).
  • Jewish (American) : Americanized and shortened form of Bernstein.

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