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Meaning and Origin of: Burr

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Swedish : Youth

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : of uncertain origin. Reaney explains this as a nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, from Middle English bur(r) ‘bur’ (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). Burre occurs as a surname or byname as early as 1185, but the vocabulary word is not recorded in OED until the 14th century. Another possibility is derivation from Old English būr ‘small dwelling or building’ (modern English bower), but there are phonological difficulties here too.
  • German : perhaps a variant spelling of Bur, or a topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound’, ‘hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer.
  • The American political leader Aaron Burr (1756–1836) was the son of a clergyman and academic, president of Princeton University. On his mother’s side he was descended from the Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards; on his father’s from Jehu Burr, who emigrated from England with John Winthrop to MA in 1630.