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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Ukrainian, Belorussian, Polish, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : from Slavic burak ‘beet’.
  • Polish : nickname from bury ‘dark brownish gray’, probably denoting hair or eye color.
  • Czech : nickname for someone with dark hair, dark eyes, or a swarthy complexion, from Old Czech burý ‘dark’.

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