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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Variant of French Bura(t), from Old French b(o)ure ‘frieze’, a type of coarse woolen cloth, and hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of such cloth.
  • Norwegian (Burås) : habitational name from a farm named Burås, from bu ‘booth’, ‘temporary dwelling’ (from Old Norse búð) + ås ‘hill’.
  • Polish : nickname from bury ‘dark, brownish gray’, probably denoting hair or eye color.
  • The Louisiana Buras family traces its descent from a Jean-Guillaume Burat, a soldier from Saleure, Switzerland, who was married in Mobile, AL, in 1725.

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