English, French
Freeman from a fortified town
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Burgess is a modern version of an older name “Burges”, derived from the French name “Burgeis” which was the term given to a freeman who inhabited a fortified town, and very often held an important civic position.

Famous Burgesses

Burgess Whitehead - baseball player
Burgess Meredith - actor

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