Burleson last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Burleson is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Burleson.

Meaning of Burleson

An English habitational surname derived from any of the various places named Burleson, likely meaning "town on a hill."

Burleson, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Burleson surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Burleson in America

Burleson is the 2734th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Burleson surname appeared 13,176 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Burleson.

We can also compare 2010 data for Burleson to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2734 2627 3.99%
Count 13,176 12,637 4.18%
Proportion per 100k 4.47 4.68 -4.59%

The history of the last name Burleson

The surname BURLESON has its origins in England, with the earliest known records dating back to the 13th century. It is believed to have derived from an Old English place name, likely referring to a settlement or village where the first bearers of the name resided.

One possible origin of the name is the Old English words "burh" and "leah," which together mean "borough" or "fortified town" and "clearing" or "meadow," respectively. This suggests that the BURLESON surname may have initially referred to someone who lived near or worked in a fortified town surrounded by a clearing or meadow.

Another theory traces the name's roots to the Old English words "byrle" and "tun," which translate to "barn" and "enclosure" or "farm." This interpretation implies that the name may have been given to someone who lived or worked near a barn or farm enclosure.

The earliest recorded instance of the BURLESON surname appears in the Hundred Rolls of Bedfordshire from 1273, where it is spelled "Burleleston." This variation in spelling was common in medieval times due to inconsistent record-keeping practices.

In the 14th century, the name is found in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire from 1327, where it is written as "Burluston." This further exemplifies the diverse spellings used for the same surname during that period.

One notable early bearer of the BURLESON surname was Sir John Burleson, a knight who fought in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 during the Hundred Years' War between England and France. He is mentioned in historical accounts of the battle, which was a significant English victory.

In the 16th century, the BURLESON surname appears in the Lay Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire from 1525, where it is recorded as "Burleyson." This spelling variation highlights the ongoing evolution of the name over time.

A prominent figure in the 17th century was Richard Burleson, a merchant and landowner who lived in Gloucestershire, England. He was born in 1632 and is documented in various property records and legal documents from that period.

Another noteworthy individual was Thomas Burleson, a clergyman and author who lived in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was born in 1670 and wrote several religious treatises and sermons that were published during his lifetime.

In the 18th century, the BURLESON surname can be found in the parish records of St. Mary's Church in Warwick, where it is spelled "Burlison." This variation provides further insight into the name's historical evolution and regional differences in spelling.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Burleson

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Burleson.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Burleson was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 86.64% 11,416
Non-Hispanic Black Only 7.91% 1,042
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.42% 55
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.79% 104
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.89% 249
Hispanic Origin 2.35% 310

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Burleson has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 86.64% 88.57% -2.20%
Black 7.91% 7.61% 3.87%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.42% 0.27% 43.48%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.79% 0.67% 16.44%
Two or More Races 1.89% 1.48% 24.33%
Hispanic 2.35% 1.39% 51.34%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Burleson was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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