The name ‘Burgess’ originates from England. It is derived from the Middle English word ‘burge(i)s’, from the Olf Flemish word ‘burgeis’ meaning inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a fortified town, especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord ‘burgage’ (Latin ‘burgagium’). In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. Variant´s: ‘Burges’, ‘Burgis(s)’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Burgess” and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Hawise Burgeys’, from the County of Bedfordshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a ce… Coat of arms: Azure a fesse between a crescent …
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