Origin of the Name Burgess
The origin of the name Burgess
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the Burgess', this is an occupational name. Variants include Burges, Burges and Burgis. In mediaeval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent and in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Helen Burgeys, County Bedfordshire, and a Philip Burgeis, County Oxfordshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Johannes Burges was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In Scotland William Burges was admitted Burgess of Aberdeen in the year 1475, and a Jennet Burgess and John Burgesse were examined for the Test in Tinwald, in the year 1685. In Ireland the name took the form in Gaelic of O'Brugha, and has been in use since 1190. Brew and Burrows are other Irish variants of this name.
The Burgess coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Burgess descendants.