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Burris Family HistoryThis interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a variant of the more familiar Burrows, itself a topographical name with three possible sources. Firstly, Burris may derive from the Olde English pre 7th Century "beorg", hill, mountain, tumulus, cognate with the Old High German "berg", denoting residence by a hill or grave-mound. Burrow in Somerset and Devonshire were so called from the above element, and in some cases, the surname may be locational from either of these places (with the locative genitive "-s").
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