This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is either a topographical or locational name. As a topographical name Burrow derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "beorg", Old High German "berg", a hill, mountain, or the Olde English "burh", fort; hence, "dweller by the hill/fort". As a locational name it may be from a number of places called Burrow. Burrow in Leicestershire is recorded as "Burg" in the Domesday Book of 1086, in Lancashire near Lancaster as "Burg" in the 1200 Cockersand Chartulary, and in Lancashire as "Borch" in the Domesday Book, and is from the Olde English "burh", fort. Burrow in Lancashire has the remains of a Roman fort, Burrow near Lancaster is on a Roman road, and at Burrow in Leicestershire there must have been an earthwork. Burrow in Somerset and Devon are from the Olde English "beorg", hill. Thomas Burewe is noted in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset (1327). In the modern idiom the surname can be found as Burrough, Burrow and Borrow. On August 19th 1576, John, son of Thomas Burrow, was christened at St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, London, and Job, son of Richard Burrow, was christened at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, also in London, on November 16th 1589. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John atte Boroghe, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Somerset", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • burrow — [bʉr′ō] n. [ME burgh (see BOROUGH), infl. by bergh, hill, berwen, to defend, take refuge] 1. a hole or tunnel dug in the ground by an animal 2. any similar passage or hole for shelter, refuge, etc. vi. 1. to make a burrow; dig (in, into, under,… …   English World dictionary

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  • Burrow — Bur row, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Burrowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burrowing}.] 1. To excavate a hole to lodge in, as in the earth; to lodge in a hole excavated in the earth, as conies or rabbits. [1913 Webster] 2. To lodge, or take refuge, in any deep or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burrow — [n] hole dug by animal couch, den, hovel, lair, retreat, shelter, tunnel; concept 517 burrow [v] dig a hole delve, excavate, hollow out, scoop out, tunnel, undermine; concept 178 Ant. cover, fill …   New thesaurus

  • burrow — ► NOUN ▪ a hole or tunnel dug by a small animal as a dwelling. ► VERB 1) make a burrow. 2) hide underneath or delve into something. DERIVATIVES burrower noun. ORIGIN variant of BOROUGH(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • Burrow — Bur row, n. [See 1st {Borough}.] 1. An incorporated town. See 1st {Borough}. [1913 Webster] 2. A shelter; esp. a hole in the ground made by certain animals, as rabbits, for shelter and habitation. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mining) A heap or heaps of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burrow — index delve, hunt, research Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • burrow — rabbit hole, fox hole, etc., c.1300, borewe, from O.E. burgh stronghold, fortress (see BOROUGH (Cf. borough)); influenced by bergh hill, and berwen to defend, take refuge. The verb is first attested 1610s. Related: Burrowed; borrowing …   Etymology dictionary

  • burrow — bur|row1 [ˈbʌrəu US ˈbə:rou] v 1.) [I always + adverb/preposition, T] to make a hole or passage in the ground = ↑dig down burrow into/under/through etc ▪ Mother turtles burrow into the sand to lay their eggs. 2.) [I,T always + adverb/preposition] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • burrow — I UK [ˈbʌrəʊ] / US [ˈbʌroʊ] verb [intransitive] Word forms burrow : present tense I/you/we/they burrow he/she/it burrows present participle burrowing past tense burrowed past participle burrowed 1) a) to make a hole or tunnel in the ground burrow …   English dictionary

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