The English surname Burton is an habitational name from a place name that is very common in central and northern England. The derivation in most cases is from the Old English terms burh meaning “fort” and tun meaning “enclosure, or settlement.” The first recorded reference to the name is in 1150 when Ioluard in Burhtun is registered in the "Yorkshire Charters." Richard Burton (1821 - 1890), the explorer and orientalist, was a member of an ancient family, holding lands in Shropshire since the 15th Century.
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