Burleigh Surname Origin
(Locality). Burh, Saxon, is the same as burg, a city, castle, house, or tower; in composition, it signifies defense; leigh, a low place, opposed to a place higher, the same as ley, a meadow, a pasture. Burly, swelled, bulky, boisterous.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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