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Arms of the House of de Burgh.svg
Arms of Burke: Or, a cross gules
Language(s)English / Irish
Derivationde Burgh
Meaning"of the borough"
Other names
Variant form(s)Bourke

Burke is an Anglo-Norman Irish surname deriving from an ancient noble family, the House of Burke or de Burgh. Variants include Bourke. Notable people with the surname include:


  • Anna Burke (born 1966), Australian politician
  • Brian Burke (born 1947), Australian politician
  • Brian Bourke (born 1936), Irish Political Theorist noted for his "Red Pride" campaign
  • Brian Burke (born 1958), Wisconsin politician
  • Edmund Bourke (or Burke) (1761–1821), Danish statesman
  • Edmund Burke (1729–1797), Anglo-Irish statesman and political philosopher
  • Frank W. Burke (1920–2007), Louisville mayor and U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • James A. Burke (1910–1983), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts
  • Richard Burke (1932–2016), Irish Fine Gael politician and European Commissioner
  • Séamus Burke (1893–1967), Irish politician
  • Terry Burke (born 1942), Australian politician
  • Thomas Henry Burke (1829–1882), Permanent Under Secretary at the Irish Office
  • Tony Burke (born 1969), Australian politician
  • William J. Burke (1862–1925), English-born American politician and businessman




Given names[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]


  • Burke's Peerage, account of nobility, first published in 1826 by John Burke
  • Burke's Landed Gentry, account of families of the land-holding class, first published in 1833 by John Burke

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