When Melissa Burden was born about 1850, in Alliance, Stark, Ohio, United States, her father, Amos Burden, was 36 and her mother, Mary Williamson Cathon, was 30. She lived in Lexington, Stark, Ohio, United States in 1850. She died before 1860, in Alliance, Stark, Ohio, United States.
(southern England, of Norman origin): from a diminutive of the ancient Germanic personal name Burdo, for which compare Burdett . Burdonus and other derivatives of the Gaulish personal name Burdo (‘mule’) are found in France, where it is rare and the similar French surname may derive instead from Old French bourdon in the sense ‘pilgrim's staff’ (compare Bourdon 1). The personal name, whether of ancient Germanic or Gaulish origin, does occur in medieval England, but rarely.
habitational name from any of various places called Burdon or Burden. Burden in Yorkshire and Great Burdon in County Durham are named with Old English burh ‘stronghold, fortified place’ + dūn ‘hill’; Burdon in Tyne and Wear is named with Old English b̄re ‘byre’ + denu ‘valley’.