Burton \b(u)-rton, bur-ton\ as a boy's name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Burton is "fortified settlement". Place name used as a given name in the 19th century. The exploits of African explorer and writer Sir Richard Burton may have influenced its use. Also made familiar in modern times by Elizabeth Taylor's husband, Richard Burton. Actors Burt Lancaster, Burt Reynolds.
For more information, see also the related name Berton.