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Where did the Spanish Borgia family come from? What is the Spanish Borgia family crest and coat of arms? When did the Borgia family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Borgia family history?

The distinguished Spanish surname Borgia is of toponymic origin, being derived from a place where the initial bearer once resided or held land. In this case, the surname Borgia signifies a "native of Borja." The place name Borja is itself derived from the Arabic word "burdz," which means "tower" and is an indication that in the town of Borja there were several towers or a prominent tower.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Borja, Borgia, Boria, Borjen, Borges, Borjas and others.

First found in Zaragoza, in the region of Aragon in Spain. The oldest records of the surname Borgia are references to the family Borja de Zaragoza, whose family seat was in the place called Borja, from where they took their name. The lord of this city was the count Don Pedro de Alares of the twelfth century, who was a lieutenant of the emperor and of king Don Alfonso I of Aragon. He was considered by many to have been the prime source of the lineage.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borgia research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1492, 1441, 1505, 1431, 1503, 1475, 1507, 1474 and 1497 are included under the topic Early Borgia History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borgia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Borgia Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Borgia, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1850
  • Peter Borgia, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

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  • Carmen Borgia (b. 1959), American singer, songwriter, sound mixer and film sound designer
  • Sid Borgia, American professional basketball referee
  • Dr. Gerald Borgia, Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland
  • Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519), Italian illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, the powerful Renaissance Valencian who later became Pope Alexander VI
  • Cesare Borgia (1475-1476), Duke of Valentinois, was an Italian condottiero, nobleman, politician, and cardinal
  • The Most Rev. Dr. Stefano Cardinal Borgia (1731-1804), senior Italian prelate, theologian, antiquarian and historian
  • Alessandro Borgia (1682-1764), Italian bishop and archbishop
  • Joseph Le Vasseur Borgia (1773-1839), Canadian lawyer, newspaper owner and political figure
  • Alessandro Borgia (1783-1871), leader of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta


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  2. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Borgia Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Borgia Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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