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

The distinguished Spanish surname Borjas is of toponymic origin, being derived from a place where the initial bearer once resided or held land. In this case, the surname Borjas 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 Borjas 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 Borjas 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 Borjas 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 Borjas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pedro De Borja who arrived in New Spain in 1567; Catalina de Borja who sailed to Peru in 1569; and Thomasa Borjas who came to New Orleans in 1778. Among later settlers were Juan Batista Borja who arrived in New Orleans in 1821.

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The Borjas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Borjas 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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