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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.


The surname Borgia was 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.

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


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among bearers of the family name in this era was Juan Castellar y de Borja (1441-1505), a Spanish Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal; Rodrigo Borja (1431-1503), who became Pope Alexander VI. He was an able politician, but he is remembered for his irreligious worldliness; Among his children was...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borgia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Borgia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

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

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

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    Other References

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    6. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
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    8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. 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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Borgia Family Crest was acquired from the 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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