Borton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Borton surname lived in one of many places called Boughton throughout England. Settlements named Boughton were found in Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Northamptonshire. Great Boughton is found in Cheshire, and Kent was home to settlements called Boughton Aluph, Boughton Malherbe, Boughton Monchelsea, and Boughton under Blean.

Early Origins of the Borton family

The surname Borton was first found in Warwickshire, where this "family of good antiquity, traced to Robert de Boreton, grandfather of William, who lived in the reign of Edward III. " [1]

"Downton Hall [in Downton, Shropshire], the seat of Sir William Rouse Boughton, Bart., to whom the whole property belongs, is a handsome mansion, approached by a beautiful avenue two miles in length, on a gradual ascent, from which the scenery is extensive, romantic, and mountainous, embracing the Titterstone and the Clee hills." [2]

One of the earliest records of the family was Joan Boughton (d. 1494), the English martyr, who "was an old widow of eighty years or more, who held certain of Wycliffe's opinions. She was said to be the mother of a lady named Young, who was suspected of the like doctrines. She was burnt at Smithfield 28 April 1494. " [3]

Important Dates for the Borton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borton research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1760, 1780, 1747, 1821, 1791, 1794, 1893, 1963, 1600, 1656, 1628, 1680, 1632, 1683, 1663, 1716, 1689 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Borton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Borton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Borton include: Boughton, Bourton, Borton, Boughten, Bourten, Borten, Bouton, Broughton, Portan and many more.

Early Notables of the Borton family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Boughton, 1st Baronet (1600-1656) of Lawford in the County of Warwick; Sir Edward Boughton, 2nd Baronet (1628-1680); Sir William Boughton, 3rd...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borton migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Borton or a variant listed above:

Borton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Borton, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [4]

Borton migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Borton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Borton, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Borton (post 1700)

  • Marion E. Borton, American Republican politician, Chair of Clark County Republican Party, 1949
  • J. Gilbert Borton, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Salem County, 1924-26
  • George B. Borton, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Burlington County, 1872-74
  • Ellis H. Borton, American politician, Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1906
  • Blanche A. Borton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1952

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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