Boord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name Boord goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a dweller at a cottage or small farm. [1] Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the French word "borde," 'a little house, lodging, or cottage of timber, standing alone in the fields. In Domesday [Book] the occupants of cottages are called bordarii, and amount to 82,119 in number." [2]

Early Origins of the Boord family

The surname Boord was first found in Sussex, where one of the first records of the family was Andrew Borde or Boorde (1490?-1549), English "traveller and physician, ‘Andreas Parforutus’ as he jocosely calls himself, was born at ‘Boords Hill in Holms dayle,’ near Cuckfield, Sussex, some time before or about 1490, as by 1521 he was appointed suffragan bishop of Chichester, and must have therefore then been thirty years old." [3]

Important Dates for the Boord family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boord research. Another 52 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Boord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boord Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Boord family name include Board, Borde, Bord, Boards and others.

Early Notables of the Boord family (pre 1700)

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Boord migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Boord or a variant listed above:

Boord Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ettel Boord, who landed in America, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Boord (post 1700)

  • Sir Nicholas John Charles Boord (b. 1936), 4th Baronet of Wakehurst Place, Sussex
  • Sir Richard William Boord (1907-1975), 3rd Baronet of Wakehurst Place, Sussex
  • Sir William Arthur Boord (1862-1928), 2nd Baronet of Wakehurst Place, Sussex
  • Sir Thomas William Boord FSA JP VD (1838-1912), 1st Baronet of Wakehurst Place, Sussex, a British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Greenwich (1873-1895)
  • Raymond "Ray" Boord (1908-1982), New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament for Rotorua (1954-1960), Mayor of Rotorua (1971-1977)

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  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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