The surname Borchardt emerged in the ancient German province of Westphalia
, which lies between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. Two of the common types of hereditary surnames
found in the Westphalia
surnames, which were derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. The surname Borchardt was derived from the old Germanic personal name
Burghard, in turn derived from the Old German word "burg," which meant "fortress" or "castle," and "har" or "hari," which meant "army." The second part of the name may also be derived from the Old German word "hard" or "hart," which meant "strong."
Early Origins of the Borchardt family
The surname Borchardt was first found in Westphalia
, where this family was an integral part of a feudal
society which would shape modern European history. The -hert ending of this variant of the name comes from "hardt," which meant "brave" in Middle High German. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.
Early History of the Borchardt family
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Borchardt Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Borchardt include Borchert, Borchers, Borchart, Borchardt and others.
Early Notables of the Borchardt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Borchardt family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Borchardt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Curt Borchardt, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1893
- Hulda Borchardt, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
- Hermann Borchardt, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1896
Borchardt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frieda Borchardt, aged 6, who settled in America from Berlin, in 1902
- Martha Borchardt, aged 10, who settled in America from Berlin, in 1902
- Rudolf Borchardt, aged 13, who settled in America from Berlin, in 1902
- Eliz. Borchardt, aged 9, who emigrated to America, in 1906
- Ernest Borchardt, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Charlottenburg, Germany, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Borchardt (post 1700)
- Jon L. Borchardt (b. 1957), former professional American NFL football guard
- Alice Borchardt (1939-2007), American writer of historical fiction, fantasy, and horror
- Mark Borchardt (b. 1966), American independent filmmaker
- Curtis Alan Borchardt (b. 1980), American professional basketball player
- Erich Borchardt (1913-1944), German highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- Helmut Borchardt (1917-1945), German highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Hugo Borchardt (1844-1924), German firearms inventor and engineer, best known for his Borchardt C-93 pistol and Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 rifle
- Rudolf Borchardt (1877-1945), German dramatist and poet, and essayist
- Carl Wilhelm Borchardt (1817-1880), German mathematician
- Karol Olgierd Borchardt (1905-1986), Polish writer and captain of the Polish Merchant Navy