Borchers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Borchers 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 were patronymic surnames, which were derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. The surname Borchers 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 Borchers family

The surname Borchers 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.

Important Dates for the Borchers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borchers research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1773 is included under the topic Early Borchers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borchers Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Borchers include Borchert, Borchers, Borchart, Borchardt and others.

Early Notables of the Borchers family (pre 1700)

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Borchers migration to the United States

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Borchers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L. Borchers, age 24, settled in New York City in 1823
  • Albert Borchers who arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Albert Borchers, aged 39, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Christ. Borchers, age 27, settled in Texas in 1845
  • F. Borchers, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Borchers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Borchers, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905

Contemporary Notables of the name Borchers (post 1700)

  • Charles Martin Borchers (1869-1946), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • George Benard "Chief" Borchers (1869-1938), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Robert Jerome "Bobby" Borchers (b. 1952), American country music singer
  • Nat Borchers (b. 1981), American soccer player
  • C. William Borchers, American politician, Mayor of Ardsley, New York, 1947
  • Charles Martin Borchers (1869-1946), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Decatur, Illinois, 1909-11, 1919-23; U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1913-15;Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1924
  • Duane D. Borchers Sr., American politician, Independent Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 36th District, 2010
  • Earl Conrad Borchers (1891-1953), American Democrat politician; Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Buchanan County 1st District, 1944, 1952
  • Robert B. Borchers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 22nd District, 1950
  • Webber Borchers, American Republican politician, Candidate for Illinois State Senate 28th District, 1938
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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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