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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."

Borchers Early Origins



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.

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Borchers Spelling Variations


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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.

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Borchers Early History


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Borchers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borchers research. Another 140 words (10 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.

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Borchers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Borchers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borchers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. 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, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Christ. Borchers, age 27, settled in Texas in 1845
  • F. Borchers 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 arrived in Arkansas in 1905

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Contemporary Notables of the name Borchers (post 1700)


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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
  • Hermann Borchers (1910-1974), German Sturmbannführer (Storm Unit Leader/Major) in the Waffen SS during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Adolf Borchers (1913-1996), German former Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II
  • Walter Borchers (1916-1944), German former Luftwaffe night fighter flying ace of World War II, credited with 59 aerial victories
  • Cornell Borchers (b. 1925), German actress
  • Hans-Jürgen Borchers (b. 1926), German mathematical physicist, eponym of Borchers algebra

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    11. ...

    The Borchers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Borchers 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 March 2014 at 15:21.

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