Show ContentsBorde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Borde dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name 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 Borde family

The surname Borde 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]

Early History of the Borde family

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Borde Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Borde include Board, Borde, Bord, Boards and others.

Early Notables of the Borde family (pre 1700)

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Borde Ranking

In France, the name Borde is the 1,471st most popular surname with an estimated 3,958 people with that name. [4]

United States Borde migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Borde or a variant listed above:

Borde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Borde, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1807
  • Francois Borde, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • ions Borde, aged 23, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1827 [5]
  • I M Borde, aged 34, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [5]
  • Pedro Borde, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 [5]

Canada Borde migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Borde Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jacqueline Borde, who arrived in Quebec in 1651

Contemporary Notables of the name Borde (post 1700) +

  • Percival Sebastian Borde (1922-1979), American (Trinidad born) dancer, and composer
  • Constance Borde, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 2000
  • Connie Borde, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Democrats Abroad, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 2008
  • Antoine Jean-Baptiste Aubugeois de La Borde, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • François Borde (b. 1899), French rugby player
  • Charles Borde (1711-1781), French Philosopher

The Borde Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perforatus
Motto Translation: Pierce.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Lower, 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
  5. 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)
  6. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Antoine Borde. Retrieved from on Facebook