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Where did the English Borden family come from? What is the English Borden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Borden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Borden family history?

The ancestors of the Borden family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the Norman personal name Burdo, which is thought to be of Germanic origin.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Burdon, Burden, Bourden, Bourdon, Birden, Berden, Burdin, Burdin, Burdun, Burdon, Burdune, Burghdone, Burdoun and many more.

First found in Essex where they were granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings. Baron Burden appears in the Role of Battel Abbey and the Domesday Book as holding lands held by the Count of Mortain and leased to Richard de Surdeval.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borden research. Another 358 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1128, 1166, 1180, 1217, 1273, 1296, 1333, 1467, 1497, 1574, 1758, 1764, 1817, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Borden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Borden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Borden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Borden or a variant listed above:

Borden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eliz Borden, aged 3, arrived in America in 1635
  • Elizabeth Borden, aged 3, landed in New England in 1635
  • John Borden, aged 28, landed in America in 1635
  • Mathew Borden, aged 5, landed in New England in 1635
  • Richard Borden, who landed in Rhode Island in 1635

Borden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hope Borden, who landed in New England in 1712
  • Marie Borden, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Thos Borden, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1773

Borden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ant A Borden, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Agnes Borden, aged 3, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Angelina Borden, aged 2, landed in New York in 1864
  • Jemima Borden, aged 1, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Priscilla Borden, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1864

Borden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thcophilus Borden, who landed in Mississippi in 1905
  • Henry Allen Borden, who arrived in Alabama in 1920

Borden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Borden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Perry Borden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Samuel Borden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760


  • Lizzie Andrew Borden (1860-1927), American New England spinster who was the central figure in the axe murders of her father and stepmother
  • Gail Borden Jr. (1801-1874), American inventor of condensed milk and founder of Borden, Inc in 1857
  • William Cline Borden (1858-1934), American surgeon and planner of Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Brigadier-General William A. Borden (1890-1967), American Director of the New Developments Division, War Department (1944-1946)
  • William Whiting Borden (1887-1913), American Christian missionary to Northern China, heir to the Borden, Inc. family fortune
  • Jonathan Alan Borden (b. 1962), American neurosurgeon who developed the Borden Classification of Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas
  • Olive Borden (1906-1947), nicknamed "The Joy Girl", an American actress in silent film and stage
  • David Borden (b. 1938), American composer of minimalist music
  • Lynn Borden (1939-2015), born Lynn Freyse, an American actress best known for her role as Barbara Baxter in the final season of the Shirley Booth sitcom Hazel
  • Amanda Kathleen Borden (b. 1977), American gold, silver and three-time bronze medalist gymnast



  • Borden, Powers, Harvey, Wood, Peck by Alexander Du Bin.
  • Historical and Genealogical Record of the Descendants as Far as Known of Richard and Joan Borden Who Settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, May, 1638 by Hattie Borden Weld.

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The Borden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Borden 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 2015 at 15:44.

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