Borden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Borden family
The surname Borden was 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.
Burdon and Great Burdon are townships in Durham. "The ancient family of Burdon, of knightly dignity, derived their name from this place; which also gave name to a local family, who, however, never passed the rank of yeomanry." 
Early History of the Borden family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borden research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1128, 1166, 1180, 1217, 1467, 1497, 1758, 1273, 1273, 1296, 1296, 1333, 1574, 1817, 1764 and 1818 are included under the topic Early Borden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Borden Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Borden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Borden family to Ireland
Some of the Borden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Borden migration to the United States +
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, who arrived in America in 1635 
- Elizabeth Borden, aged 3, who landed in New England in 1635 
- John Borden, aged 28, who landed in America in 1635 
- Mathew Borden, aged 5, who landed in New England in 1635 
- Richard Borden, who landed in Rhode Island in 1635 
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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 
- Thomas Borden, aged 21, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 
Borden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ant A Borden, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 
- Agnes Borden, aged 3, who arrived in New York in 1864 
- Angelina Borden, aged 2, who landed in New York in 1864 
- Jemima Borden, aged 1, who arrived in New York in 1864 
- Priscilla Borden, aged 18, who 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 migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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
- Samuel Borden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761
- Benjamin Borden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1761
Contemporary Notables of the name Borden (post 1700) +
- Lizzie Andrew Borden (1860-1927), American New England spinster who was the central figure in the axe murders of her father and stepmother; she was tried and then acquitted
- Linda Elizabeth "Lizzie" Borden (b. 1958), American three-time award winning filmmaker, known for her work on Erotique (1994), Working Girls (1986) and Born in Flames (1983)
- 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
- Rosalyn "Roz" Borden (1932-2003), American actress and singer, best known for her work with her sister known as the Borden Twins
- Nathaniel Borden (1932-1992), American NFL football defensive end
- Marilyn Borden (1932-2009), American actress and singer, best known for her work with her sister known as the Borden Twins
- Colonel Richard Borden (1795-1874), American businessman and civic leader, co-founder of the Fall River Iron Works, Fall River, Massachusetts in 1821
- Amanda Kathleen Borden (b. 1977), American gold, silver and three-time bronze medalist gymnast
- David Borden (b. 1938), American composer of minimalist music
- Olive Borden (1906-1947), nicknamed "The Joy Girl", an American actress in silent film and stage
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Suggested Readings for the name Borden +
- 1928 "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.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)