The name Bordon was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Burdo,
which is thought to be of Germanic origin.
Early Origins of the Bordon family
The surname Bordon 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bordon family
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Bordon Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Burdon, Burden, Bourden, Bourdon, Birden, Berden, Burdin, Burdin, Burdun, Burdon, Burdune, Burghdone, Burdoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Bordon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bordon family to Ireland
Some of the Bordon family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bordon family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bordon name or one of its variants: Edward Burden who settled in Virginia in 1637; George Burden settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635; Thomas Burden settled in Virginia in 1734; John and Richard Burden settled in New York State in 1803.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bordon (post 1700)
- Abraham S. Bordon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1924, 1932; Delegate to Connecticut State Constitutional Convention 1st District, 1965
- Willer Bordon (1949-2015), Italian academic, businessman and politician, Minister of Public Works (1999-2000)