Show ContentsBoreland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Boreland family came to Scotland with the Normans in the 11th century. The Boreland surname is derived from someone who lived in one of the numerous locations named Borland or Boreland in the counties of Dumfriesshire, Galloway, Fife, and Perthshire. The name of these places is thought to mean home-farm. [1]

"Bordlands were lands which the lords kept in their hands for the maintenance of their board or table. " [2]

Early Origins of the Boreland family

The surname Boreland was first found in Somerset where Robert de la Burlionde was recorded in 1268. A few years later, William atte Borland was recorded in 1303, again in Somerset. [3] Burland is a location name in Yorkshire. [4]

Back in Scotland where most families today call their homeland, "James Bordland [was a ] witness in Ayrshire, 1513. Allan Bordlandes was a weaver in Edinburgh in 1609. In the same record the name also appears as Borland, Bordland, Borelands." [1]

Early History of the Boreland family

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Boreland Spelling Variations

There has been great variation in spelling of Scottish names over the centuries. Spelling variations of the name Boreland include Boland, Borland, Bolan, Bolland, Bollin, Boreland and many more.

Early Notables of the Boreland family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was James Borland (1774-1863), Scottish inspector-general of army hospitals, born at Ayr, N.B., in April 1774, and entered the army medical department as surgeons-mate in the 42nd Highlanders in 1792. Having been promoted on the staff next year, he made two campaigns under the Duke of York in Flanders, after which he proceeded to the West Indies as surgeon, 23rd royal Welsh fusiliers. He was then again transferred to the staff, and did duty...
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United States Boreland migration to the United States +

Settlers of this name who made their way from Scotland to North America include:

Boreland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Boreland, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [5]
  • Robert Boreland, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [5]
  • Matthew Boreland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [5]
  • Moses Boreland, aged 27, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825 [5]

New Zealand Boreland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boreland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Boreland, (b. 1851), aged 23, Irish farm labourer, from Antrim travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Boreland (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Zoe Alexandra Boreland M.B.E., Irish former Head of Midwifery for South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Midwifery [7]
  • William John "Bonzer" Boreland (1969-2016), Northern Irish footballer and loyalist activist who was shot and killed in his Belfast home

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. 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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook