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

The distinguished Spanish surname Boria is of toponymic origin, being derived from a place where the initial bearer once resided or held land. In this case, the surname Boria signifies a "native of Borja." The place name Borja is itself derived from the Arabic word "burdz," which means "tower" and is an indication that in the town of Borja there were several towers or a prominent tower.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Borja, Borgia, Boria, Borjen, Borges, Borjas and others.

First found in Zaragoza, in the region of Aragon in Spain. The oldest records of the surname Boria are references to the family Borja de Zaragoza, whose family seat was in the place called Borja, from where they took their name. The lord of this city was the count Don Pedro de Alares of the twelfth century, who was a lieutenant of the emperor and of king Don Alfonso I of Aragon. He was considered by many to have been the prime source of the lineage.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boria research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1492, 1441, 1505, 1431, 1503, 1475, 1507, 1474 and 1497 are included under the topic Early Boria History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boria Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boria Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Boria, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Frank Boria, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1897

Boria Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Boria, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Emilio Boria, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Domenico Boria, aged 23, who landed in America from Pergola, Italy, in 1914
  • Maria Boria, aged 7, who emigrated to America from Teano, Potenza, in 1920
  • Giuseppa Boria, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Caltagirone, Catania, in 1921


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The Boria Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boria 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.

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