The distinguished Spanish surname Borjen is of toponymic origin, being derived from a place where the initial bearer once resided or held land. In this case, the surname Borjen 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.
Early Origins of the Borjen family
The surname Borjen was first found in Zaragoza, in the region of Aragon
. The oldest records of the surname Borjen 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.
Early History of the Borjen family
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Borjen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Borja, Borgia, Boria, Borjen, Borges, Borjas and others.
Early Notables of the Borjen family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of the family name in this era was Juan Castellar y de Borja (1441-1505), a Spanish Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal; Rodrigo Borja (1431-1503), who became Pope Alexander VI. He was an able politician, but he is remembered for his irreligious worldliness; Among his children was... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borjen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Borjen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pedro De Borja who arrived in New Spain
in 1567; Catalina de Borja who sailed to Peru in 1569; and Thomasa Borjas who came to New Orleans in 1778. Among later settlers were Juan Batista Borja who arrived in New Orleans in 1821.