Borland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Borland family came to Scotland with the Normans in the 11th century. The Borland 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.

Early Origins of the Borland family

The surname Borland was first found in Surrey, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Borland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borland research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1625 is included under the topic Early Borland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borland Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Borland family (pre 1700)

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United States Borland migration to the United States +

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

Borland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Borland, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Alexander Borland, who landed in New York in 1815 [1]
  • Jahn Borland, who landed in Maryland in 1824 [1]
  • William John Borland, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]
  • David, Elizabeth, Hannah, Henry, Isabel, James, John, Mary, Robert and William Borland, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1813 and 1856

Canada Borland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Borland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Borland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Isabella Borland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Jane Borland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Janet Borland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • John Borland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Borland 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:

Borland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Borland, (b. 1824), aged 38, Scottish farmer from Ayrshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [2]
  • Mrs. Janet Borland, (b. 1826), aged 36, Scottish settler from Ayrshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Borland, (b. 1858), aged 4, Scottish settler from Ayrshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [2]
  • Miss Janet Borland, (b. 1861), aged 1, Scottish settler from Ayrshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [2]
  • Mr. John Borland, (b. 1870), aged 4 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd December 1870 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Borland (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Bruce "Spike" Borland (1933-2013), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1960 through 1961 for the Boston Red Sox
  • Wesley Louden "Wes" Borland (b. 1975), American rock musician and artist
  • Toby Borland (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball player who played between 1994 and 2004
  • Hal Borland (1900-1978), American author
  • Carroll Borland (1914-1994), American professor, writer, and actor
  • Thomas R. Borland, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1889-93
  • Solon Borland (1808-1864), American Democrat politician,U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1848-53; U.S. Minister to Nicaragua, 1853-54; Salvador, 1853; Costa Rica, 1853-54; Honduras, 1853
  • Michael Borland, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Auburn, Indiana, 1885-89
  • John Borland, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 18th District, 1856-57
  • Harry A. Borland, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Alexander Duthie Borland (d. 1939), British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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