Borradaile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Borradaile date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Borradaile family lived in Cumberland, where they derived their name from the village of Borrowdale, in the parish of Crosthwaite, often called often called Grange in Borrowdale. The village dates back to at least c. 1170 when it was listed as Borgordale and meant "valley of the fort river" derived from the Old Scandinavian word "berg" + "by." [1]

Early Origins of the Borradaile family

The surname Borradaile was first found in Cumberland, but there is another Borrowdale located in the old County of Westmorland that is often called Westmorland Borrowdale to distinguish the difference of the two locations. This latter reference is of lesser importance historically to the surname.

Early History of the Borradaile family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borradaile research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1483, 1547, 1596, 1602, 1684 and 1785 are included under the topic Early Borradaile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borradaile Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Borradaile are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Borradaile include: Borradaile, Borrowdale, Borowdale, Borowdall, Borodall, Barrodall and many more.

Early Notables of the Borradaile family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borradaile Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Borradaile family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Borradaile or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.


Contemporary Notables of the name Borradaile (post 1700) +

  • Taylor Albert Borradaile (1885-1977), American chemist, one of four founders, and the first president, of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity
  • Earl Edward Borradaile, American Republican politician; Circuit Judge in Michigan 7th Circuit, 1977-85
  • Oswell Borradaile (1859-1935), English cricketer
  • William Borradaile (1792-1838), English amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1815 to 1832
  • Lancelot Alexander Borradaile (1872-1945), English zoologist, noted for his work on crustaceans
  • David Borradaile (b. 1945), British alpine skier at the 1968 Winter Olympics
  • Osmond H Borradaile OC (1898-1999), Canadian cinematographer and veteran of First and Second World War
  • Graham Borradaile, Professor of Geology at Lakehead University, Canada (1978-)
  • Major General Hugh Alastair Borradaile, Vice Adjunct General in the British War Office


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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