Borras History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Borras is an occupational name; that is, it is derived from the occupation of the original bearer. In this case, it is derived from the Old French word bar, which means bass; sea bass are a staple fish found in the Mediterranean. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Early Origins of the Borras family

The surname Borras was first found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Borras family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borras research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1755 and 1829 are included under the topic Early Borras History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borras Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Barras, Baras, Barrasse, Baraz, Le Barras, Barace, Le Barace, Barèce and many more.

Early Notables of the Borras family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Borras Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Borras migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Borras Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sanita Borras, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1815 [1]
  • Cayetano Borras, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1834 [1]
  • Margarita Borras, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1855 [1]
  • Juan Borras, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]
  • Bernardo Borras, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1866 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Borras Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vaillance de Barras
Motto Translation: Valour of Barras.


  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)


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