Origins Available: English
Borrie is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Borrie family lived in the county of Devon
, where the family settled after arriving in England
with William the Conqueror at the time of the Norman Conquest
. The name is derived from the phrase at the Bury
which has evolved to the more modern term borough.
Early Origins of the Borrie family
The surname Borrie was first found in Devon
, in the parish of Berry-Pomeroy and before that Berry or Berri was the appellation of one of the old provinces of France. CITATION[CLOSE]
Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another source notes "scattered disconnectedly over England
. It is most numerous in Lancashire
, and afterwards in the counties of Northampton
, Warwick, and Devon
. Probably it is usually derived from places, Berry being the name of a Devonshire parish, whilst Bury is the name of towns and localities in Lancashire, Suffolk
, etc." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Borrie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borrie research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1781, 1873, 1768, 1831, 1635, 1690, 1675, 1691, 1636 and are included under the topic Early Borrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Borrie Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Berry, Bery, Berey, De Berry and others.
Early Notables of the Borrie family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Berry, High Sheriff
in 1450; Sir Thomas Berry of Buckland; Alexander Berry (1781-1873), Scottish surgeon, merchant, and explorer after whom the Australian town is named; Edward Berry (1768-1831), Rear Admiral, Royal Navy; Sir John Berry (1635-1690), English naval officer of... Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Borrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Borrie family to Ireland
Some of the Borrie family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 170 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Borrie family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Borrie or a variant listed above were: Edward Berry who settled in Virginia in 1654; as did Elizabeth 1636; Henry 1650; John 1626; Lydia 1648; Mathew 1650; Richard 1654; and others settled in Maryland, Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina New England
, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire
, and New York.
Contemporary Notables of the name Borrie (post 1700)
- Gordon Johnson Borrie QC (1931-2016), Baron Borrie, an English lawyer and Labour Party life peer
- Edwin Fullarton Borrie (1894-1968), Australian civil engineer and town planner who was awarded the Town and Country Planning Association (Victoria) (Sir James) Barrett medal, eponym of Lake Borrie, Victoria, Australia
- Robert James Borrie (1926-1999), Canadian politician, manager and secretary, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Prince George-Peace River (1968-1972)
The Borrie 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: Nihil sine labore
Motto Translation: Nothing without labour.