Bourland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Bourland family came to Scotland with the Normans in the 11th century. The Bourland 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. [1]

"Bordlands were lands which the lords kept in their hands for the maintenance of their board or table. " [2]

Early Origins of the Bourland family

The surname Bourland was first found in Somerset where Robert de la Burlionde was recorded in 1268. A few years later, William atte Borland was recorded in 1303, again in Somerset. [3] Burland is a location name in Yorkshire. [4]

Back in Scotland where most families today call their homeland, "James Bordland [was a ] witness in Ayrshire, 1513. Allan Bordlandes was a weaver in Edinburgh in 1609. In the same record the name also appears as Borland, Bordland, Borelands." [1]

Early History of the Bourland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourland research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1652, 1661, 1684, 1774, 1863, 1774, 1792, 1796, 1798 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Bourland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bourland Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Bourland family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was James Borland (1774-1863), Scottish inspector-general of army hospitals, born at Ayr, N.B., in April 1774, and entered the army medical department as surgeons-mate in the 42nd Highlanders in 1792. Having been promoted on the staff next year, he made two campaigns under the Duke of York in Flanders, after which he proceeded to the West Indies as surgeon, 23rd royal Welsh fusiliers. He was then again transferred to the staff, and did duty...
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Bourland Ranking

In the United States, the name Bourland is the 11,107th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]


United States Bourland migration to the United States +

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

Bourland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gabriel L Bourland, who landed in Texas in 1835 [6]
  • Oliver P Bourland, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [6]
  • Caroline Bourland, aged 21, who landed in America from England, in 1892
Bourland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Miss J. Bourland, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Mrs. B.T. Bourland, who immigrated to America, in 1908
  • B.T. Bourland, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. Philip Bourland, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Caroline B. Bourland, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bourland (post 1700) +

  • Stacey Lynn Bourland, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 146th District, 2002; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 2004 [7]
  • Jimmie Ray Bourland, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Mississippi 3rd District, 1988 [7]
  • James A. Bourland, American politician, U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, 1957-61 [7]
  • J. Virgil Bourland, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, 1913-17 [7]
  • H. R. Bourland, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 2nd District, 1890 [7]
  • Gordon Bourland, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Emmet County Democratic Party, 2007 [7]
  • Barbara Bourland, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998; Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1994 [7]
  • Clifford Frederick "Cliff" Bourland (1921-2018), American gold medalist athlete in the 4x400 m relay at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • William H. Bourland (1811-1860), American politician in the Republic of Texas


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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