History of your Surname
Get access to Borden family records.Start a free trial

Borden Family History

Borden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Kent named Borden, perhaps from Old English bar ‘boar’ or bor ‘hill’ + denu ‘valley’ or denn ‘(swine) pasture’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Burden, Worden, Barden, Morden, Bowden, Cowden, Norden, Rowden, Boden

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Borden family from?

You can see how Borden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Borden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Borden families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 123 Borden families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 47% of all the recorded Borden's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Borden families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Borden surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Borden ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Borden. 40% of Borden men worked as a Farmer and 42% of Borden women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Borden were Laborer and Machinist.

View Census data for Borden | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Servant
  • Machinist
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Borden family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Borden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Borden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Borden

Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Borden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Borden immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Borden. For the veterans among your Borden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Borden military records

You've only scratched the surface of Borden family history.

Discover More

What is the average Borden lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Borden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Borden in 1940 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Borden

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Borden family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial