Recorded in many spelling forms including Board, Boarder, Boards, Boardman, Border, Boord, Borde, Laborde, Bordes, Bordas, Bordis, Bourdel, and many others, this is a surname which may be either of Olde English or French origins. If the former it derives from the pre 7th Century word "bord", meaning a plank of wood, and as such was an occupational surname for a maker of planks and boards, whilst the latter derives from "bordure", a word which described the edge of a village or from "borde", meaning a little house of timber standing alone. Natural and man-made features in the landscape provided obvious and convenient means of identification in the small communities of the Middle Ages, and consequently gave rise to many surnames. The final "s", when attached to a topographical name, denotes "dweller at (that place)". Early examples of the surname recording include: Robert Bourde in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset, dated 1323, Anne Bordish, who married Roger Willson at the church of St Katherines by the Tower (of London) on December 7th 1609, Jeanne La Borde, who married Jean Siot at Montaut, Basses-Pyrenees, on July 5th 1634, Pierre Bordes, a French Huguenot refugee, whose son Pierre was christened at the French Church, Glasshouse Street, in the city of London, on February 21st 1727, and William Bordis, whose son William was christened at Endell Street Lying in Hospital, Holborn, on August 23rd1776. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Nicholas Borde. This was dated 1230, in the "Pipe Rolls" of the county of Dorset, during the reign of King Henry 111 of England , 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Boarder — Board er, n. 1. One who has food statedly at another s table, or meals and lodgings in his house, for pay, or compensation of any kind. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) One who boards a ship; one selected to board an enemy s ship. Totten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boarder — index habitant, inhabitant, lessee, lodger, resident Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • boarder — (n.) 1520s, one who has food and/or lodging at the house of another, from BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1) in the food sense; meaning one who boards (an enemy s) ships is from 1769, from BOARD (Cf. board) (n.2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • boarder — ► NOUN 1) a person who boards, in particular a pupil who lives in school during term time. 2) a person who forces their way on to a ship in an attack …   English terms dictionary

  • boarder — [bôr′dər] n. 1. a person who regularly gets meals, or room and meals, at another s home for pay 2. a person who boards a ship, aircraft, etc., esp. one of the crew detailed to board a hostile ship …   English World dictionary

  • boarder — [[t]bɔ͟ː(r)də(r)[/t]] boarders N COUNT A boarder is a pupil who lives at school during the term. [BRIT] Sue started as a boarder at Benenden last September …   English dictionary

  • boarder — UK [ˈbɔː(r)də(r)] / US [ˈbɔrdər] noun [countable] Word forms boarder : singular boarder plural boarders 1) someone who pays to live in a house as a guest of the family who owns it 2) a boy or girl who lives at a boarding school …   English dictionary

  • Boarder — A boarder may be a person who:*snowboards *skateboards *bodyboards *surfs *stays at a boarding house *attends a boarding schoolSee also: board, border …   Wikipedia

  • boarder — noun /bɔədə/ a) Someone who pays for meals and lodging in a house rather than a hotel. When I left for college, my parents took on a boarder in my old room to help defray expenses. b) A pupil who lives at school during term time …   Wiktionary

  • boarder — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. guest, paying guest, lodger, roomer, diner, patron, resident, star boarder* …   English dictionary for students

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