Last name: Borg

Recorded in the spellings of Berg, Borg, Borge, Burg, and Burgh, this interesting surname is widespread throughout Europe. It is topographical from residence by a prehistoric hill fort or fortified settlement. The derivation is from the pre 7th century Scandanavian (Viking) and Olde English "beorg", and the Olde High German "burg". There are a number of placenames in England with the name. These include Burgh in Suffolk, recorded as "Burc" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Burgh in Lincolnshire, which is recorded as both as "Burg" and "Burch" in the 1086 Domesday Book, the first gazetter in the world. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Early recordings in England, which are in most cases the earliest of any surname recordings anywhere, include Geoffrey de Burk of Herefordshire, in 1272, and Hubert de Burk of Somerset, in 1273. The name was introduced into Ireland by William de Burgo, from Burgh in Suffolk, who accompanied Strongbow in the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1170, and later succeeded him as Chief Governor. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ailricus de Burc, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Suffolk, during the reign of King William 1, known as "William the Conqueror", 1066 - 1087.

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Sandra Raynor
Hello any Borgs from Malta! I am helping my father search form someone named Borg. My father lived in Sliema, Malta in 1943. He was serving in the United States Army Air Corps. He is trying to locate the owner of the Melita Bar. We think the address may have been 30 or 31 Tigne Sea Front. The person he is looking for would be about 80 years old now. My father knew him as "Yank". Yank's father's name was Nino Borg and his father's name was Carmelo Borg. The Borg family owned the Melita Bar. My father, who is 95 years old, is planning a trip to Malta in December and wants to find his old friend, whom he called Yank. I know this is an odd request, but if you have any information, please write. Thank you very much. Sandra Raynor

Yvonne borg
Hello, My fathers name was Carmelo Borg. My father faught in WWII for the British and 1948 he set sail for Canada and came to Detroit where his uncle lived and worked. My fathers real father owned a bar at that address, or close to it...has real fathers name was Carmelo Psaila. Not sure if same..but let me know if there's a connection.

EdilbertoAudieS.Baje
Why not make movies the Origin of Borg. It is High time!!! make in 3 part series to make it interesting and detailed

maz8692
Hello all you Borg's out there, Just trying to trace any family descendants from my ancestors - Peter Paul aka Pietru Pawlo Borg married to Maria Assunta aka Mary nee Caruana, who had 6 children & George Borg married to Josephine aka Giuesppa nee Gauci, who had 18 children (one being an artist Sir Emanuel aka Leli aka Manuel Borg Gauci), all from Malta born in the late 1800's. Love to hear from you and add you to the Borg Family Tree.

Carmel Vella
I have a close friend , a research scientist from Iran, who tells me that the word " BORG" is of Persian origin, and it means: ROCKS. How do you like that. Seems I have Persian blood in me.

Francis Borg
In trying to explain the pile of rocks term, from my own recollection when growing up in Malta in the '50s, the term borg gebel (a mass of rocks etc.) was used by builders etc. Also see this google ref: 9th April 1942 - Knisja Arcipretali Santwarju Mosta - www.freewebs.com/mosta_rotunda/9thapril1942.htm Block all www.freewebs.com results. Halef li, galadarba kien qed ibati biex jirkeb u jirbah lil gziritna, jaghmilha borg gebel, itellef sbuhitha u ma jhalliha qatt terga terfa' rasha. Il-Gvernatur Sir W. In German and Sweedish BERG means "mountain" in the and the traditional meaning of our name is likely to be from the Gerrman Burgh for fortress and this is found throughout Europe identifying a fortress as in Birgu (Vittoriosa) in Malta. Once can argue the origin / connection of our name from a mass as in mountain and an evolved connection to a fortress town or castle to be overcome. From my own unscientificresearch, it does look likely that the name originates in northern Europe and came across to Malta in the 15th centrury through well after the Arabs left the Island.

Nevada Borg
What does that mean Carmel? Borg comes out as a pile of rocks??

Carmel Vella
Daniel is closest to the truth. My nanna [ father's mother ] is a Borg, and I have done some research into the name. Borg comes out as a pile of rocks .

Francis Borg
the name borg is of north europe / german origin. its connection to malta dates back to the time of the knights. like in many island communities, it is now prolific in malta like many other surnames. francis borg

daniel borg
i am also from the maltese islands and well said joseph. i am a borg aswell although connections with north europe are unlikly to be close to malta we are very far away from swedish or scandinavian countries, and the crest resmebles a fortification of some sort. and i don;t think that it has any arabic influence what so ever at least from us we hardly look like any arabs we look more or less like italians. in this case the name borg to my understanding and what my elders told me its a really old surname dating back way before the invasion of the arabs probably even form the time of the bronze age or earlier. the word borg in malta also means a pile of rocks, considering we have big maltese temples in malta dating back from the stone age. I think there is a connection or so to these temples or structures that has originated to the surname borg in the maltese islands

Mary Galea
I disagree with your statement, that the Maltese do not look Arabic at all. My husband is full Maltese born in Australia with Borg grandparents. One of our daughters looks very Arabic and our son does too when he has grown a beard and moustache.

Borg dominic
I agree with Mr,Joseph Borg only, I am Borg, too and our surname originates from the scandinavian islands, most probably Sweden.

joseph peter francis borg
from my personal research borgs were spanish nobels who came to malta mid 1500's. But my family are full maltese and yet we have darker skin andmany people mistake us for being arabs.

steven
Iam a Borg too, mother Viviane, grandad Amedeo.