This interesting surname of English origin is a topographical name for someone who lived in a plank-built cottage, deriving from the Old English "bord" meaning "board" or "plank of wood" or for someone who lived at the edge of a village or by some other boundary, deriving from the Middle English "border". The surname dates back to the early 13th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Robert le Bordere (1296) "The Subsidy Rolls of Sussex". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Boarder, Border, Bordier, Board, etc.. One William Burder married Mary Hill on January 28th 1595, at St. Andrew, Enfield, London. William Burdar, daughter of Georg and Elizabeth, was christened at St. Martin Ludgate, London, on January 30th 1619, and Richardus Burder married Elizabetha Eckles at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, on December 6th 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas le Border, witness, which was dated 1201, "The Assize Rolls of Somerset", during the reign of King John known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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