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Border Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived at the edge of a village or by some other boundary, Middle English border, from Old French bordure ‘edge’.

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


Similar surnames: Borders, Borner, Borde, Borer, Borden, Sorter, Boden, Norder, Borger

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Where is the Border family from?

You can see how Border families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Border family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Border families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Border families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 44% of all the recorded Border's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Border families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Border surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Border ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Border. 27% of Border men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Border women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Border were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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*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 1940

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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What Border family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Border. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Border census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Border. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Border. For the veterans among your Border ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Border lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Border life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Border in 1951 was 60, and 75 in 2004.

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