Origin of the Name Borton
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'of Burton' or 'of Burtonwood', Borton is a locational name from placenames that are common in the Midlands and North of England. Variants of the name include Burton, Bortone, Bourton and Burtonwood. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Willemus de Burton and an Emma de Burton, who were recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in the year 1379. A Thomas Burtonwood of Warrington was recorded in the Wills at Chester in the year 1618. A family of this name from Shropshire, originally from Burton near Much Wenlock, have held lands near Shrewsbury, since the time of Edward IV.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Borton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Borton descendants.