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About the study

I registered as a one name study in April of this year as I am now doing the one name study due to the death of JAMES ELLIS the former researcher into this name. His electronic and paper records were all destroyed when he died including the tree of his wife's line, so I decided to try and recover as many of them as I can to build up the database again. I have had quite a bit of success with kind people sending me trees he helped them with and also those who did not know him and Ive found on the various lines in Surrey and Sussex which is where the name of BOORER has been predominant for several centuries.

Variant names

I collect any data on the surname variants BOORER /BORER for the purposes of the One Name Study. However, other 'deviant' spellings can be found throughout history, and I am always very happy to provide a home for such .These different spellings may be caused by hearing or transcription errors , or could be from different and independent origins. Hence one can find Bura, Burra, Burah, Borrer. Borrah,and Boarer to name a few. Bowra also occurs and there is a seperate One Name Study for this Surname but in my family its been used in a few events in parishes around Surrey/ Kent borders which is where the name is believed to have originated. An important consideration when searching censuses is the possibility of enumeration and transcription errors. The following incorrect 'names' have been found,and by comparision with known data have been proven to be either Boorer or Borer. Booser Borser Booner Boone Bow Boner Bover Bores Boores Bones. Etc.

Distribution of the name

The name occurs most frequently in Surrey and Sussex my own interest is that of the Lingfield one there is another line there too which came from Sussex.


I have some trees now, census data, parish records on fiches and CD which I had been using for my own research in the Surrey and Sussex areas for many of my own lines. Also much paperwork on the Surrey and Sussex records available from Surrey and Sussex Family History Groups too. Contact with anyone interested in any aspect of Boorer/Borer ancestry is always welcomed. Happy to help with advice and information and hope that this will lead to a exchange of information of mutual benefit.


Retained study profile

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