The German surname Borchardt is found in northern Germany and Holland and is of patronymic origin. The name is derived from the medieval personal name Burkhard, composed of the elements burg ‘fort’, ‘castle’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. Early recordings of the name in Germany include Jakob Borchart of Frankfurt in 1471, and Drewes Borchard of Stolp in 1548. A notable bearer of the name was the 19th Century German mathematician Carl Wilhelm Borchardt. Today there are approximately 4000 bearers of the surname Borchardt living in The United States.
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