Born History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Born family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Born comes from when the family lived at or near a local stream or a spring. Bourn is a small village and civil parish in South Cambridgeshire. The population of the parish was 1,764 people at the time of the 2001 census.

Bourn Castle was located there and originally consisted of wooden buildings on an earthwork enclosure which was erected during the reign of William the Conqueror. This was burnt down during the reign of Henry III. In the early 16th century Bourn Hall was built on part of the site.

Early Origins of the Born family

The surname Born was first found in Lincolnshire at Bourne, a market town and civil parish in the South Kesteven district which dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Brune. The place name was derived from the Old English word burna or perhaps the Old Scandinavian word brunnr.

The aforementioned Bourn in South Cambridgeshire also dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed at that time as Brune. It has a similar origin. [1]

Bourne Abbey is in Bourne, Lincolnshire dates back to before Domesday Book in 1086. At that time, it was listed as "half a church" and had a priest. In other words, it was a small church but standards of those days. Bourne Abbey and the surrounding area was held by Ogier the Breton and was a major fishery holding at the time 2,500 eels. [2]

Early History of the Born family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Born research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1560, 1590, 1679, 1611, 1690, 1648, 1719, 1648, 1689, 1754, 1689, 1714, 1796, 1714, 1569, 1524, 1531, 1696, 1733 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Born History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Born Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Born has appeared include Bourne, Borne, Bourn and others.

Early Notables of the Born family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Bourne or Bourn; (d. 1583), English mathematician, son of William Bourne of Gravesend, who died 1560; Immanuel Bourne (1590-1679), English divine from East Haddon, Northamptonshire; and Nehemiah Bourne (c. 1611-1690), an English Royal Navy Admiral who emigrated to America after the Restoration, retiring his appointment. Samuel Bourn, the Elder (1648-1719), was an English dissenting minister, born in 1648 at Derby, where his father and grandfather, who were clothiers, had shown some public spirit in providing the town with...
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Ireland Migration of the Born family to Ireland

Some of the Born family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Born migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Born arrived in North America very early:

Born Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • A Marie Born, who arrived in America in 1705 [3]
  • Gorg Born, who landed in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Hans Born, who arrived in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Jacob Born, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [3]
  • John Born, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
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Born Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Daniel Born who arrived in Philadelphia in 1803
  • F W Born, who arrived in North America in 1832 [3]
  • Johanis Born, who arrived in Baltimore in 1834 at the age of 2
  • Balser Born, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [3]
  • George Born, who arrived in New York, NY in 1838 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Born migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Born Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Born, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Born (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Charles Franklin Born (1903-1979), American Commander of the Crew Training Air Force, Air Training Command (1953-1955) [4]
  • Jacob T. Born, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, 1914-23
  • Gustav Victor Rudolf Born HonFRCS, FRS (1921-2018), German-born British pharmacologist, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at King's College London
  • Adolf Born (1930-2016), Czech painter and illustrator, caricaturist and film-maker
  • Max Born (1882-1970), German physicist, who shared the 1954 Nobel Prize for physics

  • Heinrich Born (1920-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]

The Born Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Haec omnia transeunt
Motto Translation: All these things pass away.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Charles Born. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook
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