Boourn is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Boourn family
The surname Boourn 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Boourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boourn research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1679, 1611, 1690, 1648 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Boourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boourn Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Boourn family name include Bourne, Borne, Bourn and others.
Early Notables of the Boourn family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Ralph Bourne of Hilderstan Hall; Immanuel Bourne (1590-1679), English divine from East Haddon, Northamptonshire; Nehemiah Bourne (c.
1611-1690), an... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boourn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boourn family to Ireland
Some of the Boourn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boourn family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Boourn surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Mary Bourn who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; John Bourn settled in Barbados with his wife and sons in 1680; Benjamin Bourne settled in Virginia in 1650.
The Boourn 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.