The name Boourne is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came 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 Boourne family
The surname Boourne 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 Boourne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boourne research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1679, 1611, 1690, 1648 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Boourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boourne Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Boourne are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Boourne include: Bourne, Borne, Bourn and others.
Early Notables of the Boourne 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 Boourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boourne family to Ireland
Some of the Boourne 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 Boourne family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Boourne or a variant listed above: 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 Boourne 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.