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The origins of the Bourne name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It 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.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bourne were recorded, including Bourne, Borne, Bourn and others.
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.  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. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourne research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1679, 1611, 1690, 1648 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Bourne History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bourne 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.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bourne family emigrate to North America:
Bourne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Bourné settled in Boston in 1620
- Garret Bourne settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
- Nehemiah Bourne settled in Charleston Massachusetts in 1630
- Garrett Bourne, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
- John Bourne, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
Bourne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ellis Bourne, who landed in Virginia in 1706
- lames Bourne, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
- Jesse Bourne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1742-1743
- Peter Bourne, who landed in Virginia in 1769-1770
Bourne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Bourne, who landed in New York in 1835
- Elisha Bourne, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
- H Bourne, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- E Bourne, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- E A Bourne, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
Bourne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Saml Bourne, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Bourne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- S. Bourne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
- Edward Bourne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
- Bridget Bourne, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
Bourne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Harriett Bourne, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
- George Bourne, aged 41, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- Mary Bourne, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- Eliza Bourne, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- Mary Ann Bourne, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- George Bourne (1780-1845), American abolitionist and editor, first person that proclaimed the "immediate emancipation without compensation" of American slaves
- Benjamin Bourne (1755-1808), American jurist and politician who represented Rhode Island in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Stephen Richard "Steve" Bourne (b. 1944), English-born, American computer scientist, author of the Bourne shell, the foundation for the standard command line interfaces to Unix, President of the Association for Computing Machinery (2000-2002)
- Lloyd Bourne (b. 1958), American former professional tennis player, ranked World No. 73 in 1983
- Ed Bourne, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916
- Chester W. Bourne, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1954, 1968
- Charles L. Bourne, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Kokomo, Indiana, 1917
- Charles D. Bourne, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Evansville, Indiana, 1835-38
- Benjamin Bourne (1755-1808), American politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1789-90; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1790-96; U.S. District Judge for Rhode Island, 1796-1801
- Mrs. H. K. Bourne, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1924, 1928
- The Bourne Genealogy by Helen Bourne Joy Lee.
- Old Letters, Old Biographies and Old Family Trees of Bourne, Carr, Darden and Allied Families of Virginia, Tennessee and Other States by Gertrude Morton Price Katz.
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.
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- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
The Bourne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bourne Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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