Börne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Börne name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from 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 Börne family

The surname Börne 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 Börne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Börne 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 Börne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Börne Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Börne has undergone many spelling variations, including Bourne, Borne, Bourn and others.

Early Notables of the Börne 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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Börne Ranking

In the United States, the name Börne is the 11,593rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name Börne is ranked the 2,617th most popular surname with an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Börne family to Ireland

Some of the Börne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Börne migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Börne were among those contributors:

Börne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Borne, who arrived in Virginia as early as 1620
  • William Borne, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [5]
  • An Borne, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [5]
  • William Borne, who landed in Virginia in 1699 [5]
Börne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Borne sailed into port at New York, NY between the years of 1710 and 1714
  • William Borne, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [5]
  • Joseph Borne, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [5]
  • Ludwick Borne, aged 32, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [5]
  • Henry Borne, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1795 [5]
Börne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carolina Borne, who settled in America in 1844 at the age of 16
  • J Borne, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1848 [5]

Australia Börne migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Börne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Borne, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [6]

West Indies Börne migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Börne Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Richard Borne, aged 24, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [5]
  • Mr. Richard Borne, (b. 1610), aged 24, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634 [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Borne, (b. 1612), aged 22, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634 [8]
  • Mr. Marmaduke Borne, aged 21 who arrived in St. Kitts (St Christopher) aboard the ship "Amity" in 1635 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Börne (post 1700) +

  • Allen J. Borne, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 1992; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996


The Börne 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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ 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)


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