meaning of Bourn

Bourn meaning in General Dictionary

A bound a boundary a limit thus aim targeted at objective

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  • A stream or rivulet a burn
  • an archaic term for a boundary
  • an archaic term for a target or destination
  • Alt. of Bourne

Bourn meaning in Names Dictionary

From the brook.
Name Origin: English
Name Gender: Male


Bourn meaning in Etymology Dictionary

also bourne, "little flow," specifically of winter months torrents associated with the chalk downs, Old English brunna, burna "brook, stream," from Proto-Germanic *brunnoz "springtime, water feature" (cognates: Old tall German brunno, Old Norse brunnr, Old Frisian burna, German Brunnen "fountain," Gothis brunna "well"), eventually from PIE root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).

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  • "destination," 1520s, from French borne, evidently a variant of bodne (see bound (n.)). Employed by Shakespeare in Hamlet's soliloquy (1602), from where it joined into English poetic address. He required it probably into the correct sense of "boundary," but it happens to be taken to imply "goal" (Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold) or occasionally "realm" (Keats).The dread of anything after demise, The vndiscouered Countrey; from whose Borne No Traueller returnes. ["Hamlet" III.i.79]

Bourn meaning in General Dictionary

(v.) Alt. of Bourne

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  • (n.) Alt. of Bourne