Bourne Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Bourne Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Bourne

The origin of the name Bourne was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Bourne include Born, Borne, Boorn, Boorne, Bowne, Bourner, Burne and many others. The ancient name is usually of locational origin describing a person who lived near a stream or brook. It is derived from the old English words 'burne' and 'broc', meaning a stream or small river. Over the centuries names were changed according to how they sounded and were pronounced with the same name often being both spelled and pronounced differently in neighboring towns and cities. In Ireland the name Bourne can be found in Ulster Province since the sixteenth century but is most associated with Counties Dublin and Kildare where the name and its variants have existed since the fifteenth century. Families of the name in County Mayo in the western part of Ireland have changed their original name to Burn, Burns, Byron and even to Byrne.
The Bourne coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bourne descendants.
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