What does Bourne mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bourn, bournenoun

    an archaic term for a boundary

  2. bourn, bournenoun

    an archaic term for a goal or destination


  1. bournenoun

    A boundary.

    ..and though I did not stop in my advance, yet I went on slowly, like a man who should have passed a bourne unnoticed, and strayed into the country of the dead.

  2. bournenoun

    A goal or destination.

  3. bournenoun

    A stream or brook in which water flows only seasonally.


  1. bourne

    Bourne is a type of boundary in geographical terms, often referring to a small stream or brook. It is also popular as a surname. Additionally, it can signify a goal or destination. "Bourne" is most recognized from the "Bourne Identity" series of spy thriller films and novels. However, without context, it's hard to define precisely as it can have varying meanings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bourne

    a stream or rivulet; a burn

  2. Bournenoun

    a bound; a boundary; a limit. Hence: Point aimed at; goal


  1. Bourne

    Bourne is a market town and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the eastern edge of the Kesteven Uplands and the western border of the Lincolnshire Fens.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bourne

    The Anglo-Saxon term for a small stream or brook, originating from springs, and winding through meadows, thus differing from a beck. Shakspeare makes Edgar say in "King Lear"-- "Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me." The word also signifies a boundary.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bourne is ranked #3823 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bourne surname appeared 9,270 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Bourne.

    74.4% or 6,902 total occurrences were White.
    18.2% or 1,690 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 292 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 242 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 93 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 51 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bourne in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bourne in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Bourne in a Sentence

  1. Trevor Crabb:

    I’m symptom-free, thankfully, but deeply disappointed to not be able to join Jake on the sand and compete as a member of Team USA, i want Jake to play in his fourth Olympic games and I want him to bring home a medal. Tri Bourne, an incredible athlete, person and close friend will be competing alongside Jake and filling my spot on Team USA.

  2. Jason Walsh:

    He did n’t need to look like Jason Bourne yet, so our focus changed from aesthetics to just keeping him healthy.

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