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Bourne Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, Old English burna, burne ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example Bourn in Cambridgeshire or Bourne in Lincolnshire. This word was replaced as the general word for a stream in southern dialects by Old English broc (see Brook) and came to be restricted in meaning to a stream flowing only intermittently, especially in winter.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bourns, Borne, Burns, Borner, Burke, Boone, Bouie, Baune, Boerner

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Where is the Bourne family from?

You can see how Bourne families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bourne family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bourne families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 183 Bourne families living in Ontario. This was about 66% of all the recorded Bourne's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bourne families in 1911.
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What did your Bourne ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bourne. 35% of Bourne men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Bourne women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bourne were Carpenter and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Domestic
  • Student
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 160,000 census records available for the last name Bourne. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bourne census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Bourne. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Bourne. For the veterans among your Bourne ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bourne lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bourne life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bourne in 1943 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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