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Bourns Family History

Bourns Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream or streams, from the Middle English nominative plural or genitive singular of burne (see Bourne).

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

Similar surnames: Burns, Bourne, Bouras, Bourn, Bourg, Sours, Bour, Bowns, Bowens, Burn

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Where is the Bourns family from?

You can see how Bourns families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bourns family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bourns families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 12 Bourns families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 30% of all the recorded Bourns's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Bourns families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bourns surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bourns ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Bourns. 78% of Bourns men worked as a Farmer.

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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
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Bourns. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bourns 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 518 immigration records available for the last name Bourns. 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 490 military records available for the last name Bourns. For the veterans among your Bourns ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bourns lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Bourns life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bourns in 1963 was 90, and 78 in 2004.

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