We went a little out of the way to go to a place called the bourn, which lies in the heath at about a mile from Farnham.
bourn, or bourne, is a poetical expression for bound or boundary.
A man at the door said Mrs. Mavering and Miss bourn were within, and took their names.
The blue flowers on the green, the lilacs in Widow bourn's garden.
Was hethe light and joy of her lifeabout to pass away to that bourn whence no traveller returns?
Then there are two Hurstbourns, one above and one below this village of bourn.
Saying which he dived under the water, and the waves soon carried the Scorpion beyond the bourn of existence.
Three sabbath-schools had been previously established by Mr. bourn.
Scanty the hour and few the steps beyond the bourn of Care, Beyond the sweet and bitter world,—beyond it unaware!
The southern brings us to bourn, where the bourn brook rises.
also bourne, "small stream," especially of the winter torrents of the chalk downs, Old English brunna, burna "brook, stream," from Proto-Germanic *brunnoz "spring, fountain" (cf. Old High German brunno, Old Norse brunnr, Old Frisian burna, German Brunnen "fountain," Gothis brunna "well"), ultimately from PIE root *bhreue- "to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn" (see brew (v.)).
"destination," 1520s, from French borne, apparently a variant of bodne (see bound (n.)). Used by Shakespeare in Hamlet's soliloquy (1602), from which it entered into English poetic speech. He meant it probably in the correct sense of "boundary," but it has been taken to mean "goal" (Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold) or sometimes "realm" (Keats).
The dread of something after death, The vndiscouered Countrey; from whose Borne No Traueller returnes. ["Hamlet" III.i.79]