Word Origin & History
also bourne, "small stream," especially of the winter torrents of the chalk downs, O.E. brunna, burna "brook, stream," from P.Gmc. *brunnoz "spring, fountain" (cf. O.H.G. brunno, O.N. brunnr, O.Fris. burna, Ger. Brunnen "fountain," Goth. brunna "well"), ultimately from PIE base *bhreue- "to boil, bubble,
effervesce, burn" (see brew
"destination," 1520s, from Fr. borne, apparently a variant of bodne (see bound
(n.)), used by Shakespeare in Hamlet's soliloquy (1602), from which it entered into Eng. 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]