Bourne is a word from the Anglo-Saxon language of England. It means a stream, flowing from a spring, and is commonly used in southern England, (particularly Dorset) as a name for a small river, particularly in compound names such as Winterbourne. It is used as a place name or as a part of a place name, usually in chalkdownland countryside. Alternative forms are bourn or borne. The apparent variant, borne which is found in Camborne arises from the Cornish language and refers to a hill. Born/borne in German also means fount, or spring, and is related to the Indo-European root, bhreu. That born/borne appears throughout Europe as a place name is also an important clue that this spelling is an etymological precursor to the Middle English bourne/burn.