The cognate of burn in standard English is "bourn", "bourne", "borne", "born", which is retained in placenames like Bournemouth, King's Somborne, Holborn and also in the likes of Paderborn in Germany. Both the English and German words derive from the Saxon "brunna".
A cognate in German is Born (contemp. Brunnen), meaning "well", "spring" or "source".
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