Origin of bourbonafter Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it has been produced a whiskey distilled from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent corn grain and stored in charred new oak containers for not less than two years
- name of the ruling family of France (1589-1793; 1814-48, from 1830 to 1848 as the Orléans branch); of Spain (1700-1808; 1813-1931; 1975- ); of Naples and Sicily (1734-1806; 1815-60), united as the kingdom of the Two Sicilies, 1815; and of various duchies & principalities in Italy at various times within the periods 1748-1807 & 1815-60, including Parma, Piacenza, Lucca, & Etruria
- [alsob-] a political and social reactionary
Origin of bourbonAfter the region of Bourbon County, Kentucky, which formerly included much of the northeastern part of the state
Origin of BourbonPartly in reference to the reactionary rule of the Bourbon family in France between 1815 and 1830 after its restoration to the monarchy, and partly in reference to the southern US origins of bourbon whiskey
Both derive from the French Bourbon dynasty, named for the lordship of French Bourbon l'Archambault. The town's name derives from Gaulish Borvo, a local Celtic deity associated with hot springs, from Proto-Celtic *borvo (“froth, foam”).