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Cornell Family History

Cornell Name Meaning
Americanized form of any of the numerous Continental European surnames derived from Latin Cornelius (see Cornelius), for example French Corneille or German Kornel.Swedish: Latinized form of Horn, meaning ‘horn’; probably a soldier’s name.English: reduced form of Cornwell or of Cornhill, a habitational name from a place in Northumberland named Cornhill, from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’; or from Cornhill in London, a medieval grain exchange, named with Old English corn ‘corn’, ‘grain’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from some other place elsewhere similarly named.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Cornell Families

  • Number of Cornell families
     447 - 892
     150 - 446
     1 - 149
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cornell families
     291 - 579
     98 - 290
     1 - 97
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cornell families
     3 - 4
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cornell Family Origin

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Cornell Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Cornell

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Cornell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Cornell Civil War Service Records

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