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Cornish Family History

Cornish Name Meaning
English: regional name for someone from the county of Cornwall, from Middle English corneys, cornysh. Not surprisingly, the surname is common in adjacent Devon, but it is also well established as far afield as Essex and Lancashire.Possibly also an Americanized spelling of German Kornisch, a nickname for a sickly or weak person, from Sorbian krne ‘weak’, ‘poor’.

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

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Name Distribution of Cornish Families

  • Number of Cornish families
     101 - 199
     34 - 100
     1 - 33
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cornish families
     397 - 791
     133 - 396
     1 - 132
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cornish families
     10 - 17
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Cornish census records

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Cornish Family Origin

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Cornish Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Cornish families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

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Average Life Expectancy for Cornish

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Cornish Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Cornish census records

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Cornish Civil War Service Records

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