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Cornwall Family History

Cornwall Name Meaning
regional name from the county of Cornwall, which is named with the Old English tribal name Cornwealas. This is from Kernow (the term that the Cornish used to refer to themselves, a word of uncertain etymology, perhaps connected with a Celtic element meaning ‘horn’, ‘headland’), + Old English wealas ‘strangers’, ‘foreigners’, the term used by the Anglo-Saxons for British-speaking people.variant of Cornwell.

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

774,152 Historical Documents with Cornwall on Ancestry.com
52,573 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
6,535 Military Records
6,128 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Cornwall Families

  • Number of Cornwall families
     42 - 81
     15 - 41
     1 - 14
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cornwall families
     159 - 316
     54 - 158
     1 - 53
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cornwall families
     57 - 112
     20 - 56
     1 - 19
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cornwall Family Origin

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Cornwall Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Cornwall

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Cornwall Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Cornwall census records

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Cornwall Civil War Service Records

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