Cornish Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Hornish, Corliss, Corning, Borish, Norris, Moris, Harnish, Berish

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Cornish Family Origin

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Cornish Family Occupations

What did your Cornish ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Cornish family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cornish. The most common Cornish occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Cornish's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Cornish Historical Records

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Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Cornish ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

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Cornish Life Expectancy

What is the average Cornish lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, Cornish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Cornish in 1950 was 52, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cornish


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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cornish ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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