Cornell Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Cornwell, Carnell, Corney, Corbell, Cordell, Cornely, Corwell

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Cornell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cornell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cornell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Cornell Family Origin

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Cornell Family Occupations

What did your Cornell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cornell family was Labourer. Agricultural Labourer, Farm Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cornell. The most common Cornell occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 10% of Cornell's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cornell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cornell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 187,000 census records available for the last name Cornell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cornell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Cornell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Cornell. For the veterans among your Cornell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cornell Life Expectancy

What is the average Cornell lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cornell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Cornell in 1944 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cornell 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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