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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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Carpenter

    2%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cornish. The most common Cornish occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Cornish's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Cornish family was Carpenter.

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Cornish Historical Records

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Cornish Life Expectancy

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