Cornwall Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Cornwell, Cornell, Gornall, Cordwell, Pownall, Cundall, Crowell

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Cornwall Family Origin

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Cornwall Family Occupations

What did your Cornwall ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cornwall family was Laundress. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cornwall. The most common Cornwall occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Cornwall's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Laundress


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

Cornwall Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Cornwall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cornwall 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cornwall. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Cornwall. For the veterans among your Cornwall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cornwall Life Expectancy

What is the average Cornwall lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Cornwall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Cornwall in 1948 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cornwall

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cornwall 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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