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Cornelius Family History

Cornelius Name Meaning

Dutch German Danish and southern English: from the Latin personal name Cornelius (originally an old Roman surname probably derived from cornu ‘horn’) borne by a 3rd-century pope and Christian saint. In England this name is rarely found before the 16th century when the name was brought to England from the Low Countries by Protestants among whom it was also a popular name in the vernacular form Cornelis. In North America this surname may also be an altered form of the German or Dutch variant Kornelius.

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


Similar surnames: Cornell, Cornelio, Cornellier, Cornelsen, Cornely, Corner, Chelius

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Where is the Cornelius family from?

You can see how Cornelius families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cornelius family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cornelius families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 142 Cornelius families living in Ontario. This was about 74% of all the recorded Cornelius's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cornelius families in 1911.
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What did your Cornelius ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Cornelius. 27% of Cornelius men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Cornelius women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cornelius were Fisherman and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Labourer
    20%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Fisherman
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Clerk
    50%
  • Teacher
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Cornelius. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Cornelius. For the veterans among your Cornelius ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cornelius lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cornelius life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cornelius in 1944 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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