Cornelius Family History

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Cornelius Name Meaning

Dutch, Danish, and German: from a personal name borne by a 3rd-century Christian saint and pope, Latin Cornelius, an old Roman family name, probably derived from cornu ‘horn’. Compare Corne.

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

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

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Cornelius Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cornelius name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cornelius. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Cornelius Family Origin

Where is the Cornelius family from?

Cornelius Family Occupations

What did your Cornelius ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cornelius occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Cornelius's were Farmers. Farmer, Fisherman and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cornelius. A less common occupation for the Cornelius family was School.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Laborer

  • School


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

Cornelius Historical Records

What Cornelius family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 99,000 census records available for the last name Cornelius. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cornelius 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 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 Card

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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Cornelius Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cornelius

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cornelius 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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