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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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Where is the Cornell family from?

You can see how Cornell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cornell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cornell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 381 Cornell families living in Ontario. This was about 72% of all the recorded Cornell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cornell families in 1911.
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What did your Cornell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Cornell. 35% of Cornell men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Cornell women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cornell were Farmers Son and Taper.

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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
    35%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Farmers Son
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    29%
  • Teacher
    20%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Taper
    10%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Cornell. 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 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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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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