Cornish Family History

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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

Where is the Cornish family from?

Cornish Family Occupations

What did your Cornish ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cornish occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Cornish's were Farmers. Farmer, Student and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cornish. A less common occupation for the Cornish family was S.

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  • Farmer

  • Student

  • Going To School

  • S


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

Cornish Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Cornish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cornish 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Cornish. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Cornish. For the veterans among your Cornish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cornish Life Expectancy

What is the average Cornish lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Cornish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Cornish in 1950 was 52, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cornish

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cornish 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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