Cornwell Family History

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Cornwell Name Meaning

habitational name from Cornwell in Oxfordshire, named from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’. variant of Cornwall.

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

Similar surnames: Cornell, Cordwell, Cornwall, Corwell, Bonwell, Cranwell, Cogswell

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Cornwell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cornwell name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Cornwell Family Origin

Where is the Cornwell family from?

Cornwell Family Occupations

What did your Cornwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cornwell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 49% of Cornwell's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cornwell family was Farmer Son. Farmer, Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cornwell.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer Son


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

Cornwell Historical Records

What Cornwell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Cornwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cornwell 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 Cornwell. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Cornwell. For the veterans among your Cornwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cornwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Cornwell lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Cornwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Cornwell in 1949 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cornwell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cornwell 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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