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Where did the English Cornelius family come from? What is the English Cornelius family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cornelius family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cornelius family history?The Cornelius surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from Cornelius, a given name that came to England in the 15th or 16th century from Holland or Belgium. The names Cornelius and Cornelia were popular in the Low Countries because the relics of St. Cornelius, a Pope from the third century, were kept at the Chapter of Rosnay, in Flanders.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cornelius are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cornelius include: Cornelius, Cornelis, Cornellis, Cornelys and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornelius research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1568, 1575, and 1664 are included under the topic Early Cornelius History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Cornelius Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cornelius or a variant listed above:
Cornelius Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Cornelius Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Cornelius Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Cornelius Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cornelius Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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