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Where did the English Cornford family come from? When did the Cornford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cornford family history?

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cornford has been spelled many different ways, including Cornforth, Carnforth, Cornford, Carnford, Cornfoot, Cornfute, Corphat, Cornfut and many more.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1242 when Thomas Cornford held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornford research. Another 354 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1339, 1455, 1469, 1487, 1520, 1570, 1601, 1653, and 1705 are included under the topic Early Cornford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cornford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cornfords to arrive in North America:

Cornford Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mrs. Cornford, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Jno Cornford, who landed in America in 1830

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  • Francis Macdonald Cornford, English classical scholar and poet
  • Walter Latter Cornford (1900-1964), English cricketer
  • Rupert John Cornford, English poet


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