Corney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Corney family

The surname Corney was first found in Cumberland at Corney, a parish, in the union of Bootle, Allerdale ward above Derwent.

"The surface is boldly varied, and the scenery in many parts strikingly picturesque; the higher grounds command diversified prospects, and from Corney Hall is an exceedingly fine view of the sea and numerous interesting objects. On the lands of the Hall are several veins of iron-ore of very rich quality, but of limited depth, which were wrought to some extent about 80 years since." [1]

The first records of the family were found in this area. Robert Cornay held estates at Low Hall, Yorkshire in 1301. [2] The Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332 listed Robert de Cornay, Lancashire; and Roger de Cornay, Lancashire. [3]

Early History of the Corney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corney research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1510, 1600, 1480, 1557, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Corney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corne, Corney, Cornie, Cornay, Cornhay, Cawney, Cawny, Corn, Cornah, Cornall and many more.

Early Notables of the Corney family (pre 1700)

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United States Corney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Corney, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [4]
Corney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rebecca Corney, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [4]
Corney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Corney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [4]

Canada Corney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Corney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841

Australia Corney migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Corney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Corney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [5]
  • Charles Corney, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Time and Truth" [6]
  • Martin Corney, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Time and Truth" [6]

New Zealand Corney migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Corney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Corney, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [7]
  • Mrs. Martha Corney, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [7]
  • Mrs. Ellen Corney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [8]
  • Miss Joan Corney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Corney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Corney (post 1700) +

  • Bolton Corney (1784-1870), English critic and antiquary, born at Greenwich on 28 April 1784, and baptised in the parish church of St. Alphage [9]
  • Corney Swanepoel (b. 1986), South African-born, New Zealand bronze medalist butterfly swimmer at the 2008 Short Course Worlds

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Clarence Henry Corney, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 9th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Time and Truth 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/timeandtruth1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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