, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Carnell. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Carnell family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames
were adopted in medieval England
is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Carnell is a local
type of surname and the Carnell family lived in the county of Cornwall
in southwest England.
Early Origins of the Carnell family
The surname Carnell was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Carnell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carnell research.Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1513, 1601, 1452, 1467, 1581, 1659, 1613, 1644, 1842, 1605, 1675, 1610, 1662, 1632, 1673, 1660, 1662, 1655, 1698, 1692, 1693, 1689, 1698, 1654, 1717, 1685, 1689, 1468, 1537, 1502, 1503, 1514, 1515, 1505, 1506, 1515, 1516, 1519, 1520 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Carnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carnell Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Cornwall
, Cornelle, Cornell, Cornwell, Cornewall, Cornal, Cornale, Cornevale, Carnwell, Carnewell, Carnville, Carnevale, Cornhall, Cornehall, Cornhale, Cornwale, Curnow (from native Cornish word) and many more.
Early Notables of the Carnell family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Cornwall, High Sheriff
in 1452 and 1467; Jane Cornwallis (1581-1659), an English lady whose private correspondence (1613-1644) were published in 1842, mother of Frederick Cornwallis; Thomas Cornwallis (c.
1605-1675), an English politician and colonial administrator, one of the first Commissioners... Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carnell family to Ireland
Some of the Carnell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carnell family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Carnell or a variant listed above:
Carnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Daniel Carnell, who landed in Maryland in 1678 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Carnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary J. Carnell, aged 43, who emigrated to America, in 1895
- G. Stanley Carnell, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1896
- Wm. Carnell, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1897
Carnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Herbert Carnell, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Hilgay, England, in 1908
- George Carnell, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Honeton, England, in 1909
- Hannah Carnell, aged 25, who landed in America from Hilgay, England, in 1910
- Alfred Carnell, aged 30, who landed in America from Hilgay, England, in 1910
- Mrs. Hannah Carnell, who landed in America, in 1910
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Carnell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Liesa Carnell, aged 58, who emigrated to Carmenville, Newfoundland in 1908
- Ethel Carnell, aged 28, who landed in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1922
- Selby Carnell, aged 25, who emigrated to Fogo, Newfoundland in 1924
Carnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J. Carnell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
Contemporary Notables of the name Carnell (post 1700)
- Edward John Carnell (1919-1967), American theologian, ordained Baptist pastor, President of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California
- Anne Katherine "Kate" Carnell AO (b. 1955), Australian politician, 3rd Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (1995 to 2000)
- John Carnell (1912-1972), British science fiction editor
- Bradley Carnell (b. 1977), South African football defender
- Arthur Carnell (1862-1940), British gold medalist sport shooter at the 1908 London Olympics
- Andrew Carnell (1877-1951), Canadian politician in Newfoundland
The Carnell Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: La Vie Durante
Motto Translation: During life.