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Carnsew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Carnsew family


The surname Carnsew was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Philley. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Early History of the Carnsew family


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Carnsew 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 Carnesew, Carnesow, Carnsew, Carnso, Carnsoe, Cannso, Cannsoe, Cansew, Cannsew, Carnshaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Carnsew family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Carnsew family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carnsew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Carnsew, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

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