Cawnay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cawnay family

The surname Cawnay 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 Cawnay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cawnay research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1510, 1600, 1480, 1557, 1455, 1487, 1795, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1817, 1825, 1825, 1827, 1831, 1837, 1839, 1842, 1847 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Cawnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cawnay 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 Cawnay family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Victor Cornette, son of an organist, born at Amiens 1795, a musician of indefatigable activity. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1811, and studied composition under Lesueur. He served in the band of the 'Grenadiers tirailleurs de la Garde Impériale' in 1813 and 1814, and was at Waterloo; was professor at the College...
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Migration of the Cawnay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  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)


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