name Cornabay comes from the family having resided in the region of Carnaby
a parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Cornabay family
The surname Cornabay was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cornabay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornabay research.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1407, 1404, 1541, 1595, 1645, 1624, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1640 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Cornabay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cornabay Spelling Variations
Cornabay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Carnaby, Carnabey and others.
Early Notables of the Cornabay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Carnaby (died 1407), English politician, Member of Parliament for Northumberland
in 1404; Leonard Cornaby, High Sheriff
of Northumberland... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cornabay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cornabay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cornabays to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Carnaby who settled in Virginia in 1741.