The name Corneille is derived from the Old French word "corme," which referred to the fruit of the "sorb" or "service" tree. The surname most likely evolved from a nickname
originally used for someone who lived near such a tree, or who sold its fruit at the market.
Early Origins of the Corneille family
The surname Corneille was first found in Brittany
in de Chambray, where they held a family seat.
Early History of the Corneille family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corneille research.Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1079, 1480, 1681, 1701, 1850, 1606, 1684, 1601, 1664, 1642, 1708, 1646 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Corneille History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Corneille Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Corneille, including Cormier, Cormiere, Cormie, Cormey, De Cormie, De Cormey, De Cormier and many more.
Early Notables of the Corneille family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst this name at this time was Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), a French tragedian, often called “the founder of French tragedy"; Michel Corneille the Elder (c.
1601-1664)... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corneille Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Corneille family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Corneille has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Corneille were Robert Cormier (1602–1712), a ship’s carpenter born in Poitou, who settled in Acadia in 1650; John Cormie who settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1790.
Contemporary Notables of the name Corneille (post 1700)
- Thomas Corneille (1625-1709), French playwright
- Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French dramatist
- Guillaume Corneille (b. 1922), Belgian painter