Show ContentsCornejo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Cornejo family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Cornejo is a nickname type of surname for a person that was loved by his family and friends having derived from the Spanish word "caro," which was itself derived from the Latin word "carus," which means beloved or dear.

Early Origins of the Cornejo family

The surname Cornejo was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern corner of Spain.

Early History of the Cornejo family

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Cornejo Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Coronado, de Coronado, Cornado, Corona, de Corona, Coronas, Coronel, de Coronel, Cornel, Cornejo, de Cornejo and many more.

Early Notables of the Cornejo family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were María Alonso Coronel, wife of Castilian hero Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, "The Good", whom she married in 1282; fourteenth century noblewoman Aldonza Coronel, King Pedro I's mistress, who later became Abbess of the convent of Santa Inés; her sister María Coronel, founder of the convent; sixteenth century physicist Luis Coronel; his brother, linguist Pablo Coronel; Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján (1510-1554), a Spanish conquistador, who visited New Mexico and other parts of what are now the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542; and his nephew, Juan Vásquez de...
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Cornejo Ranking

In the United States, the name Cornejo is the 4,785th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Cornejo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cornejo Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Luis Cornejo, who sailed to America in 1511
  • Hernando de Cornejo, traveled to Cartagena in 1534
  • Alonso Cornejo, voyaged to Florida in 1538
  • Miguel Cornejo, went to Peru in 1588
Cornejo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luis Cornejo, who arrived in America in 1811 [2]
  • Gonzalo Cornejo, who landed in America in 1813 [2]
  • Hernan Cornejo, who arrived in America in 1814 [2]
  • Hernando De Cornejo, who landed in Cartagena in 1834 [2]
  • Alonso Cornejo, who arrived in Florida in 1838 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cornejo (post 1700) +

  • Nate Cornejo (b. 1979), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • Mardie Cornejo (b. 1951), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Cristina Kotz Cornejo, Argentine-American director and screenwriter
  • Alfredo Cornejo (1933-1959), Chilean gold medalist boxer at the 1959 Pan American Games
  • Patricio Cornejo (b. 1944), retired Chilean professional tennis player
  • Oscar Roberto Cornejo "Toto" Hernandez (b. 1983), Argentine footballer
  • José María Cornejo Merino y Guevara (1788-1864), Salvadoran politician, Chief of State of El Salvador (1829 to 1830) and (1830 to 1832)
  • Francisco Cornejo (1892-1963), Mexican painter and sculptor
  • Fernando Cornejo (1969-2009), Chilean football midfielder
  • Antonio Cornejo Polar (1936-1997), Peruvian-born academic, teacher, literature and cultural critic

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  2. 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) on Facebook