Show ContentsCornelison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cornelison was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from Cornelius, a given name that came to England in the 15th or 16th century from Holland or Belgium. The names Cornelius and Cornelia were popular in the Low Countries because the relics of St. Cornelius, a Pope from the third century, were kept at the Chapter of Rosnay, in Flanders. [1]

Early Origins of the Cornelison family

The surname Cornelison was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Cornelison family

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Cornelison Spelling Variations

Cornelison 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. Many variations of the name Cornelison have been found, including Cornelius, Cornelis, Cornellis, Cornelys and others.

Early Notables of the Cornelison family (pre 1700)

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Cornelison Ranking

In the United States, the name Cornelison is the 7,990th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Cornelison migration to the United States +

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 Cornelisons to arrive on North American shores:

Cornelison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Comely Cornelison, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [3]
  • Clan Cornelison, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [3]
  • Herman Cornelison, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [3]
  • John Cornelison, who landed in Virginia in 1682 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cornelison (post 1700) +

  • Earnest Cornelison, American founder of Bybee Pottery, Middletown, Kentucky in 1809, now in it's fifth generation of the same family's ownership
  • James Cornelison (b. 1964), American tenor who sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" at the beginning of home games for the Chicago Blackhawks since 2007
  • Jerry Gale Cornelison (b. 1936), American former CFL and AFL offensive tackle

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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