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The Cornelius surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived 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.

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

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cornelius are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cornelius include: Cornelius, Cornelis, Cornellis, Cornelys and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornelius research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1568, 1575, and 1664 are included under the topic Early Cornelius History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cornelius Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cornelius or a variant listed above:

Cornelius Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Aaron Cornelius, who landed in New York in 1645
  • Eleanor Cornelius, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Robert Cornelius, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Margaret Cornelius, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Alicia Cornelius, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
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Cornelius Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Cornelius, who landed in New Jersey in 1730
  • Elizabeth Cornelius to Philadelphia in 1733
  • Elizabeth Cornelius, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Peter Cornelius, who landed in America in 1733
  • Vronicke Cornelius, aged 8, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
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Cornelius Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Cornelius, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • William Cornelius, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Sam Cornelius, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • T Cornelius, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • F Cornelius, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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Cornelius Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Tecle Cornelius, who arrived in Montreal in 1661

Cornelius Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Cornelius U.E who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783

Cornelius Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Cornelius arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Thomas Cornelius arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847
  • Jennifer Cornelius arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847
  • Manny Cornelius arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847
  • William Cornelius arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
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  • Thomas R. Cornelius (1827-1899), American politician and soldier, eponym of Cornelius, Oregon
  • Marty Cornelius, American artist
  • Samuel Cornelius, American music producer, who founded Sun Records in 1952
  • Carl August Peter Cornelius (1824-1874), German composer, writer about music, poet and translator
  • Alvin Robert Cornelius (1903-1991), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from 1960 to 1968
  • Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (1936-2012), American television show host and producer who created and was the host of Soul Train (1971 to 1993)
  • Peter Cornelius (1824-1874), German composer
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    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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