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The surname Cornett was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 as the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. They held a family seat at Low Hall. Robert Cornay held estates in 1301.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corne, Corney, Cornie, Cornay, Cornhay, Cawney, Cawny, Corn, Cornah, Cornall and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornett research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Cornett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cornett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Eleanor Cornett, who landed in Maryland in 1674

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  • R. Orin Cornett (1913-2002), American physicist
  • Marshall Eugene Cornett (1898-1947), Oregon businessman and American Republican politician
  • "Banjo" Bill Cornett (b. 1890), American traditional folk singer and banjo player
  • Abbie Cornett (b. 1966), Republican member of the Nebraska Legislature
  • Hannah Cornett (b. 1982), American actor, athlete, and model
  • Brad Byron Cornett (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jonathan Webster Cornett (1883-1973), American President of Prudential Insurance Company of America


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  • The Cornett Family by Essie Richardson Cornett.
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  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Cornett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cornett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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