Show ContentsCornett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cornett is generally thought to have been derived from the Old French word 'cornet', 'a wind instrument made of horn or resembling a horn' or perhaps 'a player of the cornet.' [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Cornett family

The surname Cornett was first found in Cumberland at Corney, a parish, in the union of Bootle, Allerdale ward above Derwent. [1]

"The surface is boldly varied, and the scenery in many parts strikingly picturesque; the higher grounds command diversified prospects, and from Corney Hall is an exceedingly fine view of the sea and numerous interesting objects. On the lands of the Hall are several veins of iron-ore of very rich quality, but of limited depth, which were wrought to some extent about 80 years since." [3]

The first records of the family were found in this area. Benedict de Corneye was listed in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1260 and Robert Cornay held estates at Low Hall, Yorkshire in 1301. [1] The Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332 listed Robert de Cornay, Lancashire; and Roger de Cornay, Lancashire. [4]

Further to the north in Scotland, early records there revealed "a Sir Milo Corneth otherwise Milone Cornet appears in record about the close of the twelfth century and during the first quarter of the thirteenth he is designated prior of St. Germains in East Lothian. As Dominus Milo Corneht he was witness to the marches of Stobo about 1180. As Milone Comet he witnessed a grant of the old castle of Forfar by Robert de Quincy to Reginald de Arngentine c. 1200, and as Milone Cornet he witnessed a grant by Peter de Grame to the Hospital of Soltre between 1190-1238. In 1220 he appears again as a witness. About 1230 he is again a witness in a charter by Ade filius Edulphi to the Abbey of Neubotle. As Milone Corneth he witnessed a charter granted by Sayerus de Quincy, earl of Winchester, for the souls of King William, R. de Quincy, my father, and R. my son. To this charter the earl appends 'the seal of Roger, my son, the only one with me.' " [5]

Early History of the Cornett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornett research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1510, 1600, 1480, 1557, 1455, 1487, 1795, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1817, 1825, 1825, 1827, 1831, 1837, 1839, 1842, 1847 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Cornett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cornett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cornett have been found, including Corne, Corney, Cornie, Cornay, Cornhay, Cawney, Cawny, Corn, Cornah, Cornall and many more.

Early Notables of the Cornett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Victor Cornette, son of an organist, born at Amiens 1795, a musician of indefatigable activity. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1811, and studied composition under Lesueur. He served in the band of the 'Grenadiers tirailleurs de la Garde Impériale' in 1813 and 1814, and was at Waterloo; was professor at the...
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Cornett Ranking

In the United States, the name Cornett is the 1,449th most popular surname with an estimated 22,383 people with that name. [6]

United States Cornett migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cornett were among those contributors:

Cornett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eleanor Cornett, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cornett (post 1700) +

  • Eva Leanza Cornett (1971-2020), American television personality and beauty pageant titleholder from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Miss America (1993), Miss Florida (1992), National Sweetheart (1991)
  • Michael Earl Cornett Sr. (b. 1958), American politician, 36th Mayor of Oklahoma City (2004-), President of the United States Conference of Mayors (2016-2017)
  • 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

Suggested Readings for the name Cornett +

  • The Cornett Family by Essie Richardson Cornett.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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