The name Cornfield is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in or near the settlement of Cornford in the county of Durham
. Thus, the surname Cornfield belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Cornfield family
The surname Cornfield was first found in Durham
, where the name is associated with the township of Cornforth, sometimes known as Cornforth, in the parish of Bishop's Middleham.
Early History of the Cornfield family
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Cornfield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cornfield 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cornfield include: Cornforth, Cornford, Carnforth, Carnford, Corneford, Cornefurth, Corneforth, Cornfoot and many more.
Early Notables of the Cornfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cornfield family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Cornfield or a variant listed above: Paul Cornforth who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774.