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The surname Cornford was first found in Durham 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. 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 year 1242 when Thomas Cornford held estates in that shire.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cornford has been spelled many different ways, including Cornforth, Carnforth, Cornford, Carnford, Cornfoot, Cornfute, Corphat, Cornfut and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornford research. Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1339, 1455, 1469, 1487, 1520, 1570, 1601, 1653, and 1705 are included under the topic Early Cornford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cornford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cornfords to arrive in North America:

Cornford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mrs. Cornford, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Jno Cornford, who landed in America in 1830

Cornford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Cornford landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Cornford, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Mary Cornford, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Caroline Cornford, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841

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  • Rupert John Cornford, English poet
  • Walter Latter Cornford (1900-1964), English cricketer
  • Francis Macdonald Cornford, English classical scholar and poet


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