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Cornforth is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in or near the settlement of Cornford in the county of Durham. Thus, the surname Cornforth belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Cornforth Early Origins



The surname Cornforth 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.

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Cornforth Spelling Variations


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Cornforth Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cornforth family name include Cornforth, Cornford, Carnforth, Carnford, Corneford, Cornefurth, Corneforth, Cornfoot and many more.

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Cornforth Early History


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Cornforth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cornforth research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1339, 1469, 1514, 1798, and 1809 are included under the topic Early Cornforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cornforth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cornforth Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cornforth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Paul Cornforth who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • William Cornforth, aged 34, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cornforth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cornforth (post 1700)



  • Arthur Cornforth (1861-1938), American politician, 14th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado in 1905
  • Fanny Cornforth (1835-1909), English artist's model and mistress of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossett
  • John Lewley Cornforth CBE (1937-2004), English architectural historian
  • John Cornforth (b. 1967), former Wales international football player
  • Maurice Campbell Cornforth (1909-1980), British Marxist philosopher
  • Mark Cornforth (b. 1972), retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played from 1994 to 2000
  • Sir John Warcup Cornforth (1917-2013), Australian organic chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cornforth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cornforth 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 December 2016 at 16:05.

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