Cornhill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cornhill family

The surname Cornhill was first found in Kent where they were a baronial family, of whom William Corniole held a barony there at the time of the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]

A few years later, "Reginald de Cornhull was listed in 1165; and Gervase de Cornhill held a fief from the Earl of Essex. The latter was Viscount of Kent, 1168-73, and the family frequently held that office afterwards." [2] A few years later, Gweruse de Cornhill was noted as holding estates in London in 1179. [3]

William of Cornhill (d. 1223), was Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield and belonged to a family several members of which were high in the service of Henry II and his sons. "Their name indicates their London origin, and the first mentioned, Gervase of Cornhill, was sheriff of London early in Henry II's reign. He afterwards became an itinerant justice, and was sheriff of Surrey and Kent for many years. He left three sons, Henry, Reginald, and Ralph, of whom Reginald was the most conspicuous. This Reginald also was sheriff of Kent for a very long period, the principal interests of the family being now centred in that county. He was a close friend of King John, and hated as one of the cruellest of his evil counsellors. It was under his auspices that Cornhill, who was probably his nephew, but possibly his son, first entered into public life. About 1204 Cornhill's name begins to appear frequently in the records as a royal clerk and an officer of the exchequer. In that year he received from King John the grant of some houses in London." [4]

Early History of the Cornhill family

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Cornhill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corhill, Cornhell, Cornell, Cornill and others.

Early Notables of the Cornhill family (pre 1700)

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United States Cornhill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cornhill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Cornhill, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [5]
Cornhill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Cornhill, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [5]

New Zealand Cornhill migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cornhill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Cornhill, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Dinah Cornhill, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • James Cornhill, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • George Cornhill, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)


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