Show ContentsCornthwaite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Cornthwaite comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Cornthwaite, which is found in the North Lonsdale and Furness district of Lancashire. This is just one of many placenames in northern England with the suffix -thwaite. The surname Cornthwaite 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 Cornthwaite family

The surname Cornthwaite was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat in North Lonsdale, Silverdale and in Furness.

Early History of the Cornthwaite family

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Cornthwaite Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cornthwaite has been recorded under many different variations, including Cornthwaite, Cornethwet, Cornwhite, Cornethwaitt, Cornethwait and many more.

Early Notables of the Cornthwaite family

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United States Cornthwaite migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cornthwaite or a variant listed above:

Cornthwaite Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Cornthwaite, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1802

Australia Cornthwaite migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cornthwaite Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Cornthwaite, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Alfred Cornthwaite, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [2]

New Zealand Cornthwaite 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:

Cornthwaite Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Cornthwaite, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cornthwaite (post 1700) +

  • Robert O. Cornthwaite (1917-2006), American film and television character actor
  • Robert Cornthwaite (1818-1890), English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Dave Cornthwaite (b. 1979), English adventurer, writer and filmmaker
  • Robert Richard Cornthwaite (b. 1984), English-Australian footballer

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from on Facebook