Cornish Submitted Surnames
were used in southwest England in the region around Cornwall.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Cornish: habitational name from any of three places in Cornwall called Carlyon, in St. Minver and Kea parishes. The first element is Celtic ker ‘fort’; the second could represent the plural of Cornish legh ‘slab’.
Means "person who lives in or by a white house" (from Cornish chy
"house" + gwyn
EDEVANE Welsh, Cornish
A rare Welsh surname, believed to be of Cornish origin. This surname is made up of two elements. ‘Ed’ is not a shortened form of Edward, but derives from the ancient (Old English?) ‘ead’ meaning ‘prosperity’ and/or ‘happiness’... [more]
GLYNN Welsh, Cornish
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Welsh glyn
, Cornish glin
, or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
A patronym, Jago is the Cornish for James but is most commonly found as a surname. It dates back to the early 13th Century.
KENWYN Cornish (Rare)
This surname is derived from the name of a town and river in Cornwall, England (called Keynwynn in Cornish). It is said that the name is derived from Cornish keyn
meaning "back, keel, ridge" and gwynn
meaning "white, fair, blessed."
MENEAR Cornish, English (British)
English (Devon; of Cornish origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a menhir, i.e. a tall standing stone erected in prehistoric times (Cornish men ‘stone’ + hir ‘long’). In the United States, it is a common surname in Pennsylvania & West Virginia.
MOYLE Cornish, Welsh
Cornish and Welsh: descriptive nickname meaning ‘bald’, from Cornish moyl
, Welsh moel
Means "person from Nancarrow", Cornwall (either "valley frequented by deer" or "rough valley"). It was borne by US composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997).
Medieval Cornish surname. Derived from the Celtic word 'nans', meaning valley. Often linked with the Breton surname 'de Nant', which also means valley.
NANKERVIS Cornish, English (Australian)
From the name of a place in St Enoder parish in Cornwall, derived from Cornish nans
"valley" and an uncertain second element, possibly *cerwys
, an unattested plural of carow
OPIE English, Cornish
From the medieval personal name Oppy
, a diminutive of such names as Osbert
, and Osbald
. Bearers of this surname include British portrait and history painter John Opie (1761-1807) and British authors and folklorists Peter Opie (1918-82) and his wife Iona Opie (née Archibald; 1923-).
Cornish form of Pascal, meaning "easter", with the Cornish patronymic suffix, -o.
Originally meant "person from Penhaligon", Cornwall ("willow-tree hill"). It is borne by Susan Penhaligon (1950-), a British actress.
PENROSE Cornish, Welsh
Originally meant "person from Penrose", Cornwall, Herefordshire and Wales ("highest part of the heath or moorland"). It is borne by the British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose (1931-).... [more]
Means "person from Prideaux, earlier Pridias", Cornwall (perhaps based on Cornish prȳ
"clay"). The modern Frenchified spelling is based on the idea that the name comes from French près d'eaux
"near waters" or pré d'eaux
"meadow of waters".
Means "person from Restowrack", farm in Cornwall ("watery hill-spur").
ROSEVEAR Cornish, English
From the name of a Cornish village near St Mawgan which derives from Celtic ros
"moor, heath" and vur
SMALLEY English, Cornish (?)
Locational surname from places in Derbyshire and Lancashire, so called from Old English smæl
‘narrow’ + leah
‘wood’, ‘clearing’. This may also be a Cornish name with an entirely separate meaning.
Cornish: habitational name from Higher or Lower Spargo, in the parish of Mabe, so named from Cornish spern ‘thorn bushes’ + cor ‘enclosure'.
Means "person from Trebilcock", Cornwall (apparently "dear one's farmstead"). The final -ck
is standardly silent.
A rare Cornish surname that derives its name from either the manor of Tregurtha in the parish of St. Hilary (located in west Cornwall) or from the hamlet of Tregurtha Barton in the parish of St. Wenn (located in central Cornwall)... [more]
Comes from the Cornish words "tre", meaning settlement and "men", meaning stone.
TREVELYAN Welsh, Cornish
Derived from a place-name which originally meant "farmstead ' trev' or Tref (town in Welsh) of Elyan".
Means "person from Trevithick", the name of various places in Cornwall ("farmstead" with a range of personal names). It was borne by British engineer Richard Trevithick (1771-1833), developer of the steam engine.
Means "person from Trezise or Tresayes", Cornwall ("Englishman's farmstead").
Perhaps means "person from Treverran", Cornwall (from Cornish tre
"farmstead" with an unknown second element), or "person from Veryan", Cornwall ("church of St Symphorian
WAKEHAM English, Cornish
A locational surname for someone who lived in one of three places called Wakeham in various parts of England, including Cornwall and/or Devon.