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Although the surname is found in Jersey records at the start of the 17th century, it was more than 100 years before a family became established


Jessie Cornish, nee Manning (1881-1969)

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Origins of surname

Unsurprisingly this name was originally given to a native of Cornwall, and is derived from the old English Cornisc, a compound of corn- from the Celtic kernow, meaning 'horn' or 'headland', plus the adjectival suffix -isc".

Early records

Although the name appears in Jersey church records as early as 1602 with the marriage in St Brelade of Robert Cornish and Elizabeth Chevalier of St Mary, it is ignored by the compiler of our Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames. Robert, who is shown in the marriage record as coming from St Brelade, may perhaps have been an immigrant from England who settled in the parish. Robert and Elizabeth's daughter Susanne was baptised in the parish in 1603.

The Cornish families which became established in Jersey originated mainly in Somerset.


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Great War service

Sons of Charles Henry and Mary Jane Keyho

Sons of James Hughes Cornish and Mary McDonald

  • James William Cornish (1886- ) (St H) Ordinary Seaman RNVR
  • Sydney Philip Cornish (1889- )(St H) Corporal, Australian Field Artillery, wounded

  • Albert William Cornish (1877-1914), born in Bideford, Devon, was killed in action on 19 September 1914, while serving with the 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Two of his three children were born in Jersey, his daughter Edna Irene only nine months before his death

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Cornish family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Cornish : Charles , of Camberwell, co Surrey, now of St Aubin's Road, St Helier - 03/Mar/1846 , 06/Sep/1851 , D/Y/A/27/136
  • Cornish : George William , of The Firs, St Mary - 20/Jul/1953 , 28/Jan/1956 , D/Y/B1/34/12
  • Cornish : James Hughes , 12 Charles Street, St Helier - 19/Jun/1905 , 06/Feb/1948 , D/Y/A/119/22
  • Cornish : John Philip , St Clement - 04/Jul/1911 , 02/Sep/1911 , D/Y/A/70/83
  • Cornish : Mabel Mary , widow of Walter Thomas Pugsley, of No 32, Poonah Road, St Helier - 24/Oct/1958 , 03/Aug/1979 , D/Y/B1/304/35
  • Cornish : Madeleine May Mary , wife of Cyril John Liron, of 18, Coastlands, Greve d'Azette, St Clement - 14/Jan/1976 , 14/Apr/1976 , D/Y/B1/238/18
  • Cornish : Mary , nee McDonald, of 25, Grosvenor Street, St Helier - 13/Aug/1954 , 17/May/1955 , D/Y/B1/30/24
  • Cornish : Mary Jane , widow of Edward Joseph Durham, of 3, St Mary's Arsenal - 29/Nov/1949 , 28/Jul/1954 , D/Y/B1/25/53
  • Cornish : William King , of St Helier, gasfitter and bellhanger - 23/Apr/1887 , 09/Jul/1887 , D/Y/A/46/99


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