Le Cornu

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A Le Cornu family

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The Le Cornu family, St Aubin's Road

Origin of surname

George Balleine does not offer any explanation for the derivation of the name, which is common today in Normandy and for which references have been found there as early as 1210 and 1305.

It is probably derived from the ancient French cornu which means disagreeable. However it is also said to be derived from the pre-12th century French word Cornier, which describes a trumpeter or herald, and a position of considerable importance.

Others suggest that the name is an abbreviation of Le Cornuailleur - the Cornishman - but this view finds little support.

French sources offer further suggestions. Was it simply a name for someone with corns? Or did it refer to an unfaithful husband?

Early records

Andreu, Drouet, Jo and Perrin are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550. The name had been thought not to appear in any of the 13-14th century Assize Rolls and Extentes, but Charles Stevens' Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames notes a record from 1309.

It is a French Huguenot refugee surname, but the first are not thought to have arrived in Jersey until 1572, whereas the name was established in the island at least 22 years earlier. Le Cornus are known to have moved from France to England in the early 16th century.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms is almost unique, and probably the second most distinguished in history. It is no less than the blue cross on a white field, and as such is second only to the red cross of the crusaders, on the same background. It was granted in Picardy in approximately 1390, at the time of the great wars between France and England.

Variants

  • Le Cornu, 1309
  • Le Cornue 1607
  • Le Curnelle (Cornouaillais) 1528
  • Le Cornu langles 1479
  • Cors c1340
  • Cornuele 1203
  • Cornu
  • Cornau
  • Cornuau
  • Cornier

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The wedding of Edmund Barette and Helene Le Cornu in 1912

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The impressive family memorial in St Lawrence Church cemetery

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