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".
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.
- Cornish baptisms in Jersey
- Cornish marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Cornish marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Cornish burials in Jersey
Notable family members
Great War service
- Frederick Cornish (1892-1919) Private, Tank Corps, died and buried in Jersey
- Alfred Thomas Cornish (St H) , Private, RJGB
- 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
World War 2 casualties
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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The Cornish family: Albert William, Jessie, nee Manning, and their children Hilda, Sidney and Edna. The family was living in Jersey, where Sidney and Edna were born in 1912 and 1914 respectively. Albert (1877-1914) and Jessie were from Devon, and Albert was a Company Quartermaster Sergeant with the Devonshire Regiment when he was killed in action in the early days of the Great War in September 1914
A portrait of an unknown L-Cpl Cornish by Ernest Baudoux
Sydney Philip Cornish, born in Jersey in 1889, the son of James Hughes Cornish and Mary, nee McDonald, emigrated to Australia and joined the Australian Imperial Force in 1916. He fought in France in the Great War. He should not be confused with Sidney Arthur Cornish, born in Jersey in 1912, who was from a different, unrelated family, and fought in World War 2
Sporting Cornish family
Alfred Cornish, now turned cyclist, with his father Charles. The date given for this photograph was 1903, but Alfred was born in 1890, suggesting that the picture was taken some years later
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