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Cornish Surnames

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There is a saying in Cornwall : By Ros, Car, Lan, Tre, Pol, and Pen ..... you shall know most Cornish!

Names starting with these old Celtic Cornish words are certainly common in Cornwall,
but there are many other names which you may bear that can be Cornish also!
Perhaps you are Cornish too!

Here are just a few:
Ahearn
Andrewartha
Angove
Anning
Annear
Arthur
Baragwaneth
Bastian
Bell
Berryman
Blamey
Boden
Bolitho
Bonython
Bosanko
Bray
Brock
Burrows
Cass
Causley
Collis
Chegwidden
Chynoweth
Climo
Clews
Colenso
Colley
Connor
Couch
Craddick
Crago
Crocker
Curnow/Kerno
Deane
Dobell
Drew
Eddy
Endean
Ellery
Ellis
Elliott
Evans
Faull
Fenton
Frayne
Fry
Gay
Geake
Gee
Glasson
Godden
Goldsworthy
Goninan
Goss
Grose
Grigg
Gundry
Hain/Haines
Hale
Hancock
Hannaford
Hart
Hannah
Harvey
Hawke
Hellyer
Hendry/Hendy
Hocking
Hosking Hoskins
Hutchens
Inch
Isbel
Jago/Jacka
James
Jewell
Johns
Joliffe
Jolly
Jory/Jose
Julian
Keast
Keen
Kemp
Kent
Kersey
Kinsey
Kirby
Kitto
Laity
Lander
Lawry/Lowry
Lean
Leggo
Lock
Lyon
May
Mayne
Menadue
Moon
Moyle
Mundey
Nance
Nankervis
Negus
Nicholls/Nicholas
Odgers
Otes/Oates
Olver
Pascoe
Pawley
Perrin
Phillips
Prowse
Quick
Richards/Rickard
Roach
Roberts
Rogers/Rodgers
Rodda
Ruse/Rouse
Sara
Sanders
Skewes
Symons/Simmons
Stevens/Stephens
Tangye
Teague
Terrill
Thorne
Tonkin/Tink
Truscott
Tyack
Uren
Veale/Vial
Vivian
Vosper
Voss
Warren
Warne/Wearne

(and there are many dozens more)
Tre = Homestead, Pol = Pool, Pen = Head, Ros = Heath, Car = Camp, Lan = Churchyard

A good reference book is G. Pawley White's classic "A Handbook of Cornish Surnames"
1972 (Ed 2. 1981) from Dyllansow Truran"

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Q. What's the difference between a Coat of Arms & Family Crest?
A. A coat of arms technically refers to the cloth covering worn by knights over their armor to display their arms. Arms are the correct term used to describe what we call today a Coat of Arms or Family Crest, with a Crest being the charge (symbol) over the helmet, so both terms coat of arms and family crest are the same thing.

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