The English surname Cornwell, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is an habitational name from Cornwell in Oxfordshire, named from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’.variant of Cornwall. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger de Cornwelle, which was dated 1161, Eynsham. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1635 when William Cornwell arrived in Barbados. Today there are approximately 12,000 bearers of the name Cornwell living in the US.
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