The Surnames of Cornwall Project

This is a project that led to a book on the surnames of Cornwall in 2019.

For more see here.

10 thoughts on “The Surnames of Cornwall Project

  1. I would like to do something similar for surnames and variants in County Durham in the sixteenth century. Would you be willing to help me with the setting up of the mapping?


    1. Sorry, Ken but I don’t have any templates for Durham. The map in the piece above was drawn from an original parish template, which I altered to reflect C19th registration sub-district boundaries. So your first task is to find a decent large scale parish map template for Durham and then use gimp or other suitable photoshop software to manipulate the image and clean it up if necessary.


  2. Where did the surname Cobbledick originate from prior to Cornwall ? I heard that it might be from Friesland before Cornwall during the medieval times ?


    1. You don’t want to believe everything you hear. I’ve heard that Cobbledick originated from Lincolnshire but I’m sceptical about that too. If it was either from Lincs or Friesia it must have arrived early as it was already present in the far north of Cornwall by 1500. It’s a bit of a mystery but my theory in my Surnames of Cornwall (p.38), for what it’s worth, is that it’s either from a lost placename in Devon or a nickname.


  3. Is the robartes robertes name common to cornwall ive come back to a robertes robartes spelling in my geneology and have searched on internet and found multiple robertes in cornwall but the name after was roberts is it still a cornish spelling or something from elsewhere?


  4. Hi I have tried reaching out before about alternate spellings of roberts in Cornwall are they valid or are they not names are robertes
    And robartes But afterwards became roberts please give me some info?


  5. My name is ”Le Pihiff”. ”Pihiff” in breton. This name is very rare in Brittany. In my family, the legend tells our ancestors came from North. But North of what ? I don’t know! Could Pihiff name be a cornish name or welsh name? Or from another celtic country ?


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