The 1840s was the first decade for over a century in which population growth in Cornwall, fuelled by the growth of mining, abruptly slowed down. In the 1840s mass emigration began from Cornwall to places overseas. But that overseas movement, stimulated by the economic difficulties of the later 1840s, has masked a parallel contemporary migration … Continue reading ‘The dialect of the people grew more provincial’: the east Cornish mining boom of the 1840s
From this point on in my weekly surname blogs, I intend to work through the names in The Surnames of Cornwall, providing maps of their distribution in the sixteenth century, if not already covered in previous blogs. I'll deal with one to four surnames (depending on their frequency) in each blog. If such maps already … Continue reading Cornish surnames in the 1500s
Two fairly common Cornish surnames, both with a wide distribution in the 1500s. You can find maps of these in 1861 for comparison here. Remember, if you want information on a surname that hasn’t appeared in my book or been a subject of a previous blog do let me know.