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The Le Cornu family, St Aubin's Road

Origin of surname

George Balleine does not offer any explanation for the derivation of the name, which is common today in Normandy and for which references have been found there as early as 1210 and 1305.

It is probably derived from the ancient French cornu which means disagreeable. However it is also said to be derived from the pre-12th century French word Cornier, which describes a trumpeter or herald, and a position of considerable importance.

Others suggest that the name is an abbreviation of Le Cornuaillais, the Cornishman, or of La Cornouaille in Brittany, whose inhabitants had migrated ahead of the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain, from Cornwall to Brittany, retaining both names. Neither view found much original support, however, Stevens, Arthur and Stevens, in Jersey Place Names, Volume 1, 164, wrote that "early forms of the name suggest its origin was in Cornwall rather than Brittany".

French sources offer further suggestions. Was it simply a name for someone with corns? Or did it refer to an unfaithful husband?

Early records

Andreu, Drouet, Jo and Perrin are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550. The name had not been thought to appear in any pre-15th century Jersey records Assize Rolls and Extentes, but Charles Stevens' Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames notes a record from 1309.

It is not a French Huguenot refugee surname, as the first of these are not thought to have arrived in Jersey until 1572, whereas the name was established in the island at least two centuries earlier. Le Cornus are known to have moved from France to England in the early 16th century.

Charles Langton`s early 20th century genealogy of the Jersey Le Cornus starts with Denys Le Cornu of St Mary (the property now called Les Colombiers), Seigneur of Le Fief au Vesque in that parish in 1479 [ABSJ, VII, 196]. His son Abel was mentioned in the same deed. Abel`s son, Denys Le Cornu dit des Colombiers, married Catherine and was seigneur of the fief in 1568. The fief then passed in a female line to Denys Le Bosquet, who was probably his grandson. There was, though, as shown by later litigation, a junior branch of this family, living from the mid-16th century in St Ouen, which had many descendants. This particular Le Cornu family, from its loyalty to the English Crown during the Lancastrian French Occupation of Jersey, 1461-1468, was latterly called Le Cornu dit Langeloyes.

Evidence of how well-established the family was in the north-west of Jersey in the mid-16th century is found in the number of different branches then extant. One of these was descended from Thomas Le Cornu, fils Drouet, who married the daughter and heiress of Thomas L`Amiral, owner of that property near St Ouen`s Church, whence the surname variant Le Cornu dit L`Amiral. A son is likely to have been the priest Sire Jehan Le Cornu dit L`Amiral, who was living in 1550.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms borne by one family of this name is almost unique, and probably the second most distinguished in history. It is no less than the blue cross on a white field, and as such is second only to the red cross of the crusaders, on the same background. It was granted to a Le Cornu family in Picardy in approximately 1390, at the time of the great wars between France and England. The arms borne in the late 19th century by Colonel C.P. Le Cornu, the Seigneur of La Hague, featured three hunting horns.

Variants

  • Le Cornu, 1309
  • Le Cornu dit lengloyes 1479
  • Le Cornu dit Conpeyre 1510
  • Le Curnelle (Cornouaillais) 1528
  • Le Cornu dit Lamiral 1550
  • Le Cornue 1607
  • Cors c1340
  • Cornuele 1203
  • Cornu
  • Cornau
  • Cornuau
  • Cornier

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The wedding of Edmund Barette and Helene Le Cornu in 1912
A Le Cornu farming family in 1916
Ministers and lay preachers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including J Le Cornu. The picture was taken by Asplet and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes P Tourgis, Philippe Amy, P Le Gresley, Thomas J Desprès, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Garnier, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, E de Carteret, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and P Norman

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A banknote issued by Le Cornu, Le Gresley and Co as Jersey Caledonian Bank

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The impressive family memorial in St Lawrence Church cemetery

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