Cornish Submitted Names

Cornish names were used in southwest England in the region around Cornwall.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ADWEN f Welsh, Cornish
Welsh name, in which the second element is gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed". It was borne by a Cornish saint, considered to be "the Cornish Saint DWYNWEN" as a patron of sweethearts... [more]
AMBROS m German (Rare), Cornish, Luxembourgish (Archaic)
German and Cornish form of AMBROSE. A known bearer of this name was the Austrian composer Ambros Rieder (1771-1855).
ANDROW m English (Archaic), Cornish
Archaic English variant and Cornish form of ANDREW. This was borne by Androw Myllar (floruit 1503-1508), the first Scottish printer.
ANNETH f Cornish (?)
From the Cornish word annedh "home". A fictional bearer is Anneth Sizemore in Silas House's 2001 novel 'Clay's Quilt'.
ANNIK f Cornish, French
Cornish cognate and Gallicized form of ANNIG.
ARTHEK m Cornish
Derived from Cornish arth "bear" (ultimately from Proto-Celtic *arto- "bear").
ARTHYEN m Cornish
Cornish form of ARTHEN.
ASWEN f Cornish
Variant of ADHWYNN.
AUSTOL m Cornish
Meaning unknown. It is the name of a 6th century Cornish Saint.
BENNATH f Cornish (Rare)
Directly taken from Cornish bennath "blessing".
BERLEWEN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish Borlowen "morning star, Venus".
BORLEWEN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish Borlowen "morning star".
BREOK m Cornish
Cornish form of BRIOC. This name was borne by a Welsh saint who is commemorated in St. Breock.
BRYLUEN f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from from Old Cornish breilu "rose" (vocative) combined with the singulative suffix en. This is a modern Cornish name.
BRYOK m Cornish
Cornish form of BRIOC.
CADAN m Cornish, Welsh
Derived from Welsh and Cornish cad "battle" and possibly Welsh man "place" or Welsh nant "brook, stream". This is also the name of a river in Dyfed, Wales.
CADOR m Arthurian Romance, Cornish
Probably a form of CADEYRN, perhaps derived from its Cornish cognate. In Arthurian romance this was the name of Guinevere's guardian. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cador was a ruler of Cornwall and the father of Constantine, King Arthur's successor.... [more]
CAJA f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Corniah kaja "daisy".
CARENZA f Cornish
Variant of KERENSA, which has been 'used since the early 1970s, but more often in its variant form Karenza' (Dunkling, 1983). However, the name also occurs in medieval France; it belonged to a woman who composed the last two stanzas of an Occitan poem that begins Na Carenza al bel cors avinen, meaning "Lady Carenza of the lovely, gracious body".
CHESTEN f Cornish
Cornish form of CHRISTINE.... [more]
CLEMMO m Cornish (Archaic)
Cornish form of CLEMENT.
CLEMO m Cornish (Archaic)
Cornish form of CLEMENT.
CLESEK m Cornish (Archaic)
From Cornish klos, meaning "close".
CORENTYN m Cornish
Cornish form of CORENTIN.
CREDAN m Anglo-Saxon (?), Cornish (?)
Saint Credan of Evesham is a famous bearer, and was known as Credus or Credanus in Latin. Sancreed, in Cornwall, is named for another Saint Credan.
CREEDA f Ancient Irish, Ancient Celtic, Cornish
From an Old Irish name, Cred. St. Creed was an Irish princess who took religious vows, traveled, and founded several churches in Cornwall and Ireland.
CRYDA f Ancient Irish, Ancient Celtic, Cornish
Variant of CREEDA. From an Old Irish name, Cred. St. Creed was an Irish princess who took religious vows, traveled, and founded several churches in Cornwall and Ireland
DAVYDH m Cornish
Cornish form of DAVID.
DELEN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish delen "petal, leaf". This is a modern Cornish name.
DELENNYK f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Diminutive of DELEN. This is a modern Cornish name.
DERWA f Cornish
Likely derived from Cornish derow "oak trees" (ultimately from Proto-Celtic *daru "tree"). Saint Derwa is the patron saint of Menadarva (Merther Derwa in Cornish, translating to grave of St Derwa in English) in the parish of Camborne, Cornwall... [more]
DIGORY m English (British, Rare), Medieval English, Cornish
Variant of DIGGORY, used by author C. S. Lewis for a character in his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series.
DORYTY f Cornish
Cornish form of DOROTHY.
EBBAT f Cornish
Cornish diminutive of ELIZABETH.
EBREL f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish Ebrel "(month of) April". This is a recent coinage.
ELESTREN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish elester meaning "iris flower". This is a recently coined Cornish name.
ELIUD m Cornish
Cornish form of Eliudd.
ELOWYN f Cornish
Variant of ELOWEN.
ELWEN m Cornish, Welsh, History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Elwen was an early saint venerated in Cornwall and Brittany. A chapel at Porthleven in Sithney parish, Cornwall, dedicated to Elwen, existed from the 13th century until 1549, and in Brittany several sites and placenames are associated with possibly related figures.
ELYS f Cornish (Archaic)
Diminutive of ELIZABETH via the archaic variant ELYZABETH.
EMBLYN f Cornish, Medieval English
Late medieval English variant of EMMELINE. Common in the 16th and 17th centuries, this name eventually died out in England in the 19th century, though it survived in Cornwall.
ENDELLION f English (Rare), Cornish
English form of ENDELIENTA. Known bearers include English artist Endellion Lycett Green (1969-) and Florence Rose Endellion Cameron (2010-), British Prime Minister David Cameron's fourth child, whose second middle name was given in honour of the Cornish village of St Endellion.
ENDELYN f Cornish
Cornish form of ENDELLION (which survives in the place name San Endelyn).
ENOR f Cornish (Archaic)
Derived from Cornish enor "honor" and apparently used as a vernacular form of HONORA.
ENYON m Cornish
Cornish form of ANIANUS.
GAWEN m Cornish
Cornish form of GAWAIN.
GERENS m Cornish
Cornish form of GERAINT.
GERREN m Cornish
Variant of GERENS.
GLANNA f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish glan "clean, clear, pure". This is a modern Cornish name.
GOGMAGOG m Cornish, Welsh Mythology
In medieval English legend, he is a giant chieftain of Cornwall who was slain by BRUTUS’s companion CORINEUS... [more]
GORON m Cornish
Said to be derived from Proto-Celtic *kawaro- "hero, champion" (compare Breton kaour, Welsh cawr "giant, champion"). Saint Goron or Goronus is the patron saint of St Goran, a coastal parish in Cornwall.
GRYFFYN m Cornish
Cornish form of GRIFFIN.
GWENNA f Cornish, Breton
Younger Cornish form of WENNA and Breton variant of GWENN.
GWENNOL f Cornish (Modern)
Derivd from Cornish gwennel "swallow (the bird)". This is a modern Cornish name.
GWENORA f Cornish
A Cornish form of GUINEVERE.
HEDRA f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish Hedra "October". This is a recent coinage.
HEDREK m Cornish
Derived from Celtic hedr, meaning "bold".
HEDROK m Cornish
Variant of HEDREK.
HOWEL m Cornish
Cornish cognate of HYWEL. Howel was the last Cornish king .
HUMFRA m Cornish (Rare)
Cornish form of HUMPHREY.
HYKKA m Cornish (Archaic)
Cornish diminutive of RICHARD.
ISATTA f Cornish (Archaic)
Latinized variant of ISATT.
ISETT f Cornish (Archaic)
Variant of ISOTT. In Cornwall this name survived well into the 1700s.
IVE f Cornish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of IA (see second user-submitted name).
JACCA m Cornish
Cornish form of JACK.
JACKA m Cornish (Archaic)
Cornish form of JACK.
JENEFER f Cornish
Variant of JENIFER.
JENET f Scots, Cornish (Archaic)
Scots and Cornish form of JANET.
JENIFRY f Cornish
Cornish form of GWENFREWI.
JENNA f Cornish
Cornish form of JANE.
JONE f Cornish (Archaic)
Cornish form of JOAN (1).
JOREY m Cornish
Variant of JORY.
JORI m Finnish, Cornish
Finnish form of GEORGE and Cornish variant of JORY.
JOWANET f Cornish (Archaic)
Feminine form of JOWAN.
KAJA f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish kaja "daisy".
KARADOK m Cornish (Rare)
Cornish form of CARADOG.
KATEL f Cornish (Rare)
Cornish form of CATHERINE.
KEKEZZA f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Comes directly from the Cornish meaning "heath."
KELYN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish kelyn "holly".
KELYNEN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish kelynnen "hollies". This is a modern Cornish name.
KENAN m Breton, Cornish
Breton and Cornish cognate of CYNAN.
KENSA f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish kensa "first". This is a modern Cornish name.
KERRA f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish kerra "dearer" (the comparative form of ker "dear, precious"). This is a modern Cornish name.
KEVERN m Cornish
Younger form of Kaveran, itself derived from Achebrannus which in turn was a Latinization of Irish Accobran or ÁED Cobhran.
KEYNA f Cornish
Name of a Cornish saint
KITTO m Cornish
Cornish diminutive of CHRISTOPHER.
KONAN m Cornish
Cornish form of CONAN.
LAMORNA f Cornish, English (British, Rare)
From a Cornish place name of uncertain meaning, perhaps from lann "area around a church" combined with a contracted form of morlanow "high tide". It appears in the title of the folk song 'Way Down to Lamorna', as well as W. H. Davies' poem 'Lamorna Cove' (1929).
LOCRYN m Cornish
Possibly from Lloegyr, the medieval Welsh name for a region of southeastern Britain, which is of unknown meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the historical realm (which he Latinized as Loegria) was named after Locrinus, the eldest son of Brutus of Troy and INNOGEN.
LOUDEY f Medieval English, Cornish
Medieval form of LEOFDÆG. Although in most of England it died out after the Middle Ages, this name survived in Cornwall, especially in the form Lowdie.
LOWDIE f Cornish (Archaic)
Cornish vernacular form of LOVEDAY.
LOWENA f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish lowena "happiness, bliss, joy". This is a modern Cornish name.
LOWENNA f Cornish
Variant of LOWENA.
MABAN m Medieval Breton, Cornish (Archaic)
Derived from Proto-Brythonic mab "son".
MAILLI f Cornish
Cornish form of MOLLY.
MARGERYT f Cornish (Archaic)
Variant of MARGARET, found in the 1600s.
MARYN f Cornish
Variant of MERRYN.
MASSEN m Cornish
Cornish form of MAXIMUS via Welsh MACSEN.
MATHI m Cornish
Cornish diminutive of MATTHEW.
MELLIAR f Cornish (Archaic)
Likely a variant of MELYOR.
MELWYNN f Cornish (Rare)
Derived from Cornish mel "hoeny" and gwynn "fair; white; blessed".
MELYOR f Cornish (Archaic)
Of unknown origin and meaning.
MERIASEK m Cornish
Conrish form of MERIADEG. Saint Meriasek was a 4th-century Breton saint. The legends of his life are known through Beunans Meriasek, a Cornish language play known from a single surviving manuscript copy dated 1504, and a few other sources... [more]
MERRIN f & m Cornish
Although the exact origin and meaning of this name are unknown, many modern-day academics believe this name to be the (possibly Anglicized) Cornish form of MORIEN.... [more]
METHEVEN f Cornish
Means "June" in Cornish (literally "midsummer"). This is a recently coined Cornish name.
MEWAN m Cornish
Cornish form of MEVEN.
MIGHAL m Cornish
Variant of MYGHAL.
MINIVER f Cornish, Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Anglicized form of Menfre, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Menfre, born c.471, was one of the many holy daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog. 'St. Menfre appears to have been active in Wales, around Minwear, near Haverfordwest, in Dyfed but, later, left her native land in order to evangelise the Cornish.' The early use of the name was in Cornwall where it appears to be a regional form of GUINEVERE... [more]
MORGELYN f Cornish (Rare)
Derived from Cornish morgelyn "sea holly".
MORVOREN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish morvoren "mermaid" (ultimately from Cornish mor "sea" and moren "maiden"). This was the bardic name or pseudonym of a member of the Gorsedh Kernow (Katherine Lee Jenner, 1904)... [more]
MYHAL m Cornish
Variant of MYGHAL.
NECTAN m Cornish
Of uncertain origin and meaning. One theory suggests, however, that this name might be derived from Proto-Celtic *nixto- "clean".... [more]
NEOT m Medieval Cornish, Cornish (Archaic), History
Meaning uncertain, perhaps ultimately from Nodens. Saint Neot was a 9th-century Cornish monk who gave his name to a village in Cornwall. His feast day is the 31st July.
NESSA f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish nessa "second; nearest".
NEWLYN f Cornish
Cornish form of NOLWENN. It belonged to a 5th-century Cornish saint.
NOY m Cornish
Cornish form of NOAH (1). The name coincides with Cornish noy "nephew".
PASCOE m Medieval English, Cornish
Medieval English diminutive of PASCAL and Cornish variant of PASCO.
PAWL m Welsh, Cornish
Welsh and Cornish form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAWLY m Cornish
Diminutive of PAWL.
PERAN m Cornish
Variant of PIRAN.
PERRAN m Cornish
Variant of PIRAN.
PETROC m Cornish
Cornish form of PETER.
PETROK m Cornish
Cornish form of PEDROG and Pereg.
REDIGANA f Cornish (Archaic)
Latinized form of REDIGON.
REDIGON f Medieval English, Medieval Cornish, Cornish (Archaic)
A medieval English vernacular form of RADEGUND, the name of a 6th-century Frankish queen and saint. In England, a number of churches were dedicated to Saint Radegund in the medieval period.
REWAN m Cornish
Variant of RUAN.
ROSEN f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish rosen, the collective form of ros "rose".
ROSENWYN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Combination of ROSEN and Cornish gwynn "fair, white, blessed". This is a modern Cornish name.
RUAN m Cornish
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Saint Ruan was probably a brother of Saint Tudwal of Tréguier, but little else is known of him beyond that he was probably an Irish missionary and many churches in Devon and Cornwall in England were named after him... [more]
RUMON m Cornish
Variant of RUAN.
RYOL m Cornish
Possibly derives from rigalis and thusly mean "king". It is the name of the king in the Cornish drama Bewnans Meryasek.
SANTO m Cornish
Cornish diminutive of ALEXANDER.
SENARA f Cornish
From the name of the patron saint of Zennor, a village in Cornwall, which is of obscure origin. Conceivably it may be derived from the Breton name AZENOR or the old Celtic SENOVARA... [more]
SEVI m & f Cornish
Means "strawberries" in Cornish.
SOWENA f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish sowena "success, prosperity, welfare". This is a recently coined Cornish name.
TALAN m Cornish, Medieval Cornish
Possibly derived from Cornish tal "brow; forehead".
TALEK m Cornish
Derived from Cornish talek "big-browed", ultimately from Old Cornish talawg "high forehead" or "big brow".
TALWYN f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish tal "brow; forehead; temple" and gwynn "fair; white; blessed". This is a modern Cornish name.
TAMARA f Cornish, Celtic Mythology
In Cornish folklore, Tamara is a nymph who lived in the underworld and wanted to wander freely in the mortal world, against the advice of her parents. When she falls in love with the giant Tawradge, she refuses to return to the underworld with her father... [more]
TARAN m Welsh Mythology, Welsh (Rare), English (British, Rare), Cornish (Rare), Literature, History, Pictish
Derived from Welsh and Cornish taran "thunder".... [more]
TEGEN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish tegen "pretty thing, jewel, ornament".
TEWDAR m Cornish
Cornish cognate of TUDUR.
THOMASIN f English (Archaic), Cornish (Archaic)
Feminine form of THOMAS. Thomasin was one of the most popular girls names in the Middle Ages.
TOMMAS m Cornish, Danish (Rare)
Cornish form and Danish variant of THOMAS.
TOMSIN f Cornish (Archaic)
Contracted form of THOMASIN.
TREEVE m Cornish
Derived from Cornish tre "farmstead, dwelling, town, village, home".
TREGERETH f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Means "mercy" in Cornish. This is a modern Cornish name.
TREMAINE m & f African American, Cornish
Historically a Cornish surname meaning "stone settlement", derived from the Cornish 'tre', meaning a homestead or settlement, and 'men', meaning stone. ... [more]
TRESSA f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish tressa "third". This is a modern Cornish name.
TRUETH f Cornish
Means "compassion" in Cornish. This is a recently coined Cornish name.
VENNOR m Cornish
Middle name of Captain Ross Poldark, the main character in the historical television series Poldark. Ross Vennor Poldark is his full name on the BBC show.
VERYAN m Cornish
From the name of a Cornish town, which is taken from Sen Veryan meaning "Saint Veryan", a Cornish corruption of Severian, itself a corrupted form of SYMPHORIAN (the saint to whom the village church is dedicated).
VYVYAN f & m English (Rare), Cornish
Cornish form of VIVIAN, as well as an English variant. This was the name of one of Oscar Wilde's sons.
WELLA m Cornish
Cornish form of WILLIAM.
WILLMOTT f Cornish (Archaic)
Variant of WILMOT, which in Cornwall survived the Middle Ages as a strictly feminine name.
WILLYM m Cornish (Archaic)
Cornish form of WILLIAM.
WILMOTTA f Cornish (Archaic)
Latinized form of WILLMOTT.
WYLLOW m Cornish
The name of a 6th Century Cornish saint.
YA f Cornish, English (British, Archaic)
Variant of IA (see second-user submitted name).
YAKOB m Cornish
Cornish form of JACOB used in Cornish Bible translations.
YESTIN m Cornish
Cornish form of JUSTIN.
YSELLA f Cornish
Derived from Cornish ysel "modest". This is a recently coined Cornish name.
ZENNOR m & f Cornish (Rare)
Name of a Cornish village derived from the local saint, St Senara. In current use.
ZENOBY f American (South, Rare, Archaic), Cornish (Rare, Archaic), English (Rare, Archaic)
Archaic variant of ZENOBIA, prevalent in Cornwall and Devon as well as in the southern states of the US.