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Many visitors to the mystical land of Cornwall are fascinated by the placenames and surnames. They have such magical, foreign sounding names. This should come as no surprise for visitors who know their British history, for Cornwall is a Celtic land, just as are Brittany, Wales, the Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland. The etymology of surnames is not an exact science, there may be errors on these pages, the definitions come from books by Richard Stephen Charnock,  G. Pawley White, T. F. G. Dexter, J. Bannister, Henry Jenner, Nicholas Williams, R. Morton Nance and many more. Some names may have multiple meanings, and I would love to hear from you if you have others I have missed. Surnames such as Andrewartha, Baragwanath, Vellanoweth, Tangye, Spargo, Jose, Penberthy, Kitto & many hundreds more await within these pages. So pick a letter of the alphabet and begin your exploration.

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Cornish surnames: Many visitors to the mystical land of Cornwall are fascinated by the placenames and surnames. They have such magical, foreign sounding names. This should come as no surprise for visitors who know their British history, for Cornwall is a Celtic land, just as are Brittany, Wales, the Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland. The etymology of Cornish surnames is not an exact science, there may be errors on these pages, the definitions come from books by Richard Stephen Charnock, G. Pawley White, T. F. G. Dexter, J. Bannister, Henry Jenner, Nicholas Williams, R. Morton Nance and many more. Some names may have multiple meanings, and I would love to hear from you if you have others I have missed. Surnames such as Andrewartha, Baragwanath, Vellanoweth, Tangye, Spargo, Jose, Penberthy, Kitto & many hundreds more await within these pages. So pick a letter of the alphabet and begin your exploration, and learn just what is the meaning of your Cornish surname.