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Cornish Baby Names

Cornish Baby Names
Cornish baby names are those with Celtic roots connected to the gorgeous southwest corner of England. The most notable Cornish baby name is Jennifer — the top baby name in America throughout the 1970s — which is the Cornish variation of the Welsh mythological name Guinevere.

Cornish baby names are a mix of old names, including Jennifer and Denzel, as well as brand-new word names such as Elowen (meaning "elm") and Lowen (meaning "joy"). Word names became popular in Cornwall in the late 20th century, following the revival of the Cornish language. Nature, place, and other word-inspired names now make up a large proportion of the most popular Cornish names in England.

Fashionable Cornish names you may want to consider include Elestren, Eseld, Kerensa, and Talwyn for girls, and Jago, Jory, Locryn, and Zennor for boys. View our extensive collection of Cornish names for babies, below.

Cornish Names for Babies
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ElowenHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "elm"
  • Description:

    A beautiful modern Cornish nature name that is rapidly picking up steam in the States: even spawning variant spellings like Elowyn and Elowynn. In its native region, it wasn't widely used as a name before the twentieth century, when the Cornish language was revived. A (currently) unique member of the fashionble El- family of names, it has a pleasant, evocative sound.

DenzelHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "from the high stronghold"
  • Description:

    This old Cornish name took on a whole new identity via Denzel Washington, who has inspired several thousand namesakes. The actor was named after his father, who was named for a Dr. Denzel, who delivered him.

JenniferHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish variation of Welsh Guinevere
  • Meaning:

    "white shadow, white wave"
  • Description:

    Jennifer is the Cornish variation of Guinevere, which ultimately derived from the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar. It has been in use in the English-speaking world since the 18th century but came to prominence in the 20th. Playwright George Bernard Shaw chose Jennifer for the name of his leading lady in his play The Doctor’s Dilemma, which drew more attention to the name.

NessaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "headlands, promontory"
  • Description:

    Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own.

JagoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Cornish variation of Jacob
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Jago is a dashing alternative to overused favorite Jacob.
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PixieHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish or Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "fairy"
  • Description:

    Pixie is a cute -- quite possibly too cute -- name that suddenly feels possible thanks to the craze for names that contain the letter x. Though its origin may be uncertain, a pixie is internationally recognized as a sprite or fairy: tiny, sometimes green, usually pointy-eared.

LowenHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "joy"
  • Description:

    Could Lowen be the next Owen? This Cornish name certainly has the right sounds to be an American hit, yet fewer than 50 babies receive the name each year.

IvesHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Yves
  • Meaning:

    "yew wood"
  • Description:

    Smooth and sleek one-syllable name, sometimes suggested for Sagittarius boys.

MirrenHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
  • Description:

    Mirren is a lively and attractive Scottish name, popular in its native country but best known outside Scotland as the surname of the English actor Dame Helen Mirren. It is thought to be a Scottish derivative of the name Marion, from Mary.

EndellionHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish place and saint's name
  • Description:

    Endellion is the name of an early saint who was a daughter of King Brychan and goddaughter of King Arthur whose life is commemorated by the Cornish village of St. Endellion. This intriguing ancient name was brought into modern usage by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who used it as one of the middle names for his fourth child, a baby girl.
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DemelzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "fort on the hill"
  • Description:

    Complex and challenging modern Cornish name derived from a place name. The given name began to be used in the U.K. in the 1950s via the serialization on British TV of the Poldark novels of Winston Graham, whose heroine was named Demelza.

MelioraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "better; honey"
  • Description:

    Unusual and lush Roman name adopted, improbably, by the Puritans.

KenzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "treasure"
  • Description:

    Kenza may feel perfectly in step with modern names like McKenzie and Kinsey and Kendra, but there was an 8th century Moroccan queen named Kenza so the name has deep roots. Kenza is that rare name that's equally attractive, simple, and unusual

JoryHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish variant of George, or diminutive of Jordan
  • Description:

    A rarely-used name even in its native Cornwall, Jory nevertheless feels very wearable, thanks to its similarity to familiar picks like Rory, Corey and Joey. Jory Cassel is a minor character in the first season of Game of Thrones.

KerensaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "love"
  • Description:

    Kerensa, forever romantic, is a rare Cornish name spelled with an 's' or 'z', the most modern of the Karen family. Kerensa (or Kerenza) has ties to the Welsh Cerys.
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ElestrenHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "Iris"
  • Description:

    Less known than other Cornish beauties like Demelza, Elowen and Kerensa, Elestren is a pretty Cornish botanical name ripe for wider usage.

SenaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Azenor, Breton
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    The origins of Senara, the name of a Cornish saint who is patron of the village of Zennor, are not so straightforward. Some say she was the same person as Azenor, a legendary Breton princess whose mother-in-law cast her out to sea in a trunk. Other stories say she was a mermaid turned Christian. Wherever she came from Senara is that rarest of names: lovely, straightforward, and unusual all at the same time. Since it may be related to Helen or Eleanor, it can be used as an honorific for one of those names -- though grandma Helen may understandably think it's a stretch.

PerranHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "little dark one"
  • Description:

    Also spelled, Piran, this Cornish saint's name is also a village. Perran is thought to be analogous to the Irish name Ciaran.

KittoHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish, diminutive of Christopher
  • Description:

    Sounds a bit like a board game.

MerrynHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish variation of Mirin, Irish and Scottish, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    St. Merryn, the name of a Cornish town derived from Mirin, a 6th century Irish saint important in Scottish history often as Mirren, is sometimes used in modern times as a girl's name. Lovely, sleek, shimmery feel though many will assume it's invented until you enlighten them on its long history. Also spelled Meryn.
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KeaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish, from Roman Caius
  • Description:

    This name of an ancient saint and one of the first knights of King Arthur's Round Table has a modern, if feminine, feel.

LovedayHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish, English
  • Meaning:

    "beloved day"
  • Description:

    A loveday in medieval England was a day when people engaged in a dispute would come together and try to resolve their differences amicably. The name was sometimes given to babies, male or female, who were born on such a day. The etymology of Loveday is English, yet historical use was mainly relegated to Cornwall, and it is considered a traditional Cornish name. However, Loveday is rarely used today, however, when it is, it is typically used for baby girls.

HacoHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic and Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "flame, fire"
  • Description:

    Haco was a mythical Cornish leader who lost his beautiful princess bride by unwittingly promising her to a musician whose songs he admired: a romantic legend to back up a very unusual choice.

LocrynHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Description:

    This dashing Cornish name comes from the name of a legendary British king, Locrinus, who married Gwendolen, the daughter of the "founder of Cornwall" Corineus. Locrinus' name derives from the ancient English kingdom Loegria (from Welsh Lloegr).

PenroseHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish and Welsh place name and surname
  • Meaning:

    "top of the heath"
  • Description:

    Penrose – an ancient locational surname derived from several villages in Cornwall, Wales, and the Welsh border country of England – might work as a first name, although the "Rose" syllable might lead the uninitiated to assume it's a female name. As a middle name, however, it would make for a surprising and distinguished choice. A male Penrose could be called Pen/Penn, Ross or Roe for short.
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PascoeHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish variation of Pascal
  • Meaning:

    "Easter"
  • Description:

    Pascoe was popular in medieval times and is definitely deserving of revival, especially for a child born in the Easter season. Other spellings are Pasco and Pascow.

PiranHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "prayer"
  • Description:

    It may be a longshot – especially since it was given to less than 5 boys in the US in 2018 – but Piran could conceivably be a future Kieran, which is shaping up to being the next Kevin. Piran is the patron saint of miners and of Cornwall.

IaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Description:

    This punchy little name, reminiscent of Latin Io, has a whimsical and beautiful fable behind it. According to legend, the Cornish saint Ia was an Irish princess who sailed across the sea to Cornwall on a leaf. She was martyred and buried at the spot where the church of St Ives (called Porth Ia - “St Ia’s cove” - in Cornish) now stands. EE-ah is the Cornish pronunciation, but EYE-ah is also accepted.

KeyneHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish variation of Kane
  • Meaning:

    "man of the eastern sky"
  • Description:

    This name is unusual enough that the spelling variation won't be too much of a further complication. While the Biblical cognate Cain may be more classic, this removes the name from any negative associations.

RuanHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "Roman"
  • Description:

    Variant of Rewan. This spelling of the medieval saint's name is found in the place name Ruan Lanihorne in Cornwall. The name is of uncertain etymology but most likely comes from “Roman“.
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RumoHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    Ancient martyr name that sounds totally modern, but perhaps too close to rumor.

YsellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "modest"
  • Description:

    A subtle virtue name, a name that can be shortened to two popular nicknames (Izzy and Ella) and a rare Cornish name - what isn't to love about this modest appellation? It has been used as a name in Cornwall since the 1970s.

AillaHeart

  • Origin:

    Meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Ailla is a name with many possible derivations, including Cornish (possibly meaning "beautiful"), French (deriving from Ailler, meaing Garlic), Finnish (related to Helga) and Turkish (where it may have a meaning connected to moonlight). None of these derivations are very clear; what is certain is that Ailla is a name with a beautiful sound and an international flavor.

AderynHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "bird"
  • Description:

    Aderyn, like cousin Elowen, may have found her moment: Aderyn makes an original full name that gets you to the cute and trendy nickname Addie. Just remember to put the emphasis on the second syllable.

BranokHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "crow"
  • Description:

    Derived from Cornish brano, meaning "crow; raven".
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PenroseHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish and Welsh place name and surname
  • Meaning:

    "top of the heath"
  • Description:

    Penrose – an ancient place-name and surname derived from several villages in Cornwall, Wales, and the Welsh border country of England – would make for an even more unexpected alternative to quirky nature name Primrose. Intuitive nicknames Penny or Rosie make it feel more wearable.

CadanHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish, Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "battle"
  • Description:

    Cadan is an attractive Cornish name that rhymes with Madden. Despite its modern appearance and the recent history of many Cornish names, Cadan is actually one of the older Cornish names in use today.

KerrisHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "love"
  • Description:

    Kerris is a much easier if less authentic phonetic spelling of the popular and pretty Welsh name Cerys.

LowennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "joy"
  • Description:

    Lowena is the Cornish word for “joy”. As a given name, it is most commonly spelt as in this entry - Lowenna. Lowen is a lovely unisex option which is closely related: it means “joyful” or “glad”.
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JowanHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish form of John
  • Description:

    A rare but appealing and accessible member of the John family. It sees steady low-key use in England.

ZennorHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish, place name
  • Description:

    This Cornish place name is possibly names after a female saint, Senara. It makes a very interesting choice for those of Cornish descent or who love Cornwall.

DellenHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "petal"
  • Description:

    Intriguing combo of elements.

IsseyHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "place and saint's name"
  • Description:

    It looks like an alternative spelling of Izzy/Issy (and may well have been used as such), but Issey is actually a Cornish place and saint's name.

RosenHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "rose"
  • Description:

    The masculine version of Rosen, pronounced ROH-zen, is a German and Bulgarian name, commonly seen as an element in Ashkenazi Jewish surnames. But Rosen, pronounced ROZ-en, is a modern Cornish word name used predominantly for girls.
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TressaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "third"
  • Description:

    More unusual than Tessa, this would make an interesting, meaningful and attractive choice for a third child.

RosenwynHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "white rose"
  • Description:

    A rare and beautiful member of the “Rose” family of names, Rosenwyn is a modern Cornish compound name meaning “white rose” or “fair rose”. There is a popular Cornish folk song titled An Rosen Wyn, which may have inspired its use as a name.

TalwynHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "fair brow"
  • Description:

    Talwyn is a contemporary Cornish word name that can be pronounced with the emphasis on either syllable. With its fashionable -wyn ending, Talwyn could easily be used on an American-born baby.

AustellHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish place and saint's name
  • Description:

    This Cornish place name comes from the name of a Breton saint who came to Cornwall. It could be an interesting alternative to Austin.

KensaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "first"
  • Description:

    This Cornish word name would make an excellent choice for a first-born daughter.
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