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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : from Middle High German korn ‘grain’, a metonymic occupational name for a factor or dealer in grain or a nickname for a peasant.
  • Dutch and German : from a short form of the personal name Cornelis or Cornelius.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from German Korn (Yiddish korn) ‘grain’, a metonymic occupational name as in 1, or an ornamental name.
  • Czech : from a short form of the Czech personal name Kornel, a vernacular form of Cornelius.

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