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Corll Cousins is now online!

Welcome to Corll Cousins Online.  Obviously, this website is still under construction.  New informagtion is being posted every week.  If you, the reader has any information about the Corll and extended families please do not hesitate to send the info by email to PaulRCorll@Comcast.Net.   This info may include pictures,documents, new births,marriages, divoces,deaths, or questions you may wish answered.We want to thank the many pesons who have contributed info to this site.  This site includes more than info about the Corlls. Some of the extended families are Forney, Fusselman, Rupright, Neff, Upoles, Gibbons, Sponseller, Bailey, Kimmel, Bortmas, Lynn, Buttruff, Baer, Sly, Clay, Morgan, Helmy, Zipperer, Witherstine, Carnes, Harris, etc.

Best wishes to Corll Cousins and to friends of Corll Cousins.


Paul and Vivian Corll

Corll Website initiated Dec. 2004       Last updated: 1-1-2010


The surname CORLL is rare.  If one runs into a person who has  his/her family name spelled CORLL, you can be 99 per cent sure he/she is related to all the others with that same spelling.  If the surname has only one L, then there is less than a fifty percent chance of CORLL relationship. 


The surname evolves from the German occupational roots of Carl or Karl, meaning yeoman or farmer. The early Corll immigrants to America could not write, so it was up to the discretion of the translator and recorder to decide upon the spelling.  The early 1790 census records were entered for the Corlls as COREL. To be sure, one can find many people with the COREL surname, but chances are they won’t be related to the CORLLs.


When the descendants of the early CORLL immigrants arrived in Ohio, the early 1820 census takers wrote the spelling as CAUL into the Federal 1820 census. Some of the CORLLS had documents with CARL surnames. All the legal documents up to this era shows that many still could not write and signed their name with an X.  By the1845 Bible entries of David Corll, the K was used and the names recorded as KARLL.  By the 1860s, the CORLL spelling became prominent.  By the last part of the 19th century a few descendants dropped an L and used CORL as their surname as they migrated to Michigan.


The largest cluster of CORLLs and their descendants are in northeastern Ohio. Many descendants not having the CORLL surname live in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Florida, and Georgia.


The evolution of the spelling:


KARL:      the early 1700s in Germany

COREL:    the 1790 Federal Census

CARL:       the spelling on early 19th century documents

CAUL:       the spelling for the 1830 census in Ohio

KARLL:     the Biblical entries in the 1840s

CORLL:     the spelling used on the 1850 Federal Census and following censuses.

Corll pronounced as if it were CORAL

Originally pronounced as if it were CARL

Corll, an occupational name for farmer

Most 17th, 18th, 19th century Corlls were farmers.

Most early Corll given names were Biblical in origin.

Corll surname is rare.

Many 17th, 18th, 19th century Corlls gave the sons the same first name as their father, but a different middle name.  The sons would drop the first name and be called by the middle name, thereby differentiating each from the father and from each other.

The spelling of Corll on the 18th and 19th century legal documents varied.  The person , usually an English person, recording the name would write down phonetically how it sounded in English. These early Germans could not write as witnessed on many of the legal documents as having an "X for their signature.

Mary Elaine Corll, Associate Editor

Mary Corll is an editor extraordinaire, who combs through every issue of Corll Cousins to find typographical errors (a euphemism for misspelled words); problems in format, sentence structure, and clarity; and cut line errors.

In other words, without her this publication would be impossible.  Kudos to Mary!

Mary Elaine Corll


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