Cornish hens are also called Indian game hens or Cornish game hens. Despite their origins in Cornwall, England, they were originally called Indian game hens because the breed was created by crossing English chickens with game breeds imported from South Asia.
Cornish or Cornish game are the most common names in the United States. In England, where the breed originated, both Cornish and Indian game are still popular terms. Australians usually call them Indian game hens.
Cornish hens also come in several varieties. The Jubilee Cornish game hen has a lighter base color than traditional Cornish hens. Cornish-Rock or CornRock hens are also popular meat chickens. This is a hybrid type created by crossing Cornish chickens with Plymouth Rock hens.