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Where did the Scottish Corbett family come from? What is the Scottish Corbett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Corbett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Corbett family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Normandy emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Corbett family. Originally, the Norman people were known only by a single name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Corbett is a nickname type of surname for a person with dark hair. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Corbett was originally derived from the Old French word "corbet," which means "dark haired."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Corbett, Corbet, Corbetts, Corbit, Corbitt, Corbitts and many more.

First found in Shropshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corbett research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1241, 1296, 1580, 1637, 1624, 1600, 1582, 1635, 1594, 1662, 1646, 1648, 1595, 1662, 1617, 1657, 1640, 1640, 1683, 1677, 1683, 1658, 1675, 1748, 1705 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Corbett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 289 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corbett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Corbett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corbett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Corbett, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Corbett who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Henry Corbett, who arrived in Maryland in 1656
  • Mary Corbett, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • John Corbett, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Corbett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Corbett, aged 20, landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1774

Corbett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Pierce Corbett, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Samuel Corbett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Winslow Corbett, aged 24, landed in America in 1821
  • M Corbett, aged 20, arrived in America in 1822
  • Timothy Corbett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1845


  • Henry Winslow Corbett (1827-1903), American businessman and politician in the state of Oregon
  • Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett (1832-1894), American Union Army soldier who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth
  • Ben Corbett (1892-1961), American film actor who appeared in 283 films between 1915 and 1956
  • Glenn Corbett (1933-1993), American actor, best known for his role on CBS's adventure drama Route 66 and for the one appearance as Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek (1967)
  • John Joseph Corbett Jr. (b. 1961), American actor and country music singer
  • Mrs. Irene Corbett (d. 1912), (née Colvin), aged 30, American Second Class passenger from Provo, Utah who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett (b. 1930), Scottish actor and comedian best known for his association with Ronnie Barker in the popular British television comedy sketch series The Two Ronnies
  • Robin Corbett (b. 1933), Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, British Labour Party politician
  • Frederick Corbett VC (1853-1912), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Harry Corbett OBE (1918-1989), British puppeteer, creator of the "Sooty" glove puppet character (1948)



  • The Corbett Family in England and America by Henry R. Corbett.
  • The Descendants of Robert Corbett of Weymouth, Massachusetts by Melvin C. Corbett.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.


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The Corbett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corbett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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