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

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Corsbie. The Corsbie family lived in Wigtown and Dumfriesshire. The place-name Crosby is derived from the Old Norse words kross and byr, which mean cross and farm.

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The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Corsbie has appeared as Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.

First found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corsbie research. Another 377 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1180, 1189, 1215, 1289, 1296, 1347, 1440, 1593, 1546 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Corsbie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Corsbie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Corsbie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Corsbie Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Corsbie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

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  • Joseph Hardcastle "Joe" Corsbie (1913-1970), Canadian accountant and politician in British Columbia


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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: Resurgam
Motto Translation: I shall rise again

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The Corsbie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corsbie 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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