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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 "corbeau," which means "raven."

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The surname Corbett was first found in Shropshire, where they claim descendancy from Roger, son of Corbet as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Roger le Corbet (or Fitz Corbet) was granted several manors by William the Conqueror as the Barony of Caus for his role in the Conquest. "The first Corbet came from Shropshire and settled in Teviotdale under Earl David in the first quarter of the twelfth century." [1]

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corbett research. Another 287 words (20 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.

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

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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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corbett Settlers in 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 United States in the 18th Century


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

Corbett Settlers in 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


Corbett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Corbett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Hanah Corbett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. John Corbett U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 289 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York

Corbett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thady Corbett, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway
  • John Corbett, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway
  • Denis Corbett, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork
  • Mary Corbett, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork

Corbett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Corbett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hibernia" in 1851
  • Matthew Corbett, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • Fanny Corbett, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Matthew Corbett, aged 43, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Ellen Corbett, aged 30, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"


Corbett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Corbett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Corbett, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Caroline Corbett, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Harriet Corbett, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Bessy Corbett, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856


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  • Alfred Hoyt Corbett (1915-2000), American attorney, businessman, and politician, Oregon State Senator (1957-1964), Member of the Oregon House of Representatives (1953-1956)
  • 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
  • John Joseph Corbett Jr. (b. 1961), American actor and country music singer
  • 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)
  • Ben Corbett (1892-1961), American film actor who appeared in 283 films between 1915 and 1956
  • Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett (1832-1894), American Union Army soldier who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth
  • Henry Winslow Corbett (1827-1903), American businessman and politician in the state of Oregon
  • Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett CBE (1930-2016), Scottish actor and comedian best known for his association with Ronnie Barker in the popular British television comedy sketch series The Two Ronnies
  • Mr. Leslie Rawson Corbett (1917-1942), English Sick Berth Attendant from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942
  • Susannah Corbett (b. 1968), English actress and author

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  • The Corbett Family in England and America by Henry R. Corbett.
  • The Descendants of Robert Corbett of Weymouth, Massachusetts by Melvin C. Corbett.
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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: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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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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