The Corbig name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in Corbridge, a parish in Northumberland
. The place name meant "bridge near Corchester." It is made up of two elements, Cor
, a diminutive of the place name Corchester, and brycg
, an Old English word for bridge.
Early Origins of the Corbig family
The surname Corbig was first found in Northumberland
at Corbridge which dates back to at least 1050 when it was listed as Corebricg. It is believed to be the most northerly town in the Roman Empire
and ruins of a Roman fort can still be seen there today. By 1138, King David of Scotland
, had made frequent incursions into the English territories and had encamped his forces here, but was subsequently burnt by the Scots in 1296, and again in 1311. From its great importance, King John, expecting to find concealed treasure, directed a search, but found nothing. The Battle of Corbridge took place at Corbridge in 918. It decided the fate of the Viking kingdom of Northumbria and the English Earldom of Bamburgh.
Early History of the Corbig family
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Corbig Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Corbig has undergone many spelling variations
, including Corbridge, Corbreyke, Corbreake, Corbig and others.
Early Notables of the Corbig family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corbig family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Corbig were among those contributors: William Corbridge, who arrived in New York in 1831; Thomas Corbridge, who came to New York in 1831; Susan Corbridge, who came to New York in 1831; Rachael Corbridge, who arrived in New York in 1831.