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Origins Available: French, Scottish

From the historical and enchanting region of Normandy emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Corbin 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 Corbin is a nickname type of surname for a person with dark hair. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Corbin was originally derived from the Old French word "corbeau," which means "raven."


The surname Corbin 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corbin 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 Corbin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Corbin 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:

Corbin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Clement Corbin, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Hun Corbin, who arrived in Virginia in 1645
  • Henry Corbin, who arrived in Maryland in 1654
  • Robert Corbin, who landed in New England in 1658
  • George Corbin, who landed in Maryland in 1667

Corbin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Corbin, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • John Corbin, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Owen Corbin, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Morris Corbin, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • William Corbin, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Corbin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T L Corbin, aged 22, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • John, Corbin Jr., who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1846
  • A Corbin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Corbin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Nathaniel Corbin U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783

Corbin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Aaron L Corbin, who arrived in Canada in 1828


  • Robert L. "Bob" Corbin (1922-2013), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1977-2000
  • Margaret Corbin (1751-1800), née Cochran, American woman who fought in the American Revolutionary War, the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service
  • Austin Corbin (1827-1896), American railroad executive, President of Long Island Rail Road (1881-1896)
  • Tyrone Kennedy Corbin (b. 1962), American NBA lead assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings
  • Leonard Barrie "Barry" Corbin (b. 1940), American Emmy Award nominated actor
  • Easton Corbin (b. 1982), American country music singer
  • William E. Corbin (1869-1951), American inventor and politician; he invented Nibroc paper towels in 1922, Mayor of the city of Berlin, New Hampshire (1931-1932)
  • Patrick A. Corbin (b. 1989), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Major-General Clifford Lee Corbin (1883-1966), American Director of Procurement Service, Office of the Quartermaster-General (1942-1946)
  • Virginia Lee Corbin (1910-1942), American silent film actress



  • Corbin-Waite-Cooper of Baltimore County and City by Dorothy Cooper Knoff.
  • The David Corbin Family of St. Clair County, Missouri by R. Corbin Pennington.

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. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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The Corbin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corbin 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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