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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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

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The surname Corbitt 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 Corbitt 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 Corbitt 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 Corbitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Corbitt 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:

Corbitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann Corbitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Andrew Corbitt, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Corbitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isabella Corbitt, aged 23, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Peter Corbitt, aged 25, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • John Corbitt, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1846
  • Robert Corbitt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • James Corbitt, aged 50, landed in New York, NY in 1850


Corbitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Corbitt, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia

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  • Donald Oliver Corbitt (1924-1993), American football offensive lineman
  • Claude Elliott Corbitt (1915-1978), American infielder in Major League Baseball
  • Helen Corbitt (1906-1978), American chef and cookbook author
  • Ted Corbitt (1919-2007), American long-distance runner
  • Gregory "Greg" Corbitt (b. 1971), Australian former field hockey striker


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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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Corbitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corbitt 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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