Corboy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Corboy family

The surname Corboy was first found in Cumberland, where "Alexander Corbie was retoured heir of Alexander Corbie, his father, in four sixteen parts of the lands of Luthrie, 1615 (Retours, Fife, 255). John Corbie, messenger in New Milne in 1676, and seven more of the name are recorded in the Kirkcudbright Commissariot Record in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries." [1]

"Corbey is the Norman-French pronunciation of Corbet or Corbett." [2]

Early History of the Corboy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corboy research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1558, 1637, 1598, 1644, 1598, 1604 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Corboy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corboy Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Corboy has appeared as Corby, Corbie and others.

Early Notables of the Corboy family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Gerard Corbie or Corbington (1558-1637), a Catholic exile, "a native of the county of Durham. He was a severe sufferer for his profession of the catholic faith, being compelled frequently to cross to Ireland, and ultimately he became a voluntary exile with his family in Belgium."...
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corboy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Corboy family to Ireland

Some of the Corboy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Corboy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Corboy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jeremiah Corboy, (b. 1842), aged 21, Irish farm labourer, from County Tipperary travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 [3]
  • Mr. John Corboy, (b. 1843), aged 20, Irish farm labourer, from County Tipperary travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 [3]
  • Miss Judith Corboy, (b. 1845), aged 23, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Gainsborough" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd May 1868 [3]
  • Miss Mary Corboy, (b. 1850), aged 18, British dairymaid travelling from London aboard the ship "Gainsborough" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd May 1868 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Corboy (post 1700) +

  • Matt Corboy (b. 1973), American actor
  • Edwin Wilkie Corboy (1896-1950), Australian politician

RMS Lusitania


  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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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