The ancestors of the bearers of the Corbraik family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Corbraik family
The surname Corbraik 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 Corbraik family
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Corbraik Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Corbraik include Corbridge, Corbreyke, Corbreake, Corbig and others.
Early Notables of the Corbraik family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corbraik family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Corbraik or a variant listed above: 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.