Show ContentsCorbrake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Corbrake dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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.

"This place, which is of great antiquity, appears to have been known to the Romans, who, at a short distance to the west, had a station on the line of the Watling-street, supposed by Camden to have been the Curia Ottadinarum of Ptolemy, and by Horsley the Corstopitum of Antoninus, and which is now called Corchester. " 1

Early Origins of the Corbrake family

The surname Corbrake 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.

Thomas of Corbridge (d. 1304), was Archbishop of York and probably native of the little town of Corbridge on the Upper Tyne, near Hexham. 2

Early History of the Corbrake family

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Corbrake Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Corbrake have been found, including Corbridge, Corbreyke, Corbreake, Corbig and others.

Early Notables of the Corbrake family

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Migration of the Corbrake family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Corbrake, 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.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook