Show ContentsCorbreke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Corbreke surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 Corbreke family

The surname Corbreke 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 Corbreke family

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Corbreke Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Corbreke include Corbridge, Corbreyke, Corbreake, Corbig and others.

Early Notables of the Corbreke family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Corbreke family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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