The name Corbreyke is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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.
Early Origins of the Corbreyke family
The surname Corbreyke 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 Corbreyke family
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Corbreyke Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Corbreyke has been spelled many different ways, including Corbridge, Corbreyke, Corbreake, Corbig and others.
Early Notables of the Corbreyke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corbreyke family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Corbreykes to arrive in North America: 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.