Corby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Corby family

The surname Corby 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 Corby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corby 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 Corby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corby Spelling Variations

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Corby has been spelled Corby, Corbie and others.

Early Notables of the Corby 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 Corby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Corby family to Ireland

Some of the Corby 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.


United States Corby migration to the United States +

For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Corby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Benjamine Corby who settled in Maryland in 1775
  • Thomas and William Corby, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799 and 1846 respectively
Corby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Corby, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823 [3]
  • Bernard Corby, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836 [3]

Australia Corby migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Corby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ada Corby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [4]
  • Alfred Corby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [4]
  • John Corby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [4]
  • William Corby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [4]
  • Emma Corby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Corby (post 1700) +

  • Colleen Corby (b. 1947), American former model, known for her work with Sears, JC Penney, Montgomery Ward, and others
  • Ellen Corby (1911-1999), American three-time Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Grandma Esther Walton on the CBS television series The Waltons
  • William Corby, American President of the University of Notre Dame and Chaplain to the Irish Brigade during the American Civil War
  • Matthew John "Matt" Corby (b. 1990), Australian singer-songwriter and musician
  • Kevin Corby (b. 1959), former English cricketer
  • John Corby (1803-1890), birth name of John George Howard, English-born, Canadian City of Toronto's official surveyor and civil engineer and the principal donor of High Park
  • Henry "Harry" Corby (1851-1917), Canadian businessman and politician who represented Hastings West as a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1888 to 1901, son of Henry Corby
  • Henry Corby (1806-1881), Canadian businessman and politician, founder of Corbyville, Ontario and Corby Distillers; he represented Hastings East in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Conservative from 1867 to 1874
  • Michael Corby (b. 1955), English rock guitarist
  • Hugh Corby Fox, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, 1931-32 [5]


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PETREL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Petrel.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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