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Early Origins of the Corfe family

The surname Corfe was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Corfham of the river Corve, held by Earl Roger, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The holding later became known as Corfield or Corfhull. Corfe Castle is a ruinous castle in the village and civil parish named Corfe Castle, Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and is today protected as a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Early History of the Corfe family

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Corfe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corfield, Corfham, Corve, Corfe, Corfhull, Corful, Corfull, Cawfield, Cafield and many more.

Early Notables of the Corfe family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Joseph Corfe, born in 1740 at Salisbury, was one of the choristers at the cathedral there under Dr. John Stephens, organist and master of the boys. In 1782, he was appointed Gentleman of the Chapel Royal. [App. p.598 adds that "he sang in the Handel Commemmoration."] In 1792 he succeeded Robert Parry as organist and master of the choristers of Salisbury Cathedral, which...
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United States Corfe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corfe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • G Corfe, who arrived in Texas in 1906 [1]
  • William Godfrey Corfe, who landed in Texas in 1906 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Corfe (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Thomas Corfe (1773-1863), English organist and composer, born 9 April 1773, at Salisbury, third son of Dr. Joseph Corfe [2]
  • Joseph Corfe (1740-1820), English musician, born at Salisbury in 1740, probably a relation of the two musicians of that name who were lay vicars of Winchester Cathedral near the end of the seventeenth century [2]
  • Charles John Corfe DD (1843-1921), English cleric, the inaugural Bishop in Korea from 1889 to 1921
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Cecil Corfe DSO (1878-1949), New Zealand-born, Australian military officer and rugby union player
  • Melissa Jane Corfe (b. 1986), South African three-time gold and two-time silver medalist swimmer at the 2007 All-Africa Games
  • Jeff "Joffa" Corfe (b. 1964), Australian rules football supporter, leader of the Collingwood Football Club cheer squad since 2001

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Eustace Corfe (d. 1914), British Scullion from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]

  1. 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)
  2. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  3. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook