Cormabay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Cormabay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Carnaby a parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Literally the place name means 'cairn-settlement' from the Celtic carn, cairn + Scandinavian by, meaning 'settlement, village.' 
Early Origins of the Cormabay family
The surname Cormabay was first found in Carnaby, a parish, in the "union of Bridlington, wapentake of Dickerin in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The church is a small edifice, with an embattled tower." 
The first records for the family are found here in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Rogerus de Carnaby, brasiator; and Johannes Carnaby. 
Later records of the family were found further to the north in Caithness, Scotland, specifically with the spelling Carnabay, but that sources notes the family was "from Carnaby in the East Riding of Yorkshire." 
Early History of the Cormabay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cormabay research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1669, 1677, 1407, 1404, 1541, 1595, 1645, 1624, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1640, 1642, 1772, 1805, 1808, 1823 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Cormabay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cormabay 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. Cormabay has been spelled many different ways, including Carnaby, Carnabey and others.
Early Notables of the Cormabay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Carnaby (died 1407), English politician, Member of Parliament for Northumberland in 1404; Leonard Cornaby, High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1541; and William Carnaby (1595-1645), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Morpeth in 1624; for Northumberland (1628-1629), for Marlborough in 1640, and for Morpeth (1640-1642.)
William Carnaby, born in London in 1772, was a chorister of the Chapel-Royal under Dr. Nares and Dr. Ayrton. On leaving the choir he...
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Migration of the Cormabay family
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 Cormabays to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Carnaby who settled in Virginia in 1741.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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