Show ContentsCorman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Corman family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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.' 1

Early Origins of the Corman family

The surname Corman 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." 2

The first records for the family are found here in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Rogerus de Carnaby, brasiator; and Johannes Carnaby. 3

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." 4

Early History of the Corman family

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Corman Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Corman include Carnaby, Carnabey and others.

Early Notables of the Corman family

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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Corman Ranking

In the United States, the name Corman is the 15,222nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 5

United States Corman migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Corman were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Corman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Corman, who landed in Virginia in 1658 6
  • Hugh Corman, who landed in Maryland in 1663 6
  • Nich Corman, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 6
Corman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Conradt Corman, aged 18, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741 6

Canada Corman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John George Corman, "Korman" U.E. (b. 1739) born in Holland from Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saltfleet Township, Wentworth County, Ontario c. 1783; he married Sarah Harrison in 1763 they had 9 children, he died in 1804 7

Contemporary Notables of the name Corman (post 1700) +

  • Jacob Doyle Corman Jr. (1932-2019), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1977-1998)
  • Richard J. Corman (1955-2013), American founder and owner of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, a Nicholasville, Kentucky based railroad holding company

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. 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)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook