Corpus is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a dark-haired person. In Yorkshire and Suffolk, the surname Corpus is derived from the Old Norse word korpr, which means raven; in Oxfordshire, the surname is derived from the Old French word corp, which has the same meaning.
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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Corpus were recorded, including Corp, Corps, Corpe and others.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Corpus family emigrate to North America:
Corpus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Daniel Corpus, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Oakley C. Curtis" from Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Felix Corpus, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Kroonland" from Antwerp, Belgium 
Jose Corpus, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1921 from St. Thomas, B.W.I. 
Robert Corpus, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1921 from Marseille, France; Bicerte, Tunis