Corve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Corve family

The surname Corve 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 Corve family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corve research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1580, 1740, 1782, 1792, 1804 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Corve History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corve 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 Corve 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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Migration of the Corve family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



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