Gorbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Gorbay family
The surname Gorbay was first found in Cumberland, where "Alexander Corbie was retoured heir of Alexander Corbie, his father, in four sixteen parts of the lands of Luthrie, 1615 (Retours, Fife, 255). John Corbie, messenger in New Milne in 1676, and seven more of the name are recorded in the Kirkcudbright Commissariot Record in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries." 
"Corbey is the Norman-French pronunciation of Corbet or Corbett." 
Early History of the Gorbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorbay research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1558, 1637, 1598, 1644, 1598, 1604 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Gorbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gorbay Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Gorbay has been spelled Corby, Corbie and others.
Early Notables of the Gorbay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Gerard Corbie or Corbington (1558-1637), a Catholic exile, "a native of the county of Durham. He was a severe sufferer for his profession of the catholic faith, being compelled frequently to cross to Ireland, and ultimately he became a voluntary exile with his family in Belgium."...
Migration of the Gorbay family to Ireland
Some of the Gorbay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gorbay family
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them: Benjamine Corby who settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas and William settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799 and 1846; respectively.