Gorbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Gorbey family

The surname Gorbey 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." [1]

"Corbey is the Norman-French pronunciation of Corbet or Corbett." [2]

Important Dates for the Gorbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorbey research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1604 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Gorbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gorbey Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Gorbey has been spelled Corby, Corbie and others.

Early Notables of the Gorbey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gorbey family to Ireland

Some of the Gorbey 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 Gorbey family

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: Benjamine Corby who settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas and William settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799 and 1846; respectively.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gorbey (post 1700)

  • James Henry Gorbey (1920-1977), American Republican politician, Mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania, 1964-67; Common Pleas Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1968-70; U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1970-77 [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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