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." 
"Corbey is the Norman-French pronunciation of Corbet or Corbett." 
Early History of 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, 1558, 1637, 1598, 1644, 1598, 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)
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 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.