MacCorbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the MacCorbey family
The surname MacCorbey 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 MacCorbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCorbey 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 MacCorbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCorbey Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. MacCorbey has been spelled Corby, Corbie and others.
Early Notables of the MacCorbey 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."...
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Migration of the MacCorbey family to Ireland
Some of the MacCorbey 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 MacCorbey family
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Benjamine Corby who settled in Maryland in 1775; Thomas and William settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799 and 1846; respectively.
- 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)
- 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)