Corbett (surname)

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Corbett is an English-language surname. It is derived from the Anglo-Norman French, Middle English, and Old French corbet, which is a diminutive of corb, meaning "raven". The surname probably originated from a nickname referring to someone with dark hair or a dark complexion.[1][2] The surname was brought to England from Normandy,[2] and spread to Scotland in the 12th century,[2][3] and into northern Ireland in the 17th century.[2] Early instances of the name are Corbet in Shropshire, recorded in Domesday Book in 1086; Corbet in Shropshire, recorded in the Assize Rolls of Worcestershire in 1158; and le Corbet in Oxfordshire, recorded in the Eynsham Cartulary in 1323. Variations of the surname include: Corbet, and Corbitt.[1] Corbett is sometimes an Anglicised form of the Irish surnames Ó Corbáin and Ó Coirbín, which mean "descendant of Corbán" and "descendant of Coirbín", respectively.[4]

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  • John Rooke Corbett, mountaineer and compiler of list of peaks between 2500 and 3000 feet.

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  1. ^ a b Reaney, Percy Hilde (1995), Wilson, Richard Middlewood, ed., A dictionary of English surnames (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 109, ISBN 0-19-863146-4 .
  2. ^ a b c d Corbett Family History, Ancestry.com, retrieved 19 August 2012 . This webpage cites Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 .
  3. ^ Black, George Fraser (1946), The surnames of Scotland: their origin, meaning, and history, New York Public Library, p. 170 .
  4. ^ Corban Family History, Ancestry.com, retrieved 19 August 2012 . This webpage cites Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 .