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. The surname was brought to England from Normandy, and spread to Scotland in the 12th century, and into northern Ireland in the 17th century. 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. 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.
Names borne by several Corbetts↑Jump back a section
- Albert H. C. Corbett, politician in Manitoba, Canada
- Archibald Corbett, 1st Baron Rowallan, Scottish Liberal politician
- Arthur Corbett, 3rd Baron Rowallan, British aristocrat most notable for successfully having his second marriage annulled in 1970
- Henry W. Corbett, 3rd United States Senator from Oregon (class 3)
- John Corbett (industrialist), (1817–1901), English industrialist, politician and philanthropist
- James Corbett (Australian politician) (1906–2005), Australian Country Party politician
- James A. Corbett, (1933–2001), American rancher, writer, and human rights activist
- Jim Corbett (politician), U.S. politician
- Moses Corbet, Major (1728–1814) was Lieutenant Governor of Jersey from 4 Apr 1771 - 1781.
- Richard Corbett, former Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party for Yorkshire and the Humber
- Robin Corbett, Baron Corbett of Castle Vale, the Labour member of parliament for Birmingham, Erdington
- Ron Corbett, Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Thomas Corbett, 2nd Baron Rowallan, Bronze Wolf awardee
- Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania (2011-)
- Anders Corbett, American Rower
- Claude Corbett, Australian sports journalist
- Doug Corbett, pitcher with an 8 year career from 1980–1987
- Fred Corbett, English footballer who played in the late 19th and early 20th century
- Gene Corbett, major league first baseman from 1936–1938
- Harold Corbett, Australian rugby league footballer
- James J. Corbett, heavyweight boxing champion
- Joe Corbett, major league starting pitcher who played in the National League
- Marius Corbett, South African javelin thrower
- Michael Corbett (ice hockey), professional hockey player
- Norman Corbett, Scottish footballer
- Willie Corbett, Scottish footballer
- Young Corbett III, the world welterweight boxing champion
In television, film and fiction
- Ben Corbett (1892–1961), American actor
- Bill Corbett, playwright, television writer, screenwriter, and performer
- Daniel Corbett, British meteorologist
- Glenn Corbett, American actor
- Gretchen Corbett, American actress most noted for the role of "Beth Davenport" on the television series The Rockford Files
- Harry Corbett, British puppeteer
- Harry H. Corbett, British actor
- John Corbett (actor) (born 1961), U.S. actor
- Matthew Corbett, British television personality known for The Sooty Show
- Ronnie Corbett, Scottish comedian and actor
- Shaun Taylor-Corbett, American actor
- Susannah Corbett, British actress
- Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories
- Winslow Corbett, American actress and the daughter of Rockford Files supporting player Gretchen Corbett
- John Rooke Corbett, mountaineer and compiler of list of peaks between 2500 and 3000 feet.
In other fields
See also↑Jump back a section
- 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.
- 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.
- Black, George Fraser (1946), The surnames of Scotland: their origin, meaning, and history, New York Public Library, p. 170.
- 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.
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