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About the study

One named study of Corben and variants. I am trying to link together as many of the Corben families as possible. My study is mainly UK based but see links for other Corben studies.

Variant names

Variants Corben, Corbin and Corbyn

Name origin


Nickname meaning '€˜little crow'€™, '€˜raven'€™, from Old French, Middle English corbin, a diminutive of corb.

Possibly also a Norman habitational name from places in Calvados and Orne, France, named Corbon.

History of the name

Hugh de Corbin and William Corbin both appeared in the Battle Abbey Roll at the Battle of Hastings. Hugh de Corbin over saw the estates of Roger Bigod at Yoxford in Suffolk.

Betty Uber (nee Corbin) champion badminton player

Distribution of the name

In the UK in 1881, mainly Dorset, Hampshire, London, Somerset, East Anglia, Glamorgan. Historically Cheshire, Warwickshire, Cornwall.


Database of 18,824 individual entries. These comprise census data, BMD, Newspaper entries, IGI, Parish records, war records, monumental inscriptions etc.

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