Corbet Le Normand (Northman) Begat Us

"CORBETT: Corbat (sic) and his two sons, Roger and Rodbert (sic), are named by Ordericus among "the faithful and very valiant men" employed by Roger de Montgomeri in the government of his new Earldom of Shrewsbury. Corbet was also, according to tradition, consulted by William the Conqueror as to the defence of the Welsh Marches.
His ancestry, Blakeway tells us, ascended "to a very remote antiquity". The name denotes in Norman-French a raven: whether in allusion to the famous Danish standard (the Reafan), of which their ancestor might have been the bearer from Scandinavia under Rollo, or whether from a less noble source, cannot be determined.
It is certain that Corbet came with his second and fourth sons, Roger and Robert, to the invasion of England by Duke William of Normandy. Besides the two sons who settled in Shropshire, the eldest and the third, Hugh and Renaud, stayed behind. " (The Battle Abbey Roll)

I have a line of ancestry to the Corbetts of Shropshire. The surname is very numerous in that part of England as this is where they originally settled following the Norman Conquest. One thing that draws me to this name is its clear Odinic associations with the Raven, a Scandinavian heathen totem that was continued to be used by the Norse Normans 10 generations after Rollo. The Raven features on the Corbett coat of arms. The general consensus of opinion is that the Corbetts all descend from the original bearer of the name and certainly the geographical location of most Corbetts is testament to this. The first Corbett is recorded as being from Pays de Caux, Normandy and was known as Corbet Le Normand (Corbet the Northman) born in the early 11th century.

John Corbett, Gentleman. 

Reverend Thomas Corbett, born 1792/1793 Wellington, Shropshire. Minister of Religion, Scripture Reader and Schoolmaster. Died 1875 Bedminster, Somerset.

Ruth Corbett, born 1830 Glastonbury, Somerset. Schoolmistress. Died 1915 Frome, Somerset. Married William George (1827-).

Eliza George, born 1858 Frome, Somerset. Married Robert Evans (1855-1909), Professional Cricketer/Insurance Agent.

Robert Sidney Evans, born Formby, Lancashire 1882-1983, self employed Landscape Gardener.

Robert Joseph Sidney ---- born Formby, Lancashire 1912-2015, Chief Buyer/Civil Engineer.

Wotans Krieger.


Alistair Duncan said...

I have been following, and enjoying, your blog for many years and regularly visit your page to see if you have made any new posts, for some reason, today, I began scrolling down your page, just looking at the pictures on the right hand side, the helmet from Sutton Hoo, the Perun god-pole, etc, when suddenly, to my surprise, I caught site of my surname 'Corbett'. I had never seen this post of yours before regarding this.
What makes it a little bit more synchronistic is that I was discussing the surname with a couple of friends online just the other day, and mentioning that, although its not an incredibly rare name I have never actually met anyone else with that surname (aside from seeing Ronnie on TV!).
I did know some of the history that you have written here, but not all of that.
I should point out that my paternal Grandfather came from southern Ireland (I did once visit a website that where could type in a surname and it would show on a map the main concentrations of that name, Ireland, along with Shropshire, Scotland and London were the regions that it gave for Corbett) but when my Corbett's migrated there is unknown to me at this time, I have only really traced his family back to his great grandparents (1860s), whether they have been there since medieval times or from the main Plantation era I really have no clue, at the moment.
I don't believe that I have ever commented before on any of your posts here, but I really felt the need to say something today about this. So I would imagine that if you and I were related it must be quite a fair way back in the past, but if we are, then I am very pleased and honoured that we are distant kin, as I agree with so much that you write about, and feel we are following very similar paths.

Wotans Krieger said...

Hello Alistair,
Thank you for your very interesting comment. Prior to logging into my blog (which I do not do so every day) I had spent the last day or two working on my Corbett ancestry, gathering information and making enquiries about my great great great grandfather Thomas Corbett. He was the youngest son and child of John, a gentleman from Wellington in Shropshire and thus had to work! He started life as a school master by 1841, then became ordained as a Baptist Minister and in his old age worked still as a Scripture Reader. My great great grandmother followed in his steps as a Schoolmistress in 1851.
I am drawn to this surname and ancestral line because of the obvious Odinic associations. As you will know, the surname Corbet/Corbett/Corbit/Corbitt was introduced by the Normans into Shropshire where Hugh Corbet and two of his sons were granted lands by William the Conqueror. From there various cadet branches spread out beyond Shropshire even as far as Ireland and Scotland. The raven, an Odinic symbol features on the various coats of arms of the Corbet barons. A legend has pesisted for centuries that Hugh or an earlier ancestor was the standard bearer of Rollo who is known to have used the raven as his personal symbol and carried it into battle. Hugh allegedly brought the raven banner with him to England in the 11th century.
Before logging into my accound I had the picture of this page in my mind and 'knew' that a comment would be waiting. This is the 'synchronicity' that you spoke of in your comment. It is certainly unusual as the page has been there for well over a year-and comment free!!

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