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  • Anne Brereton/ Corbett (c.1520 - 1585)
    -------------------- ID: I24142 Name: Anne Boothe Sex: F Father: Sir William Boothe Marriage 1 John Corbet Children 1. Mary Corbet b: ABT. 1550 in of Congleton, Astburg, Chestershire,...
  • Hannah Corbett (1659 - 1737)
  • Irene Corbett (1881 - 1912)
    Biographical Summary: "... Irene Colvin Corbett (1881-1912) was a venturesome, courageous woman and one who sought out a good education," her grandson says today. But a decision to go to England to f...
  • James John Corbett (1866 - 1933)
    James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett (September 1, 1866 – February 18, 1933) was a heavyweight boxing champion, best known as the man who defeated the great John L. Sullivan. He also coached boxing at th...

About the Corbett surname

The surname of CORBETT was derived from the Old French CORBET - a nickname for one with dark hair. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans.