Corbett last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Corbett is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Corbett.

Meaning of Corbett

An Irish surname derived from the French corbeau, meaning "raven," likely referring to a person with dark hair.

Corbett, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Corbett surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Corbett in America

Corbett is the 1346th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Corbett surname appeared 26,246 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 people would have the surname Corbett.

We can also compare 2010 data for Corbett to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 1346 1252 7.24%
Count 26,246 25,722 2.02%
Proportion per 100k 8.90 9.54 -6.94%

The history of the last name Corbett

The surname Corbett is of Norman-French origin, derived from the Old French word "corbeau" meaning "raven" or "crow". It is believed to have originated as a nickname or descriptive name for someone with dark hair or complexion, likening them to the appearance of a raven.

The name first appeared in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066, when many Norman families settled in various parts of the country. One of the earliest recorded instances of the name is found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is listed as "Corbett" in Shropshire.

In the 12th century, a notable figure named Robert Corbett (c. 1150-1220) was a wealthy landowner and Lord of Caus Castle in Shropshire. He played a significant role in the Baron's War against King John and was later appointed as a Justice of the Court of King's Bench.

Another prominent individual bearing the name was Roger Corbett (c. 1250-1321), who served as a member of Parliament for Shropshire in the reign of King Edward I. He was also a distinguished military commander and participated in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

During the 13th century, the Corbett family established themselves as landed gentry in Shropshire, with their ancestral seat at Caus Castle. The name is also associated with various place names in the region, such as Corbett's Dingle and Corbett's Wood.

In the 16th century, Sir Andrew Corbett (c. 1520-1578) was a prominent figure in Worcestershire. He served as High Sheriff of Worcestershire and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1568 for his services to the Crown.

Later, in the 17th century, John Corbett (1599-1662) was an English Puritan clergyman and one of the Westminster Divines. He played a significant role in the English Civil War and was a staunch supporter of Oliver Cromwell.

Throughout history, the surname Corbett has been associated with various professions and achievements, including politics, military service, law, and religion. While its roots can be traced back to Norman-French origins, the name has become well-established in England and other parts of the world over the centuries.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Corbett

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Corbett.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Corbett was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 80.45% 21,115
Non-Hispanic Black Only 14.81% 3,887
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.51% 134
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.46% 121
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.57% 412
Hispanic Origin 2.20% 577

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Corbett has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 80.45% 82.59% -2.63%
Black 14.81% 13.82% 6.92%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.51% 0.38% 29.21%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.46% 0.55% -17.82%
Two or More Races 1.57% 1.38% 12.88%
Hispanic 2.20% 1.27% 53.60%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Corbett was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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