Corbin family page
Louisa Buttfield, nee Corbin, in 1945, at the age of 100 years and 5 months. She was the oldest person in Jersey during the German Occupation
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Origins of surname
Corbin may not sound a particularly French name, but it is believed to originate in the communi of Corbon, either in Calvados or Orne. The surname may also have been a nickname for a man with strikingly glossy black hair or for one with a raucous voice, from the old French Corbin, raven.
Hugo de Corbun was mentioned in the Domesday Book of Norfolk and Suffolk. One Roger Corbin was listed in the Assize Court Rolls of Somerset in 1201, while Walter Corbyn is recorded in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire in 1219.
The name appears in Jersey records as early as the end of the 13th century, but there are no family records until the name starts appearing in birth registrations in the 1840s, when a family arrived from Somerset.
- Corbyn, 1309
- Corbin, 1299
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Corbin family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Elie Corbin, 9 Pier Road, St Helier - 4 March 1920, D/Y/A/80
- John Corbin, Rozel House, Oxford Road, St Helier, bequeaths to Harriet Sawyer Rozel House - 7 September 1933, D/Y/A/95
- Lydia Corbin, 7 Elizabeth Place, St Helier - 24 January 1934, D/Y/A/95
- Thomas Corbin, St Helier - 13 April 1912, D/Y/A/71
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Frank Corbin, born in St Helier in 1898, with his wife Olive in 1945. Frank was the son of William Henry Philip Corbin (1869-1952) and Florence Eliza, nee Trowbridge (1874-1900) His father and his second wife took him and his brother William to Australia in 1912
Postcard sent to Mrs Corbin at 5 Burrard Street in 1916. This was Laura Ann Corbin, nee Hamon, wife of Frederick George. It is uncertain who sent this Field Service postcard because the couple did not have sons old enough to be serving in the forces, Laura had no brothers, and her father, although he was a mariner, was in his late sixties and almost certainly too old to have been in the Merchant Marine. There does not appear to be any means of identifying the location of Field Post Office D23. The card sold on EBay in 2018 for £23