The English surname Corbin, also found in France, Scotland and Ireland, is of nickname origin meaning “little crow, or raven,” from Old French, Middle English corbin, a diminutive of corb. 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. A Coat of Arms was granted to a Corbin family in Guernsey, which depicts three black ravens on a gold chief, with a silver shield. The name was introduced to the New World in 1638 when Clement Corbin is recorded in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 26,000 bearers of the surname Corbin living in the United States.
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