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Etymology & Historical Origin - Corbin
Corbin is the transferred use of a surname that originated in England from a nickname. The nickname originated from the Anglo-Norman word “corb” meaning ‘crow, raven’ to signify a man with shiny black hair or for one with a raucous tone of voice. The personal name developed as Corbinian and the surname first appeared in the 11th century as “Corbun”. The Corbin family Coat of Arms in Guernsey (an island in the English Channel) depicts three black ravens with the motto "Deus pascit corvos" (God feeds the ravens). While we often think of ravens in the macabre sense (thanks to Poe or even Hitchcock), this is far from the truth. The raven is actually a mysterious, curious, talkative, solo-driven, care-less-attitude kind of bird. They are also intelligent and have unique speaking abilities making them the ultimate oracle. We hear “cras! cras!” from the raven, which in Latin actually means ‘tomorrow’ and suggests their ability to foretell the future and reveal omens and signs. In Celtic mythology, the raven was associated with wisdom and knowledge. In Norse legend, the raven is connected to their main god Odin who would send the birds across the land to spy and return revealing vital information to him. There are also a couple of interesting stories on why the raven’s feathers are black. In the Greco-Roman tradition, Apollo punished the raven for talking too much and exposing too many secrets, so he turned his bright white feathers black. In another, the “wise” owl replaced Athena’s raven as the symbolism for wisdom again because of the raven’s chatter-box tendencies. In Native American mythology, the raven was considered a friend to the people. Her black feathers were considered magical and only to be feared if misused. They were considered tricksters and charmers, ingenious and changeable. They guarded over ceremonial rituals and healing circles. The Native American Indians also saw the raven as a bringer of light, while psychologist Carl Jung felt they symbolized the darker side of our psyche. Therefore, the raven (or Corbin) has a nice yin-yang quality about him. As a given name, Corbin is mainly a new coinage and distinct to the United States.
Popularity of the Name Corbin
Corbin first appeared on the U.S. naming charts in 1970, but at rare levels of usage. It’s not until 1987 that the name actually manages to stick to the naming charts. The name was influenced by the handsome and popular 80s actor Corbin Bernsen who played a central character on the very popular television series “L.A. Law” which aired from 1986-1994. After that, the name probably owes its popularity to the “Last Names First” naming trend. Regardless of the name’s influence, Corbin is a lively and energetic name. Its association with the raven also makes it an interesting choice. A great choice for a talkative little baby boy or one with sleek, black hair. The raven is full of mystery and confidence. He could care less what you think of him, but somehow we can’t help but to respect him. Who would have thought that such a simple name like Corbin would carry so much dimension and depth? Cras! Cras! Tomorrow I will name my boy Corbin.
Popularity of the Boy Name Corbin
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Literary Characters of the Baby Name Corbin
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Popular Songs on Corbin
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Corbin
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Famous People Named Corbin
Famous People Named Corbin - Corbin Bernsen (actor); Corbin Billings (motivational speaker); Corbin Bleu (actor); Corbin Tomaszeski (celebrity chef); Corbin Waller (soccer player)
Children of Famous People Named Corbin
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Corbin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Corbin
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Corbin