The story of the Carbis names, so far as the records are concerned, starts around 1303 in Looe, Cornwall. Then progresses to the middle of the fourteenth century with Richard and Johan Carbines [Carbis] family of St.Minver, Cornwall. Then on to an early Will of a certain Benedict Carbis of the parish of Phillack, Cornwall dated 22nd July 1601.

From a study of the various locations of the various early Will, it may be seen that the Carbis peoples in the sixteen hundreds, appear to have been settled in three main areas of Cornwall. In Helston, Phillack and Mevagissey. Only in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, did the family name spread into the St.Just. St.Ives and into the Redruth areas, with tin and/or copper miners being the primary occupation of those families that migrated around Cornwall.

The story continues onwards until today. However, it would be very pleasant to think that this surname may in fact be far older than most current thinking would allow ………… Today there are some one hundred and fifty [this number changes upwards from one month to another] Carbis families and others Carbis families that are connected via their maternal side scattered around the world. In Cornwall of course, Devon, Dorset, the Isle of Wight, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America. Only recently has there come to light at least one Carbis family living in Canada, and so it goes on.

We are all [mostly] looking for that very elusive link that takes us further back from 1st July 1837 dateline, when the government in England and Wales first introduced legislation that required the registration of all births, marriages and deaths. To be able to join one Carbis family to another Carbis family, in turn finding somewhere a more common ancestor. In finding more common ancestors, this in turn reduces the apparent numbers of possible separate and individual families.

This, in a sense, only happen when Carbis people get together we are all together from time to time, to talk and to show what has been achieved so far. To hopefully in the process of talking with others of a like mind, begin to find some other common links.

Please pay a visit to the Guest Book and also leave your name and address there and on the Enquiries page. Please leave a note of any of your comments and other family information, that you feel will be of assistance to us all. We Carbis people are all very important to each other in this family name quest.

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