This interesting and unusual name is of English locational origin from either "Corringham", a place on the river Thames, near Billericay in Essex, or a place of the same name, near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. The former, recorded "Currincham" in the Domesday Book (1086), derives from the Old English personal name "Curra" (from "Cuthred") and "-ing-", people of, plus "-ham", settlement, homestead, hence "the settlement of Curra's people", while the latter, recorded "Coringeham" in the Domesday book, is from the Old Scandinavian "Kori" "Cora" plus the elements mentioned above. Thomas the son of Robert Corringham was christened at Owston, Lincolnshire on January 17th 1607. Where here, also Marye Corringham was christened on February 19th 1613. Margarett Corringham married William Robinson also at Owston on July 19th 1621. The earliest London church recording of the name is on January 6th 1666, when Peeter Coringham married Margret Costin at St. James, Clerkenwell while John Coringam was christened at St. Botolph without Aldgate, June 1701. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Corringham, which was dated November 14th 1599, christening witness at Owston, Lincolnshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.