An aboriginal language, Peerapper, from north western coastal Tasmania may have been used to establish the name of this settlement. Apparently this language was spoken along the west coast from Macquarie Harbour northwards to Circular Head and on Robbins Island.
Corinna is reputedly derived from the Peerapper word for a young Tasmanian tiger/thylacine. There is another explanation that it was part of an Aboriginal word for the Pieman River. The word was “royenrine” which somehow was corrupted to ‘Corinna”.