The surname of YOUNG was derived from the Old English word 'geong' a nickname often used to distinguish a younger from an older man. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers. John Yong de Dyngvale witnessed a charter by the earl of Ross in 1342. Symone Young was the burgess of Elgin in the year 1343. William and Walter Yhonge were granted safe conduct to travel into England in the year 1446. Robert Yhunge held a tenement in Glasgow in the year 1454, and John Zoung was the baillie of William, earl of Orkney in 1462. Edward Young of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Baptised. John, son of Gregory Young (grocer) at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1561. Edward Young (1683-1765) English poet, chiefly remembered for his poem 'Night Thoughts on Life, Death' and 'Immortality'. Arthur Young (1741-1820) English writer of books on agriculture and travel, famous for his 'Travels in France' written in 1792. Brigham Young (1801-1877) Mormon Leader; he headed the Morman migration to Utah in 1847, founded Salt Lake City, and was appointed governor of Utah in 1851.
The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.The arms are registered at Rosebank, Scotland.
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