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Yeary Coat of Arms / Yeary Family Crest

Yeary Coat of Arms / Yeary Family Crest

The English surname of YEARY was a West Midlands habitation name from any of various places, for example, Yardley in the West Midlands, Essex, Northants, or Yarley in Somerset, so called from the Old English GERD (pole, stick) + LEAH (wood-clearing), literally meaning 'the dweller nearby'. The name is also spelt YERDLEY, YARDLEY and YEAREY. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Richard de GERDELAI, who was recorded in Northumberland, England in 1199, and William de ERDELEG, appears in Hertfordshire in 1229. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. Later instances of the name mention Elizabeth, daughter of William YARDLEY, who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1592, and Richard Hinde and Anne YARDLYE, were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1612.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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