The surname of YONGE is a variant of the name Young and was derived from the Old English word ' geong ' a nickname often used to distinguish a younger from an older man. Early records of the name mention Wilfero seo Iunga, 774, County Cambridge. Richard le Yunge was documented in the year 1199 in the County of Yorkshire. Richard le Ynge, was recorded in the year 1200 in the County of Suffolk. Ralph le Younge was documented in the year 1273 in County Staffordshire. Edward Young of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John, son of Gregory Young (grocer) was baptised 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 associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings.
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