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Where did the English Young family come from? What is the English Young family crest and coat of arms? When did the Young family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Young family history?

The name Young has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was very young, from the Old English word yong and yung and was first bestowed on the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, usually a son who was named for his father.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Young have been found, including Young, Younge, Yonge, Youngson and others.

First found in Essex, where the first record of the name appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Wilfer seo lunga in 744. Many years later Walter Yonge was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [1] Another reference lists Hugh le Yunge in the Hundred Rolls of 1273 as residing in Oxfordshire. The same rolls list Ralph le Younge in Staffordshire and later William le Yunge in Northumberland during the reign of Edward I. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Young research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1400, 1500, 1579, 1649, 1603, 1663, 1642, 1660, 1646, 1721, 1860, 1868 and are included under the topic Early Young History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Young Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Young family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Young, or a variant listed above:

Young Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Young and his wife, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Joseph and Margaret Young, who immigrated to New England with their two sons in 1635
  • Harford Young, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Marmaduke Young, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Martha Young, who landed in Bermuda in 1635

Young Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicho Young, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Eliz Young, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Alex Young, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Anne Young, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Tebald Young, who landed in New York in 1715-1716

Young Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Tatem Young, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802
  • Robert Young, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Noble Young, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Sarah Young, aged 50, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Jas Young, aged 21, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804


  • Loretta Young (1913-2000), prominent American actress who made close to 100 films in her prolific Hollywood career
  • Brigham Young (1801-1877), American who led the Mormon migration to Utah, governor of Utah Territory
  • Charles Augustus Young (1834-1908), American astronomer
  • Mahonri MacKintosh Young (1877-1957), American sculptor and art critic
  • Whitney Moore Young Jr. (1921-1971), American civil rights leader and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Captain (USN, Ret.) John Watts Young (b. 1930), former NASA astronaut with 835 hours in space, Commander of the first shuttle flight
  • Prez Young (1909-1959), American jazz musician
  • William Lambert "Bill" Young CMG (1913-2009), New Zealand politician and High Commissioner to Great Britain
  • Adrian Young (b. 1969), American pop musician
  • Commander Cassin Young (1894-1942), American naval officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Pearl Harbor



  • Biographical Dictionary of the Youngs (born 1653-1870) by Louise Ryder Young.
  • Descendants of Jacob Young of Shelby County, Kentucky, Including President Harry S. Truman by Elsie Spry Davis.
  • Genealogy and Letters of the Strudwick, Ashe, Young and Allied Families by Betsy Lawson Willis.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours jeune
Motto Translation: Always young.


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Young Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Young Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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