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

The ancient roots of the Yarbrough family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Yarbrough comes from when the family lived in either the parish or the hamlet called Yarborough in the county of Lincolnshire. The surname Yarbrough belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Yarbrough has appeared include Yarburgh, Yarborough, Yearbugh, Yerburgh, Yearby and others.

First found in Lincolnshire at Yarbourgh or Yaburgh, in the hundred of Louth-Eske. The name was listed as Gereburg in the Domesday Book [1] and literally means "the earthwork, or the fortification built of earth" derived from the Old English word "eorth-burgh" [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yarbrough research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Yarbrough History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yarbrough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Yarbrough arrived in North America very early:

Yarbrough Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Yarbrough, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Richard Yarbrough who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Yarbrough Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Swanson Yarbrough who settled in Texas in 1832

Yarbrough Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Kathleen Yarbrough, aged 35, who landed in America from South Africa, in 1903
  • C. Yarbrough, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Charley Yarbrough, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from South Africa, in 1903
  • Stanley Yarbrough, aged 9, who settled in America from South Africa, in 1903
  • Violet Isabelle Helen Yarbrough, who landed in America, in 1907


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  • Glenn Yarbrough (b. 1930), American folk singer
  • James C. Yarbrough (b. 1957), American General in the United States Army
  • Nana Camille Yarbrough, American multi-talented veteran of theater, film, dance, and song
  • Cedric Yarbrough (b. 1973), American comedian and actor
  • Lonnie "LeeRoy" Yarbrough (1938-1984), American NASCAR racer
  • Jean Yarbrough (1901-1975), American film director
  • Steve Yarbrough (b. 1956), American novelist and short story writer
  • Karen Yarbrough, American politician, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives
  • Vincent Raymond Yarbrough (b. 1981), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Rual Holt Yarbrough (1930-2010), American five-string banjo player

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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: Non est sine pulvere palma
Motto Translation: The palm is not obtained without toil.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Yarbrough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yarbrough 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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