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Where did the English Yates family come from? What is the English Yates family crest and coat of arms? When did the Yates family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Yates family history?Yates is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is a name for a gatekeeper. The name was originally derived from the Old English word geat, meaning gate. It was also sometimes applied to people who lived near a prominent gate.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Yates, Yate, Yeats and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yates research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Yates History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Yates Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Yates family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Yates name or one of its variants:
Yates Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Yates Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Yates Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Yates Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Yates Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yates 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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