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

In the ancient German province of Westphalia, the surname Yeager evolved. It is a nickname, a style of hereditary surname that developed out of the traditional German eke-names, that identified people by naming them after a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Yeager is a name for a person who was known for his prowess and wisdom as a hunter. The name Yeager is derived from the German word "jage," which is derived from Old German word "jagen," which means "to hunt." Hunting was considered a knightly pursuit during the feudal era.


In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Yeager include Jaeger, Jeger, Jager, Jaegger, Jegger, Jagger, Jaegers, Jagers, Jaggers, Jaeggers and many more.

First found in the county of Mark (Dortmund,) where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Ancient chronicles first mention a branch of the family acquiring the estates of Kaackstedt and Ringenwalde in the district of Templin around 1376, and the estate of Zehlendorf in the district of Nieder-Barnim, around 1451. Venator, the Latin form of the name, often appears in chronicles in place of Jaeger.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeager research. Another 381 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1698, 1771, 1780, and 1843 are included under the topic Early Yeager History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yeager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Yeager Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Yeager, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Andreas Yeager, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1764
  • George Yeager, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • John Yeager, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1767
  • Andrew Yeager, aged 50, landed in Pennsylvania in 1775

Yeager Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob H Yeager, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Frank Peter Yeager, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1867
  • Conrad Yeager, who arrived in Arkansas in 1890
  • George Phillip Yeager, who landed in Arkansas in 1898


  • Jeana Yeager (b. 1952), American who was the first woman to glide around the world
  • Brigadier General (Ret.) Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (b. 1923), American test pilot who broke the sound barrier and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the first pilot to travel faster than sound (1947)
  • Stephen Wayne "Steve" Yeager (b. 1948), former American major league baseball catcher
  • William "Bill" Yeager (b. 1940), American engineer, inventor of a packet-switched router
  • Bunny Yeager (b. 1930), American photographer
  • George J. "Doc" Yeager (1874-1940), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Leland B. Yeager (b. 1924), American economist and an expert on monetary policy and international trade
  • Jeana Yeager (b. 1952), American aviatrix, best known for co-piloting a non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in the Rutan Voyager (1986)
  • Roy Yeager (b. 1949), American musician


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The Yeager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yeager 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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