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

The origins of the Yeary name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Yardley, a place-name found in several locations throughout England.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Yeary were recorded, including Yardley, Yardeley, Yeardley, Yardly and others.

First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeary research. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1632 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Yeary History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yeary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Yeary family emigrate to North America:

Yeary Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary Yeary, aged 28, who landed in America from Yuam, Ireland, in 1909
  • Michael Yeary, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922

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  • Harvey Lee Yeary II (b. 1940), original name of Lee Majors, American actor, best known for his role as Colonel Steve Austin, in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1978)
  • Jimmy Yeary, American country music singer and songwriter from Hillsboro, Ohio


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  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. 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.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Yeary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yeary 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.

This page was last modified on 5 May 2014 at 17:58.

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