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Where did the English Yeats family come from? What is the English Yeats family crest and coat of arms? When did the Yeats family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Yeats family history?The name Yeats came to England with the ancestors of the Yeats family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Yeats is 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 are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Yates, Yate, Yeats and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeats research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Yeats History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Yeats Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Yeats 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.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Yeats or a variant listed above were:
Yeats Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Yeats Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Yeats Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Yeats Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yeats 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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