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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Yarker, Yorker, Yearker, Yerker and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1379 when Johannes Yarker held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yerkes research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Yerkes History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Yerkes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Yarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; ??? Yarker, who arrived in Quebec in 1814; William Yarker, who was recorded in the census of Ontario of 1871.


  • Charles Tyson Yerkes (1837-1905), American railway financier
  • Robert Yerkes (1876-1956), American psychologist, ethologist, and primatologist
  • Steve Yerkes (1888-1971), American baseball player


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: La fin couronne les oeuvres
Motto Translation: The end crowns the works.


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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Yerkes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yerkes 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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