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

The name Youmans is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a free landholder.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Youmans family name include Yeoman, Yeomans, Yoemans and others.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Youmans research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 156 and 1565 are included under the topic Early Youmans History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Youmans or a variant listed above: Robert Yeoman settled in Virginia in 1622; George Yeoman settled in Virginia in 1638; Arthur Yeomans settled in Barbados in 1634; Richard Yeoman settled in New England in 1718.

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  • Vincent Youmans (1898-1946), American composer
  • Edward L. Youmans (1821-1887), American science writer, advocate of Darwinism, and founder of Popular Science magazine
  • Floyd Youmans (b. 1964), American baseball player
  • Henry M. Youmans (1832-1920), American politician
  • Marly Youmans (b. 1953), American author and poet


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