Yakey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Yakey family
The surname Yakey was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Yaxley, held by Hubert, a Norman noble from William Malet his over lord, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Important Dates for the Yakey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yakey research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1565, 1555, 1625, 1597 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Yakey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Yakey Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Yaxley, Yacksley, Yaxly, Yackslie, Yackslee and others.
Early Notables of the Yakey family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Francis Yaxley (died 1565), an English politician and conspirator. In 1555, he was elected member of parliament for Stamford. Later he spent time in the Tower of...
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Yakey migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Yakey Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Yakey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ella Yakey, aged 28, who arrived in Bloomfield, Indiana, in 1912
- Esther M. Yakey, aged 34, who arrived in America, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Yakey (post 1700)
- David C. Yakey (1830-1908), American politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1880
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)