Yell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Yell family

The surname Yell was first found in on the Isle of Yell, in the Shetlands.

Early History of the Yell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yell research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1391, 1503, 1676, 1870 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Yell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yell, Yul, Yuel, Yule, Youll, Yuile, Yuill, Yulle and others.

Early Notables of the Yell family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Yell family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Yuill who settled in New York in 1774; Alexander Yule, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1784; Peter Yule, who came to Nova Scotia in 1786; William Yule, who settled in Quebec in 1820.


Contemporary Notables of the name Yell (post 1700) +

  • Archibald Yell (1797-1847), American attorney and politician, 2nd Governor of Arkansas (1840-1844)
  • Archibald Yell, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 27th District, 1883-85 [1]
  • Archibald Yell (1797-1847), American Democratic Party politician, Governor of Arkansas, 1840-44 [1]


The Yell Motto +

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: Numine et virtute
Motto Translation: By God's providence and by virtue.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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