Yaeger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the ancient German province of Westphalia, the surname Yaeger evolved. It is a nickname, a style of hereditary surname that developed out of the traditional German eke-names, that identified people by naming them after a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Yaeger is a name for a person who was known for his prowess and wisdom as a hunter. The name Yaeger is derived from the German word "jage," which is derived from Old German word "jagen," which means "to hunt." Hunting was considered a knightly pursuit during the feudal era.

Early Origins of the Yaeger family

The surname Yaeger was first found in the county of Mark (Dortmund,) where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Ancient chronicles first mention a branch of the family acquiring the estates of Kaackstedt and Ringenwalde in the district of Templin around 1376, and the estate of Zehlendorf in the district of Nieder-Barnim, around 1451. Venator, the Latin form of the name, often appears in chronicles in place of Jaeger.

Early History of the Yaeger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yaeger research. Another 336 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1698, 1771, 1780, and 1843 are included under the topic Early Yaeger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yaeger Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Yaeger include Jaeger, Jeger, Jager, Jaegger, Jegger, Jagger, Jaegers, Jagers, Jaggers, Jaeggers and many more.

Early Notables of the Yaeger family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Yaeger were Heinrich Christroph Jaeger, who was a professor of law in Passau and Privy Councillor and royal advisor to the Prince...
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United States Yaeger migration to the United States +

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Yaeger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fred Yaeger, aged 55, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Otto Yaeger, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Ernstine Yaeger, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Wilhelm Yaeger, aged 28, who immigrated to America, in 1896
  • Emma Yaeger, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States, in 1898
Yaeger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Friedrich Yaeger, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1900
  • Georg Yaeger, aged 9, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • Elise Yaeger, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Charles Yaeger, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Amos J. Yaeger, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Yaeger (post 1700) +

  • Lynn Yaeger, American fashion reporter for Vogue
  • Larry Yaeger (b. 1950), former Apple scientist, Full Professor of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington
  • Gordon Yaeger (1927-2005), American pilot of the Bell Rocket Belt at the 1964 New York World Fair
  • Edgar Yaeger (1904-1997), American modernist painter from Detroit
  • Robert R. Yaeger Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Bradley Yaeger (b. 1985), Canadian ice dancer

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