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The Welsh surname Yale is derived from the Welsh word "iāl" which roughly translates as "dweller at the fertile upland." Elihun Yale's family (eponym of Yale University) came from Plas-Gronow, near Wrexham in Denbighshire. The family had a family estate at Plas yn Iāl for many years.

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The surname Yale was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, from very ancient times and were descended from Ellis, second son of Griffith Ap Einion, Lord of Yale.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yale, Yales and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yale research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1649, 1721, 1798, 1821, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Yale History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann, David, and Thomas Yale all settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Thomas Yale, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637
  • David Yale, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640

Yale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Simon Yale settled in Philadelphia in 1839
  • Gregory Yale, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • John Reed Yale (1855-1925), American businessman and politician, Member of the New York State Assembly for Putnam County (1902-1913) and (1921-1925)
  • Linus Yale Sr. (1797-1858), American inventor and manufacturer of locks
  • Harry Yale, American Chemist
  • Linus Yale Jr. (1821-1868), American inventor of the Pin tumbler lock, founder of the Yale Lock Company
  • James Murray Yale (1798-1871), Canadian chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) at Fort Langley, eponym of Yale, British Columbia
  • Elihu Yale (1649-1721), Colonial-born English merchant, in 1718 the Collegiate School of Connecticut was renamed in his honor


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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Yale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yale 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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