Yale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh surname Yale is derived from the Welsh word "iâl" 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 Iâl for many years.

Early Origins of the Yale family

The surname Yale was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536. They claim descent from Ellis, second son of Griffith Ap Einion, Lord of Yale.

Yale is "a genuine Cambrian name, from the family seat in Flintshire." [1]

Early History of the Yale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yale research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1821, 1649, 1721, 1690, 1652, 1672, 1687, 1526, 1577, 1525, 1526, 1542, 1544, 1566, 1567, 1573, 1798 and 1871 are included under the topic Early Yale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yale Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Yale family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Elihu Yale (1649-1721), American merchant, philanthropist, governor of the British East India Company, eponym of Yale University. "He was the second son of David Yale, a native of Denbighshire (d. 14 Jan. 1690), who had sailed from England with his stepfather, Theophilus Eaton, to Newhaven, Connecticut, on the foundation of the colony there, but had migrated to Boston. The family returned to England in 1652 and settled in London. In 1672 Elihu went out to India in the service of the East India Company, and, after filling various subordinate positions, rose...
Another 130 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Yale migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Thomas Yale, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • David Yale, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640 [2]
Yale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Simon Yale, who settled in Philadelphia in 1839
  • Gregory Yale, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yale (post 1700) +

  • Brian Joseph Yale (b. 1968), American four-time Grammy Award nominated bass guitarist for the band Matchbox Twenty
  • Linus Yale Sr. (1797-1858), American inventor and manufacturer of locks; he filed 14 patents from 1830 through 1857, father of Linus Yale Jr
  • Linus Yale Jr. (1821-1868), American inventor of the Pin tumbler lock, co-founder of the Yale Lock Company, best known for his inventions including the cylinder lock
  • John Reed Yale (1855-1925), American businessman and politician, Member of the New York State Assembly for Putnam County (1902-1913) and (1921-1925)
  • James Murray Yale (1798-1871), Canadian chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) at Fort Langley, eponym of Yale, British Columbia
  • Robert Yale Lary (1930-2017), American NFL football player who played from 1952 to 1964 for the Detroit Lions, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979
  • Moses Yale Beach (1800-1868), American publisher, who established the New York Sun
  • Joseph Yale Resnick (1924-1969), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1965-69; Candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1968 [3]
  • Yale Nance Patt, American professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, awarded the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science and numerous IEEE awards
  • Yale Gracey (1910-1983), Disney Imagineer, writer, and layout artist artist for Pinocchio; he also designed some of the special effects for the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion attractions at Disneyland


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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