Yales History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh surname Yales 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 Yales family

The surname Yales 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 Yales family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yales 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 Yales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yales Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Yales 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 Yales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Yales family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ann, David, Thomas Yale all settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Simon Yale settled in Philadelphia in 1839.



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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