Yandell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Yandell surname comes from the place name Yewdale in Lancashire, which is derived from the Old English word "yew," a type of tree and the Old Norse "dalr," meaning "valley."  Literally, the place name means "the dale where yew-trees grow"
Early Origins of the Yandell family
The surname Yandell was first found in North West Lancashire at Yewdale. While three distinct sources agree on this origin, one differs. In this case, the author notes that the name could have been Norman in origin implying some of the family at one time emigrated to England. He notes that the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Ansgot de Ouvedale (Uvedale) in Normandy 1180-1195. The same source also notes Walder de Hudal in 1198. 
Scant records are found today of Yewdale other than one source notes that it is a "valley at the north end of Coniston Lake." 
Apparently at one time "a family of Udall, or Wedalle, owned the manor of Chingford Comitis, Essex, in the reign of Elizabeth. " 
Another source notes that Alice de Youdall was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and later, John Yowdall was listed in Cumbria in 1546. 
Early History of the Yandell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yandell research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1524, 1437, 1464, 1560, 1592, 1542, 1505, 1556 and 1449 are included under the topic Early Yandell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Yandell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Yandell were recorded, including Udall, Udale, Udall, Udle, Yewdale, Yewdall, Youdale and many more.
Early Notables of the Yandell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Uvedale (1455-1524), British soldier and courtier, of Wickham, Hampshire, the son and heir of Sir Thomas Uvedale of Wickham and of Titsey, Surrey, High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex in 1437 and 1464.
"The family name appears from the oldest deeds to have been D'Ovedale or D'Ouvedale. Other variations of the name are Uvedall, Uvedail, Vuedall, Udall, Woodall, and Woodhall. A writer in a sixteenth-century manuscript, desirous of identifying the Uvedale family with that of Wodehall, Cumberland, says, 'Thei call the name Woddall, and some call it Udall, and some Wodhall...
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Migration of the Yandell family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Yandell family emigrate to North America: William Udle settled in Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1798; Patrick Udall settled in Maryland in 1685; John Udall settled in New England in 1751; James Udell settled in Philadelphia in 1862.
Contemporary Notables of the name Yandell (post 1700) +
- Keith Yandell, American philosopher of religion, professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Barry Yandell, American voice actor
- Enid Yandell (1870-1934), American sculptor
- William Yandell Elliott III (1896-1979), American professor of history and political science at Harvard University 1925-1963
- Yandell Henderson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1912, 1914 
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
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- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html