Yankee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Yankee family

The surname Yankee was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Warenne who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Yankee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yankee research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1040 is included under the topic Early Yankee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yankee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yancy, Yancey, Wauncy, Wancy, Vanci, Wancy, Wancey, de Wanceio, Yantzy, Yantcy and many more.

Early Notables of the Yankee family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Yankee family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Yancey, a minister who left London and settled in Virginia in 1768; Henry Yancy, who was naturalized in Fairfield county, Ohio in 1844; a B. Yancey, who arrived at the port of San Francisco in 1851.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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