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Where did the English Yarborough family come from? What is the English Yarborough family crest and coat of arms? When did the Yarborough family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Yarborough family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Yarborough comes from when the family resided in either the parish or the hamlet called Yarborough in the county of Lincolnshire. The surname Yarborough belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Yarborough include Yarburgh, Yarborough, Yearbugh, Yerburgh, Yearby and others.

First found in Lincolnshire at Yarbourgh or Yaburgh, in the hundred of Louth-Eske. The name was listed as Gereburg in the Domesday Book [1] and literally means "the earthwork, or the fortification built of earth" derived from the Old English word "eorth-burgh" [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yarborough research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Yarborough History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yarborough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yarborough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • A. C. Yarborough arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871

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  • Emmanuel "Manny" Yarborough (1964-2015), American amateur sumo wrestler and mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor
  • Tom Yarborough (1895-1969), American politician, the first black mayor in California, Mayor of Lake Elsinore, California (1966-1969)
  • William Barton Yarborough (1900-1951), American actor who worked extensively in radio drama
  • George Hampton Yarborough Jr. (1895-1918), American officer in the United States Marine Corps and a recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS Yarborough (DD-314), a Clemson-class destroyer
  • Ralph Yarborough (1903-1996), American politician, United States Senator from Texas (1957-1971)
  • Glenn Yarborough (b. 1930), American actor
  • William Caleb "Cale" Yarborough (b. 1939), American former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner
  • Lieutenant General William Pelham Yarborough (1912-2005), United States Army officer, nicknamed the "Father of the Modern Green Berets"


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non est sine pulvere palma
Motto Translation: The palm is not obtained without toil.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. 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).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Yarborough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yarborough 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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