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The ancient roots of the Yarbrough family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Yarbrough comes from when the family lived in either the parish or the hamlet called Yarborough in the county of Lincolnshire. The surname Yarbrough 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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The surname Yarbrough was 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] "The living [of Yarborough] is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at 9. 13. 6.; net income, 226; patron, Nicholas Edmund Yarburgh, Esq., of Heslington Hall, near York, who is lord of the manor, and owner of half the parish." [3]

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Yarbrough has appeared include Yarburgh, Yarborough, Yearbugh, Yerburgh, Yearby and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yarbrough research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 106 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Yarbrough 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 Yarbrough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Yarbrough arrived in North America very early:

Yarbrough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Yarbrough, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Richard Yarbrough who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Yarbrough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Swanson Yarbrough who settled in Texas in 1832

Yarbrough Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Kathleen Yarbrough, aged 35, who landed in America from South Africa, in 1903
  • C. Yarbrough, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Charley Yarbrough, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from South Africa, in 1903
  • Stanley Yarbrough, aged 9, who settled in America from South Africa, in 1903
  • Violet Isabelle Helen Yarbrough, who landed in America, in 1907


Yarbrough Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Yarbrough who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749

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  • Matthew E. Yarbrough (b. 1966), American lawyer, former Assistant United States Attorney for the North District of Texas
  • Kim Yarbrough (b. 1961), American singer and actress
  • Rual Holt Yarbrough (1930-2010), American five-string banjo player
  • Vincent Raymond Yarbrough (b. 1981), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Karen Yarbrough, American politician, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives
  • Steve Yarbrough (b. 1956), American novelist and short story writer
  • Jean Yarbrough (1901-1975), American film director
  • Lonnie "LeeRoy" Yarbrough (1938-1984), American NASCAR racer
  • Cedric Yarbrough (b. 1973), American comedian and actor
  • Nana Camille Yarbrough, American multi-talented veteran of theater, film, dance, and song

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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)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Yarbrough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yarbrough 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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