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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally means "the earthwork, or the fortification built of earth" derived from the Old English word "eorth-burgh" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yarbrough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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Yarbrough Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Yarbrough who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749
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  • Glenn Robertson Yarbrough (1930-2016), American folk singer, lead singer with the Limeliters (1959-1963)
  • 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
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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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Citations



  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. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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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