Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Devon. Their name, however, refers to the Old English word yarde, meaning an area of thirty acres, and indicates that the family once lived on such a piece of land.
Early Origins of the Yard family
Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Yard family
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Yard Spelling Variations
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 Yard include Yard, Yarde, Yeard, Yeards and others.
Early Notables of the Yard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yard family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Yard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Yard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Yard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Yard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Yard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Yard (post 1700)
The Yard Motto
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: Facta non verba
Motto Translation: Deeds not words.
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