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The ancestors of the Yard surname lived among the ancient 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.

Yard Early Origins



The surname Yard was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Yard Spelling Variations


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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.

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Yard Early History


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Yard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yard research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Yard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Yard Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Yard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

  • William Yard settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Yard, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Susan Yard settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Henry Yard, who arrived in Virginia in 1695

Yard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Yard settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767

Yard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Yard settled in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1675 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Yard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel and Christopher Yard settled in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, in 1793 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Yard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Yard, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Yard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Yard (post 1700)



  • Robert Sterling Yard (1861-1945), American writer, journalist, and wilderness activist
  • Molly Yard (1912-2005), American feminist
  • Douglas Dale Yard, Canadian jurist, appointed a judge of the Family Division of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba on October 7, 1998

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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Yard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yard 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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