Yarde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Yarde comes from when the family resided 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Yarde family

The surname Yarde was first found in Devon where "amongst the ancient Devonshire gentle families that still linger in the county are those of Yarde. The Yards of Bradley in High Week were considered an ancient family 250 years ago. The Yardes of the Whiteway estate in Kingsteignton, and of Culver House, Chudleigh, belong to one of the most ancient of Devon families (Jones' "Chudleigh")." [2]

Early rolls included a wide variety of spellings that for the most part have fallen out of favor. The "Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I." include a listing for John de la Yhurde, Southamptonshire, Henry III-Edward I. The Close Rolls listed William de la Yerd, 2 Edward I and William atte Yurd, 17 Edward III. [3]

In Somerset, Hugh atte Yeurd and Walter atte Yurd, were both listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edwrad III's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Yarde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yarde research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1735, 1695, 1698, 1638, 1703, 1685, 1703, 1749, 1740, 1702, 1773, 1767, 1833, 1799, 1871, 1858, 1800 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Yarde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yarde Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Yarde has been recorded under many different variations, including Yard, Yarde, Yeard, Yeards and others.

Early Notables of the Yarde family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Edward Yarde (1669-1735), of Churston Court in the parish of Churston Ferrers in Devon. He was a Member of Parliament for Totnes in Devon 1695-1698 and the eldest son and heir of Edward Yarde (1638-1703) of Churston Court, MP for Ashburton in 1685. Edward's fifth son, Francis Yarde c. (1703-1749), married his cousin Elizabeth Northleigh, by whom he had a daughter and sole heiress Susanna Yarde (born 1740), who became (in her issue)...
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Migration of the Yarde family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Yarde or a variant listed above: William Yard settled in Virginia in 1635; Susan Yard settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Yard settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767; John Yard settled in Ferryland in Newfoundland in 1675.


Contemporary Notables of the name Yarde (post 1700) +

  • Richard Yarde (1939-2011), American artist and professor from Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts who specialized in watercolor painting
  • Marland Yarde (b. 1992), English rugby union wing who plays for Sale Sharks
  • Anthony Dwayne Duncan Yarde (b. 1991), English professional boxer from London, ranked as the world's tenth best active light-heavyweight by The Ring and Transnational Boxing Rankings Board
  • Air Vice Marsha Brian Courtenay Yarde CVO, CBE (1905-1986), British Royal Air Force officer during the Second World War and a senior commander in the 1950s
  • Sherlock Yarde (d. 2012), Barbados football administrator and former manager of the Barbados national football team
  • Merlon Yarde (b. 1944), Barbadian cricketer who played in one first-class match for the Barbados cricket team in the 1969 season
  • Kevin Yarde, Canadian politician and former television meteorologist, Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament for Brampton North (2018-)
  • Margaret Yarde (1878-1944), British actress and opera singer who made her London stage debut in 1907; she often played domestics, landladies and mothers


The Yarde 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.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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