Show ContentsYardelay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Yardelay is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Yardley, a place-name found in several locations throughout England. The place name literally means "dweller at the Yard-Lea [Middle English yard(e, yerd(e, enclosure, court, garden; Old English g(e)ard, fence, enclosure + Middle English ley, Old English lea¡h, meadow] " [1]

Early Origins of the Yardelay family

The surname Yardelay was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Yardelay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yardelay research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1612, 1580, 1627, 1609, 1610, 1616, 1618, 1632 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Yardelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yardelay Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Yardelay are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Yardelay include: Yardley, Yardeley, Yeardley, Yardly and others.

Early Notables of the Yardelay family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir George Yardley (1580?-1627), Governor of Virginia, son of Ralph Yeardley, merchant-taylor of London. "Having served in the Low Countries, he sailed with Sir Thomas Gates to Virginia in June 1609 on board the Deliverance, and was shipwrecked in the Bermudas. He eventually reached Virginia in May 1610. In April 1616 Sir Thomas Dale, the governor, returned to England and appointed Yeardley his deputy...
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Migration of the Yardelay family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Yardelay or a variant listed above: Argall Yardley settled in Virginia in 1623; Ann Yardley settled in Virginia in 1652; Elizabeth, Enoch, Jane, John Yardley settled in Pennsylvania in 1750.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print on Facebook