The ancestors of the bearers of the Yardsley family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Yardley, a place-name found in several locations throughout England.
Early Origins of the Yardsley family
The surname Yardsley 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 Yardsley family
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Yardsley Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Yardsley include Yardley, Yardeley, Yeardley, Yardly and others.
Early Notables of the Yardsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yardsley family to Ireland
Some of the Yardsley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Yardsley family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Yardsley 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.