Yarwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Yarwood family

The surname Yarwood was first found in Shropshire, an English county, bordering Wales to the west. It is here that Griffin filius Yeruerth was registered in the Pipe Rolls of 1196. Later, Jarforth filius Ithell was found in the Assize Rolls for Shropshire in 1221. [1]

"Yerworth was a Welsh personal name found at an early period." [2] Iorwerth, alias Gervase, was Bishop of St. David's in 1215.

Iorwerth ab Bleddyn (d. 1112), Welsh prince, "was a younger son of Bleddyn ab Cynvyn, and brother, therefore, of Cadwgan (d. 1112), Madog, Rhirid, and Maredudd. In 1100 he was living in Ceredigion as the vassal of Robert of Bellême, Earl of Shrewsbury, and to some extent joint ruler with his elder brother Cadwgan (d. 1112), the prince of Ceredigion and part of Powys. In 1102, when Bellême revolted against Henry I, he called on the Britons subject to him to come to his help, promising them property, gifts, and freedom (Brut y Tywysogion, p. 69, Rolls ed. The dates of the 'Brut' are here two years wrong). Iorwerth accompanied Cadwgan to the neighbourhood of Bridgnorth to annoy the troops which Henry I had brought against Robert's stronghold. Henry now sent William Pantoul or Pantulf, a bitter enemy of his former lord, Bellême, to buy off the Welsh kings. He separated Iorwerth from Cadwgan by promising him Powys, Ceredigion, half of Dyved (including Pembroke Castle), Ystrad Towy, Gower, and Kidwelly, 'whilst the king should live, free without homage and payment' . Iorwerth went to the king's camp and agreed to change sides. While Cadwgan and Maredudd were still with Earl Robert, Iorwerth managed to turn the whole Welsh army against the lord of Shrewsbury. This unexpected blow was the more severe as Bellême had sent his cattle and riches for safety among the Britons. He saw that all was lost, in despair abandoned Bridgnorth, and soon lost his power altogether. " [3]

Early History of the Yarwood family

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Yarwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yerworth, Yeworth, Yourworth, Yerth, Yourth, Eorth, Yarworth, Iorworth, Yarwood and many more.

Early Notables of the Yarwood family (pre 1700)

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United States Yarwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yarwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Yarwood, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [4]
Yarwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Yarwood, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • James Yarwood, aged 73, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]

Canada Yarwood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yarwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Yarwood, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Australia Yarwood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Yarwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Yarwood, British convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Competitor"18th March 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. John Yarwood, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 20th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • George Yarwood, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [7]
  • George Yarwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yarwood (post 1700) +


    HMS Prince of Wales
    • Mr. Colin Yarwood, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [8]


    1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
    2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
    3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
    4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
    5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
    6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-st-vincent
    7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
    8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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