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In the ancient German province of Westphalia, the surname Yeagley evolved. It is a nickname, a style of hereditary surname that developed out of the traditional German eke-names, that identified people by naming them after a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Yeagley is a name for a person who was known for his prowess and wisdom as a hunter. The name Yeagley is derived from the German word "jage," which is derived from Old German word "jagen," which means "to hunt." Hunting was considered a knightly pursuit during the feudal era.

Yeagley Early Origins



The surname Yeagley was first found in the county of Mark (Dortmund,) where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Ancient chronicles first mention a branch of the family acquiring the estates of Kaackstedt and Ringenwalde in the district of Templin around 1376, and the estate of Zehlendorf in the district of Nieder-Barnim, around 1451. Venator, the Latin form of the name, often appears in chronicles in place of Jaeger.

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Yeagley Spelling Variations


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Yeagley Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Yeagley include Jaeger, Jeger, Jager, Jaegger, Jegger, Jagger, Jaegers, Jagers, Jaggers, Jaeggers and many more.

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Yeagley Early History


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Yeagley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeagley research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1698, 1771, 1780, and 1843 are included under the topic Early Yeagley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Yeagley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Yeagley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Yeagley were Heinrich Christroph Jaeger, who was a professor of law in Passau and Privy Councillor and royal advisor to the Prince...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yeagley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Johann Leonhardt Jaeger, who settled in America in 1777. Benedict Jaeger settled in New York State in 1831; while Hermann Jaeger settled in Texas in 1836. Peter Jager arrived in Philadelphia in 1734..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Yeagley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Yeagley (post 1700)



  • John G. Yeagley, American Republican politician, Chair of Steuben County Republican Party, 1905
  • Don Yeagley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1972
  • David Yeagley (1951-2014), American Comanche classical composer, conservative political writer and activist
  • Susan Melinda Yeagley (b. 1972), American actress, known for her roles in Almost Famous (2000), Coyote Ugly (2000) and The Lucky Ones (2008)
  • Jerry Yeagley (b. 1940), American coach of the Indiana Hoosiers men's soccer team from 1973 to 2003
  • Todd Yeagley (b. 1972), American retired soccer player, current head men's soccer coach for the Indiana University Hoosiers

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Yeagley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yeagley 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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