Yeaham is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Yeaham is for a gatekeeper.
Further research proved the surname Yeaham was originally derived from the Old English word geat,
Early Origins of the Yeaham family
The surname Yeaham was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times and were Lords of the Manor of Stock Gaylard in that shire. Conjecturally, this family name is descended from William d'Eu who held the manor at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 A.D. Count William d'Eu's main holdings were in Wiltshire
but it may well be that a junior line of the family became husbandmen to his Dorset
Early History of the Yeaham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeaham research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1674, 1685, 1690, 1689 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Yeaham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Yeaham Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Yetman, Yeatman, Yeetman, Yeaman, Yateman, Yatman and others.
Early Notables of the Yeaham family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Pym Yeatmen of Stock House; Sir John Yeamans, 1st Baronet
(1611-1674), an English colonial administrator from Bristol described in his day as "a pirate... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yeaham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Yeaham family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Yeaham or a variant listed above: Robert Yateman settled in Nevis in 1654; William Yateman settled in St. Christopher in 1635; William Yateman settled in Virginia in 1651; Albert and William Yeatman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1868. In Newfoundland Thomas Yeatman settled in Conception Bay in 1750.
The Yeaham 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: Propositi tenax
Motto Translation: Tenacious of my resolve.