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Yeaman is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Yeaman is for a gatekeeper. Further research proved the surname Yeaman was originally derived from the Old English word geat, meaning gate.

Yeaman Early Origins



The surname Yeaman 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 holdings.

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Yeaman Spelling Variations


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Yeaman Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Yetman, Yeatman, Yeetman, Yeaman, Yateman, Yatman and others.

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Yeaman Early History


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Yeaman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeaman research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1674, 1685, 1690, 1689 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Yeaman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Yeaman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Yeaman Early Notables (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 Yeaman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Yeaman or a variant listed above:

Yeaman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Yeaman, who arrived in America in 1795

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Contemporary Notables of the name Yeaman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Yeaman (post 1700)



  • Malcolm Yeaman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1876
  • Mrs. James M. Yeaman, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • George Helm Yeaman (1829-1908), American politician, Representative from Kentucky 2nd District, 1862-65; U.S. Minister to Denmark, 1865-70
  • George Helm Yeaman (1829-1908), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (1865-1870)
  • Sir Ian Yeaman, President of the Law Society
  • Kirk Yeaman (b. 1983), English Rugby League player
  • John Yeaman (1735-1824), Canadian political figure in New Brunswick
  • Jennie Yeaman (1862-1906), Australian child actress and singer
  • Lydia Yeaman (1866-1929), Australian singer and actress of the stage and motion pictures

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 10:35.

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