The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Yeamen is a name for a gatekeeper.
Further research proved the surname Yeamen was originally derived from the Old English word geat,
Early Origins of the Yeamen family
The surname Yeamen 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 Yeamen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeamen research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1674, 1685, 1690, 1689 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Yeamen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Yeamen Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Yeamen have been found, including Yetman, Yeatman, Yeetman, Yeaman, Yateman, Yatman and others.
Early Notables of the Yeamen 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 Yeamen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Yeamen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Yeamen were among those contributors: 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 Yeamen 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.