Yeard is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Devon
. Their name, however, refers to the Old English word yarde,
meaning an area of thirty acres,
and indicates that the family once lived on such a piece of land.
Early Origins of the Yeard family
The surname Yeard was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Yeard family
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Yeard Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Yeard family name include Yard, Yarde, Yeard, Yeards and others.
Early Notables of the Yeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yeard family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Yeard surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Yard settled in Virginia in 1635; Susan Yard settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Yard settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767; John Yard settled in Ferryland in Newfoundland in 1675.
The Yeard 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: Facta non verba
Motto Translation: Deeds not words.