Yeardley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Yeardley comes from the family having resided in Yardley, a place-name found in several locations throughout England. The place name literally means "dweller at the Yard-Lea [Middle English yard(e, yerd(e, enclosure, court, garden; Old English g(e)ard, fence, enclosure + Middle English ley, Old English lea¡h, meadow] " [1]

Early Origins of the Yeardley family

The surname Yeardley was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Yeardley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeardley research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1612, 1580, 1627, 1609, 1610, 1616, 1618, 1632 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Yeardley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yeardley Spelling Variations

Yeardley has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Yardley, Yardeley, Yeardley, Yardly and others.

Early Notables of the Yeardley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir George Yardley (1580?-1627), Governor of Virginia, son of Ralph Yeardley, merchant-taylor of London. "Having served in the Low Countries, he sailed with Sir Thomas Gates to Virginia in June 1609 on board the Deliverance, and was shipwrecked in the Bermudas. He eventually reached Virginia in May 1610. In April 1616 Sir Thomas Dale, the governor, returned to England and appointed Yeardley his deputy...
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United States Yeardley migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Yeardleys to arrive on North American shores:

Yeardley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Yeardley, who landed in Bermuda in 1609-1610 [2]
  • Sir George Yeardley, who landed in Virginia in 1616 [2]
  • Argall Yeardley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Frances Yeardley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Elizabeth Yeardley, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Yeardley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Yeardley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Yeardley, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yeardley (post 1700) +

  • John Yeardley (1786-1858), English Quaker missionary, son of Joel and Frances Yeardley, small dairy farmers at Orgreave, near Rotherham, Yorkshire


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora


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