The name Yeards is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family 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 Yeards family
The surname Yeards was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Yeards family
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Yeards Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Yeards are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Yeards include: Yard, Yarde, Yeard, Yeards and others.
Early Notables of the Yeards family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yeards family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Yeards or a variant listed above: 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 Yeards 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.