Yearsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Yearsley family

The surname Yearsley was first found in North Yorkshire at Yearsley, a township, in the parish of Coxwold, union of Easingwould, wapentake of Birdforth. [1] [2]

The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Eureslage. [3] Literally the place name means "wood or clearing of the wild boar, or of a man called Eofor." [4]

Early History of the Yearsley family

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Yearsley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yearly, Yearsly, Yearling, Earsley and others.

Early Notables of the Yearsley family (pre 1700)

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United States Yearsley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yearsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Horatio Yearsley, aged 35, who settled in America from Highbridge, England, in 1907
  • Reginald Yearsley, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1907
  • Ellen Yearsley, aged 54, who landed in America from Kedderminster, England, in 1912
  • Wilfred Yearsley, aged 28, who landed in America from Winsford, England, in 1915
  • Frederick Yearsley, who settled in America, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Yearsley migration to Australia +

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

  • Mr. John Yearsley, British Convict who was convicted in St Anns Barracks, Bridgetown, Barbados for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia
Yearsley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Yearsley, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yearsley (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Yearsley (1896-1928), British-born, American character actor
  • Ian Yearsley (b. 1965), English local historian and author of books on the history of Essex
  • James Yearsley (1805-1869), English aural surgeon, born in 1805 of a north-country family settled in Cheltenham [6]
  • Ann Yearsley (1753-1806), née Cromartie, English poet and writer, known as ‘Lactilla’ or as The ‘Bristol Milkwoman,’ born at Bristol in 1756 of lowly parents [6]
  • Will Yearsley, British producer, known for The Passengers That Took on the Train Line (2016) and Cops Like Us (2020)
  • Darren Yearsley, Canadian winner of the Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War (2011) in 2013

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Harry Yearsley, aged 38, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 9 [7]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 20 Feb. 2019
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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