Yearwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Yearwood family

The surname Yearwood was first found in Shropshire, an English county, bordering Wales to the west. It is here that Griffin filius Yeruerth was registered in the Pipe Rolls of 1196. Later, Jarforth filius Ithell was found in the Assize Rolls for Shropshire in 1221. [1]

"Yerworth was a Welsh personal name found at an early period." [2] Iorwerth, alias Gervase, was Bishop of St. David's in 1215.

Iorwerth ab Bleddyn (d. 1112), Welsh prince, "was a younger son of Bleddyn ab Cynvyn, and brother, therefore, of Cadwgan (d. 1112), Madog, Rhirid, and Maredudd. In 1100 he was living in Ceredigion as the vassal of Robert of Bellême, Earl of Shrewsbury, and to some extent joint ruler with his elder brother Cadwgan (d. 1112), the prince of Ceredigion and part of Powys. In 1102, when Bellême revolted against Henry I, he called on the Britons subject to him to come to his help, promising them property, gifts, and freedom (Brut y Tywysogion, p. 69, Rolls ed. The dates of the 'Brut' are here two years wrong). Iorwerth accompanied Cadwgan to the neighbourhood of Bridgnorth to annoy the troops which Henry I had brought against Robert's stronghold. Henry now sent William Pantoul or Pantulf, a bitter enemy of his former lord, Bellême, to buy off the Welsh kings. He separated Iorwerth from Cadwgan by promising him Powys, Ceredigion, half of Dyved (including Pembroke Castle), Ystrad Towy, Gower, and Kidwelly, 'whilst the king should live, free without homage and payment' . Iorwerth went to the king's camp and agreed to change sides. While Cadwgan and Maredudd were still with Earl Robert, Iorwerth managed to turn the whole Welsh army against the lord of Shrewsbury. This unexpected blow was the more severe as Bellême had sent his cattle and riches for safety among the Britons. He saw that all was lost, in despair abandoned Bridgnorth, and soon lost his power altogether. " [3]

Early History of the Yearwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yearwood research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, 1111, 1181, 1443 and 1565 are included under the topic Early Yearwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yearwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yerworth, Yeworth, Yourworth, Yerth, Yourth, Eorth, Yarworth, Iorworth, Yarwood and many more.

Early Notables of the Yearwood family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Yearwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Yearwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yearwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anzerberth Yearwood, aged 53, who settled in America from Barbados, in 1903
  • Albert Yearwood, aged 26, who immigrated to America from St. Kitts, in 1904
  • Charles Hubert Yearwood, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • Alexander Yearwood, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1912
  • Campbell Yearwood, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Barbados, W. Indies, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Yearwood (post 1700) +

  • Patricia Lynn "Trisha" Yearwood (b. 1964), American two-time Academy of Country Music Award winning country music artist and occasional actress
  • Barrington Bjorn Beckenbauer Yearwood (b. 1986), Barbadian cricketer
  • Wayne Yearwood (b. 1964), Canadian former professional and Olympic basketball player from Montreal
  • Richard Yearwood (b. 1970), English-born, Canadian voice-over artist, director, producer, and character actor
  • Gilberto Gerónimo Yearwood (b. 1956), retired Honduran football player


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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