Yeary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Yeary name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived 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 Yeary family

The surname Yeary 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 Yeary family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeary 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 Yeary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yeary Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Yeary were recorded, including Yardley, Yardeley, Yeardley, Yardly and others.

Early Notables of the Yeary 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...
Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yeary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Yeary migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Yeary family emigrate to North America:

Yeary Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Yeary, aged 28, who landed in America from Yuam, Ireland, in 1909
  • Michael Yeary, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Yeary (post 1700) +

  • Jimmy Yeary, American country music singer and songwriter from Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Harvey Lee Yeary II (b. 1940), birth name of Lee Majors, American actor, best known for his role as Colonel Steve Austin, in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1978)


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print


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