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The Yeatts name comes from the old English "geat," and was probably first used as a name for a keeper of a gate.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Yates, Yate, Yeats and others.

First found in Gloucestershire, England where they were first on record in 1198. The name spread throughout England and Scotland, and possibly arrived in Ireland in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1172. Bearers of this name definitely came from Britain to Ireland with Cromwell's Adventurers for Land in the 17th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeatts research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1675, 1712, and 1839 are included under the topic Early Yeatts History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yeatts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Yates, who settled in Virginia in 1619; one year before the "Mayflower," Leonard Yeats, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Henry Yates, who settled in Virginia in 1636.

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  • Coleman B. Yeatts, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 19th District, 1976-79


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  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Yeatts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yeatts Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 10:35.

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