Yelland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Yelland family

The surname Yelland was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when Adam of Yeland held the estates in 1230 in that shire.

Early History of the Yelland family

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Yelland Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yeland, Yelland, Yeoland, Yalland, Yolland, Yealand, Yelaund, Yellen and many more.

Early Notables of the Yelland family (pre 1700)

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Canada Yelland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yelland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Henry Yelland, (b. 1820), aged 35, English servant, from Devonport, Plymouth, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [1]

Australia Yelland migration to Australia +

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

Yelland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Yelland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [2]
  • Joseph Yelland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [3]
  • Mr. Charles Yelland, (b. 1821), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer from St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 13th January 1849 [4]
  • Mrs. Ann Yelland, (b. 1826), aged 23, Cornish settler from St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 13th January 1849 [4]
  • Miss Salina Jane Yelland, (b. 1848), aged Infant, Cornish settler from St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 13th January 1849 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Yelland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Yelland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • F. Yelland, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Miss Elizabeth J. Yelland, Cornish settler departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [5]
  • Mrs. Jane Yelland, (b. 1853), aged 26, Cornish settler departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [5]
  • Mr. John Hy Yelland, (b. 1851), aged 28, Cornish agricultural labourer departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [5]
  • Miss Mary E. Yelland, Cornish settler departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yelland (post 1700) +

  • Judd Yelland, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912 [6]
  • Harlan J. Yelland, American politician, Mayor of Escanaba, Michigan, 1955-56 [6]
  • David Yelland (b. 1963), British newspaper editor, and partner at Brunsick Group LLP
  • Herbert Yelland (1878-1962), Australian Legislative Council member (1924-36)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Richard E Yelland, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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