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Spelling variations of this family name include: Yelverton, Yelverston, Yelveton, Yelferton, Yellverton and many more.
First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Yelverton, held by Godric from the King, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yelton research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1461, 1503, 1603, 1613, 1618, 1620, 1623, 1631, 1725, 1400, 1470, 1536, 1612, 1566, 1629, 1st , 1558, 1631, 1st and 1654 are included under the topic Early Yelton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yelton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Yelton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Yelton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Foy en tout
Motto Translation: Faith in everything.
The Yelton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yelton 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.
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