Show ContentsYelverton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Yelverton family

The surname Yelverton was first found in Norfolk at Yelverton, a parish, in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred of Henstead. [1]. As if to confirm these findings, another source notes the family originates from "a parish in Norfolk, where the family appear to have dwelt in early times. The extinct Earls of Sussex sprang from Andrew de Yelverton of that county, who flourished temp. Edward II." [2]

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. [3]

Yelverton is also a village on the south-western edge of Dartmoor, Devon. This village dates back to 1291 when it was first listed as Elleford and originally meant "elder-tree ford," from the Old English "ellen" + "ford." [4]

Early History of the Yelverton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yelverton research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1461, 1503, 1603, 1613, 1618, 1620, 1623, 1631, 1725, 1400, 1470, 1536, 1612, 1566, 1629, 1558, 1631, 1654, 1172 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Yelverton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yelverton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yelverton, Yelverston, Yelveton, Yelferton, Yellverton and many more.

Early Notables of the Yelverton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Yelverton (1400 to the 1470s) English judge in Norfolk, twice Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; Sir Christopher Yelverton (1536-1612), an English judge and Speaker of the House of Commons...
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Yelverton Ranking

In the United States, the name Yelverton is the 10,687th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Yelverton family to Ireland

Some of the Yelverton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Yelverton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yelverton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Matthew Yelverton, who arrived in America in 1685
Yelverton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hon R.D. Yelverton, aged 50, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Corrie Yelverton, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • E. E. Yelverton, aged 23, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1896
Yelverton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. R. F. Yelverton, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • R. F. Yelverton, aged 63, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Harrison Yelverton, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1919

New Zealand Yelverton 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:

Yelverton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Lt. Hon. W. Yelverton, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "HMS Driver" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 20th January 1846 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yelverton (post 1700) +

  • Charlie Yelverton (b. 1948), American former basketball player
  • James W. Yelverton, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate, 1917-20; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928 [7]
  • E. Harrison Yelverton, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Swansea, 1917 [7]
  • Algernon William Yelverton (1866-1910), 6th Viscount Avonmore, an Irish nobleman
  • Captain Barry Nugent Yelverton (1859-1885), 5th Viscount Avonmore, an Irish nobleman and officer in the 37th Foot
  • Henry Yelverton (1854-1906), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 1901 to 1904
  • Henry Yelverton (1821-1880), Australian timber merchant
  • Henry Edward Yelverton (1780-1810), 19th Baron Grey de Ruthyn, British peer
  • Major The Rt. Hon. William Charles Yelverton (1824-1883), 4th Viscount Avonmore, an Irish nobleman and soldier
  • Barry John Yelverton (1790-1870), 3rd Viscount Avonmore, an Irish nobleman
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The Yelverton Motto +

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.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook