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The Yeoman name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a free landholder.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Yeoman has undergone many spelling variations, including Yeoman, Yeomans, Yoemans and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yeoman research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 156 and 1565 are included under the topic Early Yeoman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Yeoman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Yeoman were among those contributors:

Yeoman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Yeoman settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Robert Yeoman, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Tho Yeoman, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • George Yeoman settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Cesar Yeoman, who landed in Virginia in 1652


Yeoman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Yeoman settled in New England in 1718

Yeoman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Yeoman, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"

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  • Robert David Yeoman (b. 1951), American Independent Spirit Award winning cinematographer and director of photography
  • Bill Yeoman (b. 1927), American head football coach University of Houston, invented the veer offense, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (2001)
  • Foster Yeoman, English businessman who founded Foster Yeoman Limited, one of Europe's largest quarrying and asphalt companies in 1923
  • Ashley Yeoman (b. 1992), English footballer
  • Mr. John W Yeoman, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Walter Clifford Yeoman (1920-1941), Australian Stoker from Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Owain Sebastian Yeoman (b. 1978), Welsh actor from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales, best known for his role as Agent Wayne Rigsby in The Mentalist
  • William Yeoman, Athletic Coach
  • Percival Yeoman, Australian Landscape Architect


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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Yeoman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yeoman 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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