Yeomans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name Yeomans follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a free landholder.

Early Origins of the Yeomans family

The surname Yeomans was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Yeomans family

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Yeomans Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Yeomans were recorded, including Yeoman, Yeomans, Yoemans and others.

Early Notables of the Yeomans family (pre 1700)

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Yeomans Ranking

In the United States, the name Yeomans is the 11,759th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Yeomans migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Yeomans family emigrate to North America:

Yeomans Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Georg Yeomans, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Edm Yeomans, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Cesser Yeomans, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Edward Yeomans, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656 [2]
  • Amy Yeomans, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Yeomans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Yeomans, who arrived in New York in 1838 [2]

Canada Yeomans migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yeomans Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Arthur Yeomans U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Arthur Yeomans U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Ely Yeomans U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
Yeomans Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Yeomans, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833

Australia Yeomans migration to Australia +

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

Yeomans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Yeomans, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Yeomans, British convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. James Yeomans, (b. 1819), aged 15, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for theft and larceny, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. James Yeomans, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Richard Yeomans, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Yeomans Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • "Mrs. Mary Yeomans, (b. 1772), aged 56, English servant who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 8 children" [9]

New Zealand Yeomans 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:

Yeomans Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Yeomans, Hawaiian settler travelling from Honolulu via Tahiti aboard the ship "General Worth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd March 1852 [10]
  • Emma Yeomans, aged 11, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860 [10]
  • Mary Yeomans, aged 7, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860 [10]

West Indies Yeomans migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Yeomans Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Arthur Yeomans, who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Arthur Yeomans, aged 24, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [2]
  • Mr. Arthur Yeomans, (b. 1585), aged 49, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yeomans (post 1700) +

  • James Dallas Yeomans (1845-1906), American politician and railway executive
  • Walter Yeomans (b. 1848), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 18th District, 1905-08 [12]
  • Theron G. Yeomans, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wayne County 2nd District, 1851-52; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868 (alternate), 1872 (alternate), 1884 [12]
  • Sanford A. Yeomans, American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1867; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ionia County 2nd District, 1877-80 [12]
  • Robert D. Yeomans, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1952 [12]
  • John S. Yeomans, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 21st District, 1853 [12]
  • Floyd L. Yeomans, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1936 [12]
  • Edward M. Yeomans, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1912 (alternate), 1920, 1924; Connecticut Democratic State Chair, 1925 [12]
  • Bryant Lester Yeomans, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Wayne County, 1937-40 [12]
  • Albert Yeomans, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wayne County, 1911-13 [12]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-cornwallis
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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