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Where did the English Yerburgh family come from? What is the English Yerburgh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Yerburgh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Yerburgh family history?

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Yerburgh come from when the family resided in either the parish or the hamlet called Yarborough in the county of Lincolnshire. The surname Yerburgh belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Yerburgh has been recorded under many different variations, including Yarburgh, Yarborough, Yearbugh, Yerburgh, Yearby and others.

First found in Lincolnshire at Yarbourgh or Yaburgh, in the hundred of Louth-Eske. The name was listed as Gereburg in the Domesday Book [1] and literally means "the earthwork, or the fortification built of earth" derived from the Old English word "eorth-burgh" [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yerburgh research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Yerburgh History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yerburgh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Yerburgh or a variant listed above:

Yerburgh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • August Yerburgh, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Lion Yerburgh, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922


  • Elma Amy Yerburgh (1864-1946), née Thwaites, English owner and then chairman of the Thwaites Brewery Company from 1888 to 1946
  • John Yerburgh (1923-2014), British brewery executive, Chairman of Thwaites Brewery (1966-1991)
  • Robert Daniel Thwaites Yerburgh (1889-1955), 1st Baron Alvingham, a British Conservative politician
  • Robert Armstrong Yerburgh DL JP (1853-1916), British Conservative Party politician


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: Non est sine pulvere palma
Motto Translation: The palm is not obtained without toil.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Yerburgh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yerburgh 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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