Yerbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Yerbury family

The surname Yerbury was 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] "The living [of Yarborough] is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £9. 13. 6.; net income, £226; patron, Nicholas Edmund Yarburgh, Esq., of Heslington Hall, near York, who is lord of the manor, and owner of half the parish." [3]

Early History of the Yerbury family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yerbury research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 106 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Yerbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yerbury Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Yerbury include Yarburgh, Yarborough, Yearbugh, Yerburgh, Yearby and others.

Early Notables of the Yerbury family (pre 1700)

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United States Yerbury migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Yerbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Yerbury, aged 58, who arrived in America, in 1893
Yerbury Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Yerbury, aged 47, who arrived in America from Southampton, England, in 1908
  • William Yerbury, aged 46, who arrived in America from Southampton, England, in 1908
  • Herbert George Yerbury, aged 20, who arrived in America from Bristol, England, in 1913
  • M. Percival Yerbury, aged 47, who arrived in America, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Yerbury (post 1700) +

  • Professor Emerita Dianne Dianne Yerbury AO (b. 1941), Australian academic and university administrator, Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (1987-2005)

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

  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)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook