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Yerkess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: Belgium, German

The distinguished surname Yerkess is a patronymic surname created from a personal name, and meaning "son of George." The name comes ultimately from the Greek words "ge," meaning "earth," or "soil," and "ergein," meaning "to work or till," together meaning "farmer." Yerkess was used as a first name throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, it's popularity in part due to the legendary dragon-slaying fame of St. George.

Early Origins of the Yerkess family

The surname Yerkess was first found in this region. Families of this name were also found in various regions of Germany; it is likely that several branches of the family emerged independently when hereditary surnames came into common use. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Everhardus filius Georgi, who was a resident of Hamburg in 1256.

Early History of the Yerkess family

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Yerkess Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Georg, George, Gurganus, Gürganus, Georgi, Giorges, Gorges, Georgeis, Jorge, Jurge, Jürge, Jörg, Gorgens, Görgens, Jürgen, Jurgen, Yerkes and many more.

Early Notables of the Yerkess family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Yerkess family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wilhelm Georg and his wife Anna Marie, who settled in New York with their three children in 1709; Michael Jurg, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Pennsylvania in 1727.

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