Yetman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Yetman family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Yetman is for a gatekeeper. Further research proved the surname Yetman was originally derived from the Old English word geat, meaning gate.

Early Origins of the Yetman family

The surname Yetman was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very ancient times and were Lords of the Manor of Stock Gaylard in that shire. Conjecturally, this family name is descended from William d'Eu who held the manor at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D. Count William d'Eu's main holdings were in Wiltshire but it may well be that a junior line of the family became husbandmen to his Dorset holdings.

Early History of the Yetman family

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Yetman Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Yetman include Yetman, Yeatman, Yeetman, Yeaman, Yateman, Yatman and others.

Early Notables of the Yetman family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Pym Yeatmen of Stock House; Sir John Yeamans, 1st Baronet (1611-1674), an English colonial administrator from Bristol described in his day as "a pirate ashore", Governor of the Province of Carolina; Sir William Yeamans, 2nd Baronet (d. c. 1685); Sir John Yeamans, 3rd Baronet (d. c. 1690); and Sir John Yeamans, 4th Baronet (c. 1689-c. 1730.) Robert Yeamans or Yeomans (d. 1643), was an English Royalist who came of a numerous Bristol family, and was probably nearly related to William Yeamans (1578-1632?), a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford. "Robert was a well-known merchant and...
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Yetman Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Yetman is the 147th most popular surname with an estimated 262 people with that name. [1]

United States Yetman migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Yetmans to arrive on North American shores:

Yetman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rosomae Yetman, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]
Yetman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sarah Moriah Yetman, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • W. Yetman, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Percy Yetman, aged 23, who arrived in America from Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1911
  • Frank Yetman, aged 35, who arrived in Coney Island, N. Y., in 1920
  • Fred Yetman, aged 20, who arrived in America, in 1922
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Canada Yetman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yetman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Doris Yetman, aged 6, who arrived in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1920
  • Maggie Yetman, aged 31, who arrived in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1920
  • Wilhemina Yetman, aged 5, who arrived in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1920
  • Alfred Yetman, aged 25, who arrived in Bonavista, Newfoundland, in 1922
  • Clara Yetman, aged 32, who arrived in St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Yetman (post 1700) +

  • David Albert Yetman (b. 1941), American Emmy award-winning media presenter on the world's deserts, research social scientist at the University of Arizona
  • Hubbard R. Yetman (1847-1924), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1889, 1892-93 [3]
  • Rex Yetman (1933-2009), Newfoundland-born, founding member of the York County Boys, Canada's first bluegrass band
  • Patrick Yetman (b. 1980), Newfoundland-born, professional ice hockey player

SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. Joseph Yetman (1893-1914), Newfoundlander from Tilton who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found

The Yetman 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: Propositi tenax
Motto Translation: Tenacious of my resolve.

  1. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook