The ancestors of the Yetmyn family migrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The surname Yetmyn is for a gatekeeper.
Further research proved the surname Yetmyn was originally derived from the Old English word geat,
Early Origins of the Yetmyn family
The surname Yetmyn 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
Early History of the Yetmyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yetmyn research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1674, 1685, 1690, 1689 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Yetmyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Yetmyn 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 Yetmyn include Yetman, Yeatman, Yeetman, Yeaman, Yateman, Yatman and others.
Early Notables of the Yetmyn 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... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yetmyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Yetmyn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Yetmyns to arrive on North American shores: Robert Yateman settled in Nevis in 1654; William Yateman settled in St. Christopher in 1635; William Yateman settled in Virginia in 1651; Albert and William Yeatman arrived in Pennsylvania in 1868. In Newfoundland Thomas Yeatman settled in Conception Bay in 1750.
The Yetmyn 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.