Yoakum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Yoakum is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Yorkshire. The surname Yoakum is associated with the parish of Acomb, which was located on the outskirts of the city of York.
Early Origins of the Yoakum family
The surname Yoakum was first found in Yorkshire, at Acomb which is now a suburb within the City of York Unitary Authority. The place name is most likely derived from the Old English acum, which meant "at the oak trees." The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Achum, Acum and Acun, and was land held by the Archbishop of York. The village was designated as a manor held by St. Peter. There was land enough for 8 ploughs and there were 14 rent-paying tenants. 
By 1222, the village was listed as Akum.  East and West Acomb, Northumberland have traditionally been quite a bit smaller than the Yorkshire village with West Acomb being the larger of the two. In both of these latter cases, the first record of the place name was with the Akum spelling in 1268. Hadrian's Wall runs about 1 mile (1.5 km), north east of Acomb, Northumberland.
Some of the first records of the family were Philip de Akum, who was registered in Yorkshire in 1210  and Willelmus de Acom who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Early History of the Yoakum family
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Yoakum Spelling Variations
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. Yoakum has been recorded under many different variations, including Acombe, Acomb, Acome, Acom, Acum, Akum, A Combe and others.
Early Notables of the Yoakum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yoakum family
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 Yoakum or a variant listed above: Robert Acom who settled in Virginia in 1642; and Thomas Acome who settled in Virginia in 1642.
Contemporary Notables of the name Yoakum (post 1700) +
- Henderson King Yoakum (1810-1856), American historian and politician who served in the Tennessee Senate from 1839 to 1845
- Delmer J. Yoakum (1915-1996), American fine artist, oil and watercolor painter, Disneyland and Hollywood motion picture studio scenic artist
- Joseph Elmer Yoakum (1889-1972), African-American self-taught landscape of Native American descent; he produced over 2,000 drawings during the last decade of his life
- Benjamin Franklin Yoakum (1859-1929), American railroad executive, Railway World magazine called him an "empire builder," brother of Charles Henderson Yoakum
- Henderson King Yoakum (1810-1856), American politician, Mayor of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1837; Member of Tennessee State Senate, 1839 
- Charles Henderson Yoakum (1849-1909), American politician, Representative from Texas 3rd District, 1895-97 
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html