Yoes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Yoes surname comes from the Old English word "ea," or "yo," in Somerset and Devon dialects, which meant "river" or "stream." It was likely originally a topographic name for someone who lived near a stream.

Early Origins of the Yoes family

The surname Yoes was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Hempton Sachville. "Tre-Yeo [in the parish of Launcells, Cornwall] was an ancient seat belonging to the family of Yeo." [1]

Early History of the Yoes family

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Yoes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yeo, Yeoh, Yea, Yeoman, Attyea and others.

Early Notables of the Yoes family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Yoes family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alan Yeo, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; John Yeo settled in Virginia in 1654 with Prudence; Hugh and Clare Yeo settled in Virginia in 1653.



  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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