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Yon is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name John. The surname Yon referred to the son of John which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms and matronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Yon family

The surname Yon was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Yon family

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Yon 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. Yon has been recorded under many different variations, including Ion, Ionn, Ione, Ionne, Iyon, Iyonne and others.

Early Notables of the Yon family (pre 1700)

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Yon Ranking

In the United States, the name Yon is the 7,863rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Yon is ranked the 3,529th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Yon migration to the United States +

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 Yon or a variant listed above:

Yon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel J Yon, who arrived in Mississippi in 1876 [3]
Yon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lee Yon, aged 27, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1910
  • Maria Angela Yon, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Everett Yon, aged 26, who immigrated to Bluntstgen, Florida, in 1920
  • George Levi Yon, aged 35, who immigrated to America, in 1921
  • J Clayton Yon, aged 26, who immigrated to Atlantic City, in 1921
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New Zealand Yon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Yon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Louis Yon, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Yon (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Alva Yon (1882-1971), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Florida 3rd District, 1927-33 [4]
  • J. Will Yon, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1916 [4]
  • David Peyton Yon, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Tallahassee, Florida, 1957-76 (acting, 1957-58) [4]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook