Yonge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname Yonge. It is a name for a person who was very young, from the Old English word yong and yung. Alternatively, it could be "a personal name the same in meaning with Gaelic Og, 'young.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Yonge family

The surname Yonge was first found in the borderlands between Scotland and England. The name was first borne in this region by a Strathclyde-Briton family, as revealed in records dating back to the 13th century.

"Its centre in the north is in Northumberland and Durham. Over a large part of Scotland, but especially south of the Forth and the Clyde, Young is numerously to be found." [2]

One of the earliest records of the family was in the Latin form of the name (typical of the time): "Malmor dictus Juvenis and Ade dictus Juvenis were assizers at Dumbarton in 1271." [1] Years later, John Yong de Dyngvale witnessed a charter by the earl of Ross to Reginald, son of Roderick of the Isles, in 1342 and one year later, Symone Yong was burgess of Elgin in 1343.

Early History of the Yonge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yonge research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1343, 1376, 1413, 1428, 1439, 1446, 1449, 1462, 1587, 1655, 1684, 1671, 1679, 1679, 1684, 1683, 1765, 1699, 1762, 1860, 1868 and are included under the topic Early Yonge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yonge Spelling Variations

The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Yonge has been spelled Young, Younge, Yonge, Yong, Yung, Youngson and others.

Early Notables of the Yonge family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Young (1587-1655), Scottish theologian; Alexander Young (died 1684), a Scottish prelate, Bishop of Edinburgh (1671-1679), and Bishop of Ross (1679-1684); and Edward Young (1683-1765), English poet. Elizabeth Younger (1699?-1762), was a Scottish actress, called indifferently on the stage at the outset Miss...
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Ireland Migration of the Yonge family to Ireland

Some of the Yonge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 119 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Yonge migration to the United States +

The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Yonge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Yonge, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [3]
  • Richard Yonge, aged 36, who arrived in Virginia in 1616 [3]
  • Joane Yonge, who landed in Virginia in 1618 [3]
  • John Yonge, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife and their six children in 1637
Yonge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Yonge, who arrived in Georgia in 1762 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yonge (post 1700) +

  • Chandler C. Yonge, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Florida, 1845; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, 1853-63 [4]
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir George Yonge (1731-1812), 5th Baronet, British Secretary at War, eponym of Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
  • Sir William Yonge (1693-1755), 4th Baronet, English politician
  • Sir Charles Maurice Yonge (1899-1986), British zoologist, recipient of the Darwin Medal in 1968
  • Charles Duke Yonge (1812-1891), British historian
  • Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901), English novelist
  • John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873), English antiquarian and numismatist, born in London on 12 June 1806 [5]
  • May Yonge McNeer Ward (1902-1994), American journalist and author from Cresskill, New Jersey who pens under the name May McNeer

The Yonge 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: Roberi prudentia praestat
Motto Translation: Prudence excels strength.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  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 http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019

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