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The ancestors of the bearers of the Yorke family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the county of Yorkshire. Yorkshire, which was the largest county in northern England, was divided into three administrative ridings: North Riding, West Riding, and East Riding. The town of York was the military capital of Roman Britain, the capital of Northumbria, and was the seat of an Archbishop. Yorkshire was also the home of the House of York, which was an English royal dynasty from 1461 to 1485. The reigning members of the House of York were Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III. Their rivalry with the House of Lancaster resulted in the Wars of the Roses, which lasted from 1455 to 1485 and ended when the Lancastrian Henry VII united the two houses by marrying Elizabeth, the daughter of Edward IV. The surname Yorke belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Yorke Early Origins



The surname Yorke was first found in Wiltshire where they were first listed at Carne, and soon after the Conquest branched to Fillack in Cornwall, and Wellington in Somerset. The church parish of Guilden Morden in Cambridgeshire has an interesting story about the family. " The parish appears to have taken the affix to its name from the decoration of the steeple of its church with stripes of gilding. It is recorded that Charles Yorke, son of the first lord Hardwicke, died suddenly while the patent for raising him to the peerage by the title of Baron Morden, taken from this place, was in preparation." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire more early records were found of the family. The reader should note that Philip Yorke, 1st Baron Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain from 1737 to 1756 was the first Earl of Hardwicke. "This place, which is on the road from Royston to Huntingdon, is remarkable as the residence of the Earl of Hardwicke, whose magnificent seat of Wimpole Hall, splendidly embellished, and surrounded by a beautiful demesne, was visited by Her Majesty and Prince Albert in October 1843. The church, which has been enlarged by fitting up a private chapel with seats, contains various monuments to the Yorke family, including one to the memory of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke, who was interred here." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Yorke Spelling Variations


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Yorke Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Yorke include York, Yorke and others.

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Yorke Early History


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Yorke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yorke research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1461, 1569, 1549, 1609, 1666, 1654, 1666, 1690, 1764, 1658, 1716, 1689, 1690, 1695 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Yorke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Yorke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Yorke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include General Sir Joseph York; Sir John York or Yorke (died 1569?), an English merchant and politician, Master of the Mint, Sheriff of London in 1549; William Yorke (1609-1666), an English lawyer and politician...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yorke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Yorke In Ireland


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Yorke In Ireland



Some of the Yorke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Yorke or a variant listed above:

Yorke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Kath Yorke, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Edward Yorke, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Edw Yorke, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Katherine Yorke, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Edward Yorke, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Yorke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Yorke, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Yorke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Yorke (post 1700)



  • Carl Gabriel Yorke (b. 1952), American actor
  • Thomas Jones Yorke (1801-1882), American Whig Party politician
  • Father Peter Christopher Yorke (1864-1925), Irish-American Catholic priest and a noted Irish Republican and Labor activist
  • Thomas Jones Yorke (1801-1882), American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1835; U.S. Representative from New Jersey at-large, 1837-39, 1841-43
  • Michael J. Yorke, American politician, Candidate for borough President of Queens, New York, 1965
  • Oswald Yorke (1866-1943), English film and theatre actor
  • Vincent Yorke (1869-1957), English cricketer
  • John Reginald Yorke (1836-1912), English landowner and Conservative politician
  • Sir William Yorke (1700-1776), 1st Baronet PC, was an English-born politician and judge in Ireland
  • Major Gerald Joseph Yorke (1901-1983), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Nec cupias, nec metuas
Motto Translation: Neither desire nor fear.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

The Yorke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yorke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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