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The name Young has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was very young, from the Old English word yong and yung and was first bestowed on the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, usually a son who was named for his father.

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The surname Young was first found in Essex, where the first record of the name appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Wilfer seo lunga in 744. Many years later Walter Yonge was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another reference lists Hugh le Yunge in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as residing in Oxfordshire. The same rolls list Ralph le Younge in Staffordshire and later William le Yunge in Northumberland during the reign of Edward I. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Young have been found, including Young, Younge, Yonge, Youngson and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Young research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1400, 1500, 1579, 1649, 1603, 1663, 1642, 1660, 1646, 1721, 1860, 1868 and are included under the topic Early Young History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Sir Charles Young, Garter King of Arms; Walter Yonge of Colyton and Devon (1579-1649), an English lawyer, merchant and diarist; Sir John Yonge, 1st Baronet (1603-1663), an English...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Young Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Young family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Young, or a variant listed above:

Young Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Young and his wife, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Joseph and Margaret Young, who immigrated to New England with their two sons in 1635
  • Harford Young, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Marmaduke Young, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Martha Young, who landed in Bermuda in 1635
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Young Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicho Young, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Eliz Young, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Alex Young, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Anne Young, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Tebald Young, who landed in New York in 1715-1716
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Young Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Tatem Young, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802
  • Robert Young, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Noble Young, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Sarah Young, aged 50, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • James Young, aged 21, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
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Young Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Young, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Andreas Young, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Young, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Young, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Young, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
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Young Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Young, who arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • John Young, who arrived in Canada in 1821
  • Dorah Young, aged 15, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Harriet Young, aged 3, landed in Canada in 1823
  • John Young, aged 41, landed in Canada in 1823
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Young Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A Young, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Young Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Young, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Young, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Young, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Frederic Young, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Young, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Young Settlers in New Zealand in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Young landed in New Zealand in 1769 aboard the ship Endeavour

Young Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Young landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1830
  • William Young landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Arthur Young landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Edward Young, aged 31, a turner, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Caroline Mary Young, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
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  • John Thomas Young (1949-2016), American Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers in 1971
  • Clarence Clifton "Cliff" Young (1922-2016), American jurist and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1953-1957), Nevada Senate (1966-1980) and Nevada Supreme Court (1985-2002)
  • Steve Young (1942-2016), American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Quentin Young (1923-2016), American physician, a strong advocate of single-payer health care in the United States
  • Leonidas Bernard "Lee" Young II (1953-2016), American Baptist minister and politician, 74th Mayor of Richmond, Virginia (1994-1996)
  • Tyrone Donnive Young (1960-2015), American former college and professional football player for the New Orleans Saints (1983-1984)
  • Walter Earnest Young Jr. (1980-2015), American Major League Baseball player who played one season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 as a first baseman and designated hitter
  • George Cressler Young (1916-2015), American lawyer and judge, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (1981-2015)
  • Murat Bernard "Chic" Young (1901-1973), American cartoonist who created the popular, long-running comic strip Blondie
  • Albert Young, American Olympic gold medalist for boxing at the 1904 games
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Young Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Rufus Charles  Young (1849-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Archibald W  Young (1852-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Richard  Young (1861-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Elmer  Young (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Arthur Henry  Young, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John Robinson Young (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Townsville, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Percy A Young (b. 1924), Canadian Boy Bugler serving for the Royal Marine from Alberta, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John O Young (b. 1919), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Manor Park, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William George Young (b. 1904), "Bill" English Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Emmanuel Young (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Norman Young, British Ordinary Seaman from Hayes, Middlesex, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Young (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis Sydney Young, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. David Mcgill Young, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Oswald Littlewood Young (1920-1942), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942
  • Mr. R D Young, British Leading Air Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Alexander Victor Young, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, died during the evacuation of Singapore in 1942

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Young, Scottish 3rd Class passenger residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA visiting Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Georgina Ann Young, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Mason Young, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Francis J. Young (d. 1912), aged 30, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Marie Grice Young, aged 36, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8
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  • Biographical Dictionary of the Youngs (born 1653-1870) by Louise Ryder Young.
  • Descendants of Jacob Young of Shelby County, Kentucky, Including President Harry S. Truman by Elsie Spry Davis.
  • Genealogy and Letters of the Strudwick, Ashe, Young and Allied Families by Betsy Lawson Willis.
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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: Toujours jeune
Motto Translation: Always young.

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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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