Young History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Young family

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]

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]

Down in Devon, Honiton was "for a long period it was very much of a family borough. Members of the Yonge family sat almost continuously from 1640 to 1796." [3]

Early History of the Young family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Young research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1400, 1500, 1423, 1407, 1437, 1423, 1425, 1405, 1476, 1405, 1426, 1411, 1413, 1414, 1455, 1466, 1467, 1516, 1467, 1463, 1526, 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.

Young Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Young family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include James Yonge ( fl. 1423), English translator who belonged to an English family settled in the Irish pale. William Yonge, Archdeacon of Meath from 1407 to 1437, was possibly his brother. "James Yonge was in prison in Trim Castle from January to October 1423, being removed in the latter month to Dublin Castle, and being pardoned on 10 May 1425. A John Yonge was serjeant of the county of Limerick in the reign of Richard II, held a lease of various lands, and was convicted of unspecified felonies. " [4] Thomas Yonge (1405?-1476), was an English judge...
Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Young Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Young World Ranking

In the United States, the name Young is the 28th most popular surname with an estimated 479,991 people with that name. [5] However, in Canada, the name Young is ranked the 24th most popular surname with an estimated 53,994 people with that name. [6] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Young is the 710th popular surname. [7] Newfoundland, Canada ranks Young as 10th with 1,003 people. [8] Australia ranks Young as 16th with 54,684 people. [9] New Zealand ranks Young as 9th with 6,887 people. [10] The United Kingdom ranks Young as 40th with 91,634 people. [11] South Africa ranks Young as 710th with 9,604 people. [12]

Ireland Migration of the Young family to Ireland

Some of the Young family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Young migration to the United States +

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
  • Marmaduke Young, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [13]
  • Martha Young, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [13]
  • Nathaniell Young, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Young Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicho Young, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [13]
  • Eliz Young, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [13]
  • Alex Young, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [13]
  • Anne Young, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [13]
  • Tebald Young, who landed in New York in 1715-1716 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Young Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Tatem Young, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802 [13]
  • Robert Young, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [13]
  • Noble Young, aged 22, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [13]
  • Sarah Young, aged 50, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [13]
  • James Young, aged 21, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Young migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Harriet Young, aged 3, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • John Young, aged 41, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Young Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • A Young, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Young migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Young Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Young, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. William Young, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. George Young, (b. 1802), aged 17, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1879 [16]
  • Mr. Benjamin Young, English convict who was convicted in Lindsey (Parts of Lindsey), Lincolnshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • Mr. George Young, English convict who was convicted in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Young 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:

Young Settlers in New Zealand in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Young, who landed in New Zealand in 1769 aboard the ship Endeavour
Young Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Young, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1830
  • William Young, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Arthur Young, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Edward Young, aged 31, a turner, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Caroline Mary Young, aged 27, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Young migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [19]
  • Mr. John Young, (b. 1551), aged 83, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [13]
Young Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Harford Young, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Anne and Elizabeth" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [20]
  • Mr. William Young, (b. 1614), aged 21, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [21]
  • Mr. Andrew Young, (b. 1595), aged 40, British settler traveling aboard the ship "William and John" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [22]
  • Harford Young, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [13]
  • William Young, aged 21, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [13]

Contemporary Notables of the name Young (post 1700) +

  • John Sacret Young (1946-2021), American author, producer, director, and screenwriter primarily in television, perhaps best known for his work on the show China Beach, nominated for seven Emmys and seven Writers Guild of America Awards
  • Leslie Galen Young (1975-2021), American professional basketball player
  • Jerome Young (1963-2021), American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name New Jack
  • Al Young (1939-2021), American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and professor
  • Norman Russell "Rusty" Young (1946-2021), American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, best known as one of the frontmen in the influential country rock and Americana band Poco
  • William L. "Bill" Young (1946-2021), American college and high school football coach and player
  • Ledisi Anibade Young (b. 1972), known as Ledisi, an American thirteen-time Grammy nomination R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter, and actress. In 2002 her album won an award for "Outstanding Jazz Album" at the California Music Awards. In 2021 Grammy winner for Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Anything For You"
  • Merwin Crawford Young (1931-2020), American professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Frank Edward Young (1931-2019), American physician who served as Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 1984 to 1989
  • Donald Gary Young (1949-2018), American businessman who was the founder, president and CEO of Young Living
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Rufus Charles  Young (1849-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [23]
  • Mr. Archibald W  Young (1852-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [23]
  • Mr. Richard  Young (1861-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [23]
  • Mr. Elmer  Young (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [23]
  • Mr. Arthur Henry  Young, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [23]
  • ... (Another 5 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John Robinson Young (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Townsville, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Archie Jarvis Young, British Chief Petty Officer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [25]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Percy A Young (b. 1924), Canadian Boy Bugler serving for the Royal Marine from Alberta, Canada, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [26]
  • Mr. John O Young (b. 1919), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Manor Park, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [26]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Norman Young, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. William George Young (b. 1904), "Bill" English Able Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Robert Emmanuel Young (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [27]
  • Mr. James Young (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [27]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis Sydney Young, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [28]
  • Mr. David Mcgill Young, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [28]
  • Mr. Oswald Littlewood Young (1920-1942), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, vwas listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942 [28]
  • Mr. R D Young, British Leading Air Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [28]
  • 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 [28]
Monongah Mine
  • Mr. Harry Young (b. 1892), African American coal miner who was in mine 8 at the Monongah mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died [29]
Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. William Young (b. 1837), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [30]
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 [31]
  • Mrs. Georgina Ann Young, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [31]
  • Mr. James Mason Young, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [31]
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 [32]
  • 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 [32]
SS Caribou
  • Miss Mary Young, Newfoundland passenger from Curling, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, she died in the sinking
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Donald G. Young, American Private First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [33]
  • Mr. Glendale Rex Young, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [33]
  • Mr. Jay Wesley Young, American Seaman First Class from Utah, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [33]
  • Mr. Vivan Louis Young, American Water Tender First Class from Virginia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [33]
  • Mr. Eric Reed Young, American Ensign from Colorado, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [33]


The Young 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: Toujours jeune
Motto Translation: Always young.


Suggested Readings for the name Young +

  • 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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