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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] 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]

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.

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Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Young Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


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


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
  • Jas Young, aged 21, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804


Young Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Andreas Young, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Wm Young, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Nathl Young, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Richd Young, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Rebena Young, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757


Young Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Katharine Young, aged 13, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Maryanne Young, aged 5, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Dorah Young, aged 15, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Harriet Young, aged 3, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Letitia Young, aged 17, arrived in Canada in 1823


Young Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • A Young, who arrived in St 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


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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  • 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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  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. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. 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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Young Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Young 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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