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Where did the English Younger family come from? What is the English Younger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Younger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Younger family history?

The name Younger comes from 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.


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 Younger include Young, Younge, Yonge, Youngson and others.

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Younger 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 Younger History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Younger 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.


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 Younger or a variant listed above:

Younger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Younger, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Mary Younger, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • Alexander Younger, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Younger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C Younger, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Jasper Younger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879
  • Adam Younger, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879
  • G. A. Younger, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Younger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Younger, aged 56, who settled in America from Broomside Lane, England, in 1908
  • Albert M. Younger, aged 42, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908
  • Alexander Younger, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • Alice Younger, aged 31, who settled in America from Walland, England, in 1911
  • George Younger, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1918

Younger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Younger, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Isabella Younger, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Sarah Younger, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Younger, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Annie Younger arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883


  • Robert Livingston the Younger (1663-1725), American politician, mayor of Albany, New York (1710 to 1719)
  • Ben Younger (b. 1972), American screenwriter and film director
  • Drake Wuertz Younger (b. 1984), American professional wrestler
  • James Hardin "Jim" Younger (1848-1902), notable American outlaw and member of the James-Younger gang
  • Thomas Coleman "Cole" Younger (1844-1916), American Confederate guerrilla during the American Civil War
  • Evelle Jansen Younger (1918-1989), American politician
  • Sergeant Edward F Younger (1898-1942), American U.S. Army soldier selected to choose the body to be used as America's Unknown Soldier representing those lost by the U.S. during World War I
  • Tank Younger (b. 1928), American football player
  • Sir Kenneth Gilmour Younger (1908-1976), British Labour politician and barrister
  • Jordan Younger (b. 1978), Canadian professional cornerback in the Canadian Football League



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. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. 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.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Younger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Younger 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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