While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People
originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames
came into common use is interesting. Under the Feudal
System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic
surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall
provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic
surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh
neighbors. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal
System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Cornish given name Urion
meaning town born.
Early Origins of the Youren family
The surname Youren was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, at Trewarevra, and were descended from Driff in Cornwall
. The original name was Trewren and Uren is an abbreviation thereof.
Urien (Urien Rheged or Uriens) was a late 6th-century king of Rheged, an early British kingdom in northern England and southern Scotland. He has been According to a popular figure in Wales over the centuries. According to Arthurian legend, he became the "King Urien of Gorre" and his son Owain mab Urien was later known as Ywain. Known for his victories at the battle of Gwen Ystrad and Alt Clut Ford, the Brythonic poet Taliesin later celebrated his life in poems.
Early History of the Youren family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Youren research.Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Youren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Youren Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Uren, Trewren and others.
Early Notables of the Youren family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Youren family to Ireland
Some of the Youren family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Youren family to the New World and Oceana
An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Youren: William Uren settled in Philadelphia in 1856.
Contemporary Notables of the name Youren (post 1700)
- Jan Youren (b. 1942), American rodeo rider, five-time World Champion in Bareback Bronc Riding, inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1993
- Harold Wilfred Youren (1910-1983), New Zealand lawyer, farmer, farmers’ advocate and peace campaigner
- George Youren (1891-1967), Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood in 1919, father of Colin Youren
- Colin George Youren (1939-2015), Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn (1958-1965)