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Early Origins of the Yow family

The surname Yow was first found in on the Isle of Yell, in the Shetlands.

Early History of the Yow family

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Yow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yell, Yul, Yuel, Yule, Youll, Yuile, Yuill, Yulle and others.

Early Notables of the Yow family (pre 1700)

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Yow Ranking

In the United States, the name Yow is the 11,423rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Yow migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Yow, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727 [2]
Yow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Walter Yow, aged 18, who immigrated to Ashebor, North Carolina, in 1918
  • Grace Yow, aged 25, who settled in Martin, Georgia, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Yow (post 1700) +

  • Deborah A. Yow (b. 1951), American college sports administrator and former college basketball coach
  • Sandra Kay Yow (1942-2009), American basketball coach
  • David Yow (b. 1960), American musician
  • Jeme Tien Yow (1861-1919), distinguished Chinese railroad engineer
  • Jharal Yow (b. 1989), Australian professional rugby league footballer

The Yow 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: Numine et virtute
Motto Translation: By God's providence and by virtue.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook