Yarbrough Family History & Genealogy

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Yarbrough Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Sep 13, 2017

Summary

The Yarbrough family may have originally come from Denmark prior to the 9th century but has certainly been in England since the mid-ninth century AD.  The family has a long and distinguished history in England and in North America. The surname Yarbrough may mean "an earthwork fortification" in both Old English and in Danish.  For more about the history of the Yarbrough family, the meaning and origin of the surname Yarbrough, spelling variations of the surname Yarbrough, and famous members of the Yarbrough family, please read on.

History

Yarbroughs may have been in England as early as the mid-ninth century AD. It is likely that all Yarbroughs descend from a common Norse ancestor. The family is one of the earliest names recorded in Englsh heraldry, attesting to its place in British history. Members of the family are found in the both Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The late Raymond Yarbrough researched the origins of the family name, and the nomograph summarizing his research is recommended reading for anyone who claims kinship to any of the several extended Yarbrough families.
The earliest known Yarboroughs in the New World was "Richard the Immigrant"ca 1642, but there is doubt as to his origins and place on the family tree. An English "cousin", Peter Yerburgh, believes he may have been the son of William Yo. of Saltfleetsby. Richard lived from 1615 until 1702, and his name appears in various legal documents of the time. However, the tracing of the lineages of the early arrivals is complicated by several of them traveling back and forth between the old and new worlds. Almost certainly he was from the Lincolnshire branch of the family, and he too is believed to have traveled between England and Virginia during his lifetime.
Other Yarboroughs soon followed, and evidence suggests that they were related, although the nature of the relationship is not always clear. One Yo., Ambrose, who at one time was believed to have been a half-generation after Richard's arrival, has since been shown to be a descendent of Richard. It is not at all clear who Richard's antecedents were. This is an active, on-going area of family research.
Although the early Yarbroughs first settled in Virginia, they soon began to go southwesterly, following the  migration routes (rivers and Indian trails) into the Carolinas, across Georgia to Alabama, Mississippi and westward to California, Oregon and Washington. The late Senator Ralph Yarborough was pleased to remind one and all of a Yarbrough Peninsula in the northern polar region, a Yarbrough Bay in Central America, and a Mt. Yarbrough in Antarctica, indicating the venturesome nature of the family.
There appear to be several branches of the family, all intertwined. These branches followed the same migratory routes, all the while naming their children from what appears to be a common pool of Christian names; e.g., Richard, Thomas, George, John, William, Nathan, Asa, Henry, and Rueben. It is not unusual for various generations to have more than one uncle, nephew, son and/or cousin sharing one of these names. The women also shared this trait, with frequent use of Mary, Martha, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Frances.
Adding to the confusion was custom of taking in children whose parents had died, whether they were kin or not. The census takers of the time simply noted the children as being those of the family being enumerated. In addition,  there are several family myths, apparently shared by the several branches of the family, which are documented at  Three Yarborough Myths, One pernicious bit of family lore is that Richard the Immigrant was married to Frances Proctor. This is not true, although there was a contemporaneous Richard  Yarborough in England who married a Francis Proctor. Neither this Richard nor Francis ever left England.
 
  The Yarbrough family may have originally come from Denmark prior to the 9th century but has certainly been in England since the mid-ninth century AD.  The family has a long and distinguished history in England and in North America. The surname Yarbrough may mean "an earthwork fortification" in both Old English and in Danish.  For more about the history of the Yarbrough family, the meaning and origin of the surname Yarbrough, spelling variations of the surname Yarbrough, and famous members of the Yarbrough family, please read on.

Name Origin

The original meaning2 may be from the Old English Eorpburg, which means an earthwork fortification, or from the Old Norse jardborg which means the same as the Old English except that it includes a river nearby. The Roman equivalent of the name of the same meaning has been corrupted to Arbury in other places. 
Ref: "Origins of the Name Yarbrough", Raymond Benjamin Yarbrough, 

Spellings & Pronunciations

There are almost 100 known spelling variations, viz., 
Garbrough, Jabary, Uarbry, Tarbrough, Tarborough, Yabre, Yarba,Yarbah, Yarbar,Yarbaro,Yarbarough, Yarbary, 

Yarbath, Yarbaw, Yarbeory, Yarber, Yarberoth, Yarberough, Yarberrey, Yarberry, Yarbery, Yarbey. Yarbo, 

Yarboarough, Yarbois, Yarbor, Yarborah, Yarborary, Yarboraugh, Yarborey, Yarborg, Yarboro, Yarborough, 

Yarborow, Yarborro, Yarborrough, Yarborrow, Yarborugh, Yarbory, Yarbough, Yarbour, Yarboura, Yarbourah, 

Yarbourgh, Yarbourou, Yarboury, Yarbouy, Yarbow,Yarbra, Yarbrah, Yarbraugh, Yarbraw, Yarbre, Yarbreay, 

Yarbree, Yarbrey, Yarbrigh, Yarbro, Yarbrogh, Yarbroh, Yarbrou, Yarbrough, Yarbrouy, Yarbrow,Yarbrugh, Yarbry, 

Yarburg, Yarburgh, Yarburough, Yarbury, Yaroborough, Yarobrough, Yarrowbough, Yartmigh, Yarytrighe, 

Yearberry, Yearborough, Yearbrough, Yearbury, Yerberry, Yerborough, Yerbro, Yerbrough, Yerbrow, Yerburgh, 

Yorboro, Yorborough, Yorbro, Yorbrough, Yurbrough, Zarboro, Zarborrough, Zarbrough 

Nationality & Ethnicity

The family is believed to have originated in Denmark some time prior to the ninth century AD, and it appears to have migrated to England during that century. Both old English and old Norse have similar words for the family name, so that there is at least syntactical evidence of a relationship between the two countries. The British Yarbroughs settled in Linclonshire and Yorkshire.  The earliest known New World immigrant was a Richard Yarborough of Lincolnshire, and he was soon followed by others of the family, although the relationships have yet to be determined. Although the name (Yarbrough, from Eorpburg) originated in Lincolnshire, England, there is evidence that its predecessor root is old Danish (Jardborg). There is a Roman equivalent of Arbury.  Whether Saxon or Danish, the family was well established in England by the time WIlliam the Conqueror arrived.

Famous People named Yarbrough

Some notable Yarbrough family members nclude:

the late Senator Ralph Webster Yarborough (D-TX),
Cale Yarborough,
Lee Roy Yarbrough,
Lt. Gen. William E. Yarbrough,
J. Tinsley Yarbrough, and
Glenn Yarbrough, singer

Early Yarbroughs

These are the earliest records we have of the Yarbrough family.

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1828 - 1905
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c. 1809 - Nov 11, 1903
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c. 1855 - Unknown
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c. 1855 - Unknown
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c. 1855 - Unknown
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c. 1855 - Unknown
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c. 1885 - Unknown
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c. 1897 - Unknown
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c. 1898 - Unknown

Yarbrough Family Members

Yarbrough Family Tree

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Most Common First Names

Sample of 19 Yarbrough Biographies

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Unknown - Unknown
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Oct 16, 1913 - Nov 9, 1998
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Apr 25, 1897 - May 1972
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May 23, 1932 - Apr 22, 2005
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Feb 11, 1916 - Mar 25, 1994
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Feb 1, 1915 - May 29, 1992
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Aug 29, 1886 - May 1964
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Nov 21, 1920 - Feb 22, 2004
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Jun 6, 1918 - May 20, 2003
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Dec 3, 1921 - May 1955
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Nov 16, 1919 - Dec 8, 2005
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Jun 27, 1927 - Jan 16, 1991
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c. 1971 - Unknown
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c. 1951 - Unknown
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c. 1951 - Unknown
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c. 1955 - Unknown
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c. 1963 - Unknown
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c. 1958 - Unknown
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c. 1928 - Unknown

Yarbrough Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Yarbrough family member is 70.7 years old according to our database of 9,110 people with the last name Yarbrough that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

70.7 years

Oldest Yarbroughs

These are the longest-lived members of the Yarbrough family on AncientFaces.

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Sep 13, 1906 - Jun 13, 2011
104 years
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Apr 25, 1894 - Aug 4, 1998
104 years
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Oct 16, 1885 - Sep 5, 1989
103 years
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Aug 19, 1888 - May 18, 1992
103 years
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Feb 14, 1898 - Dec 14, 2001
103 years
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Dec 12, 1874 - September 1978
103 years
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Dec 4, 1907 - Jul 18, 2010
102 years
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Jan 17, 1892 - Nov 9, 1993
101 years
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Dec 3, 1902 - Aug 1, 2004
101 years
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Dec 27, 1874 - August 1976
101 years

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