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Yeoman Family History

Recorded in the spellings of Yeoman, Yeman, and Yeomans, this is a very traditional English surname. It derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "geong" meaning "young", plus "mann", meaning a worker. Over the centuries this developed into a status name for an attendant in a noble household, ranking between a squire and a page. Still later in the post-medieval period it came to be used to describe a freeholder farmer as distinct from a tenant. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 14th Century, and early examples taken from surviving authentic rolls and charters include: Johannes Yomanne in the Poll Tax returns of the county of Yorkshire in 1379, and Thomas le Yomon in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Staffordshire for 1381.

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