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Surname meaning for "Yardley"
English (West Midlands): habitational name from any of various places, for example Yardley in the West Midlands, Essex, Northamptonshire, etc., or Yarley in Somerset, named with Old English gerd, gyrd ‘pole’, ‘stick’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. The compound apparently referred to a forest where timber could be gathered.