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Yard Family History

Yard Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure of some kind, Middle English yard(e) (Old English geard; compare Garth). nickname from Middle English yard ‘rod’, ‘stick’ (Old English (Anglian) gerd), probably with reference to a rod or staff carried as a symbol of authority. from the same word as in 2, used to denote a measure of land. The surname probably denoted someone who held this quantity of land, and as it was quite a large amount (varying at different periods and in different places, but generally approximately 30 acres, a quarter of a hide), such a person would have been a reasonably prosperous farmer.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hard, Bard, Ward, Card, Barr, Byard, Hand, Bird, Gard, Gadd

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Where is the Yard family from?

You can see how Yard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yard families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Yard families living in New Jersey. This was about 54% of all the recorded Yard's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Yard families in 1840.
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What did your Yard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yard. 20% of Yard men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Yard women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yard were Clerk and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Secretary
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Yard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Yard. For the veterans among your Yard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yard lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Yard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Yard in 1948 was 51, and 81 in 2004.

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