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

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Yard Family Origin

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Yard Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Carpenter

    4%
  • Keeping House

    4%
  • Keeps House

    3%

In 1880, Farmer, Carpenter and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Yard. The most common Yard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Yard's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Yard family was Keeps House.

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Between 1948 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Yard

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