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Yeoman Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name from Middle English yoman yeman used of an attendant of relatively high status in a noble household ranking between a Sergeant and a Groom or between a Squire and a Page . The word probably originated as a shortened form of Middle English yonge man. Later in the Middle English period it came to be used of a modest independent freeholder and this latter sense may well lie behind some examples of the surname. In Scotland by the 16th century it had come to denote a landholder next in rank below a gentleman specifically one who owned land worth at least forty shillings a year.

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


Similar surnames: Henman, German, Kelman, Oman, Derman, Edman, Hetman, Perman, Wehman

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Where is the Yeoman family from?

You can see how Yeoman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yeoman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yeoman families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Yeoman families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Yeoman's in USA. New York had the highest population of Yeoman families in 1840.
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What did your Yeoman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Yeoman. 20% of Yeoman men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Yeoman women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yeoman were Machinist and Teacher. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
    14%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Yeoman. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Yeoman. For the veterans among your Yeoman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yeoman lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Yeoman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Yeoman in 1946 was 40, and 79 in 2004.

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