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Yerby Name Study

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About the Project

The Yerby Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the [https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Yerby Yerby name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Yerby name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual team studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Yerbys), by time period (18th Century Yerbys), or by topic (Yerby DNA, Yerby Occupations, Yerby Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Yerby Name Study, first start out by browsing our current teams to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a team does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Karen Goss for assistance.

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Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:




  • Karen Goss
  • Example: Name - I am interested in the Yerbys of Europe during the 18th Century. I am hoping that this research will help me break down one of my brick walls!

Related Surnames and Surname Variants


According to some sources, the name Yerby is a variant of Yarbrough. The earliest instance I have seen of the Yerby name in Colonial America is in Lancaster, Virginia. Thomas Yerby and wife Ann have sons including John Yerby. John Yerby's wife is Catherine, maiden name unknown. In some records, her maiden name is erroneously thought to be Stamps. After Yerby died, Catherine married William Stamps.

"The Brandford Series of Yarbrough Genealogical Records, Vol 122. William Yerby, John Yerby, George Yerby, Thomas Yerby." Lancaster Co., VA Records. Compiled by Ophelia Kessler. Yarlbrough National Genealogical & Historical Association, Inc. 2015

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Early Origins of the Yerby family

The surname Yerby was first found in Lincolnshire at Yarbourgh or Yaburgh, in the hundred of Louth-Eske. The name was listed as Gereburg in the Domesday Book [1] and literally means "the earthwork, or the fortification built of earth" derived from the Old English word "eorth-burgh" [2] "The living [of Yarborough] is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £9. 13. 6.; net income, £226; patron, Nicholas Edmund Yarburgh, Esq., of Heslington Hall, near York, who is lord of the manor, and owner of half the parish." [3] Retrieved from https://www.houseofnames.com/yerby-family-crest

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