Yardley Family History

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Yardley Name Meaning

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.

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

Similar surnames: Eardley, Hadley, Harley, Hartley, Farley, Marley, Barley, Bartley

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Yardley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Yardley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Yardley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Yardley Family Origin

Where is the Yardley family from?

Yardley Family Occupations

What did your Yardley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Yardley occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Yardley's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Yardley. A less common occupation for the Yardley family was Chain Maker.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Chain Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Yardley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Yardley Historical Records

What Yardley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Yardley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yardleycensus records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Yardley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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

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Yardley Life Expectancy

What is the average Yardley lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Yardley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Yardley in 1948 was 25, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Yardley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Yardley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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