Last name: Young

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon pre 7th century origin, and as such is one of the earliest known origins. The derivation is from the word 'geong', which developed into the Middle English 'yunge or yonge', and literally means 'The young one'. Curiously children of the same sex in a medieval family were often given the same name, and to differentiate them a byname would be created and given (usually) to the younger bearers of the name baptismal name! The word was also used as a nickname for one who was 'young in heart', or appeared young, as in the example below. The surname is first recorded in the late 13th century, and from this developed the modern spelling forms which include Young, Younge, Youngs, Yong , Yonge and Ong(e). Early recordings include that of Wilferd seo Iunge, (Wilfred the son of Young) in the 744 a.d. Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, although this is not as a surname, whilst Richard le Yunge of Lichfield, Staffordshire, in 1301, strongly suggests a descriptive nickname which may not have become hereditary. Later recordings taken from the church registers include the marriage of Edmond Young and Katharyn Wendover on September 14th 1568, at Sudbury, and the christening of George, son of William and Frances Young on October 17th 1652 at St. James, Clerkenwell, London. One of the earliest settlers in the colonies of 'New England' was Nathaniell Young, who sailed from the Port of London, aboard the the ship 'Constance', bound for 'Virginea' on October 15th 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Yonge, which was dated 1296 in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as 'The Hammer of the Scots', 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Sujoy Young
I am searching my grand parents.... in British

James Young
My dad is from Scotland.

Derek Young
Supposedly I am a direct descendant of the Nathaniell Young mentioned here. There are multiple Nathaniel Youngs in my family tree and most of my ancestors lived in Carroll and Patrick counties, VA until the late 1800s. At that time they moved into NW North Carolina and remain there to this day.

Mary Young
My family is Scottish, Welsh, and English for the most part. My great great grandparents met each other when they were on a boat going to the US.

Robert Young
My 5th great grandfather and his 6 siblings' emigration from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1725 is recounted in a book entitled :"Our Young Family in America."

My surname is young my Grandfather is called John Henry Young my Grandmother is called Joan Wake my mother is called Diane Young and I'm am called Emily-Rose Young xx plz comment if u know meee

My fathers surname is young and my family and I live in australia. I think i'm 5th generation australian.

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lesley,,,,,,,, my surname is young friends call me youngy, ones who like me call me good looking youngy,,,,,,,,,,my brother was nicknamed yoyo nice and funny derivative of young

Dannii Young
Interesting. My family name is Young, but the origins are from Dingwall here in Scotland, which was a Viking settlement.

Louise YOUNG
I recently married a Young, I am interested about its origins mainly because my husband has very little family

David Marshall

I'm anglo-irish, and had always assumed my grandfather's family (he was George Young) were from Antrim and maybe Down. But extensive well documented research by my sister has traced his ancestry back to Derbyshire, Rutland and Nottinghamshire. The earliest record being for one Guy Young born in Radcliffe on Trent in 1764.

Claire Michele Young

My surname is Young - Living in South Africa but have family in Sheffield who I'd love to find out more about. My great grandfather's name is Bernard Young. Other family names include Smelter Young and Baldwin Young. My Father is Peter Charles Bernard Young and my Grandfather was Charles Joseph Crawford Young.


My father was a Young he came from the west of Scotland, Bothwellhaugh, Lanarksire, but the family originated in Louden, Ayrshire

Simon Young

I have English, Scott, German and Irish in me but I don't know which country the Young comes from. People tend to think my parents must be English-born because the name Simon Patrick Young sounds very British or Irish, but I'm many generations American... my parents thought Simon was a cute and different name for a boy with Patrick as a strong masculine middle name

Junior Young

I'm German, French, British, Norwegian, Originally with the German spelling Jung, changed to young in America.

laura young

umm wow my last nameis Young hmmm wasnt what i was expecting !!!

J Young

My family came from Scotland to Ireland and onto Canada in 1794 - half the fam stayed in Canada and half to the US and fought against each other in the war of 1812.

Carolina Inestrosa
There's a Young on my mom's side of the family. There are several generations born in Chile, South America. Does anyone know of Young families that went to South America?

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My names is Young and I've been told that we are some descendant from Vikings and also bonnie prince Charlie. Most of my Young's come from Cumbria but some moved to northern Ireland and then back to the UK so confusing but at the same time interesting

My last name is Young, of course from my fathers side, and supposedly our family moved from Ireland to the US not long after the Civil War. Does anyone know of any information about Youngs in Ireland or leaving Ireland around this time?

Natalie - my family dates back to coming from Ireland at the same time to Canada. William Young married Helen Hanlon in 1905, in Guelph Canada.

What does it mean

Im a Young
Traced back to 1635 in Bedfordshire England

i'm looking for a girl named tamala Young that used to go to smithfield selma high school in 2013. Then she moved.

Dane young
I'm searching for information about my gggreat grandfather Andrew young born in burnfoot donegal Ireland 1793 or 4 and was married to a Jane Richmond. Any info would help thanks

My maiden name is Young. My family is from the eastern part of Virginia. I dont know much more than that.

My fiance's last name is Young. And he is Jamaican.

my moms a young and her dad is named neil young

Fiona Young
a bunch of us youngs live down in texas. my uncles last namae is givens so we could totally be related to them. also does anyone else suffer from not hab=ndeling stupid people or is that just me.

Was there a Scottish clan for young?

Le 'Wanda LaBoy
My grandfather's name was Isaac Frederick Young. My mother's maiden name is of course Young. We are African-American. Anyone know where we originated. The latest thing I can find is North Carolina.

Well every one with the last name young is related in some way i know that part of my family had its roots in the new world when brittian started to colonize america they were in charge of mishagan also i know that originaly the family was very wealthy

Stanton Jonathan YOUNG
Where did I come from

Stanton Jonathan YOUNG
My father's surname was YOUNG and his name September

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