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About the study

The objective of this study are to research, record and share information on the family histories and historical contexts of people with the name Yardy and its variants world-wide.

To achieve this a wide range of research resources is being used and will be shared through uploading datasets and trees to the Yardy One-Name website (see below).

Variant names

Yardy, Yeardye (Yarday, Yardey, Yardye - though recent analysis suggests they might be deviants).

Name origin

The most convinving explanation is that Yardy is a diminutive of Yard, a name that first apperaed in the 13th century in Somerset. The 'yard' comes from Old English gerd or gyrd, and refers to a measure of land area, a quarter of a 'hide' or 30 acres. Even today Yard and its variants are clustered in the southwest. However, Yardy and its variants are clustered in The Fens of England (Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk). For this reason we are not currently including Yard within this study.

Name frequency

Yardy comes into the category of extremely rare (less than 10 births averaged over each of the years 1870 and 1970). Its overall frequency in England is currently 5.7 per million inhabitants, ranking it 16,069. It is 2.3 per million in Australia, 0.9 per million in Canada and 0.4 per million in the USA. Within England the highest frequency is in East Anglia at 70.8 per million. You can find additional information on frequency and distribution on the Yardy website.


As of June 2015 are about 450 Yardys and 130 Yeardyes in the database (though some may be duplicates) and a handful each of Yardays and Yardeys. Sources used include England census records (1841-1911), parish registers (mostly Cambridgeshire), GRO birth marriage and death indexes, newspaper archives, prison hulk records, military records, wills and leases, criminal records, USA censuses and passenger arrivals at Ellis Island.
Good progress has been made during 2014-15 in collecting data on a world-wide basis and constructing trees. There are now over 500 individual records to process, as well as many others yet to collect.