Yard Family History

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Yard Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure of some kind, Middle English yard(e) (Old English geard; compare Garth). nickname from Middle English yard ‘rod’, ‘stick’ (Old English (Anglian) gerd), probably with reference to a rod or staff carried as a symbol of authority. from the same word as in 2, used to denote a measure of land. The surname probably denoted someone who held this quantity of land, and as it was quite a large amount (varying at different periods and in different places, but generally approximately 30 acres, a quarter of a hide), such a person would have been a reasonably prosperous farmer.

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

Similar surnames: Hard, Bard, Ward, Card, Barr, Byard, Hand, Bird, Gard, Gadd

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Yard Family Origin

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Yard Family Occupations

What did your Yard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Yard occupation in Canada was House Painter. 60% of Yard's were House Painters. A less common occupation for the Yard family was Pecheur. House Painter and Clerk were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Yard.

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  • House Painter

  • Clerk

  • Pecheur


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Yard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Yard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yard census 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Yard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Yard. For the veterans among your Yard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Yard Life Expectancy

What is the average Yard lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Yard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Yard in 1948 was 51, and 81 in 2004.

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