Origin of the Name Young
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Young
include Younge and Yonge. This name is to be found in many mediaeval registers in England and the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Examples of such are a John Yong of Scotland who witnessed a Charter by the Earl of Ross in the year 1342. A Hugh le Yunge, County Oxfordshire, England, and a Ralph le Younge, County Staffordshire, were both recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273. A William le Yunge of Northumberland was recorded in the Placita de Quo Warranto, in the reign of Edward I.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Young is also a nickname in Ireland rendered in Gaelic as 'og', pronounced 'owe-gh'. This name was applied in the sense of a junior, to distinguish father and son when they both bore the same name.
The Young coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Young descendants.