Eustacius de Yerburgh was an Anglo Saxon war lord of the 11th century who was a
descendant from an ancient house of Denmark. The ancestors of Eustacius emigrated to England circa 800 AD with the first of
the Yerburgh line known as "Germund" (or in some texts "Gerundus"). Eustacius de Yerburgh is famous in genealogy circles as
the founder of the House of Yarborough, situated in York County. The Yarborough House was (and still is) considered the 11th
oldest noble house of England and is the origin of the titles of the Baron Deramore, Baron Alvingham, and the Baron Yarborough.
In the early 1600s, a descendant of the Yarborough House (possible known as Richard Yerburgh or Richard Yarborough) emigrated
to Virginia thus bringing the Yarborough line to the future United States. Thus, nearly every person living in the U.S. today
(who holds the name Yerburgh, Yarbrough, Yarbro, or Yarborough) is a descedent in some way of Eustacius de Yerburgh. Some
African Americans with the Yarborough name are descended from slaves who belonged to southern members of the Yarborough family
for the family was quite prominent in both Virginia and Tennessee. The famous United States Army General William P. Yarborough
is a descendant of Eustacius as is former United States Senator Ralph Yarborough and Nascar racer Cale Yarborough.
The name Yarbrough is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when the family lived
in either the parish or the hamlet called Yarborough in the county of Lincolnshire. The surname Yarbrough belongs to the large
category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
variations of this family name include: Yarburgh, Yarborough, Yearbugh, Yerburgh, Yearby and others.
First found in
Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Yarbrough who arrived in Virginia in 1714;
John Yerby who settled in Maryland in 1744; John Yarbrough who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749; and Swanson Yarbrough who settled
in Texas in 1832.