Early references in London and South East England

The surname Yeo and its variants has spread all over the world in modern times – see The origin of the surname – but researchers have found a number of references outside south west England in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

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1437 Five men, including Robert, Bishop of London and Nicholas Yeo, were appointed on 20 May 1437 to distribute relief money in the City of London

1553 William Yeo, gentleman, and Christopher Barnaby held premises in Fulham

1556 John Wysse, George Yeo, and John Broke, son and heir of John Broke, held p remises in Seynt Mychell in Bassyeshall, in the county of the city of London; premises in Enveld, in the county of Middlesex; and land and premises in the counties of Essex and Hertford

1563 George Yeo, gentleman, and John Broke, gentleman, and Catherine, his wife held premises in Enveld, in the county of Middlesex; and in the county of Essex.

1577 William Yeo was given permission to reside until 29 September next with his brother Walter Yeo in part of a tenement in St Dunstan held by Walter Yeo

1613 William Yeo [note 1] married in London and lived at Wandown House, Fulham

1642 Leonard Yeo ‘was sometime a citizen and mercer of London and lived at the sign of the Unicorn in Cheapside’

1645 Reg Walter commented that the Royal Exchange museum in London had on display a silver pint tankard inscribed ‘Richard Yeo att ye Blue Anchor 1645’

1649 Sarah Yeo, wife of William Yeo, was granted administration of the estate of William Chance of St Botolph without Aldersgate

1659 Wolston Yeo, a cooper of St Saviour, Southwark, married Sarah Collier at the parish church of St Andrew by the Wardrobe in 1659

1661 Nicholas Yeo ‘of Temple’, a weaver, was a freeman of London between 1661 and 1680

1662 An unidentified Robert Yeo [note 2] was the plantiff in financial cases against John and Thomas Salterne and against Benjamin Beard and another

1662 An unidentified Philip Yeo was the plantiff in a case against Hezekiah Haynes relating to property in Histon, Cambridgeshire

1662 An unidentified Robert Yeo is recorded in Domestic and State Papers of Charles II as having been recommended by the Lord Treasurer for the post of Sub-Commissioner of Excise in Middlesex

1679 Matthew Yeow, a sergeant stationed at the military garrison at Sheerness, Kent, is mentioned in an affidavit dated 3 April 1679, with others under the command of Major Nathanial Dorrell, governor of Sheerness

1681 Middlesex Court Rolls record recognizances of Henry Langley, mariner of St Katharine’s near the Tower, in the sum of twenty pounds, and of John Yeo mariner and Robert Hicks bricklayer, both of Wapping, in the sum of ten pounds each, for the appearance of the said Henry Langley at the next General Session of the Peace for Middlesex, ‘to answer &c for defrauding and cheating Ann Bradgate and others of five shillings, under pretence of getting in and collecting money for the relief of the poor captives in Algiers’

1686 Richard Yeo, ‘sonne of John Yeo late of the parish of St Clement Danes in the county of Middlesex taylor’ was bound to carpenter Henry Peirson on 1 June 1686 for an apprenticeship of seven years

1692 Lease relating to property in Whitechapel: ‘A rent of 45s. out of land in Cable Street … near the corner of Well Street, and in the tenure of John Yoe

1696 Henry Yeo is recorded in an oath roll as a member of the Painters and Stainers company (a The City of London Livery Company)

1. 1613–1660, son of Roger Yeo of Exeter.
2. Possibly Robert Yeo of Shebbear, who married Jane Thorne.