From what I have read, the Yeldell name (likely the newer form of the name "Yeldall") first appeared in this country around 1700. I have traced the name back from my son (DOB 4/30/02) to Robert Yeldell who died in philidelphia in 1715. Descendents of Robert Yeldell did move to SC (via Virginia) and then on to Alabama. While a few stayed in AL, many left during and after the civil war and went on to LA, AR and TX.
I have not been able to make a concrete link between the Philidelphia Robert Yeldell circa 1700 and England. However, the educated guess is that the family name has English and/or Scottish origins. For what it is worth, pictures of some of the first Alabama Yeldells would indicate a good helping of Native American blood was infused along with the British by the late 1700 early 1800s.
My research has concentrated on the caucasian Yeldells, but I have learned that it is very possible that the largest contingent of modern-day Yeldells is of African descent.
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