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Meaning and Origin of: Yardley

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Open-minded
  • English : Of the yard

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (West Midlands) : habitational name from any of various places, for example Yardley in the West Midlands, Essex, Northamptonshire, etc., or Yarley in Somerset, named with Old English gerd, gyrd ‘pole’, ‘stick’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. The compound apparently referred to a forest where timber could be gathered.