Yount Family

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There are a number of variations of the spelling of Yount in the various Yount families including Jount, Junt, Jund, Yundt and others.

The English name Yount first appears in Middlesex, England where they were lords of the manor prior to the year 1066.

According to the book The Yount Family of Europe and America, the Yount family name originated with Judinta von Goetz (1215-about 1292). According to this source, Judinta was the daughter of Lord Goetz and married Herr von Bacheim (1210-about 1244). Judinta appears to have been widowed 10 or 12 years after the marriage and spent the remaining years of her life as Lord of Herrschaft.

Her name and titles changed from time to time. By the time she died, she was referred to as Lord Judenta. This made her one of only a handful of female Lords in Germany at the time. Her family chose to use the name Jundt. This later was changed to Yount. Most of the Yount settlers in the United States came from Germany, France, or Switzerland. The earliest documented Yount in our line is Ehrhard Jount who was born in Donsueschingen, Baden, Germany in 1630. Our line of descendants from Ehrhard Jount may be seen here.

One of our Yount relatives, Henry S. (Harry) Yount was the first appointed park ranger in Yellowstone National Park. Harry had a mountain (Yount Peak) in Yellowstone National Park named for him. The Yount Peak is the highest point in the Teton Wilderness. The beginnings of the Yellowstone River are on this peak.

Our closest Yount relative is Ethel Mae Yount who married Kerry Lee Ellis.

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