The local lore in Yelverton, Devon, England, is that the name of that village is derived not from any individuals but from old language referring to a stream crossing and perhaps an elm tree. Yelverton, Horrabridge and Leg of Mutton together barely amount to a town today. The name Yelverton was elevated in importance by virtue of identifying an RAF airstrip used to defend Plymouth during World War II. No one I talked with on a visit in 1999 was aware of anyone named Yelverton having lived in the district.
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