Amy Keating Yearling was born in London, England. She attended Grafton Primary School and Tiffin Girls' School. She spent a year at the University College London before moving to Canterlot, Equestria. There, she graduated with a doctorate in World History at the Royal Canterlot University. After teaching for only a year, she became the head of the Royal Canterlot University Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.