Surnames Starting with Y

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YAKOVLEV     Russian
Means "son of YAKOV".
YAMADA     Japanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
YAMAGUCHI     Japanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance". Olympic figure-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi (1971-) bears this name.
YAMAMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
YAMASAKI     Japanese
Variant transcription of YAMAZAKI.
YAMASHITA     Japanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (shita) meaning "under, below".
YAMAUCHI     Japanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (uchi) meaning "inside".
YAMAZAKI     Japanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
YANCY     Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JANSEN.
YANEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Yane", a diminutive of YOAN.
YANG     Chinese
From Chinese (yáng) meaning "willow, poplar, aspen".
YANKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of YANKO".
YAP     English
From a nickname for a clever or cunning person, from Middle English yap meaning "devious, deceitful, shrewd".
YATES     English
From Old English geat meaning "gate", a name for a gatekeeper or someone who lived near a gate.
YBARRA     Spanish, Basque
Variant of IBARRA.
YEUNG     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of YANG.
YI     Korean
Variant of LEE (2).
YILMAZ     Turkish
From the given name YILMAZ.
YONG     English
Variant of YOUNG.
YONKER     Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JONKER.
YONKERS     Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of JONKERS.
YORDANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of YORDAN".
YORK     English
From the name of the English city of York, which was originally called Eburacon, meaning "yew" in Brythonic, but was altered by association with Old English Eoforwic, meaning "pig farm".
YOSHIDA     Japanese
From Japanese (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
YOUNG     English
Derived from Old English geong meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
YOUNGE     English
Variant of YOUNG.
YOUNT     German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JUNDT.
YOXALL     English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Yoxall in Staffordshire, itself derived from Old English geoc "oxen yoke" and halh "nook, recess".
YU (1)     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "in, on, at". According to legend, King Wu of Zhou bestowed the realm of Yu to his second son, who subsequently adopted this as his surname.
YU (2)     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "surplus".
YU (3)     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "consent, approve".
YU (4)     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "concerned, anxious" and also referring to the ancient state of Yu, which was situated in what is now Shanxi province.
YUEN     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of RUAN.
YUKIMURA     Japanese
From Japanese (yuki) meaning "snow" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
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