Surnames Starting with Y

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YAKOVLEVRussian
Means "son of YAKOV".
YAMADAJapanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
YAMAGUCHIJapanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance". Olympic figure-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi (1971-) bears this name.
YAMAMOTOJapanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
YAMASAKIJapanese
Variant transcription of YAMAZAKI.
YAMASHITAJapanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (shita) meaning "under, below".
YAMAUCHIJapanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (uchi) meaning "inside".
YAMAZAKIJapanese
From Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain" and (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
YANCYDutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JANSEN.
YANEVBulgarian
Means "son of Yane", a diminutive of YOAN (2).
YANGChinese
From Chinese (yáng) meaning "willow, poplar, aspen".
YANKOVBulgarian
Means "son of YANKO".
YAPEnglish
From a nickname for a clever or cunning person, from Middle English yap meaning "devious, deceitful, shrewd".
YATESEnglish
From Old English geat meaning "gate", a name for a gatekeeper or someone who lived near a gate.
YEUNGChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of YANG.
YIKorean
Variant of LEE (2).
YILMAZTurkish
From the given name YILMAZ.
YONGEnglish
Variant of YOUNG.
YONKERDutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JONKER.
YONKERSDutch (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of JONKERS.
YORDANOVBulgarian
Means "son of YORDAN".
YORKEnglish
From the name of the English city of York, which was originally called Eburacon (Latinized as Eboracum), meaning "yew" in Brythonic, but was altered by association with Old English Eoforwic, meaning "pig farm".
YOSHIDAJapanese
From Japanese (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
YOUNGEnglish
Derived from Old English geong meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
YOUNGEEnglish
Variant of YOUNG.
YOUNTGerman (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JUNDT.
YOXALLEnglish
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.
YUENChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of RUAN.
YUKIMURAJapanese
From Japanese (yuki) meaning "snow" and (mura) meaning "town, village".