From Japanese 山 (yama)
meaning "mountain" and 口 (kuchi)
meaning "mouth, entrance". Olympic figure-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi (1971-) bears this name.
From a nickname for a clever or cunning person, from Middle English yap
meaning "devious, deceitful, shrewd".
From Old English geat
meaning "gate", a name for a gatekeeper or someone who lived near a gate.
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".
Derived from Old English geong
meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Yoxall in Staffordshire, itself derived from Old English geoc
"oxen yoke" and halh
From Chinese 于 (yú)
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.
From Chinese 虞 (yú)
meaning "concerned, anxious" and also referring to the ancient state of Yu, which was situated in what is now Shanxi province.