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YABE     Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
YABEN     Basque
It means under the rushes or bracken.
YABLOKOV     Russian
Derived from Russian яблоко (yabloko) "apple".
YABSLEY     English
It is believed to be a derived spelling of Abboldesi, a place now more commonly known as Abbotsley or Abbotsleigh. However, the original surname had nothing to do with "Abbots" in any spelling, and derives from to the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Eadbeald" meaning "Prosperity-bold".
YADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy."
YAFFO     ?
YAGAMI     Japanese
Meaning "Night God" in the Japanese kanji. Was used in the popular series "Death Note".
YAHIAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Yahya.
YAKHIN     Bashkir
Variant transcription of Yaxin.
YAKIMOV     Russian
Means "Son of Yakim".
YAKUMO     Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 八 (hachi, ya, ya'.tsu, ya.tsu, you) meaning "eight", 耶 (ja, ya, ka) meaning "question mark" or 家 (ka, ke, ie, uchi, ya) meaning "expert, family, home, house, performer, professional" with 雲 (un, kumo, -gumo) meaning "cloud."... [more]
YALAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; predominantly used in Algeria.
YAMAHA     Japanese (Rare)
This Japanese surname is more found in Brazil than Japan, because of Japanese immigrants who immigrated from Japan to Brazil. Notable bearer of this surname: Torakusu Yamaha (Japanese entrepreneur who was the founder of the Yamaha Corporation).
YAMANAKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 山 (yama) "mountain" and 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation."
YAMASATO     Japanese
This surname combines 山 (san, sen, yama) meaning "mountain" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village," 県 or 縣 - outdated variant of 県 - (ken, ka.keru) meaning "county, district, subdivision, prefecture," the last meaning reserved for 県.... [more]
YÁMPIL’S’KIĬ     Ukrainian
This was used by people originating from any of various Ukrainian settlements by the name of '"Yampil".
YAN     Chinese
YANAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 内 (nai or uchi) "inside."
YANDARBIEV     Chechen
Variant transcription of Yandarbiyev.
YANDARBIN     Chechen
Variant of Yandarbiyev.
YANDARBIYEV     Chechen
Means "son of Yandarbi".
YÁÑEZ     Spanish
Patronymic of JUAN.
YANKELOVITCH     Russian, Hebrew
Yankelovich is Russian for 'son of Jacob', VITCH/VICH means 'son of'.
YANTORNO     Italian
Derived from the word torno which in Italian means "around".
YAO     Chinese
YAP     Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien form of Ye.
YARDLEY     English
Either a habitual surname for someone from Yardley, West Midlands, Essex, Northamptonshire, etc… or derived from the elements gerd, gyrd meaning "pole, stick" and leah meaning "wood, clearing".
YARDY     English
The most likely origin of this surname is that it was used to denote someone who held a piece of land known as a "yarde", from the Middle English word "yerd".
YASENOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Yasen".
YASIN     Arabic, Kurdish, Afghani, Persian, Turkish
"no realy meaning" its the name of a surrah (chapter) in the quran
YATTEAU     French (Acadian)
I was always told it was French
YAVOROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Yavor" in Bulgarian.
YAVUZ     Turkish
From the adjective yavuz meaning "stern, tough".
YAXIN     Bashkir
Derived from the Bashkir name Yaxya.
YAXLEY     English
Meant "person from Yaxley", Cambridgeshire and Suffolk ("glade where cuckoos are heard").
YAYLACIOĞLU     Turkish
Possibly from Turkish yayla meaning "plateau".
YAZBECK     Arabic
Mostly used in Lebanon
YAZZIE     Native American, Navajo
Derived from the Navajo word yázhí meaning "little".
YBIRICU     Basque (Latinized, Modern)
It means ford the river (cross or pass the river).
YE     Chinese
From Chinese 葉 meaning "leaf".
YEAGER     English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of German JÄGER.
YEATS     English
Scottish and northern English variant spelling of Yates.
YEE     Chinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YEFIMOV     Russian
Means "son of YEFIM".
YEFIMOVICH     Russian
Grigori Yefimovich who is best known as "Rasputin" was a Russian peasant, mystic and private adviser to the Romanovs (Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Tsarina Alexandra in the early 20th century).
YEGHIAZARYAN     Armenian
Derived from the name Yeghiazar, which is a form of Lazar (see Eleazar).
YELNATS     Literature
Invented by Louis Sacher for his novel "Holes". The name was created because it is Stanley spelled backwards. Stanley Yelnats IV is the main character in the novel.
YEO     Korean
YERMOLAEV     Russian
Variant transcription of YERMOLAYEV.
YERMOLAYEV     Russian
Means "son of YERMOLAI".
YEUKAI     Shona
Yeukai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins.
YIANNOPOULOS     Greek
Means son of Yianni, a famous bearer of this name is Milo Yiannopolous (1983-).
YILDIRIM     Turkish
Means "lightning" in Turkish.
YILDIZ     Turkish
Yýldýz means "star" in Turkish.
YIP     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Ye.
YOCUM     German (Anglicized), English
Americanized form of Jochum, a Low German form of the given name Joachim.
YOHANNAN     Assyrian
Yohannan means "son of John" in Assyrian, a very common surname in the area of Urmia, northwestern Iran, where many Assyrians relocated after numerous diasporas forced them from their native Bet-Nahrain, "land between two rivers," as the indigenous people of Mesopotamia.
YOHE     Medieval English
The Yohe surname comes from the Old English word "ea," or "yo," in Somerset and Devon dialects, which meant "river" or "stream." It was likely originally a topographic name for someone who lived near a stream.
YOHO     American (Anglicized)
American Anglicized spelling of Swiss surname 'Joho'
YOICHI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 与市 with 与 (yo, ata.eru, azuka.ru, kumi.suru, tomoni) meaning "bestow, participate in, give, award, impart, provide, cause, gift, godsend" and 市 (shi, ichi) meaning "city, market, town."... [more]
YOKOYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 横 (yoko) "side," "next to" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
YOLDOSHOV     Uzbek
Variant of Yoldoshev.
YONAH     Jewish
Hebrew for "dove" יונה
YONAMINE     Japanese
From the Japanese 與 or 与(yo) "together with," 那 (na) "what" and 嶺 (mine) "peak," "summit."
YONE     Japanese
Yo (与) means together.... [more]
YONEDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
YONEZAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
YOON     Korean
YORATH     Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name Iorwerth.
YORDANOVA     Bulgarian
Feminine form of Yordanov.
YOSHIHAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 吉 (yoshi) "good luck" and 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach."
YOSHIHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
YOSHII     Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
YOSHIKAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
YOSHIMURA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "Lucky Village".
YOSIFOV     Russian
Means "son of IOSIF".
YOUNGBLOOD     English
Americanisation of the German surname Jungbluth.
YOUNGER     English, American
English (mainly Borders) from Middle English yonger ‘younger’, hence a distinguishing name for, for example, the younger of two bearers of the same personal name. In one case, at least, however, the name is known to have been borne by an immigrant Fleming, and was probably an Americanized form of Middle Dutch jongheer ‘young nobleman’ (see Jonker)... [more]
YOUSAFZAI     Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Means "descendants of Yusuf", a combination of the given name Yousaf (Yusuf) and the Pashto word زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Yousafzai are a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Pakistan and Afghanistan... [more]
YOUSFI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Yousef (see Joseph).
YOUSUFZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Variant of Yousafzai primarily found in Afghanistan.
YÜCE     Turkish
Turkish surname derived from the word yüce meaning "lofty, gracious, noble, eminent".
YUKIMORI     Japanese
Means 'snow forest' from 'yuki' meaning 'snow' and 'mori' meaning 'forest'.
YUKIYAMA     Japanese
This surname combines 幸 (kou, saiwa.i, sachi, shiawa.se, yuki) meaning "blessing, fortune, happiness," 雪 (setsu, yuki) meaning "snow" or 行 (an, gyou, kou, -i.ki, -iki, i.ku, okona.u, oko.nau, -yu.ki, -yuki, yu.ku) meaning "going, journey" with 山 (san, sen, yama) meaning "mountain."... [more]
YULE     Medieval English
Nickname for someone who was born on Christmas Day or had some other connection with this time of year, from Middle English yule ‘Christmastide’ (Old English geol, reinforced by the cognate Old Norse term jól).
YULIANDI     Indonesian
Possibly a variant of Yulianti.
YULIANTI     Indonesian
A notable bearer is Maria Kristin Yulianti (1985-), an Indonesian badminton player who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.
YURCHAK     Polish (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Polish Jurczak.
YUSOF     Malaysian, Malay
From the given name Yusof, a variant of Joseph used as a patronymic and surname.
YUSOPOV     Russian
The Yusupovs were a Russian noble family descended from the monarchs of the Nogai Horde who, in the 18th and 19th centuries, were renowned for their immense wealth, philanthropy and art collections... [more]
YUSUFOV     Tajik
Means "son of Yusuf".
YUSUFZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Variant of Yousafzai.
YUSUPOV     Russian
The surname of a noble Russian family. One of the most famous members of that family was Felix Yusupov (born March 23, 1887 and died September 27, 1967) who was a Russian aristocrat, a prince and a count and who was best known for participating in the assassination of Grigory Rasputin.
YUUMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 遊 (yu) "recreation," "fun" and 馬 (uma, ma or ba) "horse."
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