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
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 山崎 (see 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 (2).
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.
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 (Latinized as Eboracum), 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".