Submitted Surnames Starting with Y

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YABEJapanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
YABENBasque
It means under the rushes or bracken.
YABLOKOVRussian
Derived from Russian яблоко (yabloko) "apple".
YABSLEYEnglish
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".
YADAJapanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy."
YADAVIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Nepali, Punjabi
From Sanskrit यादव (yādava) meaning "descendant of Yadu", referring to a legendary Hindu king and an alleged ancestor of Krishna. The term traditionally refers to a peasant caste in India and Nepal.
YAEGERGerman
Yaeger is a relatively uncommon American surname, most likely a transcription of the common German surname "Jaeger/Jäger" (hunter). The spelling was changed to become phonetic because standard English does not utilize the umlaut.
YAGAMIJapanese
From Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight" and 神 (gami) meaning "god, spirit".
YAGERGerman
Americanized form of JÄGER, meaning "hunter."
YAGIJapanese
This can also be read as Yanagi meaning "Willow".
YAGIRAJapanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" combined with 楽 (ra) meaning "music, comfort, ease".
YAHIAArabic
From the given name Yahya.
YAHIAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Yahia (chiefly Algerian).
YAHYAArabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.
YAHYAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Yahiaoui used in Tunisia.
YAKHINBashkir, Tatar
From the given name Yakhya.
YAKIMOVRussian
Means "Son of Yakim".
YAKUMOJapanese (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]
YALAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā) or يَعْلَ (yaʿla) both meaning "exalted, high".
YALÇINTurkish
From the given name Yalçın.
YAMAJapanese
Yama means "Mountain".
YAMADAEVChechen
Derived from Yamad, a form of the name Ahmad.
YAMAGATAJapanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 縣 or 県 (gata) meaning "prefecture".
YAMAHAJapanese (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).
YAMAHASHIJapanese
In basic words, this is Hashiyama backwards. A notable bearer is Masaomi Yamahashi ,he's a voice actor.
YAMAKAWAJapanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
YAMAMIZUJapanese
山 (Yama) means "Mountain" and 水 (Mizu) means "Water". Check the notes if necessary.
YAMAMURAJapanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" combined with 村 (mura) "village".
YAMANAKAJapanese
From the Japanese 山 (yama) "mountain" and 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation."
YAMANEJapanese
Derived from Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" combined with 根 (ne) meaning "root, source".
YAMASATOJapanese
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]
YAMATANIJapanese
Yama means "Mountain" and Tani means "Valley". Testuo Yamatani was film director.
YAMEENUrdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
Variant transcription of Yamin.
YAMPILSKIYUkrainian (Rare)
This was used by people originating from any of various Ukrainian settlements by the name of "Yampil".
YANAGIJapanese
From the Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning "willow".
YANAGIMOTOJapanese
Yanagi means "Willow" and Moto means "Source, Root, Origin."
YANAGISAWAJapanese
From Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning “willow (tree)” combined with 沢 (sawa) meaning “swamp, marsh, wetlands”.
YANAIJapanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 内 (nai or uchi) "inside."
YANDARBIEVChechen
Variant transcription of Yandarbiyev.
YÁÑEZSpanish
Patronymic of JUAN.
YANNOTTAAmerican
Possibly a variant of Iannotta.
YANTORNOItalian
Derived from the word torno which in Italian means "around".
YAPChinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien form of Ye.
YARCHIHebrew
From Hebrew יָרֵחַ (yareach), meaning "moon".
YARDENHebrew (Rare)
From the given name Yarden, which is named after the Jordan (2) River. ... [more]
YARDENIHebrew (Modern)
Means "of Jordan (2)" in Hebrew.
YARDLEYEnglish
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".
YARDYEnglish
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".
YARISHAmerican
Anglicized form of Jaroš.
YASEENUrdu, Arabic
Variant transcription of Yasin.
YASENOVBulgarian
Means "son of Yasen".
YASMINBengali, Urdu
From the given name Yasmin.
YASUIJapanese
Yasu (安) "Relaxed, Cheap" and I (井) "Well, Mineshaft ".
YASUKIJapanese
Yasu means "Relax, Cheap" and Ki mean "Tree". Yasuki is also a first name.
YASUNISHIJapanese
Yasu means "Peace,Quiet" and Nishi means "West". See Anzai for alternative,but similar meaning.
YASURAOKAJapanese (Rare)
安 (Yasu) means "Cheap, Low, Inexpensive, Rested, Peaceful, Relax".良 (Ra) means "Good, Excellent", and 岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill". A notable bearer is Akio Yasuraoka, he was a composer in his earlier days.
YASUYAMAJapanese
安 (Yasu) means "Peaceful, Rested, Relax, Cheap, Low" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain". Check notes if necessary.
YATTEAUFrench (Acadian)
I was always told it was French
YAVOROVBulgarian
Means "son of Yavor" in Bulgarian.
YAVUZTurkish
Means "stern, tough" in Turkish.
YAXLEYEnglish
Meant "person from Yaxley", Cambridgeshire and Suffolk ("glade where cuckoos are heard").
YAYLACIOĞLUTurkish
Possibly from Turkish yayla meaning "plateau".
YAZAKIJapanese
Ya means "Arrow" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Promontory, Cape". A notable bearer is Tomonori Yazaki, a film actor.
YAZBECKArabic
Mostly used in Lebanon
YAZICITurkish
Means "writer" or "clerk" in Turkish.
YAZZIENative American, Navajo
Derived from the Navajo word yázhí meaning "little".
YBIRICUBasque (Latinized, Modern)
It means ford the river (cross or pass the river).
YEChinese
From Chinese 葉 (yè) meaning "leaf".
YEAGEREnglish, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of German JÄGER.
YEATSEnglish
Scottish and northern English variant spelling of Yates.
YEEChinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YEFIMOVRussian
Means "son of YEFIM".
YEFIMOVICHRussian
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).
YEHChinese
Variant romanization of Ye.
YELLMANEnglish
Yellman comes from the English words yell and man creating Yellman. The last name Yellman was also given to a person who consistently yelled a lot.
YELLOWEnglish
Nickname for someone who has yellow hair; wore yellow clothing or has a yellow complexion
YELNATSLiterature
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.
YERMOLAEVRussian
Variant transcription of YERMOLAYEV.
YESAYANArmenian
Means "son of Yesay", the Armenian form of Isaiah.
YEUKAIShona
Yeukai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins.
YIANNOPOULOSGreek
Means son of Yianni, a famous bearer of this name is Milo Yiannopolous (1983-).
YILDIRIMTurkish
Means "lightning" in Turkish. This refers to lightning that strikes the ground, whereas şimşek denotes lightning that flashes across the sky (see Şimşek).
YILDIZTurkish
Means "star" in Turkish.
YIPChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Ye.
YMFFROSTGARMedieval Welsh
A historic Welsh surname, meaning a brag or boastful person, later shortened to Ffrost and again to Frost.
YOAKUMEnglish (American)
Americanized version of Jochim
YOCUMGerman (Anglicized), English
Americanized form of Jochum, a Low German form of the given name Joachim.
YOHANNANAssyrian
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.
YOHEMedieval 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.
YOHOAmerican (Anglicized)
American Anglicized spelling of Swiss surname 'Joho'
YOICHIJapanese (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]
YOICHIENJapanese (Rare)
Made up of 与 (Yo) "Give, Award, Participate", etc. 市 (Ichi) "In City, Market" or "Town". Anything along those lines. 園 (En) means "Garden". The source is in the notes.
YOICHIMAEJapanese (Rare)
与 (Yo) "Provide, Give, Award, Participate", 市 (Ichi) " Town, Market, City", etc. and 前 (Mae) "Front, Forward". The source is in the notes.
YOKOHAMAJapanese
Yoko ("Beside") + Hama ("Beach, Seashore").
YOKOMIZOJapanese
Check notes if needed. 横 (Yoko) means "Beside" and 溝 (Mizo) means "Groove, Trench, Gutter, Gully, Drain, Ditch, Gap". A notable bearer is Seishi Yokomizo, a Japanese novelist in the Showa Period.
YOKOMURAJapanese
横 (Yoko) means "Beside" and 村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet". Check the source if needed.
YOKOTANIJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "next to, beside" combined with 谷 (tani) "valley".
YOKOTEJapanese
Yoko ("Beside") + Te , this is the Japanese word for hand. This surname means "Beside a Hand". Michiko Yokote is an example. She wrote the Pichi Pichi Pitch manga and did screenwriting for Masamune-kun's Revenge.
YOKOYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 横 (yoko) "side," "next to" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
YOʻLDOSHEVUzbek
Uzbek variant transcription of Yuldashev, derived from Uzbek yoʻldosh meaning "acolyte, companion, fellow traveler".
YOMOHIROJapanese (Rare)
This is a very rare surname with the kanji of all four directions: (東西北南) "East, West, North, and South", in that order. Yomo literally means "Four directions" and Hiro means "Extension".
YOMTOVHebrew (Modern)
Means "good day", derived from Hebrew יום (yom) means "day" and טוב (tov) means "good".
YONAGAJapanese
From Japanese 夜長 (yonaga) meaning "a long night".
YONAHJewish
Hebrew for "dove" יונה
YONAMINEJapanese
From the Japanese 與 or 与(yo) "together with," 那 (na) "what" and 嶺 (mine) "peak," "summit."
YONEJapanese
Yo (与) means together.... [more]
YONEDAJapanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
YONEICHIJapanese
Yone (米) means rice.... [more]
YONEZAWAJapanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
YOONKorean
From Sino-Korean 尹 (yun) meaning "to govern, to oversee" or "eldest".
YORATHWelsh
Derived from the Welsh given name Iorwerth.
YORDANOVABulgarian
Feminine form of Yordanov.
YOSEFHebrew, Arabic
From the given name Yosef.
YOSHIHAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 吉 (yoshi) "good luck" and 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach."
YOSHIHARAJapanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
YOSHIIJapanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
YOSHIKAWAJapanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
YOSHIMOTOJapanese
Yoshi ("Lucky, Good") + Moto ("Origin").
YOSHIMURAJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "Lucky Village".
YOSHINOJapanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
YOSHINUMAJapanese
Yoshi means "Lucky, Fortunate" and Numa means "Swamp". A notable bearer is Shinobu Yoshinuma, an anime producer.
YOSHIOKAJapanese
From the Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" combined with 岡 (oka) meaning "hill".
YOSHISAWAJapanese
Yoshi means "Lucky, Fortunate" and Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp".
YOSIFOVRussian
Means "son of IOSIF".
YOSTAmerican, Dutch, Afrikaans
Americanized spelling of Dutch surname Joost or German surname Jost
YOUCEFIArabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian cognate of Yousfi.
YOUNESArabic
Variant transcription of Yunus.
YOUNGBLOODEnglish
Americanisation of the German surname Jungbluth.
YOUNGEREnglish, 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]
YOUSAFZAIPashto
Means "son of Yusuf", from the given name Yousaf combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son". The Yousafzai are a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Pakistan and Afghanistan.... [more]
YOUSEFIPersian
Derived from the given name Yousef.
YOUSFIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Yousef (see Joseph).
YOUSSEFArabic
From the given name Youssef.
YOUSUFZAIPashto
Variant transcription of Yousafzai.
YOVELHebrew
Means "jubilee" or "anniversary" in Hebrew, usually refers to a 50 years anniversary.
YUANChinese
From Chinese 源 (yuán) meaning "source, origin, root".
YUBUZADungan
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from an Arabic name.
YÜCETurkish
Turkish surname derived from the word yüce meaning "lofty, gracious, noble, eminent".
YUEHTaiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Yue.
YUENGLINGGerman
"youngling" or a "young person"
YUGOVRussian
Derived from Russian юг (yug) meaning "south".
YUIJapanese
It is written three ways: ... [more]
YUKIMITSUJapanese, Popular Culture
雪 (Yuki) means "Snow" and 光 (Mitsu) means "Light, Radiance". Although, mitsu also can mean "Three" too.
YUKIMORIJapanese
Means 'snow forest' from 'yuki' meaning 'snow' and 'mori' meaning 'forest'.
YUKITOMOJapanese
The kanji I posted reads "Snow" and "Friend".
YUKIYAMAJapanese
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]
YUKIZOMEJapanese
From Japanese 雪染 (yukizome) meaning "snow prints, dyed snow".
YÜKSELTurkish
Means "increase, rise" in Turkish, derived from Turkish yükselmek "to rise, to increase, to ascend".
YULDASHEVUzbek, Bashkir, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Kazakh
Means "son of the traveller" or "son of the companion" from Turkish yoldaş "traveller, acolyte, companion", itself derived from Turkic yol meaning "road, path, way" combined with -daş, a suffix denoting "fellow, sharer".
YULDOSHEVUzbek, Tajik
Variant transcription of Yuldashev.
YULEMedieval 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).
YULIANDIIndonesian
Possibly a variant of Yulianti.
YULIANTIIndonesian
A notable bearer is Maria Kristin Yulianti (1985-), an Indonesian badminton player who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.
YUMIJapanese
This must've been inspired by the first name Yumi, because it uses the same kanji that means "Cause Beauty". Kaoru Yumi was an actress in the late 1900's that has her name written this way.
YUPANQUIQuechua (Hispanicized), Native American
Derived from Quechua yupanki meaning "accountant".
YURCHAKPolish (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Polish Jurczak.
YUSİFOVAzerbaijani
Means “son of Yusif”.
YUSOFMalaysian, Malay
From the given name Yusof, a variant of Joseph used as a patronymic and surname.
YUSOPOVRussian
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]
YUSUFZAIPashto, Afghani
Variant transcription of Yousafzai.
YUSUPOVUzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Jewish
Means "son of Yusup", also used by Central Asian Jews. This was the name of a Russian family of nobility of Crimean Tatar ancestry.
YUUMAJapanese
From the Japanese 遊 (yu) "recreation," "fun" and 馬 (uma, ma or ba) "horse."