Submitted Surnames Starting with Y

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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."
YADAV Indian, 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.
YAEGER German
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.
YAGAMI Japanese
From Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight" and 神 (gami) meaning "god, spirit".
YAGER German
Americanized form of JÄGER, meaning "hunter."
YAGI Japanese
This can also be read as Yanagi meaning "Willow".
YAGIRA Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" combined with 楽 (ra) meaning "music, comfort, ease".
YAHIA Arabic
From the given name Yahya.
YAHIAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Yahia (chiefly Algerian).
YAHYA Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.
YAHYAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Yahiaoui used in Tunisia.
YAKHIN Bashkir, Tatar
From the given name Yakhya.
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)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā) or يَعْلَ (yaʿla) both meaning "exalted, high".
YALÇIN Turkish
From the given name Yalçın.
YAMA Japanese
Yama means "Mountain".
YAMADAEV Chechen
Derived from Yamad, a form of the name Ahmad.
YAMAGATA Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 縣 or 県 (gata) meaning "prefecture".
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).
YAMAHASHI Japanese
In basic words, this is Hashiyama backwards. A notable bearer is Masaomi Yamahashi ,he's a voice actor.
YAMAKAWA Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
YAMAMIZU Japanese
山 (Yama) means "Mountain" and 水 (Mizu) means "Water". Check the notes if necessary.
YAMAMURA Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" combined with 村 (mura) "village".
YAMANAKA Japanese
From the Japanese 山 (yama) "mountain" and 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation."
YAMANE Japanese
Derived from Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" combined with 根 (ne) meaning "root, source".
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]
YAMATANI Japanese
Yama means "Mountain" and Tani means "Valley". Testuo Yamatani was film director.
YAMEEN Urdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
Variant transcription of Yamin.
YAMPILSKIY Ukrainian (Rare)
This was used by people originating from any of various Ukrainian settlements by the name of "Yampil".
YANAGI Japanese
From the Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning "willow".
YANAGIMOTO Japanese
Yanagi means "Willow" and Moto means "Source, Root, Origin."
YANAGISAWA Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning “willow (tree)” combined with 沢 (sawa) meaning “swamp, marsh, wetlands”.
YANAI Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 内 (nai or uchi) "inside."
YANDARBIEV Chechen
Variant transcription of Yandarbiyev.
YÁÑEZ Spanish
Patronymic of JUAN.
YANNOTTA American
Possibly a variant of Iannotta.
YANTORNO Italian
Derived from the word torno which in Italian means "around".
YAP Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien)
Hakka and Hokkien form of Ye.
YARCHI Hebrew
From Hebrew יָרֵחַ (yareach), meaning "moon".
YARDEN Hebrew (Rare)
From the given name Yarden, which is named after the Jordan (2) River. ... [more]
YARDENI Hebrew (Modern)
Means "of Jordan (2)" in Hebrew.
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".
YARISH American
Anglicized form of Jaroš.
YASEEN Urdu, Arabic
Variant transcription of Yasin.
YASENOV Bulgarian
Means "son of Yasen".
YASMIN Bengali, Urdu
From the given name Yasmin.
YASUI Japanese
Yasu (安) "Relaxed, Cheap" and I (井) "Well, Mineshaft ".
YASUKI Japanese
Yasu means "Relax, Cheap" and Ki mean "Tree". Yasuki is also a first name.
YASUNISHI Japanese
Yasu means "Peace,Quiet" and Nishi means "West". See Anzai for alternative,but similar meaning.
YASURAOKA Japanese (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.
YASUYAMA Japanese
安 (Yasu) means "Peaceful, Rested, Relax, Cheap, Low" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain". Check notes if necessary.
YATTEAU French (Acadian)
I was always told it was French
YAVOROV Bulgarian
Means "son of Yavor" in Bulgarian.
YAVUZ Turkish
Means "stern, tough" in Turkish.
YAXLEY English
Meant "person from Yaxley", Cambridgeshire and Suffolk ("glade where cuckoos are heard").
YAYLACIOĞLU Turkish
Possibly from Turkish yayla meaning "plateau".
YAZAKI Japanese
Ya means "Arrow" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Promontory, Cape". A notable bearer is Tomonori Yazaki, a film actor.
YAZBECK Arabic
Mostly used in Lebanon
YAZICI Turkish
Means "writer" or "clerk" in Turkish.
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 (yè) 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).
YEH Chinese
Variant romanization of Ye.
YELLMAN English
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.
YELLOW English
Nickname for someone who has yellow hair; wore yellow clothing or has a yellow complexion
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.
YERMOLAEV Russian
Variant transcription of YERMOLAYEV.
YERMOLAYEV Russian
Means "son of YERMOLAI".
YESAYAN Armenian
Means "son of Yesay", the Armenian form of Isaiah.
YESMIN Bengali
Variant of Yasmin.
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. This refers to lightning that strikes the ground, whereas şimşek denotes lightning that flashes across the sky (see Şimşek).
YILDIZ Turkish
Means "star" in Turkish.
YIP Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese form of Ye.
YMFFROSTGAR Medieval Welsh
A historic Welsh surname, meaning a brag or boastful person, later shortened to Ffrost and again to Frost.
YOAKUM English (American)
Americanized version of Jochim
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]
YOICHIEN Japanese (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.
YOICHIMAE Japanese (Rare)
与 (Yo) "Provide, Give, Award, Participate", 市 (Ichi) " Town, Market, City", etc. and 前 (Mae) "Front, Forward". The source is in the notes.
YOKOHAMA Japanese
Yoko ("Beside") + Hama ("Beach, Seashore").
YOKOMIZO Japanese
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.
YOKOMURA Japanese
横 (Yoko) means "Beside" and 村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet". Check the source if needed.
YOKOTANI Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "next to, beside" combined with 谷 (tani) "valley".
YOKOTE Japanese
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.
YOKOYAMA Japanese
From the Japanese 横 (yoko) "side," "next to" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
YOʻLDOSHEV Uzbek
Uzbek variant transcription of Yuldashev, derived from Uzbek yoʻldosh meaning "acolyte, companion, fellow traveler".
YOMOHIRO Japanese (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".
YOMTOV Hebrew (Modern)
Means "good day", derived from Hebrew יום (yom) means "day" and טוב (tov) means "good".
YONAGA Japanese
From Japanese 夜長 (yonaga) meaning "a long night".
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."
YONEICHI Japanese
Yone (米) means rice.... [more]
YONEZAWA Japanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
YOON Korean
From Sino-Korean 尹 (yun) meaning "to govern, to oversee" or "eldest".
YORATH Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name Iorwerth.
YORDANOVA Bulgarian
Feminine form of Yordanov.
YOSEF Hebrew, Arabic
From the given name Yosef.
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".
YOSHIMOTO Japanese
Yoshi ("Lucky, Good") + Moto ("Origin").
YOSHIMURA Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "Lucky Village".
YOSHINO Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
YOSHINUMA Japanese
Yoshi means "Lucky, Fortunate" and Numa means "Swamp". A notable bearer is Shinobu Yoshinuma, an anime producer.
YOSHIOKA Japanese
From the Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" combined with 岡 (oka) meaning "hill".
YOSHISAWA Japanese
Yoshi means "Lucky, Fortunate" and Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp".
YOSIFOV Russian
Means "son of IOSIF".
YOST American, Dutch, Afrikaans
Americanized spelling of Dutch surname Joost or German surname Jost
YOUCEFI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian cognate of Yousfi.
YOUNES Arabic
Variant transcription of Yunus.
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
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]
YOUSEFI Persian
Derived from the given name Yousef.
YOUSFI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Yousef (see Joseph).
YOUSSEF Arabic
From the given name Youssef.
YOUSUFZAI Pashto
Variant transcription of Yousafzai.
YOVEL Hebrew
Means "jubilee" or "anniversary" in Hebrew, usually refers to a 50 years anniversary.
YUAN Chinese
From Chinese 源 (yuán) meaning "source, origin, root".
YUBUZA Dungan
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from an Arabic name.
YÜCE Turkish
Turkish surname derived from the word yüce meaning "lofty, gracious, noble, eminent".
YUEH Taiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Yue.
YUENGLING German
"youngling" or a "young person"
YUGOV Russian
Derived from Russian юг (yug) meaning "south".
YUI Japanese
It is written three ways: ... [more]
YUKIMITSU Japanese, Popular Culture
雪 (Yuki) means "Snow" and 光 (Mitsu) means "Light, Radiance". Although, mitsu also can mean "Three" too.
YUKIMORI Japanese
Means 'snow forest' from 'yuki' meaning 'snow' and 'mori' meaning 'forest'.
YUKITOMO Japanese
The kanji I posted reads "Snow" and "Friend".
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]
YUKIZOME Japanese
From Japanese 雪染 (yukizome) meaning "snow prints, dyed snow".
YÜKSEL Turkish
Means "increase, rise" in Turkish, derived from Turkish yükselmek "to rise, to increase, to ascend".
YULDASHEV Uzbek, 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".
YULDOSHEV Uzbek, Tajik
Variant transcription of Yuldashev.
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.
YUMI Japanese
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.
YUPANQUI Quechua (Hispanicized), Native American
Derived from Quechua yupanki meaning "accountant".
YURCHAK Polish (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Polish Jurczak.
YUSİFOV Azerbaijani
Means “son of Yusif”.
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, Uzbek, Dagestani
Means "son of Yusuf".
YUSUFZAI Pashto, Afghani
Variant transcription of Yousafzai.
YUSUPOV Uzbek, 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.
YUUMA Japanese
From the Japanese 遊 (yu) "recreation," "fun" and 馬 (uma, ma or ba) "horse."