Submitted Surnames Starting with Y

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YA Japanese
From Japanese ya, meaning "night". Note that other kanji interpretations and meanings could be possible.
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".
YABUSAKI Japanese
From the Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight", 武 (bu) which was a traditional unit of measurement approximately equal to 90 centimeters, and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
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... [more]
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 (kami) meaning "god".
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 YAHYA.
YAHYA Arabic, Urdu
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".
YAKOBASHVILI Georgian, Jewish
Means "son of IAKOB" in Georgian.
YAKOVLEVA Russian
Feminine form of YAKOVLEV.
YAKUBOVICH Russian, Belarusian
Derived from the given name YAKUB.
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 YALÇIN.
YAM Hebrew
From the given name YAM.
YAMA Japanese
Yama means "Mountain".
YAMABE Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 部 (be) meaning "part, section".
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".
YAMAGISHI Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 岸 (kishi) meaning "beach, shore, bank".
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".
YAMAOKA Japanese
From 山 (yama), meaning "mountain", and 岡 (oka), meaning "hill". ... [more]
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]
YAMASHIRO Japanese
Means "mountain castle" in Japanese.
YAMATANI Japanese
Yama means "Mountain" and Tani means "Valley". Testuo Yamatani was film director.
YAMEEN Urdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
Variant transcription of Yamin.
YAMIKAWA Japanese
From Japanese 闇 (Yami) meaning "darkness" 川(Kawa) meaning "river", the name basically means "Dark river"
YAMPILSKIY Ukrainian (Rare)
This was used by people originating from any of various Ukrainian settlements by the name of "Yampil".
YANAGI Japanese
Means "willow" in Japanese.
YANAGIMOTO Japanese
Yanagi means "Willow" and Moto means "Source, Root, Origin."
YANAGISAWA Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning "willow" and 沢 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
YANAI Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 内 (nai or uchi) "inside."
YANDARBIEV Chechen
Variant transcription of YANDARBIYEV.
YANDARBIYEVA Chechen
Feminine spelling of Yandarbiyev.
YÁÑEZ Spanish
Patronymic of JUAN.
YANNOTTA American
Possibly a variant of Iannotta.
YANQI Chinese
Yanqi is/ was a county of China. It is also the surname of Mao Yanqi, also known as VAVA.
YANTORNO Italian
Derived from the word torno which in Italian means "around".
YAOYOROZU Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "one hundred", 百 (o) meaning "one hundred", and 万 (yorozu) meaning "ten thousand"
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
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in England named Yardley, derived from Old English gierd meaning "branch, twig, 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".
YASIN Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name YASIN.
YASMIN Bengali, Urdu
From the given name YASMIN.
YASSIN Arabic
From the given name YASIN.
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
YAUN Dutch (Americanized)
Americanized form of JAHN.
YAVOROV Bulgarian
Means "son of YAVOR" in Bulgarian.
YAVUZ Turkish
Means "stern, tough" in Turkish.
YAW Irish, English, Chinese
Irish: reduced and altered Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eochadha Chinese : Cantonese variant of Qiu.
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
Variant transcription of Yazbek.
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]
YEFET Hebrew
From the given name YEFET. (see Japheth)
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.
YELICH Serbian (Anglicized, Rare)
Yelich is an Anglicized spelling of the last name JELIĆ.
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.
YEMELYANOV Russian
Means "son of YEMELYAN".
YEMELYANOVA Russian
Feminine spelling of YEMELYANOV.
YERMOLAEV Russian
Variant transcription of YERMOLAYEV.
YERMOLAYEV Russian
Means "son of YERMOLAI".
YESAYAN Armenian
Means "son of Yesay".
YESMIN Bengali
Variant of YASMIN.
YETTS English
Variant of YATES
YEUKAI Shona
Yeukai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins.
YEVDOKIMOV Russian
Means "son of YEVDOKIM".
YEVDOKIMOVA Russian
Feminine spelling of YEVDOKIMOV.
YEVSTIGNEYEVA Russian
Feminine transcription of YEVSTIGNEYEV.
YEWDALE English
Derived from Yewdale, which is the name of a village near the town of Skelmersdale in Lancashire. Its name means "valley of yew trees", as it is derived from Middle English ew meaning "yew tree" combined with Middle English dale meaning "dale, valley".... [more]
YIANNOPOULOS Greek
Means son of YIANNI, a famous bearer of this name is Milo Yiannopolous (1983-).
YILDIRIM Turkish
From the given name YILDIRIM.
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.
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."
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".
YOSHINAGA Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "good luck" and 永 (naga) meaning "perpetual, eternal".
YOSHINUMA Japanese
Yoshi means "Lucky, Fortunate" and Numa means "Swamp". A notable bearer is Shinobu Yoshinuma, an anime producer.
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]
YOUNGSON English
Means "son of YOUNG".
YOUSAFZAI Pashto
Means "son of YUSUF" in Pashto. A notable bearer is Malala Yousafzai (1997-), a Pakistani education and human rights activist and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
YOUSEF Arabic
From the given name YUSUF.
YOUSEFI Persian
Derived from the given name YOUSEF.
YOUSFI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name YUSUF.
YOUSSEF Arabic
From the given name YOUSSEF.
YOUSUF Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name YUSUF.
YOUSUFZAI Pashto
Alternate transcription of YOUSAFZAI.
YOVEL Hebrew
Means "jubilee" or "anniversary" in Hebrew, usually refers to a 50 years anniversary.
YOW Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of YAO or RAO.
YUBUZA Dungan
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from an Arabic name.
YÜCE Turkish
Turkish surname derived from the word yüce meaning "lofty, gracious, noble, eminent".
YUDIN Russian
Means "son of YUDA".
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]
YUKI Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 結城 (see YUUKI).
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, ascend" in Turkish.
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.
YUMENO Japanese
yumeno means "dream field" the kanji used for this name are 夢 (yume) meaning " dream" and 野 (no) meaning "field".
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 (Spanish), Native American
Derived from Quechua yupanki meaning "accountant".
YURCHAK Polish (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Polish JURCZAK.
YUSIFOV Azerbaijani
Means “son of Yusif”.
YUSOF Malaysian, Malay
From the given name YUSOF, a variant of JOSEPH used as a patronymic and surname.
YUSUFOV Tajik, Uzbek, Dagestani
Means "son of YUSUF".
YUSUFZAI Pashto
Alternate 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.
YUSUPOVA Uzbek, Avar, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Chechen, Jewish
Feminine transcription of YUSUPOV, the surname of a Russian family of nobility of Crimean Tatar ancestry. It is also used by Central Asian Jews.
YUUKI Japanese
From Japanese 結 (yuu) meaning "tie, bind" and 城 (ki) meaning "castle".
YUUMA Japanese
From the Japanese 遊 (yu) "recreation," "fun" and 馬 (uma, ma or ba) "horse."
YUZURIHARA Japanese
Means "the field of the gentle Village". From the Japanese words Yasuri (gentle village) and Hara (plain, field).
YVENSON English
Meaning, "son of EVAN" or "son of IVAN."
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