Yao-ji

Yao-ji is the name of a goddess in Chinese mythology, a mountain goddess of Wu Mountain. Yao-ji is also a Chinese given name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: yáo 瑶 “jade; mother-of-pearl” + jī 姬 “beauty; imperial concubine” (瑶姬); *female only yào 耀 “shine, dazzle, brilliant” + jī 基 “base; foundation” (耀基); yáo 姚 “handsome, elegant” + jī 基“base;…

York

York comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from the city of York in northern England. The name was originally named from Latin Eboracum meaning “yew tree place” which comes from Proto-Celtic *eburos “yew”, combined with the Proto-Celtic possessive suffix *-ākos. The name later became associated with Old English Eoforwic meaning “boar settlement” or “boar village”…

Yuna

Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: it means “night, evening” in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (由奈); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 那 “what?” (由那); yu 優 “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (優奈) yu 結 “tie, bind, join, organize” + na 愛 “love,…

Yadira

Yadira is a Spanish female name of unknown origin. It’s possible that it derives from an Arabic name but if so, it’s unknown. Apparently the name became popular in Mexico in the 1940s due to the actress Yadira Jiménez. Origin: unknown, possibly Arabic Variants: Yadirah Yadeera Yadeerah Yadyra Yadyrah Yadhira   Male forms: Yadir Yadeer…

Yvette

Yvette is a French female name, the feminine form of Yves, the French form of Ivo, which derives from Germanic element iv meaning “yew” via Proto-Germanic *īhwaz, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that the name comes from a Proto-Celtic source, *iwos (yew), which is a cognate of Proto-Germanic *īhwaz. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic Variants: Ivette (Spanish) Evette (English) Yvetta (English, Czech)…

Ylva

Ylva is a Swedish and Norwegian female name meaning “she-wolf” which comes from Old Norse úlfr (wolf) via Proto-Germanic *wulfaz derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Úlfa (Icelandic)   Male forms: Ulf (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Úlfr (Ancient Scandinavian) Úlfur (Icelandic) Uffe (Danish)  

Yuma

Yuma is a Japanese unisex name (though far more popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 遊 “play” + ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” (遊真); yu 裕 “abundant; rich; fertile” + ma 馬 “horse” (裕馬); yu 優 “tenderness; excel; surpass; tenderness, gentleness” + ma 馬 “horse” (優馬); yu 雄 “male, masculine; hero; leader; superiority; excellence” + ma 磨 “polish; grind; brush (teeth)” (雄磨); yu 悠 “permanence; distant; long time;…

Yanyu

Yanyu is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the Cinese characters used: yan 延 “to prolong, to stretch, to extend; to delay” + yu 遇 “to meet, to come across; to encounter”; *used for boys only yan 烟 “smoke; mist” + yu 雨 (rain), meaning “misty rain” *girls only yan 燕 “swallow (bird) + yu 玉 “jade” meaning “swallow jade”; *used for girls…

Yarrow

Yarrow is the name of several plants in the genus Achillea, used for many kinds of medicinal purposes. Its genus name, Achillea, is named after the Greek hero Achilles, who carried it with him on the battlefield to treat wounds. It comes from Old English ġearwe (yarrow) via Proto-Germanic *garwō (yarrow), perhaps a cognate of Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (yellow) which derives from a PIE…