Yanna, Yana

Yanna is a Greek female name, a variant transcription of Gianna, itself an Italian diminutive of Giovanna which is the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. Gianna is also a modern Greek variant of Ioanna, the Greek form of Joanna (also derived from the source above). I've also seen Yanna listed as a …

Yeva

Yeva is the Russian and Armenian form of Eva, the Latinate form of Eve which comes from Ancient Greek Eúa via Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. Origin: Hebrew Variants Eve (English) Hawa (Arabic) Eua (Biblical Greek) Chawwah (Biblical Hebrew) Chava (Hebrew) Hava (Modern Hebrew) Khava (Chechen, Ingush) Evi (Modern Greek, Dutch, German) Eeva (Finnish) Eevi (Finnish) Ève (French) Éva (Hungarian) …

Yardley

Yardley comes from an English surname, originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Yardley. The name is made up either from Old English gerd, gyrd (stick, rod; unit of measurement) or Old English geard (enclosure; yard, garden) combined with lēah (wood, woodland, clearing, meadow), so the name would essentially mean "enclosed woodland" or …

Yuval

Yuval is a Hebrew unisex name, the Hebrew form of Jubal, a Hebrew male name meaning “stream” though it could also be related to a word meaning “ram” or “ram’s horn trumpet”. In the Old Testament, Jubal was a descendant of Cain and the first person to be a musician. Origin: Hebrew Male forms: Jubal (Hebrew) Ioubal (Biblical …

Yelena

Yelena is a Russian female name, the Russian form of Helen which comes from Ancient Greek Helene, a name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. …

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. Edited 2/15/2020- According to the amazing person at Legitimate Baby Names, Yadira is the Spanish form of …

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)