Gender: Female Meaning of Yvonne: "yew wood" Origin of Yvonne: French

Yvonne Origin and Meaning

The name Yvonne is a girl's name of French origin meaning "yew wood".

Yvonne conjures up visions of green eye shadow and leopard-printed polyester.

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Yvonne's International Variations

Ibona, Ibane (Basque) Ivone (Portuguese) Iwona, Iwonka (Polish) Ivona (Russian)


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I get that image with Claire more than Yvonne.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I prefer Vivian over Yvonne.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


The description is referring to performers' costumes.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I actually figured the description is referring to the costumes that performers wore during the era in which the name was popular.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


That's fine.

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


That doesn't mean everyone with this name is the same. I personally know an older lady named Yvonne who happens to be lovely.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


It's because my associations with this name is very unpleasant; I think of women who are low class and do drugs and drink lots of beer, or women who force religion. It's because I read an article about a woman named Yvonne who yelled at another woman for saying "OMG".

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


Why are you so obsessed with writing hate comments for this name? Who hurt you?

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


That's not always a bad thing.

Ursa_minor Says:


Yvonne peaked in 1937. If we look at the 100 year cycle, the idea that names come back every 100 years, we could see a rise in the use of Yvonne in 2037. People who use the name now will be trendsetters.

Ursa_minor Says:


I agree. The people who write the name descriptions often leave blatantly personal impressions instead of just providing more information on the name. I understand saying something to the affect of, "this name rings as dated to some". That would be more helpful than a description of some random unknown the writer once knew named Yvonne. People who follow naming trends understand that names come back in cycles. What was popular 100 years ago may comeback suddenly and quickly rise to the top. Yvonne could be one of them. It has appeal.

Ursa_minor Says:


It sounds like you've had a personal experience with an unpleasant person named Yvonne. I think the one who wrote the info for this name also had a negative personal experience with an Yvonne. I had an old, horrid teacher named Lavinia. I hated the name because she was the only Lavinia I knew. That was ages ago, and I don't associate the name with her anymore. I've learned to just listen to the sounds of the name and let go of personal associations. Yvonne is a beautiful name to me, as is Lavinia. Hopefully more people will see the beauty in Yvonne some day.

Ursa_minor Says:


Sooner or later, everything old is new again. I remember when beautiful classics like Rose, Sophie, Charlotte, Elanor, Hazel and Violet were considered "old lady" names. Yvonne may have middle aged associations for some, but the beginning I vowel and heavy V sound fit in with some names that are currently popular, such Ivy, Eve, or Vivian. To me, Yvonne is an underused, elegant, French beauty in the same vein as Delphine, Margaux and Sylvie. It's strong and feminine without being frilly. It also allows for the cute and coveted nickname Eve/Evie, or the tomboyish Von. I think Yvonne could be prime for a comeback on the 1000s list. Sure it won't be in the top 10 anytime soon, but that is part of its charm.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I get an image of a crazy middle aged woman

CherrieSue Says:


This name is classic and French. It originates from nature and it can be shortened to Eve and Evie, which are really sweet names, as well as being popular at the moment. Maybe it's not the most fashionable name, but there's no need to be so close-minded in its description.

thepianothatwaited Says:


Sorry to revive an old comment, but Vonny is such an adorable nickname

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love both this and Yvette. I agree with other comments here, that the description is unfair, as with many others on this site. I feel that some of them should be updated, to be more factual and descriptive, rather than rude and dismissive. Names like Fannie are apparently more usable than Yvonne, Julie or Sheryl??? I don't think so...! But if you went by these descriptions, that's what is being said. It's bizarre.

Coral89 Says:


I have always heard it pronounced "e-von".

Coral89 Says:


I LOVE this name. I always imagine a sophisticated, elegant, refined young woman. I don't know why it isn't more popular. I'm pregnant & find out the gender in a few weeks. If it's a girl, I'm proudly naming her Yvonne.

fromtheocean12 Says:


How is this pronounced?

Toronto87 Says:


This name is growing on me.

Toronto87 Says:


i find this name very sophisticated

Yessica Says:


I knew "yew wood"

iipostmvh Says:


Completely agree! I have no idea where that description is coming from. I suppose they are suggested the name is dated, but that's a very offensive way to say hey it's not that trendy.

EasterBunny Says:


My auntie's name was Yvonne. She was a spunky but gentle amazing lady.
We called her Auntie Eve or Auntie Vonny.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I love this name! (As you can see from my user name...)

I wish that they would change that description. I don't think of it like that at all.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Yeah, the image I get is a classy, sophisticated woman.

unicornluvgirl Says:


I think this name is pretty! The description kind of annoys me.