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Baby Names That Start With Y

Baby Names That Start With Y

Baby names that start with Y are beautiful but uncommon, with only ten ranking in the US Top 1000. The most common Y name for girls is Yaretzi, an Aztec name with the covetable meaning "you will always be loved." For boys, the Arabic name Yusuf tops the list — this and spelling variation Yousef rank considerably higher in England.

Along with Yaretzi, other girl names beginning with Y in the US Top 1000 include Yara, Yareli, and Yamileth. In addition to Yusuf, other boy names starting with Y in the US Top 1000 include Yosef, Yousef, Yahir, Yehuda, and Yael.

Unique names with the Y initial include prepster names Yardley, Yale, Yeats, and York. Among the international options we recommend are the Russian Yasha, Japanese Yoko, Arabic Yasir, and Israeli Yonit and Yarden, the original name from which Jordan derived.

Featured here is our comprehensive menu of names that start with Y. You also might want to check out our lists of Girl Names That Start With Y, Boy Names That Start With Y, or Unisex Names That Start With Y.

YaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "friend, helper"
  • Description:

    The multicultural Yara is also the name of a beautiful green-skinned Brazilian goddess and might make a more unusual spin on Mara or Sara.

YasminHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "jasmine flower"
  • Description:

    This name, whose sweet and fragrant floral essence has always been widespread across the Near Eastern world, has now landed on US popularity lists in a variety of spellings. It's been dropping precipitously over the past few years, though, perhaps due to a combination of tensions in the Middle East and the fading fashion status of Jasmine itself.

YareliHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American, Spanish variation of Yara, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "water lady; small butterfly"
  • Description:

    Possibly a derivative variation of Yara, a popular name in Spanish-speaking countries meaning butterfly, Yareli was given to more than 400 baby girls in the US last year.

YaretziHeart

  • Origin:

    Nahuatl, Aztec
  • Meaning:

    "you will always be loved"
  • Description:

    This unusual name from the Nahuatl or Aztec language has one of the best meanings around. It sprang onto the US popularity list in 2006 and made a brief appearance in the Top 300 before sliding down a bit. It's popular in Mexico and with US Americans of Latino or Hispanic heritage, hitting on two big girl name trends in those communities: Ya- beginnings and -i endings.

YusufHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic variation of Joseph, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah increases"
  • Description:

    In the US, Yousef is a less commonly used spelling.

YahirHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "he will enlighten"
  • Description:

    This Hebrew and Arabic name hit the US Top 300 in 2004 via an unusual inspiration: A Mexican pop singer and telenovela star known simply as Yahir. The star was named after a Brazilian soccer player.

YamilethHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    This beautiful and fresh name has a timeless meaning. Its popular -eth ending ensures it sits well with traditional names like Judith and Elizabeth, while its uncommon Y beginning makes it a good choice for parents looking for unique baby names. We think this name is a pretty alternative to the tired Yasmin/Yasmeen and the minimalist Yara.

YosefHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God shall add"
  • Description:

    A widely used Hebrew form of Joseph, with a sophisticated and continental air.

YehudaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Yehudah
  • Description:

    This modernized version of Yehudah could be assimilated further by making it Judah. The name is traditionally given to boys born at Chanukah. It first appeared on the US Top 1000 in 2001.

YousefHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, variation of Yusuf
  • Description:

    In the US, the more traditional Yusuf is more popular choice.