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254 Baby Names That Start With Y (With Meanings and Popularity)

254 Baby Names That Start With Y (With Meanings and Popularity)

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 than in the US.

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 that begin with the letter Y we recommend are the Russian Yasha, Japanese Yoko, Arabic Yasir, and Israeli Yonit and Yarden, the original name from which Jordan derived.

Here, our full selection of names that start with Y, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. YaraHeart
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "friend, helper"
  2. YvaineHeart
    • Origin:

      Female variation of Yvain or Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "evening star"
  3. YvetteHeart
    • Origin:

      French, feminine of Yves
    • Meaning:

      "yew tree"
  4. YvesHeart
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "yew wood"
  5. YunaHeart
    • Origin:

      Japanese, Breton, Korean, Chinese
  6. YvonneHeart
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "yew wood"
  7. YaretziHeart
    • Origin:

      Nahuatl, Aztec
    • Meaning:

      "you will always be loved"
  8. YariHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "gold"
  9. YasminHeart
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "jasmine flower"
  10. YokoHeart
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "good girl; ocean child"
  11. YelenaHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian variation of Helen
    • Meaning:

      "bright, shining one"
  12. YaelHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "ibex"
  13. YuiHeart
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "superior garment"
  14. YolandaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "violet flower"
  15. YahirHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew and Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "he will enlighten"
  16. YeseniaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish tree name
    • Meaning:

      "floral"
  17. YadielHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish variation of Yehudiel
    • Meaning:

      "God has heard"
  18. YoshiHeart
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "good, respectful"
  19. YannickHeart
    • Origin:

      Breton
    • Meaning:

      "God is gracious"
  20. YanaHeart
    • Origin:

      Slavic variation of Jana