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Boy Names Starting with Y

Boy names starting with Y are a rare and exotic bunch. Yusuf, Yosef and Yousef — all international forms of the Biblical classic Joseph — are the three most popular Y boy names in the US today, all ranking in the Top 800 names for baby boys.

Along with Yusuf and its variants, Y starters Yahir, Yehuda and Yael also make the US Top 1000 for boys. In England and Wales, Y boys’ names are relatively widespread: Yahya, Yunus, Yaqub, Yaseen, Yasin, Yuvraj, Yasir, Yanis, Yuvan and Yasha are just some of the Y names ranking in the British Top 1000.

Fun fact: Y names for boys were a runaway success in Cuba in the 70s and 80s, when so many little Yoanis, Yulieskis, Yuniers and others were born that they have been dubbed “Generación Y”. Not so in the US, where boy names beginning with Y retain their distinctive, quietly quirky appeal, and make a good choice for parents looking for a unique baby boy name for a son.

Homegrown Y boys’ names include place names York and Yale, and nature-inspired Yarrow and Yardley.

The entire collection of boy names beginning with Y on Nameberry is fetaured here. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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Top Boy Names Starting with Y

  • Yusuf

    In the US, Yousef is a less commonly used spelling. In England and Wales, both variants are even more popular.Read More 

  • Yosef

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

  • Yousef

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

  • Yahir

    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.Read More 

  • Yehuda

    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.Read More 

  • Yael

    A common unisex name in Israel, , more properly written as Ya'el. Read More