Yahya name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Yahya mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Yahya

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)
Aztec (Nahuatl)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Egypt says the name Yahya is of Jewish origin and means "Live. the first Yahya was prophet Yahya son of prophet Zakaria".
  2. According to 3 people from all over the world, the name Yahya is of Arabic origin and means "Lively".
  3. According to a user from Canada, the name Yahya is of Arabic origin and means "living".
  4. According to a user from Austria, the name Yahya is of Arabic origin and means "To be live".
  5. A user from Syrian Arab Republic says the name Yahya is of Arabic origin and means "To be live/lively".
  6. A submission from Germany says the name Yahya means "something like a lively person" and is of Arabic origin.
  7. A user from Italy says the name Yahya is of Islamic / Muslim origin and means "Name of a prophet".
  8. A user from Singapore says the name Yahya is of African origin and means "God is gracious".
  9. A submission from the United Arab Emirates says the name Yahya means "Almighty" and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
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From Arabic يَحْيَى‎ (yaḥyā), equivalent to John in the Qur'an.

  1. A male given name from Arabic.

Yahya was also found in the following language(s): Turkish

Notable Persons Named Yahya

Notable Persons Named Yahya

Yahya Jammeh

Yahya Jammeh is a President of the Gambia and List of heads of state of the Gambia. His military service ended in 1996. Yahya was born on May 25th, 1965 in Kanilai.

Yahya Khan

Yahya Khan was a 3rd President of Pakistan. His military service ended in 1971. Yahya was born on February 4th, 1917 in Chakwal. He left this life on August 10th, 1980.

Yahya Ayyash

Yahya was born on February 22nd, 1966 in Rafat, Salfit. He died on January 5th, 1996.

Yahya Petra

Yahya Petra was royalty. He holds the title Sultan of Kelantan. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to 1979. Yahya was born as the child of Ibrahim IV of Kelantan on December 10th, 1917 in Kota Bharu. He left this life on March 29th, 1979.

Yahya Rahim Safavi

Yahya Rahim Safavi is a military person.

Yahya Hassan

Yahya Hassan is a poetry poet. Yahya was born on May 19th, 1995 in Aarhus.

  • Yahya Golmohammadi
    Soccer Player
  • Yahya Kemal Beyatlı
  • Yahya Al-Shehri
    Soccer Player
  • Yahya ibn Ali ibn Hammud al-Mu'tali
  • Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghef
  • Yahya Kamalipour
  • Yahya Merchant
  • Yahya Ale Eshaq
    Minister of Commerce
  • Yahya Al Bishri
  • Yahya Adl

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yahya

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yahya

Sultan Yahya

Sultan was born as the child of Murad III in 1585 in Constantinople. He passed away in 1649.

Rani Yahya

Rani was born on September 12th, 1984 in Brasília.

Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya

Abd was born in 1965.

Tahir Yahya

Tahir Yahya is an office holder.

Dukaginzâde Yahyâ

Dukaginzâde was born in 1498 in Pljevlja. He breathed his last breath in 1582.

Al-Hadi ila'l-Haqq Yahya

He was most prominent from 897 to present. Al-Hadi was born in Medina. He left this life on August 19th, 0911.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yahya U.S.
  White 57.37% 64.26%
  African American 15.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 17.36% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yahya

People with the last name Yahya are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Yahya

  • How Popular is the name Yahya? Yahya is the 5,574th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yahya was the 22,989th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yahya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,834 babies born with the first name Yahya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yahya to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yahya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Yahya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yahya is Sunday, December 23rd, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Yahya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yahya was in 2017 with a total of 230 babies.
  • Random Yahya Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yahya is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Yahya: The name spelled backwards is Ayhay. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ahyay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yahya? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,112 people with the last name Yahya.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yahya? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Yahya as their last name since less than 1 person in 263k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Yahya name meaning

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