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

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Yair

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Israel says the name Yair means "Light, hope".
  2. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Yair is of Hebrew origin and means "Light".
  3. A submission from Texas, U.S. says the name Yair means "Angel" and is of Spanish origin.
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Transliteration of Hebrew יַאִיר‎, meaning "he will light up".

  1. A male given name from Hebrew

Notable Persons Named Yair

Notable Persons Named Yair

Yair Rodríguez

Yair was born on October 6th, 1992 in Parral, Chihuahua.

Jonah Lotan

Jonah Lotan is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Jonah was given the name Yair Lotan on July 3rd, 1973 in Jerusalem. Jonah is also known as Lotan and Yair.

Yair Klein

Yair Golan

His military service ended in 1980. Yair was born in 1962 in Rishon LeZion.

Yair Auron

Yair was born on April 30th, 1945.

Yair Shamir

Yair was born on May 18th, 1945.

  • Yair Dalal
  • Yair Tauman
  • Yair Nitzani
  • Yair Qedar
  • Yair Garbuz
  • Yair Censor
  • Yair Galily

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yair

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yair

Zvi Yair

Zvi was born in 1915. He died in 2005.

Ben Ben Yair

Ben Ben Yair is a soccer player for the Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon F.C., Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C., Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim F.C., Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C., and Hapoel Petah Tikva F.C. Ben was born on December 23rd, 1992 in Beit Shemesh.


Fun Facts about the name Yair

  • How Popular is the name Yair? Yair is the 4,320th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Yair have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,242 babies born with the first name Yair in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yair to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yair? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1976 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Yair first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yair is Wednesday, April 10th, 1901.
  • What year had the most people named Yair born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yair was in 2006 with a total of 311 babies.
  • Random Yair Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yair is not a popular baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, only 8 babies in New Jersey have the same name in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Yair: The name spelled backwards is Riay. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Yair. How do you pronounce that?
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