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

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Yale

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  1. A university in Connecticut
  2. English philanthropist who made contributions to a college in Connecticut that was renamed in his honor (1649-1721)
  1. A university in the eastern United States.
  2. A romanisation scheme originating from Yale University.
    1. A romanisation scheme designed for Mandarin.
    2. A romanisation scheme designed for Cantonese.
    3. A romanisation scheme designed for Japanese.
    4. A romanisation scheme designed for Korean.

Notable Persons Named Yale

Notable Persons Named Yale

Yale Patt

Yale Galanter

Yale was born on December 3rd, 1956.

Yale Summers

Yale was born on July 26th, 1933. He died on May 6th, 2012.

Yale Lary

Yale Lary is a football player. Yale was born on November 24th, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Yale Kamisare

Yale was born on August 29th, 1929.

Yale Gracey

Yale Gracey was an animator, walt disney imagineering, and imagineer. He was most prominent from 1939 to 1975. Yale was born Yale Gracey on September 3rd, 1910 in Shanghai. He breathed his last breath on September 5th, 1983.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Yale

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yale

Elihu Yale

Elihu Yale was a President of Fort St George. His career lasted from 1684 to 1685. Elihu was born on April 5th, 1649 in Boston. He breathed his last breath on July 8th, 1721.

Brian Yale

Brian Yale is a rock music musician. He plays Bass guitar and Gibson Thunderbird. Brian was given the name Brian Joseph Yale on November 14th, 1968 in United States.

Jr. Linus Yale

Jr. Linus Yale was an inventor, mechanical engineer, businessman, and mechanical engineering. Jr. was born as the child of Linus Yale and Sr. on April 4th, 1821 in Salisbury, New York, United States. They left this life on December 25th, 1868.

Kim Yale

Kim Yale is a comics creator.

Linus Yale

Linus was born on April 27th, 1797 in Middletown, Connecticut. They died on August 8th, 1858.

William Hall Yale

William Hall Yale was a Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from the 2nd district, Member of the Minnesota State Senate from the 15th district, Member of the Minnesota State Senate from the 8th district, Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Member of the Minnesota Stat. William was born on November 12th, 1831 in New Haven, Connecticut. He breathed his last breath on January 25th, 1917.

  • Kaka Mallam Yale
    National Senator
  • John R Yale
  • Charles H Yale

Common last names for Yale

  • Cohen
  • Smith
  • Goldberg

Common first names for Yale

  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Mary
  • William
  • James
  • Helen
  • Harry
  • Ruth
  • Edward
  • Elizabeth
  • Donald
  • Paul

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yale U.S.
  White 92.01% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yale

People with the last name Yale are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Yale

  • How Popular is the name Yale? Yale is the 8,792nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Yale was the 12,830th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yale have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,404 babies born with the first name Yale in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yale to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yale? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1908 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Yale first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yale is Thursday, April 15th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Yale born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yale was in 1929 with a total of 29 babies.
  • Random Yale Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yale is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 9 babies in New York have the same name in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Yale: The name spelled backwards is Elay. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Leya. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yale? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,402 people with the last name Yale.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yale? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Yale as their last name since less than 1 person in 123k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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