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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Yan

User Submitted Origins

Kazakh (Kazakhstan)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Yan means "gorgeous".
  2. A user from Minnesota, U.S. says the name Yan is of Chinese origin and means "Colored lights".
  3. A user from North Carolina, U.S. says the name Yan is of English origin and means "One".
  4. A submission from Brazil says the name Yan means "God's grace" and is of Bulgarian origin.
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From the pinyin romanization of the Mandarin pronunciation of Chinese (Yān)

  1. (historical) An ancient march, duchy, and kingdom of northeastern China during the Zhou dynasty
  2. (historical) The realm of this land under later imperial Chinese dynasties
  3. (geography) A mountain chain in northeastern China.

Yan was also found in the following language(s): Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Yan

Notable Persons Named Yan

Yan Gomes

Yan Gomes is a baseball for the Cleveland Indians. Yan was born on July 19th, 1987 in São Paulo.

Yan Yikuan

He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Yan was born on January 24th, 1979 in Shanghai. Yan is also known as Yan Kuan and Kevin Yan.

Yan Xishan

Yan Xishan was a Premier of the Republic of China. His military service ended in 1949. Yan was born on August 8th, 1883 in Xinzhou. He passed away on July 22nd, 1960.

Yan Fu

He holds the title President of Fudan University and President ofFudan University. Yan was born on January 8th, 1854 in Houguan, Fujian, Qing China. He died on October 27th, 1921.

Yan Bingtao

Yan was born on February 16th, 2000.

Yan Cabral

Yan was born on May 13th, 1983 in Rio de Janeiro.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Yan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yan

Aaron Yan

Aaron Yan is a mandopop singing, actor, lyricist, musician, presenter, testimonial, and model (people). He plays Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Flute, Oboe, Xiao, Violin, Drum kit, Western concert flute, and Xiao (flute). He was most prominent from 2005 to 2005. Aaron was born on November 20th, 1985 in Taiwan. Aaron is also known as Arron and Abu (阿布).

Jerry Yan

Jerry Yan is a mandopop and taiwanese pop actor, singing, and model (people). He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 2000.

Mo Yan

Mo Yan is a writer. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Mo was given the name Guan Moye on February 17th, 1955 in Gaomi.

Rico Yan

Rico Yan was an actor, model, host, businessman, spokesperson, model (people), presenter, and businessperson. He was most active from 1995 to 2002. Rico was given the name Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan on March 14th, 1975 in Pasig. Rico is also known as Corics, Ric, and Mr. Dimple. He died on March 29th, 2002.

Martin Yan

Martin Yan is a chef. Martin was born on December 22nd, 1948 in Guangzhou, China.

Crazybarby Leni Lan Yan

She was most active from 2000 to present. Crazybarby was born in Shanghai.

  • Sima Yan
  • Xiao Yan
  • Han Yan
  • Lianke Yan
  • Geling Yan
  • Zhang Yan
  • Xuetong Yan
  • Jin Yan
  • Esteban Yan
    Baseball Player
  • Xiong Yan
  • He Yan
  • Xia Yan
  • Jack Yan
  • Li Yan

Common last names for Yan

  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Li
  • Huang
  • Zhang
  • Cheng

Common first names for Yan

  • Mei

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yan U.S.
  White 2.97% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yan

People with the last name Yan are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Yan

  • How Popular is the name Yan? Yan is the 11,987th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yan was the 3,182nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 859 babies born with the first name Yan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yan to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Yan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yan is Saturday, August 14th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Yan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yan was in 2017 with a total of 35 babies.
  • Random Yan Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yan is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Florida have the same name in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Yan: The name spelled backwards is Nay. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,354 people with the last name Yan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Yan as their last name.
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