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

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Yancey

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Alt. Meaning

Y is for yippee, and the things that inspire you to yell it

A is for attractive, inside and out

N is for normal, step outside of the box!

C is for compassion, your finest side.

E is for eternal, your spirit will live.

Y is for young, the years never show!

Notable Persons Named Yancey

Notable Persons Named Yancey

Yancey Arias

Yancey Arias is a film, television, and stage actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Yancey was born on June 27th, 1971 in New York City, New York, U.S.

Yancey Thigpen

Yancey Thigpen is a football player for the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans. He was most prominent from 1991 to 2000. Yancey was born on August 15th, 1969 in Tarboro, North Carolina.


Yancey was born on January 3rd, 1912. She died on January 26th, 2008.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Yancey

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yancey

J Dilla

J Dilla was a hip hop music, neo soul, and hip hop production disc jockey, record producer, and rapping. He plays Turntablism, Music Production Center, E-mu SP-1200, Sampler (musical instrument), Drum machine, Keyboard instrument, Bass guitar, Synthesizer, Drum kit, Cello, Guitar, and Vocals. He was most active from 1993 to 2006. J was given the name James Dewitt Yancey on February 7th, 1974 in Detroit. J is also known as Jay Dee, Dilla Dawg, Yancey, and James Dewitt (birth name). He left this life on February 10th, 2006.

Scott Yancey

Scott Yancey is a ceo of goliath company, real estate broker, and television personality. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Scott was given the name Scott E. Yancey on July 9th, 1969 in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.

Philip Yancey

Illa J

Illa J is a hip hop music rapping, singing, record producer, and songwriter. He plays Phonograph, Music Production Center, Sampler (musical instrument), Drum machine, Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, Drum kit, Bass guitar, and Vocals. He was most active from 2004 to present. Illa was given the name John Derek Yancey on October 13th, 1986 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Illa is also known as Yancey and John Derek.

William Yancey

William Yancey was a from Alabama, Confederate States Senator, fromAlabama, and Congress of the Confederate States. William was born on August 10th, 1814 in Warren County, Georgia, US. He left this life on July 27th, 1863.

Jimmy Yancey

Jimmy Yancey was a boogie-woogie musician. He plays Piano. His career lasted from 1939 to 1950. Jimmy was given the name James Edwards Yancey on February 20th, 1894 in Chicago. He died on September 17th, 1951.

  • John F. Yancey
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  • Charles Yancey
  • Kemper Yancey

Common last names for Yancey

  • Smith
  • Moore
  • Williams
  • Lewis

Common first names for Yancey

  • James
  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Thomas
  • Willie
  • Dorothy
  • Annie
  • J
  • Edward
  • Frances
  • Martha

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yancey U.S.
  White 63.94% 64.26%
  African American 30.72% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.32% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.46% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yancey

People with the last name Yancey are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Yancey

  • How Popular is the name Yancey? Yancey is the 8,279th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yancey was the 2,656th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yancey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,530 babies born with the first name Yancey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yancey to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yancey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1894 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Yancey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yancey is Tuesday, August 15th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Yancey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yancey was in 1971 with a total of 48 babies.
  • Random Yancey Factoid: According to the 1961 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yancey is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Alabama have the same name in 1961.
  • Weird things about the name Yancey: The name spelled backwards is Yecnay. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ycayne. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yancey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,566 people with the last name Yancey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yancey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Yancey as their last name.
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