Yaw name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Yaw

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 submissions from North Carolina, U.S. agree the name Yaw means "Born on Thursday" and is of African origin.
  2. 2 people from Ghana and the United Kingdom agree the name Yaw is of Akan origin and means "Thursday born".
  3. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Yaw is of Akan origin and means "Born on a Thursday".
  4. A submission from Ghana says the name Yaw means "Kind hearted, Thursday born, free minded person, easily get hurt, God fearing" and is of African origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Yaw
To rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works.

Etymology: Cf. Yew (v. i.)

verb Yaw
To steer wild, or out of the line of her course; to deviate from her course, as when struck by a heavy sea; -- said of a ship.

Etymology: Cf. Prov. G. gagen to rock, gageln to totter, shake, Norw. gaga to bend backward, Icel. gagr bent back, gaga to throw the neck back

noun Yaw
A movement of a vessel by which she temporarily alters her course; a deviation from a straight course in steering.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An erratic deflection from an intended course
  2. Swerve off course momentarily ("the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it")
  3. Deviate erratically from a set course ("the yawing motion of the ship")
  4. Be wide open

Unknown, first attested in the mid-16th century. Compare to yar.

  1. The rotation of an aircraft, ship, or missile about its vertical axis so as to cause the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, ship, or missile to deviate from the flight line or heading in its horizontal plane.
  2. The angle between the longitudinal axis of a projectile at any moment and the tangent to the trajectory in the corresponding point of flight of the projectile.
  3. An act of yawing.
  4. (nautical) A vessel's motion rotating about the vertical axis, so the bow yaws from side to side; a characteristic of unsteadiness.
  5. The extent of yawing, the rotation angle about the vertical axis
    the of an aircraft

yaw was also found in the following language(s): Kalasha, Matal, and Middle English

Notable Persons Named Yaw

Notable Persons Named Yaw

Yaw Yeboah

Yaw Yeboah is a soccer player for the Lille OSC and Manchester City F.C. Yaw was born on March 28th, 1997 in Ghana.

Yaw Preko

Yaw Preko is a soccer player for the Accra Hearts of Oak SC, Gaziantepspor, Fenerbahçe S.K., Yimpaş Yozgatspor, Halmstads BK, Ettifaq FC, Hoàng Anh Gia Lai F.C., and Ghana national football team. Yaw was born on September 8th, 1974 in Ghana.

Yaw Shin Leong

Yaw was born on June 2nd, 1976. Yaw is also known as 饶欣龙.

Yaw Frimpong

Yaw Frimpong is a soccer player for the TP Mazembe, West African Football Academy, ASEC Mimosas, and Asante Kotoko SC. Yaw was born on December 4th, 1986 in Accra.

Yaw Osafo-Maafo

Yaw Osafo-Maafo is a Minister for Finance, Economic Planning, Minister for Education, and Sports. He was most prominent from 1997 to 2009.

Yaw Osei-Owusu

Yaw Osei-Owusu is a gospel music and urban contemporary gospel singing and songwriter. He was most prominent from 2011 to present. Yaw was born in Croydon.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Yaw

Notable Persons With the Last Name Yaw

Wee Cho Yaw

Wee Cho Yaw is a chairman emeritus and united overseas bank. Wee was born as the child of Wee Kheng Chiang in 1929.

Eugene Yaw

Eugene was born on February 26th, 1943 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania.

Joachim Yaw

Joachim was born on November 2nd, 1973 in Accra.

AJ Nelson

AJ Nelson is a hiplife and hip hop rapping. His ongoing career started in 2009. AJ was given the name Agyei Nelson Yaw on May 5th, 1985 in Dormaa Ahenkro. AJ is also known as AJ Nelson, Agyei, and Nelson Yaw.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yaw U.S.
  White 78.23% 64.26%
  African American 9.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.03% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yaw

People with the last name Yaw are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Yaw

  • How Popular is the name Yaw? Yaw is the 20,555th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yaw was the 18,766th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yaw have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 354 babies born with the first name Yaw in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yaw to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yaw? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Yaw first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yaw is Saturday, April 10th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Yaw born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yaw was in 1997 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Yaw Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yaw is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Yaw: The name spelled backwards is Way. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wya. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yaw? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,461 people with the last name Yaw.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yaw? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Yaw as their last name since less than 1 person in 200k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Yaw name meaning

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