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Yen

Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Yen

User Submitted Origins

Vietnamese
67%
Chinese
22%
Korean
4%
Japanese
4%
English
4%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from Virginia, U.S. agree the name Yen is of Vietnamese origin and means "Strict, Silver, Peace".
  2. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Yen is of Chinese origin and means "Strict".
  3. A user from South Carolina, U.S. says the name Yen is of Chinese origin and means "Silver".
  4. A user from Canada says the name Yen is of Vietnamese origin and means "Peace".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Yen
The unit of value and account in Japan. The yen is equal to 100 sen. From Japan's adoption of the gold standard, in 1897, to about 1913 the value of the yen was about 50 cents. In 1997 and 1998 the value of the yen varied from 80 per U. S. dollar to 120 per dollar.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A yearning for something or to do something
  2. The basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen
  3. Have a desire for something or someone who is not present
Wiktionary
1000, 5000, and 10,000-yen notes
  1. The unit of Japanese currency (symbol: ¥) since 1871, divided into 100 sen.
  2. A coin or note worth one yen.

From Medhurst and Hepburn's romanizations, under the influence of earlier Portuguese romanizations, of Japanese (“round; round object; coin, esp. silver dollars”) as ye or yen, now (en), from Chinese 銀圓 (yínyuán, “silver round object(s), esp. Mexican silver dollars”). Cognate with Chinese (yuán, “monetary unit, esp. RMB”) and Korean (won, “North or South Korean won”).

  1. The unit of Japanese currency (symbol: ¥) since 1871, divided into 100 sen.
  2. A coin or note worth one yen.
A painting of an opium-smoker which used to hang in Ah Sing's opium den on Victoria Street in London, England.
  1. A strong desire, urge, or yearning.
    humankind's for knowledge

Uncertain, but probably from Cantonese (jan5, “craving”) originally in reference to opium addiction, Cantonese 煙癮 or 菸癮 (jin1-jan5). Compare later yen and yen-yen.

  1. A strong desire, urge, or yearning.
    humankind's for knowledge

From Chinese or Cantonese or (yān or jin1, “smoke, spec. opium”). Compare earlier yen and later yen-yen.

  1. opium

    yen was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, Ido, Koko-Bera, Spanish, and Volapük

    Notable Persons Named Yen

    Notable Persons Named Yen

    Yen Sid

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    Adeline Yen Mah

    Adeline Yen Mah is an author and physician. She holds the title Dr. Adeline Yen Mah. Adeline was given the name Yen Jun-ling on November 30th, 1937 in Tianjin. Adeline is also known as Adeline Mah, Adeline Yen, and Adeline Yen Mah.

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    Yen Santos

    Yen Santos is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2010. Yen was given the name Lilieyen Santos on November 20th, 1992.

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    Yen Hsing-su

    Yen Hsing-su is a basketball player. He was most active from 1995 to 2010. Yen was born on September 8th, 1976 in Taipei County , Taiwan.

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    Yen Teh-fa

    Yen Teh-fa is a 24th Chief of the General Staff of theRepublic of China Armed Forces, 5th Commander of theRepublic of China Army, and 6th Deputy Minister (Armaments) ofNational Defenseof theRepublic of China.

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    Yen Tan

    Yen Tan is a film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. Yen was born in 1975 in Malaysia.

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    • Yen Ming
      30th Minister of National Defenseof TheRepublic of China
    • Yen Shui-long

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Yen

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Yen

    Donnie Yen

    Donnie Yen is an actor, martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, chinese martial arts, and stage combat. He was most prominent from 1983 to 1983.

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    Yaki Yen

    Yaki Yen is a soccer player for the Changchun Yatai F.C., Atlético Granadilla, UD Pájara Playas de Jandía, and Chinese Taipei national football team. Yaki was born on April 21st, 1989 in Puerto del Rosario.

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    C. K. Yen

    C. K. Yen was a President of the Republic of China, Vice President of the Republic of China, Minister of Vocational Assistance Commission for Retired Servicemen of the Executive Yuan, Presidentof theRepublic of China, Vice Presidentof theRepublic of China, Premier of the. C. was born on October 23rd, 1905 in Suzhou. He left this life on December 24th, 1993.

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    Sheng Yen

    Sheng Yen was a religious. He holds the title Chan master and Zen master. Sheng was born on December 4th, 1930 in Shanghai. He died on February 3rd, 2009.

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    Cindy Yen

    Cindy Yen is a pop music, contemporary r&b, and dance-pop singing, songwriter, actor, dance, record producer, and composer. She was most active from 2009 to present. Cindy was born on November 14th, 1986 in Houston.

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    Cheng Yen

    Cheng Yen is a religious. She holds the title Venerable. Cheng was born on May 11th, 1937 in Qingshui, Taichung County , Taiwan.

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    Common last names for Yen

    • Nguyen
    • Wong
    • Le
    • Chang
    • Huang
    • Chen
    • Huynh

    Common first names for Yen

    • Chin
    • John

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Yen U.S.
      White 3.95% 64.26%
      African American 0.47% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 89.12% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 4.72% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.74% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Yen

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Yen

  1. How Popular is the name Yen? Yen is the 15,016th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yen was the 6,671st most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Yen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 601 babies born with the first name Yen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yen to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Yen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Yen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yen is Tuesday, December 10th, 1878.
  5. What year had the most people named Yen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yen was in 1982 with a total of 33 babies.
  6. Random Yen Factoid: According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yen is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 2000.
  7. Weird things about the name Yen: The name spelled backwards is Ney. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nye. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Yen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,066 people with the last name Yen.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yen? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Yen as their last name.
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