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Yi

Last Name
18k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Yi

User Submitted Origins

Chinese
88%
Korean
13%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Yi means "Pure capitalist benefit with no reprecussions" and is of Chinese origin.
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  1. A Loloish language
Wiktionary

From Mandarin (yí).

  1. Any of a family of Tibeto-Burman languages spoken by this people.
  2. An ethnic group who live primarily in mountainous areas of southwest China.

Borrowed from Korean (I) (based on the South Korean spelling), hanja: , also spelled (Ri), especially in North Korea.

  1. A Korean surname​. Equivalent to Chinese 李 ()

Borrowed from Mandarin (yì).

  1. A surname​.

    Yi was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

    Notable Persons Named Yi

    Notable Persons Named Yi

    Yi Jianlian

    Yi Jianlian is a basketball player for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, → Texas Legends, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, and Dallas Mavericks in the Chinese Basketball Association. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. Yi was born on October 27th, 1984 in Heshan, Guangdong.

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    Yi Won

    Yi Won is royalty. His career lasted from 2005 to 2005. Yi was born on September 23rd, 1962 in Hyehwa-dong.

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    Yi Gu

    Yi Gu was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1970 to 1970. Yi was born as the child of Yi Un and Yi Bangja on December 29th, 1931 in Kitashirakawa Palace , Kioicho, Kojimachiku, Tokyo, Japan. He breathed his last breath on July 16th, 2005.

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    Yi Ha-eung

    Yi Ha-eung was royalty. He holds the title Heungseon Daewongun and 흥선대원군 興宣大院君. His most notable accomplishments were from 1863 to 1873. Yi was born on December 21st, 1820. He left this life on February 22nd, 1898.

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    Yi Haewŏn

    Her most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to 2006. Yi was born as the child of Yi Kang on April 24th, 1919 in Sadong Palace, Seoul, Japanese Korea. Yi is also known as 李海瑗 and 이해원.

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    Yi Seok

    Yi Seok is royalty. Yi was born as the child of Yi Kang on August 3rd, 1941 in Sadong Palace, Seoul.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Yi

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Yi

    Charlyne Yi

    Charlyne Yi is an actress, comedian, musician, writer, and actor. She was most active from 2006 to present. Charlyne was given the name Charlyne Amanda Yi on January 4th, 1986 in Los Angeles.

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    Wei Yi

    He holds the title Grandmaster and Grandmaster (chess). Wei was born on June 2nd, 1999 in Yancheng, Jiangsu, China.

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    Wang Yi

    Wang Yi is a Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director of theTaiwan Affairs Office, Ambassador to Japan, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, and China–Japan relations. Wang was born on October 19th, 1953 in Beijing, China.

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    Lu Yi

    He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Lu was born on January 6th, 1976 in Shanghai.

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    Annie Yi

    Annie Yi is an artist.

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    Wu Yi

    Wu Yi is a Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China. Wu was born in Wuhan.

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    • Lego Lee
      Actor
    • Chen Yi
      Military Person
    • Daphne Khoo
      Musician
    • Ho Yi
      Actor
    • Cheng Yi
    • Alex Yi
      Soccer Player
    • Sham Yen Yi
    • Yuanji Yi
    • Jian Yi
      Film Director
    • Qin Yi
    • Fang Yi
      State Councilor of China
    • Zhao Yi
    • Tian Yi
      Imperial Court Eunuch
    • Donghwi Yi

    Common last names for Yi

    • Chen
    • Huang
    • Lin
    • Li
    • Yang
    • Liu

    Common first names for Yi

    • Chong
    • Yong
    • Sun
    • Young
    • C
    • Sang
    • S
    • Jung
    • Chun
    • Chae
    • Kyong
    • Su

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Yi U.S.
      White 1.41% 64.26%
      African American 0.18% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.45% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.03% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.80% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Yi

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

    Entire United States

    Fun Facts about the name Yi

  1. What name lists does Yi rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Yi? Yi is the 20,409th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yi was the 2,011th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Yi have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 358 babies born with the first name Yi in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yi to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Yi? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  5. When was Yi first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yi is Saturday, September 11th, 1886.
  6. What year had the most people named Yi born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yi was in 2018 with a total of 24 babies.
  7. Random Yi Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yi is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 8 babies in New York have the same name in 2007.
  8. Weird things about the name Yi: The name spelled backwards is Iy. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Yi. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Yi? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,934 people with the last name Yi.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yi? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Yi as their last name.
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