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Young

Last Name
484k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Young

User Submitted Origins

English
67%
Korean
13%
Italian
7%
Cambodian
7%
Islamic/Muslim
7%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Trinidad and Tobago says the name Young means "Child or kid. ungrounded" and is of Islamic / Muslim origin.
  2. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Young means "Positive minded".
  3. A submission from Florida, U.S. says the name Young means "Loved" and is of English origin.
  4. According to a user from South Carolina, U.S., the name Young means "Youth forever and beautiful".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Young
Senses
  1. Not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; -- said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn."For he so young and tender was of age." [Chaucer.]"“Whom the gods love, die young,” has been too long carelessly said; . . . whom the gods love, live young forever." [Mrs. H. H. Jackson.]
  2. Being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree."While the fears of the people were young." [De Foe.]
  3. Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak."Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. yung yong ȝong ȝung, AS. geong; akin to OFries. iung iong, D. joing, OS., OHG., & G. jung, Icel. ungr, Sw. & Dan. ung, Goth. juggs, Lith. jaunas, Russ. iunuii, L. juvencus juvenis, Skr. juvaça juvan. √281. Cf. Junior Juniper Juvenile Younker Youth

noun Young
The offspring of animals, either a single animal or offspring collectively.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any immature animal
  2. Young people collectively ("rock music appeals to the young")
  3. United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)
  4. United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
  5. English poet (1683-1765)
  6. United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
  7. British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829)
  8. United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)
  9. United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
  10. (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity ("young corn")
  11. Not tried or tested by experience ("a young hand at plowing")
  12. Being in its early stage ("a young industry" and "the day is still young")
  13. (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth ("young people")
  14. Suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh ("he is young for his age")
Wiktionary
  1. A British distinguishing surname​ for the younger of two people having the same given name.
  2. A town in the region of the South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia.
  3. A village in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  4. An unincorporated community and census-designated place in Gila County, Arizona.
  5. An unincorporated community in Brown Township, Morgan County, Indiana.
  6. An unincorporated community in Jackson County, West Virginia.
  7. A city in the Rio Negro Department, Uruguay.

Young was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Young

Notable Persons Named Young

Young Thug

Young Thug is a hip hop music musician. He has been prominent since 2011. Young was given the name Jeffrey Lamar Williams on August 9th, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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Young Jeezy

Young Jeezy is a hip hop music rapping. He was most prominent from 1998 to 1998. Young was given the name Jay Wayne Jenkins on September 28th, 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. Young is also known as Lil J, Jeezy, and The Snowman.

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Young Dolph

Young Dolph is a hip hop music rapping. His ongoing career started in 2010. Young was given the name Adolph Thornton Jr. on August 11th, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Young is also known as Dolph Gabbana.

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Young Buck

Young Buck is a hip hop music rapper, actor, record producer, entrepreneur, rapping, and entrepreneurship. He has been prominent since 1995. Young was given the name David Darnell Brown on March 15th, 1981 in Nashville, Tennessee. Young is also known as Buck Luda.

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Young MC

Young MC is a hip hop music and pop-rap singing, songwriter, rapping, record producer, and actor. He was most active from 1989 to present. Young was given the name Marvin Young on May 10th, 1967. Young is also known as Mr. M.C. and The Young M.C. Man.

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Young Chop

Young Chop is a hip hop music, trap music, and drill (music genre) record producer and entrepreneur. He plays FL Studio and Logic Pro. He has been prominent since 2011. Young was given the name Tyree Pittman on November 14th, 1993 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Young

Notable Persons With the Last Name Young

Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre is a hip hop music, gangsta rap, and g-funk musician. He holds the title Fuck Tha Police", Nuthin' But a "G" Thang", and Still D.R.E.". His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Dr. was given the name Andre Romelle Young on February 18th, 1965 in Compton, California, United States.

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Neil Young

Neil Young is a rock music, folk music, and country music musician. He plays Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Old Black, Martin D-45, Neil Young, Gretsch White Falcon, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1960. Neil was given the name Neil Percival Young on November 12th, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Neil is also known as Bernard Shakey, Phil Perspective, Shakey Deal, Clyde Coil, Ol' Neil, Joe Canuck, Joe Yankee, Marc Lynch, and Pinecone Young.

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Angus Young

Angus Young is a hard rock, blues rock, rock, and roll musician, songwriter, and producer. He plays Guitar and Gibson SG. He has been prominent since 1970. Angus was born on March 31st, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Nick Young

Nick Young is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, and Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2007. Nick was born on June 1st, 1985 in Los Angeles.

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Sean Young

Sean Young is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1980. Sean was given the name Mary Sean Young on November 20th, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States.

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Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young is a hard rock, blues rock, rock, and roll musician, songwriter, and producer. He plays Guitar, Gretsch G6131, Gretsch, Fender Telecaster, Gibson L6-S, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to 2014. Malcolm was given the name Malcolm Mitchell Young on January 6th, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

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  • Renee Young
  • Loretta Young
    Actress
  • Eric Young
    Wrestler
  • Alan Young
    Actor
  • Stevie Young
    Musician
  • Bellamy Young
    Actress
  • Gig Young
    Actor
  • Steve Young
    Football Player
  • Burt Young
    Actor
  • Vince Young
    Football Player
  • Ashley Young
    Soccer Player
  • Will Young
    Musician
  • Darren Young
  • John Watts Young
    United States Naval Aviator

Common last names for Young

  • Kim
  • Lee
  • Park
  • Choi
  • Cho
  • Chung
  • Kang
  • Chang
  • Chun
  • Song
  • Shin
  • Han
  • Yoon
  • Johnson
  • Pak
  • Hwang

Common first names for Young

  • William
  • John
  • James
  • Robert
  • Mary
  • Charles
  • George
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Dorothy
  • Richard
  • Thomas
  • Joseph
  • Ruth
  • Edward
  • Willie
  • David
  • Frank
  • Walter
  • Elizabeth

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Young U.S.
  White 66.26% 64.26%
  African American 24.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Young

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

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Fun Facts about the name Young

  • What name lists does Young rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Young? Young is the 5,700th most popular name of all time. As a last name Young was the 32nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Young have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,752 babies born with the first name Young in the United States. That's more than enough people named Young to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Young? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Young first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Young is Sunday, December 10th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Young born? The highest recorded use of the first name Young was in 1991 with a total of 42 babies.
  • Random Young Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Young ranks 105th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 7 babies in Hawaii have the same name in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Young: The name spelled backwards is Gnuoy. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ygoun. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Young? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 484,447 people with the last name Young.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Young? Young was ranked as the 32nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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