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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wye

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wye
  1. The letter Y.
  2. A kind of crotch. See Y (n.).
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The 25th letter of the Roman alphabet

Attested as wi c. 1200. Of uncertain origin. Perhaps cognate with Old French ui or gui.

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter Y/y.
  2. A Y-shaped object: a wye-level, wye-connected. Especially a Y-shaped connection of three sections of road or railroad track.
    By going around the , a train can change direction.

Old English wiga.

  1. (poetic, obsolete) A warrior or fighter.
  2. (poetic, obsolete) A hero; a man, person.

    Notable Persons Named Wye

    Wye was born on March 15th, 1943. She died on July 15th, 2010.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wye

    Trevor Wye is a classical music flute. He plays Flute. He was most active from 1949 to present. Trevor was born on June 6th, 1935.


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    Popularity of Wye as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Wye U.S.
      White 67.27% 64.26%
      African American 24.55% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.27% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Wye

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Wye

    • How Popular is the name Wye? As a last name Wye was the 149,395th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Wye first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Wye is Saturday, February 6th, 1897.
    • How unique is the name Wye? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Wye. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Wye: Your name in reverse order is Eyw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wye. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Wye? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 110 people with the last name Wye.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wye? Wye is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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