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Origin and Meaning of Yama

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Ya"ma
The king of the infernal regions, corresponding to the Greek Pluto, and also the judge of departed souls. In later times he is more exclusively considered the dire judge of all, and the tormentor of the wicked. He is represented as of a green color, with red garments, having a crown on his head, his eyes inflamed, and sitting on a buffalo, with a club and noose in his hands.

Etymology: Skr. yama a twin

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  1. Hindu god of death and lord of the underworld

From Sanskrit यम (yáma).

  1. The Hindu lord of death, who rides a buffalo.

Notable Persons Named Yama

Yama Buddha is a hip hop music rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to 2007. Yama was given the name Anil Adhikari on May 30th, 1987 in Leguwa. Yama is also known as Yama Buddha.


Yama Noori is an athlete for the Kabul United F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Yama


Vladyslav Yama is a dancer, educator, judge for ukraine's got talent, dance, ukrayina maye talant, and judge forukraine's got talent. Vladyslav was given the name Vladyslav Mykolaiovych Yama on July 10th, 1982 in Kiev.


Anup was born on September 1st, 1984.


Hansamu Yama is a soccer player for the PS Barito Putera, Deportivo Indonesia, Indonesia national under-19 football team, and Indonesia national under-23 football team. Hansamu was born on January 16th, 1995 in Mojokerto Regency.


Joam was born in 1566 in Japan. He died in 1633.



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Popularity of Yama as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yama U.S.
  White 31.09% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 31.09% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 9.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 20.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yama

People with the last name Yama are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Yama

  • How Popular is the name Yama? Yama is the 44,359th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yama was the 72,771st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yama have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 60 babies born with the first name Yama in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yama? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Yama first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yama is Friday, October 27th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Yama born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yama was in 1991 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Random Yama Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yama is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name Yama: Your name in reverse order is Amay. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Maay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yama? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 267 people with the last name Yama.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yama? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Yama as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.