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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Yan

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  • A user from Minnesota, United States says the name Yan is of Chinese origin and means "Colored lights".
  • According to a user from North Carolina, United States, the name Yan is of English origin and means "One".
  • A user from Brazil says the name Yan is of Bulgarian origin and means "God's grace".
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From the pinyin romanization of Mandarin Chinese (Yān)

  1. (historical) An ancient march, duchy, and kingdom of northeastern China during the Zhou dynasty
  2. (historical) The realm of this land under later imperial Chinese dynasties

Notable Persons Named Yan

Yan Gomes is a baseball for the Cleveland Indians. Yan was born on July 19th, 1987 in São Paulo.


He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Yan was born on January 24th, 1979 in Shanghai. Yan is also known as Yan Kuan and Kevin Yan.


Yan Xishan was a Premier of the Republic of China. His military service ended in 1949. Yan was born on August 8th, 1883 in Xinzhou. He passed away on July 22nd, 1960.


He holds the title President of Fudan University and President ofFudan University. Yan was born on January 8th, 1854 in Houguan, Fujian, Qing China. He died on October 27th, 1921.


Yan was born on February 16th, 2000.


Yan was born on May 13th, 1983 in Rio de Janeiro.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Yan

Aaron Yan is a mandopop singing, actor, lyricist, musician, presenter, testimonial, and model (people). He plays Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Flute, Oboe, Xiao, Violin, Drum kit, Western concert flute, and Xiao (flute). He was most prominent from 2005 to 2005. Aaron was born on November 20th, 1985 in Taiwan. Aaron is also known as Arron and Abu (阿布).


Jerry Yan is a mandopop and taiwanese pop actor, singing, and model (people). He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 2000.


Mo Yan is a writer. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Mo was given the name Guan Moye on February 17th, 1955 in Gaomi.


Rico Yan was an actor, model, host, businessman, spokesperson, model (people), presenter, and businessperson. He was most active from 1995 to 2002. Rico was given the name Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan on March 14th, 1975 in Pasig. Rico is also known as Corics, Ric, and Mr. Dimple. He died on March 29th, 2002.


Martin Yan is a chef. Martin was born on December 22nd, 1948 in Guangzhou, China.


She was most active from 2000 to present. Crazybarby was born in Shanghai.


How popular is the baby name Yan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1971 5 0 5
1977 7 0 7
1979 11 0 11
1980 13 0 13
1981 12 0 12
1982 7 0 7
1983 14 5 9
1984 15 0 15
1985 12 0 12
1986 16 0 16
1987 16 0 16
1988 11 5 6
1989 15 0 15
1990 12 0 12
1993 9 0 9
1994 9 0 9
1995 11 0 11
1996 19 0 19
1997 15 6 9
1998 16 7 9
1999 12 0 12
2000 23 11 12
2001 28 5 23
2002 33 7 26
2003 34 7 27
2004 31 5 26
2005 34 5 29
2006 40 7 33
2007 36 8 28
2008 26 0 26
2009 28 0 28
2010 32 5 27
2011 26 0 26
2012 24 0 24
2013 21 0 21
2014 29 0 29
2015 23 5 18
2016 36 6 30
2017 40 5 35

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Popularity of Yan as a last name

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Common last names for Yan

  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Li
  • Huang
  • Zhang
  • Cheng

Common first names for Yan

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yan U.S.
  White 2.97% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yan

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

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Fun Facts about the name Yan

  • How Popular is the name Yan? Yan is the 12,122nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Yan was the 3,182nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Yan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 801 babies born with the first name Yan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yan to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Yan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yan is Saturday, August 14th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Yan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yan was in 2017 with a total of 35 babies.
  • Random Yan Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yan is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Yan: Your name in reverse order is Nay. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Any. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,354 people with the last name Yan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Yan as their last name.

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  • 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).
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