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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Yang mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Yang

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  • A user from Georgia, United States says the name Yang is of Chinese origin and means "The sun, light, fire, heat. Also associated with anger and passion".
  • A submission from Washington, United States says the name Yang means "Light, Sunshine," and is of Chinese origin.
  • According to a user from Canada, the name Yang is of Chinese origin and means "The Sun".
Other origins: Korean

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Yang
The cry of the wild goose; a honk.

Etymology: Of imitative origin

verb Yang
To make the cry of the wild goose.
noun yang
one of the two fundamental principles. See yin and yang.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The bright positive masculine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology ("yin and yang together produce everything that comes into existence")
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  1. (Chinese philosophy) Alternative letter-case form of yang when used as a proper noun.

From various atonal romanizations of various Chinese characters, including (“Willow”) and (“a river name”).

  1. Various Chinese surnames.

    Yang was also found in the following language(s): German

    Notable Persons Named Yang

    YANG Yang is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2009. YANG was born on September 9th, 1991 in Shanghai.

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    Shin Min-a is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to present. Shin was given the name Yang Min-a on April 5th, 1984 in Seongnam.

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    Yang Mi is a mandopop actor. She has been prominent since 1991. Yang is also known as Mimi Yang.

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    His military service ended in 1939.

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    Yang Hyun-suk is a pop music and hip hop music music executive and dance. He was most active from 1990 to present. Yang was born Yang Hyun-suk on December 2nd, 1969. Yang is also known as YG.

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    Kim Ji-soo is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Kim was given the name Yang Sung-yoon on October 24th, 1972 in Jeongseon County. Kim is also known as Kim Ji-su and Kim Ji-su (alternate spelling); 김지수 (hangul).

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Yang

    YANG Yang is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2009. YANG was born on September 9th, 1991 in Shanghai.

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    Cristina Yang is a director of cardiothoracic surgery at klausman institute for medical research, cardiothoracic surgical fellow at grey sloan memorial hospital, board member at grey sloan memorial hospital, and cardiothoracic surgery.

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    Hudson Yang is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2014. Hudson was born on November 1st, 2003 in New York, New York USA.

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    Jimmy was born in Hong Kong. Jimmy is also known as Jimmy Ouyang.

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    Jiang was born on July 17th, 1911 in 20.

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    Rainie Yang is a mandopop singer, actress, host, and television presenter. She plays Electric Piano and Piano. She has had major accomplishments since 2000.

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    Where is the name Yang popular?

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    Popularity of Yang as a last name

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    Common last names for Yang

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    Common first names for Yang

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Yang U.S.
      White 1.03% 64.26%
      African American 0.20% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.81% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.45% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Yang

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Yang

    • How Popular is the name Yang? Yang is the 21,189th most popular name of all time. As a last name Yang was the 290th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Yang have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 315 babies born with the first name Yang in the United States. That's more than enough people named Yang to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yang? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
    • When was Yang first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yang is Wednesday, July 7th, 1880.
    • What year had the most people named Yang born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yang was in 1990 with a total of 21 babies.
    • Random Yang Factoid: According to the 1983 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yang is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1983.
    • Weird things about the name Yang: Your name in reverse order is Gnay. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ayng. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Yang? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 106,033 people with the last name Yang.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yang? Yang was ranked as the 290th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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.
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