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Origin and Meaning of Ye

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
an old method of printing the article theAS. þe), the “y” being used in place of the Anglo-Saxon thorn (þ). It is sometimes incorrectly pronounced yē. See The, and Thorn (n.), 4.
noun Y"ë
An eye.
pronoun Ye
The plural of the pronoun of the second person in the nominative case.

Note: ☞ In Old English ye was used only as a nominative, and you only as a dative or objective. In the 16th century, however, ye and you became confused and were often used interchangeably, both as nominatives and objectives, and you has now superseded ye except in solemn or poetic use. See You, and also the first Note under Thou.

Etymology: OE. ye ȝe, nom. pl., AS. ge ; cf. OS. ge , OFries. ī, D. gij, Dan. & Sw. i, Icel. ēr, OHG. ir, G. ihr, Goth. jus, Lith. jus, Gr. "ymei^s, Skr. yuyam. √189

adverb Ye
Yea; yes.

Etymology: See Yea


From Middle English ye, ȝe, from Old English ġē (“ye”), the nominative case of the second-person plural personal pronoun, from West Germanic *jīz, variant of Proto-Germanic *jūz (“ye”), from Proto-Indo-European *yūs (“ye”), *yū́, plural of *túh₂. Cognate with Scots ye (“ye”), Dutch gij, jij, je (“ye”), Low German ji, jie (“ye”), German ihr (“ye”), Danish and Swedish I (“ye”), Icelandic ér (“ye”). See also you.

From Middle English þe. The letter y is a variant of þ (“thorn”), a letter which corresponds to modern th, but letter þ did not exist in the first press typographies, so was replaced using either "th" or "y", which resembled it some typefaces. Etymological y was for a time distinguished by a dot, , but the letters were conflated when that was dropped.

Shortened from yes.

ye was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Catawba, Haitian Creole, Ido, Mandarin, Middle English, Novial, Scots, Spanish, Turkish, Uzbek, Volapük, and Zulu

Notable Persons Named Ye

Ye Ji-won is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Ye was given the name Lee Yoo-jung on February 1st, 1973 in South Korea. Ye is also known as Yeh Ji-won.


Ye was born on March 1st, 1996 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.


Ye Jianying was a Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, (as Chairman of the NPCSC), Member of the, --05- Chairmanof theStanding Committeeof theNational People's Congress, Head of State of the People's Republic of China, Minister of Nation. Ye was born on April 28th, 1897 in Meixian District. He died on October 22nd, 1986.


Ye Li is a basketball player. Ye was born on November 20th, 1981 in Shanghai. Ye is also known as The D.


He died in 948.


Ye Fei was a Commander of the Chinese Navy, Communist Party Chief of Fujian Province, Governor of Fujian Province, Commander of theChinese Navy, Minister of Transport, Communist Party Chief ofFujian Province, Governor ofFujian Province, and Ministry of Transport of th. Ye was born on May 7th, 1914 in Tiaong. Ye is also known as Sixto Mercado Tiongco, Ye Qiheng, and Ye Chen. He passed away on April 18th, 1999.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ye

Liu Ye is an actor. He was most prominent from 1997 to 1997. Liu is also known as 火华社社长.


Hussein was born in 1950.


Michelle Ye is an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 1999. Michelle was born on February 14th, 1980 in Hangzhou. Michelle is also known as Ye Xuan, Michelle Yip, and Yip Suen.


He has been prominent since 1990. Lou was born in 1965 in Shanghai.


She holds the title Miss China 2013 and Miss Universe China. Jin was born on November 28th, 1988 in Shijiazhuang.


Yinyu was born in 1948.


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Popularity of Ye as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ye U.S.
  White 1.33% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 97.02% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.84% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ye

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

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Fun Facts about the name Ye

  • How Popular is the name Ye? Ye is the 51,420th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ye was the 3,609th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ye have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 38 babies born with the first name Ye in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ye? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ye first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ye is Tuesday, July 1st, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Ye born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ye was in 2015 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Ye: Your name in reverse order is Ey. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ye. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ye? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,839 people with the last name Ye.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ye? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Ye 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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