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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Yell
To cry out, or shriek, with a hideous noise; to cry or scream as with agony or horror.

Etymology: OE. yellen ȝellen, AS. giellan gillan gyllan; akin to D. gillen, OHG. gellan, G. gellen, Icel. gjalla, Sw. gälla to ring, resound, and to AS., OS., & OHG. galan to sing, Icel. gala. Cf. 1st Gale, and Nightingale

verb Yell
To utter or declare with a yell; to proclaim in a loud tone.
noun Yell
A sharp, loud, hideous outcry.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  2. A loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate) ("a yell of pain")
  3. Utter or declare in a very loud voice ("You don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine")
  4. Utter a sudden loud cry ("I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me")

From Middle English yellen, from Old English ġiellan, from Proto-Germanic *gellaną.

  1. A shout.
  2. A phrase to be shouted.

Borrowing from Scots yeld (“ceasing to give milk”).

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Yell

    Archibald Yell was a Governor of Arkansas. His career lasted from 1840 to 1844. His military service ended in 1815. Archibald was born on August 9th, 1797 in Morristown, Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on February 22nd, 1847.


    Ronnie Yell is an athlete for the BC Lions. Ronnie was born on April 15th, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Ronnie is also known as Yell and Ronald Irving.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Yell U.S.
      White 78.91% 64.26%
      African American 10.75% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.68% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 3.67% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.72% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.27% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Yell

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Yell

    • How Popular is the name Yell? As a last name Yell was the 31,482nd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Yell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Yell is Tuesday, October 16th, 1906.
    • How unique is the name Yell? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Yell. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Yell: Your name in reverse order is Lley. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leyl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Yell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 735 people with the last name Yell.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yell? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Yell as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • 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).
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