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Origin and Meaning of Yin

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  • A submission from Singapore says the name Yin means "Future" and is of Chinese origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Yin
A Chinese weight of 22/3 pounds.
noun Yin
one of the two fundamental principles. See yin and yang.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The dark negative feminine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology ("the interaction of yin and yang maintains the harmony of the universe")

From early romanizations of Chinese 陰/阴 (yīn), originally used in reference to shaded areas, as of a mountain or home.

  1. (philosophy) A principle in Chinese and related East Asian philosophies associated with dark, cool, female, etc. elements of the natural world.

From ān. Cognate with yan, yen, ane and one.

    yin was also found in the following language(s): Aromanian, French, and Mandarin

    Notable Persons Named Yin

    Yin Chang is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2006. Yin was born in New York City, New York, U.S.


    Yin was born in 1470. He breathed his last breath in 1524.


    Yin Lihua is royalty.


    Yin Shun was a religious. He holds the title Venerable Master. Yin was born on March 12th, 1906 in Zhejiang Province, Qing Dynasty. He died on June 4th, 2005.


    Yin Tao is an actress. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Yin was born on December 6th, 1979 in Chongqing.


    Yin was born in 1953.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Yin

    Giraffage is an electronica, contemporary r&b, and trap music musician. His ongoing career started in 2011. Giraffage was given the name Charlie Yin .


    Terence Yin is an actor and singing. He was most prominent from 1998 to 1998. Terence was born as the child of Jenny Hu on May 19th, 1975.


    Robert was born in 1941.


    Zhang Yin is a founder & director and nine dragons paper holdings. Zhang was born in 1957 in Shaoguan, Guangdong, China.


    Yiqing was born in China.


    She died in 9.


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    Popularity of Yin as a last name

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    Common last names for Yin

    • Wong
    • Lee
    • Chan
    • Chin
    • Yu
    • Yee
    • Ho
    • Chen
    • Li
    • Lin

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Yin U.S.
      White 1.70% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 93.97% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.26% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.80% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Yin

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Yin

    • How Popular is the name Yin? Yin is the 68,523rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Yin was the 5,324th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Yin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13 babies born with the first name Yin in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Yin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yin is Friday, December 7th, 1877.
    • What year had the most people named Yin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yin was in 1980 with a total of 7 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Yin: Your name in reverse order is Niy. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nyi. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Yin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,548 people with the last name Yin.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Yin as their last name.

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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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