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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010


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Fun Facts about the name Yo

  • How many people with the first name Yo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9 babies born with the first name Yo in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Yo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2007 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Yo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Yo is Monday, April 25th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Yo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Yo was in 2007 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Random Yo Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Yo is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 8 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Yo: Your name in reverse order is Oy. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Yo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 707 people with the last name Yo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Yo? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Yo as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Yo as a first name

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Popularity of Yo as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Yo U.S.
  White 6.51% 64.26%
  African American 2.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 86.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.12% 16.26%

Of Last Name Yo

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Yo" mean? The list below shows the origins of Yo as well as things modernly associated with the name Yo such as celebrities named Yo.


Origin and Meaning of Yo

The name "Yo" is of Japanese origin, and it means "Positive". It's a name commonly given to girls.

From Middle English yo, io, ȝo, yeo, yaw, variant forms of ya, ye (“yes, yea”), from Old English ġēa (“yes, yea”), from Proto-Germanic *ja (“yes”), from Proto-Indo-European *yē (“already”); or perhaps from Old English ēow (“Wo!, Alas!”, interjection). Compare Danish, Swedish, Norwegian jo (“yes”), Flemish jow (“hi, hey”) and Dutch jo (“hi, hey”). More at yea, ow, ew.

From you're, your, etc.

    yo was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Guerrero Amuzgo, Haitian Creole, Interlingue, Japanese, Kristang, Ladino, Lingala, Lower Tanana, Mandarin, Noone, Norman, Spanish, and Zulu

    Other Inspirations for the Name Yo

    Yo Bus
    Yo Gabba Gabba
    Yo Gotti
    Yo Gotti The Return
    Yo La Tengo
    Yo Mama
    Yo Mama Jokes
    Yo Tambien
    Yo Yo
    Yo Yo Ma

    What does the name Yo mean?

    Yis for yippee, and the things that inspire you to yell it

    Ois for old fashioned, you cherish the past.

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