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What does York mean?

York Pronunciation of York [york] as a boys' name is pronounced york. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of York is "boar settlement; yew settlement". Place name and surname. Also used as a title (Duke of York) in the English royal family for several hundred years.

Associated with: old english, yew (tree), surname, duke (noble), royal (king).


York has 3 variants: Yorick, Yorke and Yorrick.

Creative forms:
(male) Yerk, Yurk, ..

(female) Yora, Yorka, ..

Middle name pairings:
York Xander (Y.X.), ..

How popular is York?

York is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#596 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

York reached its top position of #1120 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of York name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of York outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Berk, Birk, Burk, Cork, Derk, Dirk, Dyrk, Jerk, Kerk, Kirk, Kyrk, Lark, Mark, Roark, Turk, Ygor, Yoel, Yorik, Yuri, Yurik, Yury and Yvor. These names tend to be more frequently used than York.

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