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Meaning and name origin
Yves \yv-ves\ as a boy's name is pronounced eve. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Yves is "yew". Variant of the German name Ivo. Possibly an occupational name. Saint Yves (14th century) was a French lawyer and priest known as "an attorney who was an honest man". Familiar since the 1940s due to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and singer/actor Yves Montand.
Yves is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Yves and its variant forms. The only variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Ivar. (2014 statistics).
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