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What does Yves mean?

Yves Pronunciation of Yves [yves] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: yew (tree), occupational, saint, priest (monk), honest (faithful).


Yves has 7 variants: Evo, Ivar, Ives, Ivo, Iwo, Yvo and Yvon.

Yves has 4 more different relations via Ivo: Ive, Iven, Iver and Ivon.

Yves has 2 feminine forms: Yvette and Yvonne.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Phes, Yaes, ..

(female) Yvesa, Yvesi, ..

How popular is Yves?

Yves is a rare given name for men. Yves is an equivalently rare last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Shown below is an analysis of the history of the boy name Yves and corresponding names. Ivar and Iver are the popular varying forms of Yves (not in Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Ivon, are seldom used. These forms of Yves were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (average #1647). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ivar, Iver in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Yves is alike in pronunciation to Ave and Ev. Other recommended names are Ames, Ares, Des, Ines, Kees, Les, Rees, Ries, Rives, Wes, Yael, Yates, Yoel and Yvor. These names tend to be more frequently used than Yves.

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