16 Spanish Baby Names Starting With “Y”

16 Spanish Baby Names Starting With “Y”

In Spanish, the letter ‘J’ is often pronounced as a ‘Y,’ making ‘Y’ a fairly common sound. Names beginning with ‘Y’ are therefore found more frequently in Hispanic families than in American or English ones. Yolette, meaning ‘violet flower’, and Yanira, meaning ‘she who is strong’ are good examples of this.

For a boy, Yamir, meaning ‘moon’ is a popular choice, as is Ynez, meaning ‘pure’ or ‘nice.’ Ynez is also starting to be used more frequently for girls or as a gender-neutral name.

The Spanish pronunciation of ‘J’ as a ‘Y’ has led to some ‘J’ names being spelled with a ‘Y’ such as Yoana (Joana) meaning ‘God is gracious.’ While this isn’t very common, it can be an interesting way of changing the spelling without changing the pronunciation of a name. You could use this principle for other ‘J’ names to make your name choice more unique.

Yadra

Meaning: Mother
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yago

Meaning: Supplanter
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Boy

Yaima

Meaning: Water Conduit
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yanamaria

Meaning: Bitter grace
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yanira

Meaning: She who is strong
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yamir

Meaning: Moon
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Boy

Yeni

Meaning: Peace
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yesenia

Meaning: The Gypsy title character of a Spanish soap opera from the 1970s
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yina

Meaning: A Victorious Woman
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Ynez

Meaning: Pure or nice
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Boy

Yoana

Meaning: God is gracious
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yolanda

Meaning: Violet
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yolette

Meaning: Violet flower
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yula

Meaning: Jupiter’s Child; Sea Jewel
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yumi

Meaning: Beauty
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Yza

Meaning: God is My Oath; God is Perfection
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl