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You Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 游 meaning ‘section of a river’ or ‘to swim’ in Chinese: (i) from the second element of the personal name Zi You (子游) style name of Yan son of the Duke Mu of Zheng (ruler of the state of Zheng 648–606 BC). (ii) borne by descendants of Cheng Shi also known as Huan Shu of Quwo (802–731 BC) younger brother of the Marquis Wen of Jin (ruler of the state of Jin 805–746 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 尤 meaning ‘outstanding’ in ancient Chinese: (i) possibly from You (尤) the name of a river (located in present-day Shandong province) in the state of Qi. (ii) adopted in place of the Chinese surname Shen (沈) by people in Fujian during the reign of the Min emperor Wang Shen Zhi (王審知) (862–925 AD) who established the Min Kingdom during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907–960 AD) because the surname Shen (沈) shared the same pronunciation of Shen (審) part of the personal name of the emperor which was taboo in ancient China. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 由 meaning ‘sprout’ or ‘reason’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the first element of the personal name You Yu (由余) the name of a prime minister in the state of Qin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) from the first element of the personal name You Yu (由于) the name of a revered man in the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC) known for his loyalty and bravery. (iii) said to be traced back to Yang You Ji (養由基) an official in the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 有 meaning ‘have’ in Chinese: (i) from You (有) the name of an ancient state (possibly located in Hennan province) during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (ii) said to be traced back to You Chao Shi (有巢氏) a legendary leader prior to the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 邱 and 丘. See Qiu 1 and Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 姚 see Yao 7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 楊 see Yang 8: Korean: variant of Yu 20.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Yu, Ou, Lu, Lou, Mou, Kou, Hou, Du, Yon, Zou

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You can see how You families moved over time by selecting different census years. The You family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most You families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 8 You families living in British Columbia. This was about 40% of all the recorded You's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of You families in 1911.
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What did your You ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cook was the top reported job for people in the Canada named You. 30% of You men worked as a Cook. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Cook
    30%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Labourer
    20%
  • Buandier
    10%
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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, You life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1987, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for You in 1962 was 68, and 74 in 2004.

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