Yvette is a feminine given name that was derived from the masculine name Yves. Unbeknownst to many people, there’s an interesting story behind the meaning of the name Yvette.
Meaning of the Name Yvette:
Derived from the masculine name Yves, Yvette is a feminine given name with Old French origins. Etymological evidence suggests the meaning of the name Yvette is “yew” or “archer.”
Origins of the Name Yvette
The origins of the given name Yvette can be traced back to Medieval France where it was derived from the masculine Yves. Prior to its usage, Yves was as masculine given name that was brought to France from Germany. When the Celts ventured into France, they carried with them the name Yves.
Once the masculine name Yves made its way to France, it was converted into the feminine given name Yvette. Since then, Yvette was gradually adopted as a feminine given name. Several countries, in fact, have designed a specific day of the year as the “name day” for Yvette. In Poland, for example, Jan. 13 is considered the name day for Yvette. In the Czech Republic, June 7 is the name day for Yvette. In Bulgaria, June 23 is the name day for Yvette.
Popularity of the Name Yvette
Yvette isn’t the most popular name, though it’s still used extensively in many English-speaking countries. In 1900, it ranked as the 1,934th most popular girls’ name in the United States. In 1920, Yvette ranked as the 659t most popular girls’ name in the country. In 1940, Yvette was the 644th most popular girls’ name in the United States. In 1960, Yvette climbed to the 226th most popular girls’ name in the country. Yvette peaked in 1967 when it ranked as the 125th most popular girls’ name in the United States.
In 1980, Yvette ranked as the 282nd most popular girls’ name in the United States. In the years to follow, Yvette gradually declined in popularity, eventually ranking as the 1,244th most popular girls’ name in 2011.
Famous women named Yvette include American photographer Yvette Andrews, American actress Yvette Cason, British politician Yvette Cooper, Australian artist Yvette Coopersmith, Swiss politician Yvette Estermann, American actress Yvette Freeman, French politician Yvette Roudy, New Zealand athlete Yvette Williams, American actress Yvette Nipar, Greek actress Yvette Jarvis and American actress Yvette Flores.
Popular variants of the name Yvette include Yve Ives, Evette, Yvo, Iveta and Ivetta.
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