|Meaning:||Yew or archer|
|Related Names:||Eevonne, Evonne, Ivonne, Ivona, Yvette, Aiobheann, Yvetta, Yvette, Yvonna, -onne|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Yvonne is French or Old German meaning yew wood, or archer. The yew tree is a small to medium-sized coniferous tree, usually about 10-20 meters in height. It is native to western, central, and southern Europe, plus other regions. Its leaves are very poisonous.
In regards to this name, “yew tree” and “archer” are actually associated. Yew wood was used in Wales and England to make an early weapon called a longbow, which is essentially a bow and arrow. The wood can withstand compression yet will return to its original straightness when the arrow is released.
Male variations, such as Ivo, may have also been derived from the occupation of archer.
Another thought is that Yvonne is an adaptation of the male name, Yves. He was a saint who lived in France the 1200’s. He was a patron saint of an odd combination: lawyers and abandonned children, and was sometimes known as an advocate for the poor. He is also the patron saint of Brittany, France where he was born.
- Aiobheann is the Gaelic version of Yvonne.
The name of Yvonne was common in English and French speaking countries. Its popularity peaked about 1940 (being in the top 200 girls’ names), slowly but steadily declined. In year 2002, it ranked 937th.
The name of Yvonne is associated with the following subjects:
- It was the name of a 1980 TV show from East Germany.
- Miss Yvonne was a character from the children’s show, Pee-wee's Playhouse.
- Sweden celebrates “Yvonne” (and Ivan too) on its name day of May 24th. A name day is the tradition of associating names with days, and then celebrating those first names.
You will encounter the name Yvonne through the following people:
- Evonne Goolagong: Former World female tennis player from Australia. She competed during the 1970s and 1980s.
- Yvonne Decarlo: Canadian-born actress best-known for her work as Lily Munster on the television series, The Munsters.
- Yvonne Dionne: One of the Dionne Quintuplets, which were the first set of identical quintuplets to survive past infancy. They were born in 1934.
- Yvonne Minton: A female Australian opera singer.
- Yvonne van Gennip: A female Dutch Olympic speed skater.
- Yvonne Rainer: A female American dancer.
- Chelsy Yvonne Davy: Girlfriend of heir to the British throne, Prince Harry.
- Yves Saint Laurent: Using a variant of the male form, he is a fashion designer.
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Author: Noelle Y. Lee
|Meaning||Yew or archer +|
|Meaningnc||yew or archer +|
|Origin||French +, and German +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Eevonne +, Evonne +, Ivonne +, Ivona +, Yvette +, Aiobheann +, Yvetta +, Yvonna +, and -onne +|