Yvonne: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Yvonne

Yvonne

Pronunciation: ee-VAHN (key)

Origin of the name Yvonne:

French feminine form of Yvon and Yves, names of Germanic origin derived from the element iv (yew).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Yvonne: | Edit

I used to hate my first name (Yvonne) as a child, mostly because no one could spell it or say it correctly. And I could never find those little license plates or trinkets with my name on it. Now, I love my name. It's unusual enough that people usually remember it, although I really hate when people call me Yvette or Yolanda (which I don't get how that sounds anything like Yvonne). I have met very few Yvonnes but the ones I have met have all been awesome.

My first name is Yvonne and I absolutely loathe it. I find myself always having to spell it, pronounce it for people, etc. because it is so uncommon. Not to mention, it is a very masculine-sounding name, which was something that bothered me as a child. Considering the name peaked in the 1930s, this is one name that should probably stay in the past!

My name is Yvonne and I love it! It looks very unique in print and I've only met two other Yvonne's in my life. But it is frustrating that the majority of people under 40 (I'm 26) try to pronounce it Uh-von or U-von until I correct them...and then some of them still don't get it because it starts with a Y instead of an E. I hate the way Uh-von, U-von, or Von sound...I can usually tell how observant, intelligent, or well-read a person is by the way they pronounce my name. Kinda wish my mom had spelled it Evonne to help the stupid people out, lol. Overall, most people tell me that it is a beautiful name. Yvonne Strahovski from Chuck is making it a little more recognized.

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My first name is Yvonne and as an adult I can easily say that i appreciate my name and thank my mother for giving me such a unique name. But as a child i hated it because im spanish and "yvonne" is a boys name "ivan" (pronounced the same way) and i used to get teased by my spanish speaking family ( i don't speak spanish). However, as I got older my name seemed to be a big deal amongst the common, tiresome names. I felt a sense of initial respect when meeting strangers or when my friends and i used to go out on weekends, the boys just seemed to remember their manners with me. Of course thats how i would carry myself, strong, independant etc but maybe if my name was Daisy or Apple it would take people longer to read me. Yvonne is a "girl power" name and its funny because that's my personality! Thanks Mom!

My middle name is Yvonne; I like that it is uncommon, but it has always seemed very old fashioned.

My middle name is Yvonne but I never used the first and dropped it legally. I love Yvonne - it is strong, universally contemporary yet ages well and it allows a woman to step out from the crowd. I am a successful professional, global, great family and long time marriage and Im 70. Meet young Yvonnes often while flying and we each love our own uniqueness.

My middle name is Yvonne as well (first name Caroline) seems there are a lot of us with the middle name of Yvonne, it's a lovely name. My Grandmother on my Mother's side was named Yvonne, I hope to one day use it as a middle name for a daughter of my own. I love meeting other Yvonnes when I go out, it's such a unique name, I have a cousin named Sarah Yvonne, who is the daughter of my mother's younger brother. I think this is a great name to chose for a middle name, its a fresh alternative to usual middle name options such as Nicole, Lynne, Anne, and the like which, don't get me wrong, are all lovely names but it's nice to have a new one to throw in the mix and I believe Yvonne works perfectly as a middle name to fit most first names.

I'm the opposite: my first name is Yvonne, but I have used my middle name since I was 4. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but it doesn't feel like me. It turned out for the best, as I later made a good friend called Yvonne, and two of us might have been too much!

Nicknames for Yvonne: | Edit

Vonnie, Yvie, Evie, Von, Bonnie, Ronnie, Scone, Eve

Meanings and history of the name Yvonne: | Edit

Hebrew: Gift or Grace of God
Scandinavian: warrior
French/Old German "Yew wood" or "Archer"

Famous real-life people named Yvonne: | Edit

Evonne Cawley, tennis player
Yvonne Dionne, one of the famous Dionne quintuplets.
Yvonne De Carlo, actress
Yvonne Mitchell, actress
Yvonne Romain, actress
Yvonne Elliman, pop singer
Yvonne Bryceland: South African actress.
Yvonne Monlaur - French actress.
Yvonne Minton: Australian opera singer.
Yvonne Jacquette: U.S. artist (painter, printmaker)
Yvonne Kenny, Australian opera singer
Yvonne Craig, Actress famous for playing Batgirl on the 1960's series "Batman"
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, American politician. She was the second black woman elected to the US House of Representatives.
Yvonne Arnaud, French actress.
Yvonne Printemps, French actress.
Yvonne Strahovski, Australian actress.

Yvonne in song, story & screen: | Edit

Miss Yvonne, character on "Pee-wee's Playhouse."
Jack Penate's song "My Yvonne"
Hank Williams song "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" mentions name Yvonne
Hank Williams song "I'm Yvonne (Of the Bayou)"

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