Yount last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Yount is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Yount.

Meaning of Yount

Derived from a place name meaning "young" or "youthful" in Old English, likely referring to a person's appearance or character.

Yount, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Yount surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Yount in America

Yount is the 4538th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Yount surname appeared 7,817 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Yount.

We can also compare 2010 data for Yount to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4538 4255 6.44%
Count 7,817 7,705 1.44%
Proportion per 100k 2.65 2.86 -7.62%

The history of the last name Yount

The surname Yount has its origins in England. It is derived from the Old English word "geat" which means "gate" or "opening." The name likely referred to someone who lived near a gate or opening in a fence or wall.

The earliest recorded instance of the name dates back to the 13th century in the county of Yorkshire. In the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, a Johannes atte Yate is listed, reflecting the Old English roots of the name. Other early spellings included Yate, Yeate, and Yait.

One of the earliest recorded bearers of the name was William Yate, who was born in 1510 in Gloucestershire. He was a prominent landowner and served as a Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire in 1545.

In the 16th century, the name appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, which was a great survey of landowners and property in England commissioned by William the Conqueror. The entry lists a Robert de la Yate as a landholder in Gloucestershire.

The name Yount has been associated with several notable figures throughout history. Sir Henry Yate (1558-1623) was an English soldier and diplomat who served as the Ambassador to France during the reign of King James I. Thomas Yate (1616-1681) was an English clergyman and author who wrote several religious works.

Another prominent bearer of the name was Sir Walter Yonge (1592-1649), who was a Member of Parliament and a supporter of the Royalist cause during the English Civil War. He was knighted by King Charles I in 1628.

In the late 18th century, John Yount (1753-1833) was a pioneer and frontiersman who settled in what is now West Virginia. He played a significant role in the early exploration and settlement of the region.

The name Yount has also been associated with several famous authors and writers. Charles Dudley Yount (1811-1892) was an American author and journalist who wrote for several publications, including the New York Tribune. John Yount (1921-2006) was an American playwright and screenwriter best known for his work on the Broadway play "Spoon River Anthology."

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Yount

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Yount.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Yount was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 95.29% 7,449
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.68% 53
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.33% 26
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.50% 39
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.37% 107
Hispanic Origin 1.83% 143

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Yount has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 95.29% 95.76% -0.49%
Black 0.68% 0.99% -37.13%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.33% 0.38% -14.08%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.50% 0.43% 15.05%
Two or More Races 1.37% 1.14% 18.33%
Hispanic 1.83% 1.31% 33.12%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Yount was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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