Origin: Japanese

優 花 “gentle/tenderness flower”

Meaning: I’ve seen it listed as meaning “gentle/tenderness flower”from Japanese elements yu 優 (gentle) and ka 花 “flower”, though like all Japanese names the meaning depends on the kanji used. According to Wikipedia, here are some of the other meanings.

由香, “reason, fragrance”

由華, “reason, beautiful”

由佳, “reason, good”

由花, “reason, flower”

有佳, “exist, good”

有香, “exist, fragrance”

優花, “gentle/tenderness, flower”

優香, “gentle/tenderness, fragrance”


Origin: Avestan

Meaning: the ancient Avestan form of Persian Jam (a short form of Jamshid), meaning either “twin” or “river”. In all honesty, however, I could find little information about the name’s etymology with the exception of Behind the Name and Wikipedia.

Yima is not a name found in A Series of Unfortunate Events– there were no Y names I could find so I just chose one myself.


Origin: Hebrew ( יוֹנָה )

Meaning: Hebrew form of Jonah meaning “dove”  ( יוֹנָה )

Spelled Yona, it becomes a word used in Ancient India (by the Pali and Prakrits) to refer to Greek speakers, (its analogue Yavana was used in Sanskrit) as well as being a transliteration for the Ionians

Yonina and Yonit are feminine forms of Yonah



Origin: Norse

Meaning: debated. The only info I could find on it was that it could possibly mean “twin, hermaphrodite” from Indo-Germanic iemo

In Norse mythology, Ymir was a primordial giant and the grandfather of Odin, Ve, and Vili, who later killed him and used his corpse to create the world- his blood was used to create the seas and lakes, his bones became mountains and boulders and stones; the trees were made from his hair and the clouds from his brains.The maggots from his flesh became dwarves and Ymir’s skull was raised to the sky with a dwarf at each four corners to hold it up; his eyebrows made up Midgard, the realm of man.


Origin: Russian, Ukrainian, Japanese, Korean

Meaning: farmer, earthworker; lily; glass

Yuri is a male Russian name, a variant transcription Yuriy, which is the Russian and Ukrainian form of George, meaning “farmer, earthworker”.

( Юрий ) Russian;  ( Юрій ) Ukrainian

Yuri is also a Japanese female name meaning “lily” (百合).. Yuriko (百合子) is a variant of the name, meaning “lily child”

It’s also a Korean female name spelled Yu-ri, Yoo-ri, or You-ri, and has various meanings depending on the hanja used. One such meaning I found online is “glass”  ( 유리 )


Origin: Native American; Japanese

Meaning: son of the chief; serene truth/ gentleness, superiority/ distant leisurely + horse/hemp/ true, genuine

Variants: Yuuma

Gender: unisex

This was one of the hardest names I’ve ever tried to find any information on. It seems to be both a Native American name and a unisex Japanese name, which was where the difficulty came in. In Japan, there are three types of characters used: kanji, hiragana, and katakana. Kanji is what is used for most Japanese names. A single kanji character can stand for a whole word or concept and some names can have either 1, 2 or 3 kanji characters. Because kanji characters can have several different meanings depending on what character is used, a name can have more then one meaning, which is why I had such a hard time finding a meaning on what Yuma means. But more then just meaning, kanji names also have different pronunciations, so if you read a name written in kanji on paper, you can’t be sure how it’s pronounced; ditto on hearing it, since it can have several possible kanji characters. That’s where hiragana comes in, since it can be used to write out the syllables. Katakana is used for foreign names or words of foreign origin.

After that long explanation, now on to the name Yuma. The name yu stands for “superior, gentle” or “distant, leisurely” depending on which kanji is used. I’ve also seen another translation of the name as “serene truth”, although I’m not sure how accurate that is. The -ma was a little trickier. It could stand for either “horse”, “hemp”, or “true, genuine”. So Yuma could mean superior, gentle or distant, leisurely + horse/ hemp/ or true, genuine, or it could mean serene truth. I can’t say with any certainty how accurate any of those meanings are but that’s what I could manage to find online.