How popular is the baby name Yuriy in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Yuriy and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Yuriy.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Yuriy

Number of Babies Named Yuriy

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Yuriy

Yuri, the Space Age Baby Name

Yuri GagarinToday marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight.

The person who took that first flight was 27-year-old Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin [pronounced guh-GAH-rin]. He completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

The U.S. and the U.S.S.R. may have been in the middle of a Cold War/Space Race at the time, but that didn’t prevent Yuri’s flight — and instant, international fame — from having a slight impact on U.S. baby names. Yuri, which is a Russian (Ukrainian?) form of George, debuted on the SSA’s baby name list as a boy name in 1961:

  • 1966: 10 baby boys named Yuri
  • 1965: unlisted
  • 1964: 6 baby boys named Yuri
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: 9 baby boys named Yuri
  • 1961: 8 baby boys named Yuri [debut]
  • 1960: unlisted

(Yuri also happens to be a Japanese name meaning “lily.” It appeared on the list as a girl name during the 1920s.)

Usage of the name increased around 1968, the year Gagarin was killed in a jet crash.

  • 1972: 26 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1971: 28 baby boys and 10 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1970: 33 baby boys and 11 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1969: 24 baby boys and 10 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1968: 31 baby boys and 8 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1967: 15 baby boys and 5 baby girls named Yuri

And the name has been in use ever since. A total of 59 baby boys were named either Yuri or Yuriy in 2009.

P.S. Did you know that the first chimp to go into orbit was named Enos?


Popular Baby Names in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Minister of Justice recently announced the most popular baby names in Ukraine for the first half of 2010 were Anastasia and Maksym.

I can’t give you proper rankings (because they weren’t included in the press release, oddly) but here are the other baby names that were mentioned:

Boy Names Girl Names
Andriy
Arseniy
Artem
Artur
Bohdan
Daniil (Danylo)
David
Denis
Dmytro
Gleb
Ilya
Ivan
Kyrylo
Marc
Maksym
Mykhaylo
Mykola
Mykyta
Nazar
Oleksandr
Pavlo
Serhiy
Timur
Tymofiy
Vadym
Victor
Vitaliy
Yegor
Yevgeniy
Yuriy
Alina
Anastasia
Angelina
Anna (Hanna)
Arina
Cristina (Hrystyna)
Darya (Daryna)
Diana
Elizabeth
Eva
Iryna
Karina
Kateryna
Maria
Oleksandra
Olga
Polina
Sofia
Tatiana
Valeria
Veronica
Victoria
Yana
Yulia

Sources: The most popular names in Ukraine were Anastasia and Maxim, Most popular baby names in Ukraine