[ 1 syll. y-ves, yv-es ] The baby boy name Yves is pronounced as iy-V †. Yves is used predominantly in the English and French languages, and its origin is Germanic. It is derived from the element 'iv' meaning yew. The name is sometimes associated with the archer's bow, which is typically made from yew wood. The name was first introduced to England from France after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. It is well known from the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (1936-), whose clothing brand is named after him. The name Yvonne (English, French, and German) is the female version of Yves.
Yves has 12 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Erwan (used in Breton as well), Eves, Evo, Ives (used in Cornish and French as well), Ivon (used in German as well), Yvens, Yvo, and Yvon.
See also the related form, Pierre Yves.
Yves is a rarely used baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Yves: IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)"
A famous person named Yves is Yves Montand, Actor, born 13 October 1921 - 9 November 1991, Monsummano Alto, Florence, Italy.