The English and Flemish surname Yancey, is of patronymic origin. The name Yancey is an orthographic variant of the medieval name Johannes ( John ) and means son of or descendant of John. The name is first recorded in English documents as early as 1628 when there is a record of the birth of Rycharde Jancey at St. Brides Church, Fleet Street, London. Today there are approximately 13,000 bearers of the name Yancey living in the United States.
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