Origin of Yean
From Middle English *yenen, *ȝenen, eanen, from Old English *Ä¡eÄ“anian, Ä“anian (“to yean, bring forth young (usually lambs), bring forth as a ewe") (for the prefixed form, compare Old English Ä¡eÄ“ane (“yeaning")), from Proto-Germanic *gaaunōnÄ…, *aunōnÄ… (“to yean, lamb"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚egÊ·nos (“lamb"). Cognate with Scots yean (“to yean"), West Frisian eandsje, inje (“to yean"), Dutch onen (“to yean"), Swedish dialectal öna (“to yean"). Akin also to Latin agnus, Greek ἀμνός (amnos), Old Irish úan (“lamb"), and to ewe. See also ean.
Middle English iyenen, yenen from Old English geēanian ge- verb pref. kom in Indo-European roots ēanian to bear young
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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