Origin of yersinia
- From New Latin Yersinia genus name after Alexandre Émile Jean Yersin (1863–1943), Swiss-born French bacteriologist
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French Yersin (“a surname") +"Ž -ia; after Swiss bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin for the plague bacteria; after Alexander Yersin (entomologist) for the mantis.
- After Alexandre Yersin, Swiss bacteriologist, + -ia.