Latin Small Letter Y y


Symbol Meaning

Latin Small Letter Y y. Such lowercase Latin letters appeared in the Middle Ages and derived from the minuscule script. It's a style of writing characterized by small and rounded letters, which were designed to be written quickly and efficiently by scribes. Miniscule scripts would come in handy when it was necessary to save money on expensive parchment.

In the Cyrillic script the situation was a bit different. People used other ways to save space there. They would write letters above letters and pick cheaper materials like birch bark. Minuscule letters were not widely used there, which is why, for example, Russian writing seemed to consist only of capital letters. As for people from other relative cultures, Bulgarians and Serbs borrowed some typographic traditions from the West, so their script is closer to the Latin script.

The symbol “Latin Small Letter Y” is included in the “Lowercase Latin alphabet” subblock of the “Basic Latin” block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

Text is also available in the following languages: Русский;

Unicode Name Latin Small Letter Y
Unicode Number
CSS Code
Plane 0: Basic Multilingual Plane
Unicode Block Basic Latin
Unicode Subblock Lowercase Latin alphabet
Uppercase Y
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Alt Code
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 0079
Simple case change 0079
Alphabetic +
Lowercase +
Cased +
Changes_When_Uppercased +
Changes_When_Titlecased +
Changes_When_Casemapped +
ID_Start +
ID_Continue +
XID_Start +
XID_Continue +
Grapheme_Base +
scripts Latin
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 79 121 121 01111001
UTF-16BE 00 79 0 121 121 00000000 01111001
UTF-16LE 79 00 121 0 30976 01111001 00000000
UTF-32BE 00 00 00 79 0 0 0 121 121 00000000 00000000 00000000 01111001
UTF-32LE 79 00 00 00 121 0 0 0 2030043136 01111001 00000000 00000000 00000000