The Brief: "Y/N" is used in fanfiction. It stands for "your name" and allows the reader to insert themselves into the story.

Bluesquiggle
DEEP DIVE

“Y/N” is an abbreviation for “your name” in fan fiction. Readers are able to insert themselves into the story where “Y/N” is written.

According to Urban Dictionary, this is used in first person/ reader point of view fanfics. Many of these fanfics are found on Wattpad, Tumblr, and Twitter.

“Y/N” is used often by K-pop stans.

“Y/N” fanfic videos are also popular on TikTok. The hashtag #yn has accumulated over 96 million views on the app.

According to Fanlore, while the popularized usage of “Y/N” is more recent, the term dates back to 2011.

@saladwhyamisalad

#greenscreen Guys I was laughing to hard making this, sorry not sorry🤣 #harrystyles #yn #idk #fyp #wattpad

♬ original sound – saladwhyamisalad