The meaning of the name Yank is U.S. Northerner. The origin of the name Yank is Native American. This is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word, the language.
Diminutive of the word Yankee, a colloquial term given to Northerners in the U.S. Civil War. Yankee, itself, is fabled to be a Native American pronunciation of the Dutch word "Engles," which means English (referring to English settlers in New England).