Yermolay is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Ancient Greek Hermolaos meaning “people of Hermes”, Hermes being the Greek god of commerce and trade, protector of thieves, and the messenger of the gods (ultimately the name derives from an uncertain origin) combined with laos “people”.
Yuri is a Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian male name, the Slavic form of Georgemeaning “farmer, earthworker” made up of Ancient Greek elements ge (earth) which seems to derive from an unknown origin, likely pre-Greek in origin; and ergon (work), which ultimatelydesires from a PIE root word. Interestingly enough, I’ve found that Yuri is a somewhat popular male name in Brazil which I’m assuming comes from the Slavic name.
Yuri is also a Japanese female name. It means “lily” written with the kanji 百合 but has other meanings depending on the kanji used:
由 “cause, reason”
有 “exist; have; possess”
祐 “divine help”
理 “reason, logic”
利 “profit, benefit”
There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s ゆり and in katakana it’s ユリ.
Yuri is also a Korean female name (also spelled Yu-ri and Yoo-ri) written in hangul as 유리 and has different meanings depending on the hanja used such as:
(俞) “to approve”
(幼) “childish; immature; young”
(利) “benefit, advantage”
Yuri also means “glass” written with the hanja 琉璃. There are likely other meanings depending on the hanja used
Origin: unknown; Proto-Indo-European; Japanese; Korean
Meaning: Russian and Ukrainian male name “farmer, earth-worker”; also a Japanese and Korean female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji and hanja used
Usage: Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean
Yuriko (Japanese)- with the ko suffix meaning “child”