The Japanese spelling of Yoshi is Yosshii ヨッシー

I couldn't find any information regarding the origin of this name.

Is it a Japanese name ? Does it mean anything ?

It's written in katakana which suggests to me that it is not a Japanese name and has no meaning.

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    The name of Yoshi's species is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas (from wikipedia) but shortened to Yoshi as he is a famous character now. Jul 20, 2020 at 6:26

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According to ヨッシー in Japanese Wikipedia:


(Translation: The name ヨッシー derived from a nickname of a Nintendo employee.)

So ヨッシー was the nickname of a real person in Nintendo.

Is this a common nickname in Japanese? Yes. Many Japanese surnames have よし (Usually 吉 in kanji, for example you may know this 吉田 and this 吉田), and ヨッシー is a reasonable nickname for someone whose surname contains よし. Also note that a nickname can be written in katakana regardless of the etymology.

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    Also... Yoshihiro is a reasonably common name. I've known people with this name to shorten it to just "Yoshi" in informal circumstances.
    – J...
    Jul 20, 2020 at 15:34

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