Apparent yield strains for trabecular bone are uniform within an anatomic site but can vary across site. The overall goal of this study was to characterize the contribution of inter-site differences in trabecular architecture to corresponding variations in apparent yield strains. High-resolution, small deformation finite element analyses were used to compute apparent compressive and tensile yield strains in four sites (n=7 specimens per site): human proximal tibia, greater trochanter, femoral neck, and bovine proximal tibia. These sites display differences in compressive, but not tensile, apparent yield strains. Inter-site differences in architecture were captured implicitly in the model geometries, and these differences were isolated as the sole source of variability across sites by using identical tissue properties in all models. Thus, the effects inter-site variations in architecture on yield strain could be assessed by comparing computed yield strains across site. No inter-site differences in computed yield strains were found for either loading mode (p<0.19), indicating that, within the context of small deformations, inter-site variations in architecture do not affect apparent yield strains. However, results of ancillary analyses designed to test the validity of the small deformation assumption strongly suggested that the propensity to undergo large deformations constitutes an important contribution of architecture to inter-site variations in apparent compressive yield strains. Large deformations substantially reduced apparent compressive, but not tensile, yield strains. These findings indicate the importance of incorporating large deformation capabilities in computational analyses of trabecular bone. This may be critical when investigating the biomechanical consequences of trabecular thinning and loss.