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Maciamo
Oct 4, 2006, 07:05
I have noticed that the Japanese and the Indians shared quite a few identical surnames. Here is a short list of what I have found :

- Chiba
- Nara
- Nita
- Sen
- Yamura

Just coincidences, but still interesting...

Iron Chef
Oct 5, 2006, 02:36
Hmm... had no idea. I just assumed those names were exclusively Japanese. I wonder how many other names might be cross-cultural. A little off-topic but recently i've had a batch of new students with interesting names i've not heard before like "Kirika", "Sea" (never seen that spelling, pronounced like Seiya), "Ramu" (like ramune). All were girl's names coincidentally.

Hiroyuki Nagashima
Oct 5, 2006, 06:27
Chiba
A powerful family of Shimousa country of the Middle Ages.
桓武平氏良文流.(KANMU HEISHI YOSHIFUMI family)
They lived in Shimousa country Chiba county.
http://www.myj7000.jp-biz.net/clan/01/011/01116.htm

NITTA
The families of Genji.
A family of SEIWA Genji,
They based on Ueno country (Gunma).
Because they developed Nitta in Ueno, they introduced themselves as "新田(Nitta)"
http://sky.zero.ad.jp/~zac28831/syashin-nt01.htm

Sanskrit came to Japan with Buddhism.
In Japanese,The etymology has Sanskrit a bit.
http://www.mypress.jp/v2_writers/hirosan/story/?story_id=1358960

Mars Man
Oct 5, 2006, 15:21
I think I'll try to find some information on this too ....MM

dopemills
Nov 1, 2006, 18:29
My teacher's surname is Nara and he's indian.

miki78
Nov 4, 2006, 10:54
Bad person online so i'm posting to knock him off the top sorry

ArmandV
Nov 4, 2006, 11:07
Yes, it is interesting.

miki78
Nov 4, 2006, 11:47
Chiba is a pretty word what does it mean?

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