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    Japanese Family Name

    I like mine (Ota) because it is ancient and uses basic kanji characters

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    kamizono cause she was the first to diss me and in the process taught me one of the cornerstones of japanese culture
    also cause of what it means
    and also cause it's the name of the neighborhood of where it happened as well

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    i like Tanaka, Yamada and hattori Hanzo. Kawazaki has a ring to it as well. Oh! and Arakawa. She won gold in the figure skating of the winter olympics. Her first name is cool as well. Shizuka. Actually that is the coolest Japanese name. Shizuka Arakawa. Try saying it in a deep voice. SHIZUKA ARAKAWA!

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    wakayama, tashiro, nagata,

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    I'd have to say I pretty much like all of them....Miyamoto is a good strong yet flowing name. I like the name Shuuhei as a given name. It sounds cool.

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    I love all the names

    I currently live in the US (Bayport Minnesota to be exact) hopefully I will be moving to Japan sooner rather then later...where was I? ok so ya I love all the names I don't know many because I havn't been able to see so many only the ones of sports teams and the credits of anime and japanese movies, I just love to say tha names eee-CHEE-ROW... and MATSUI CHOP (chop meaning swing) So Tadihito CHOP MATSUI...something like that OH JAPAN...Damn i wish there now...ahh PEACE

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    Talking I feel all Japanese name link with natural things

    Hi,everyone,
    I feel all japanese name always link with natural or the place beside them...the names are easy to remember and interesting
    Yaya

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    yamasaki
    kazama
    miturugi
    himekawa
    yamaguchi

    to name a few.
    ☆Rieko☆ says:
    目が大きかったらすぐにゴミがはいる


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    I really like the surname Kusanagi. It sounds cool and its from an anime (ghost in the shell).

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    I have a mate who's name is proper class, her surname is 'Sasakura', ’ささくら’it sounds mint, and i'm going to hunt a Sasakura down and marry her. haha

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    Originally Posted by sugin
    I feel all japanese name always link with natural or the place beside them.
    Not all of them are related to nature but many do for sure.
    For Example:
    Yamada (mountain and rice field), Kawatani (river and valley), Matsumoto (under the pine tree), Ishino (stone and field)

    By the way, I don't think anyone mentioned the surname I have here because it's not very common, hehehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanneesh View Post
    i like Tanaka, Yamada and hattori Hanzo. Kawazaki has a ring to it as well. Oh! and Arakawa. She won gold in the figure skating of the winter olympics. Her first name is cool as well. Shizuka. Actually that is the coolest Japanese name. Shizuka Arakawa. Try saying it in a deep voice. SHIZUKA ARAKAWA!
    Shizuka is also known as a girl friend of Nobita.

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    I like Nakajima.

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    I like....
    Sakuma
    Kamiya
    Asakura
    Tanaka
    Natsume
    Yuki
    Chikamoto
    & soooo many more !

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    I know so many Nakahamas, and Nakamuras.

    I know these two people:
    Rachel Nakahama and Rachel Nakamura......

    So cofuddding!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thingamabob View Post
    I know so many Nakahamas, and Nakamuras.
    I know these two people: Rachel Nakahama and Rachel Nakamura......
    So cofuddding!!!
    Yeah, there are soooooo many Japanese names that start with "naka".
    Nakano, Nakama, Nakatani, Nakane, Nakamachi, Nakata, Nakanishi, Nakamori, Nakabayashi, Nakasone....etc.etc....

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    A bit off-topic ...


    I have a question on Japanese surnames,don't know if anyone here can answer it for me.

    Can Japanese trace family roots to a specific geographic region based on their surname ?

    I've studied both Korean and Chinese surnames,am fully understand of their places of origination and sources ( heritage /tribe/ethnicity ) of origin.
    Last edited by ricecake; Aug 24, 2006 at 08:29.

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    Can Japanese trace family roots to a specific geographic region based on their surname ?
    it depends on name.


    hata(秦) clan....they changed 羽田、畠、畠山 、畑田、波多野.....so on
    they are related with 秦皇帝( china or middle east?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by caster51 View Post

    it depends on name.

    hata(秦) clan....they changed to 羽田、畠、畠山 、畑田、波多野.....so on
    they are related with 秦皇帝 ( china )
    Is there is a comprehensive published book on Japanese surnames available on commercial market or on the internet I can access to ?

    Aren't majority native Japanese surnames related to nature or sort of,can you trace one's family roots to a geographical region in Japan islands other than Korea and China ? Do you have examples ?


    Off-Topic ....

    I see,Hata clan's ancestors were Chinese immigrants sailed to Japan islands during China's Qin Dynasty,not necessarily mean they were blood related to the Emperor of Qin who recordedly commissioned Xu Fu an expedition with several thousand Chinese children in searching of " immortal medicines " and landed on today's Kyushu Island some 2500-2600 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caster51 View Post

    hata(秦) clan....they changed 羽田畠山畑田波多野 .....
    Do you have Japanese romanji transcription for these surnames ?

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    hata(秦) clan....they changed 羽田(hata)、畠(hata)、畠山(hatakeyama) 、畑田(hatada)、波多野(hatano) .....

    八田(hatta) and shimazu(島津)clan
    Shimazu kamon



    http://kodai-musashigaku.m.mepage.jp/newpage28.htm

    畠 and 畑 are not from chinese characters
    these characters were made in japan

     means rice field ,you know.

    + and

    I think they were
    http://f17.aaa.livedoor.jp/~kmaz/keikyo/keikyou-hi.htm
    Nestorianism
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestorianism

    Aren't majority native Japanese surnames related to nature or sort of,can you trace one's family roots to a geographical region in Japan islands other than Korea and China ? Do you have examples ?
    if I see my 家紋(kamon) and ask it to family temple that we are supporting, we could find a roots...

    There is ancestor's career in the temple, Kyoto is called Uzumasa(太秦)
    Roma empire in kanji is (大秦帝国)
    Last edited by thomas; Aug 26, 2006 at 13:16. Reason: Added quote tags

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    Errr .... you're not making any sense,don't trash this thread with religious affiliations.

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    Originally Posted by ricecake
    Can Japanese trace family roots to a specific geographic region based on their surname ?
    Although such names as Hasegawa, Sato, Suzuki, Tanaka, and Yamamoto are widely spreaded all around Japan, you could figure out where some people come from by their family names.
    For instance:
    We have loooots of Niimi's (新美) in my city but the people from other cities say they hardly ever see such a strange name. I remember when I visited my friend in Kyuushuu, I saw whole bunch of Koga's (古賀) there.

    I have been looking for a site that shows the location of the particular family names here in Japan and finally found one although the site is all written in Japanese.


    都道府県の特徴的苗字一覧
    There you see a list of all the prefectures in Japan. Click one and you will see family names that can be found alot in that district.

    I randomly clicked Kumamoto Prefecture and found this family name Akahoshi (赤星) and decided to ask Akahoshi-san in my neighbourhood if he or his ancestors are from Kumamoto Pref. and it was Bingo! He said his father was born and raised in Kumamoto.

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    I recently heard a family name that struck me as unique and interesting:

    延命

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    Kyoko-san ....

    arigatou gosaimasu

    I've bookmarked the link,will work on it with internet language translation site.My interest and research on East Asian surnames can't be complete without Japanese portion.

    Your provided examples shed some light,I can continue on with this basis.

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