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    Help with my last name!

    Hello there! I'm very new to the site but I would really appreciate some help in reguards to the kanji symbols for my last name. My grandparents taught them to me before they passed away and I've seen them the same way on the internet. It's Hayashi and I know that it means forest, but I...
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    Help Info on Ishii Family

    Hi! Am looking for info on the Ishii Family, particularly where in Japan they come from. Any leads would be appreciated! Thanks!
  3. Common Japanese Surnames

    Society Common Japanese Surnames

    This list with the initially 10,000 most common family names was generated by Tadashige Murayama of Kumamoto and published on his website Myojikan (苗字舘). The list (in Japanese language only) was based on three-year research of local Japanese telephone directories. Unfortunately, this information...
  4. Japanese Family Names

    Society Japanese Family Names

    Modern Japanese names (日本人の氏名 nihonjin no shimei) usually consist of a family name (surname), followed by a given name. This order is common in Asian countries, while middle names are not generally used. Japanese names are usually written in Chinese characters (漢字 kanji) in Japanese...
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