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Minamoto Family History

Minamoto Name Meaning
Japanese: meaning ‘source’, ‘origin’. With the Fujiwara and Taira, this is one of the three most prominent clans in Japanese history. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. The name itself is not common today, as most of the descendant families have taken other surnames, usually from their places of residence. In 814, the Emperor Saga created the surname for those of his children who were to become commoners. Later emperors did likewise, so the various branches of the clan were distinguished by the names of their parent-emperors. The Minamoto are also commonly called Genji, from the Sino-Japanese pronunciation of minamoto plus the word for clan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,122 Historical Documents with Minamoto on Ancestry
287 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
143 Military Records
335 Immigration Records
134 Census and Voter Lists
223 Member Trees

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