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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


Similar surnames: Miyamoto, Iwamoto, Sakamoto, Enomoto, Minami, Mino, Yamamoto

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Minamoto Family Occupations

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Between 1968 and 2001, in the United States, Minamoto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Minamoto in 1968 was 76, and 80 in 2001.

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