Ota Family History
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Ota Name Meaning
Japanese (Ota): ‘large rice paddy’; variously written and found mostly in western Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. Some bearers are descended from the Minamoto and the surname is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. A village in Totomi (now part of Shizuoka prefecture) gave its name to several families, but the village itself was originally named after a branch of the ancient Ota clan which settled there.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press