1. surname; family name
  • あなた
  • せい
  • どう
  • はつおん発音
  • する
  • のです
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2. hereditary title (used in ancient Japan to denote rank and political standing)Only applies to せい, See also 姓 かばね
Wikipedia definition
3. Family nameA family name (in Western contexts often referred to as a surname or last name) is typically a part of a person's name which has been passed, according to law or custom, from one or both parents to their children. The use of family names is common in many cultures around the world. Each culture has its own rules as to how these names are applied and used. Having both a family name and given name ("first name", "forename", or "Christian name") is far from universal.
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Other forms
姓 【しょう】姓 【そう】
しょう: Out-dated or obsolete kana usage. そう: Out-dated or obsolete kana usage.


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