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Samurai Names [Nov. 10th, 2004|12:32 pm]
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Samurai names:

Order:
Family, Middle, Given

Middle name is (for low-ranking samurai) a nickname or (for high-ranking samurai) a job title.  It is optional

Types of names:
Childhood - whatever the parents want
First Adult name - given at the age of 14, one character from father or grandfather's name, one other
          The other based on meaning and then later changed (only if high-ranking) to be given by the shogun (part of his name).
Religious name - most Samurai become buddhist monks at some point in their life
          Ex. :  Kenshin, Soteki, Shonyu, Sozen, Dokan, etc.
Job Title name - Either states his title or the lands over which he rules
Death name - name given after death, may mark his deification, used when honoring him as an ancestor

Information found here and here.


Good thing about this?  We don't have to pick just one name! :)
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[User Picture]From: vintagefury
2004-11-12 04:40 am (UTC)
Eh, well, I don't know if we can get name meanings. I mean, that's like someone asking us what names like John or Chris mean. I'll ask, of course, but I don't have my hopes up on getting meanings ;)
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