Abe Family History
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Abe Name Meaning
Japanese: variously written, with Chinese characters used phonetically. Listed in the Shinsen shojiroku, the Abe claim descent from Ohiko, first son of the mythical Emperor Kogen. There are several places in Japan named Abe, which means ‘sun festival’ in the Ainu language. Some Ainu connections may be assumed, but the name could also be purely habitational. It is found mostly in northeastern Japan, the island of Kyushu, and the Ryukyu Islands.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press