Azuma Family History
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Azuma Name Meaning
Japanese: an archaic word used to mean ‘east’, originally applied to the fifteen northern and eastern provinces of Japan. According to legend, the hero Prince Yamatotakeru, on his mission to conquer the eastern barbarians, was badly homesick and cried ‘Azuma wa ya!’ (‘Oh, my wife!’) when he viewed the Kanto Plain from a high pass, and this incident gave the name to the region. The family name is most commonly written with the character for ‘east’ (higashi), but some families write it using different characters phonetically. The name Azuma is found mostly in western Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, while the name Higashi is more common along the southeastern seaboard.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press