Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. hee-gah-shee
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Contributor Contrib.Aurelien on 3/19/2015
From the Japanese 東 (higashi) "east," originally derived from a combination of 日 (hi) meaning "sun," 向か (muka) meaning "facing" and 風 (shi, nowadays kaze) meaning "wind." This combination had undergone some sound shifts which results in 'higashi,' namely the shift from 'mu' in 'muka' to 'n' (turning into hingashi) and the dropping of 'n' in 'hingashi' (see Kagura on the first name website as another example of this process).