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OTHER SCRIPTS: 桐谷, 桐ヶ谷, 桐ケ谷, 桐萱, きりがや (hiragana), キリガヤ (katakana)
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 7/30/2015
Meaning & History
This surname is used as 桐谷, 桐ケ谷, 桐ヶ谷 or 桐萱 with 桐 (tou, dou, kiri) meaning "paulownia," 谷 (koku, kiwa.maru, tani, ya) meaning "valley" and 萱 (ken, kaya, kanzou) meaning "miscanthus reed."
The ヶ is generally used as a conjuction of が, used in surnames like Kirigaya and place names. Sometimes, ケ (which would usually be pronounced 'ke') is written in surnames and place names.