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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Japanese
Scripts 播, 畭, 羽里, 波里, 針, 巴里, 羽利, 波理, 葉里, 波利(Japanese Kanji) はり(Japanese Hiragana)
Pronounced Pron. HA-REE  [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsArata, Ha, Ban, Hazato, Hanesato, Namisato, Shin

Meaning & History

From Japanese 播 (hari) meaning "scatter; spread; disseminate", referring to cultivated land.
This may also be from Japanese 畭 (Hari) meaning "Hari", a former division in the district of Naka in the former Japanese province of Awa in parts of present-day Tokushima, Japan.
羽里, 波里, 針, 巴里, 羽利, 波理, 葉里, and 波利 are all variant spellings of 播 or 畭.
Added 8/19/2023 by nihanzakura
Edited 8/19/2023 by nihanzakura