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Type Surname
Usage Japanese
Scripts 土方, 土片, 泥方, 泥片(Japanese Kanji) ひじかた(Japanese Hiragana) ヒジカタ(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. KHEE-ZHEE-KA-TA  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From 泥 (hiji) meaning "mud, mire," more often written as 土, from tsuchi meaning "earth, soil, dirt, mud," and 方 (kata) meaning "direction, way" or, more rarely, 片 (kata) meaning "one (of a pair); incomplete, fragmentary" (cognate with 方).

One bearer of this name was Hijikata Toshizō (土方 歳三) (1835-1869), the vice-commander of the Shinsengumi.
Added 11/23/2019 by m4yb3_daijirou
Edited 3/9/2020 by Mike C