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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Japanese
Scripts 早乙女, 五月女(Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced Pron. sao-to-meh  [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsSōtome, Sautome, Satsukime, Satsukino, Satsukijo, Satsuki, Same

Meaning & History

From Japanese 早乙女 (saotome) meaning "Saotome", a former village in the former district of Shioya in the former Japanese province of Shimotsuke in present-day Tochigi, Japan. The name of the location itself is derived from Japanese 早乙女 (saotome) meaning "a woman who plants rice in the fields". Since rice planting typically occurs during May, the surname may also be written 五月女, with characters 五月 (gogatsu) meaning "May".
Added 8/11/2023 by nihanzakura