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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Japanese
Scripts 山里, 山県, 山縣(Japanese Kanji) やまさと(Japanese Hiragana) ヤマサト(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. YAH-MAH-SAH-TO  [key]

Meaning & History

This surname combines 山 (san, sen, yama) meaning "mountain" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village," 県 or 縣 - outdated variant of 県 - (ken, ka.keru) meaning "county, district, subdivision, prefecture," the last meaning reserved for 県.

One bearer of this surname is comical tarento, narrator and radio personality Ryōta Yamasato (山里亮太) (1977-).
Added 3/15/2016 by Ichiro Yamasato
Edited 3/9/2020 by Mike C and m4yb3_daijirou