21864Re: [SCA-JML] Another name/mon question...
- Nov 20, 2006Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig! Please understand that even if "Katsuna"
exists as a family name today, it may still
be as little as 150 years old. There are two obvious ways to write
the first letter "katsu" and the "na" part may
be any number of things. Another possibility is to divide it as ka-
tsuna, but "tsuna" is also problematic as the
most common meaning for "tsuna" is "net". So, conceivably, "Katsuna"
could be "river net" which simply doesn't
sound much like a family name to me. Where on earth are you getting
There is somebody called "Takatsuna Hirofumi" (b. 1951) at Nihon
University in Japan. So, we can find "tsuna"
meaning "net" in modern Japanese family names. However, you can not
just leave off the "TA" of "Takatsuna" as
"TAKA" is a single morpheme.
Please understand that choosing "Takatsuna" as a Japanese family name
without first demonstrating that it
really does work as a pre-1600 Japanese family name is not much
better than saying that !CHYYZKY!CHCHOK
(where the ! are "clicks") is a 15th century English name for someone
living in central London. Actually it is
more equivalent to saying that XYLAPHONY is a good English name of
the period as it does work in the
English sound system while !CHYYZKY!CHCHOK does not.
Regardless, there are no entries for "Katsuna" in Dijirin first edition.
While Papinot's Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan does
have an entry for a family called "Katsu",
it does not have an entry for "Katsuna".
Your Humble Servant
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