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Gender Feminine
Usage Japanese
Scripts 初, 波津(Japanese Kanji) はつ(Japanese Hiragana) ハツ(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. HAHTS, HAH-TSUU  [key]

Meaning & History

This name can be used as 初 (sho, ui-, -so.meru,,, haji.mete, hatsu, hatsu-) meaning "beginning, first time" or 波津 with 波 (ha, nami) meaning "billows, Poland, waves" and 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port."

When used as 初, it is, according to Suzuki Sakaye, usually used as the name of the first daughter.

Hatsu was very popular in the Edo period (1603-1868), but by the latter part of the Meiji period (1868-1912) it was dropping down in popularity and by the Taishō period/era (1912-1926), it became uncommon.
Added 5/28/2009 by aquaspirit96
Edited 3/9/2020 by Mike C and m4yb3_daijirou