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Gender Masculine & Feminine
Usage Japanese
Scripts 秀, 英, 日出, etc.(Japanese Kanji) ひで(Japanese Hiragana) ヒデ(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. KHEE-DEH
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Meaning & History

From 秀 (hide), shifted from hiide, the stem of verb 秀でる (hiideru) (Old Japanese hiidzu) meaning "to excel, surpass," in turn a combination of 穂 (ho>hi) meaning "ear/head (of plant); point, tip" and verb 出づ (idzu) (modern deru) meaning "to come out." Other kanji can be used in relation to the verb, e.g. 英 meaning "wisdom, brilliance." The combination 日出 is also used, stemming from a shortening of 日の出 (hinode) meaning "sunrise."

In use as a(n uncommon) feminine name before the Meiji Period (1868-1912) with increase in usage for both genders in that period, Hide is, nowadays, mainly used as a (largely male) nickname for names like Hidenobu or Hideyoshi.
Added 3/4/2007 by Sasha
Edited 11/13/2020 by Mike C, m4yb3_daijirou, Sofia and more