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Scripts 寿(Japanese Kanji) ことぶき(Japanese Hiragana) コトブキ(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. KO-TO-BOO-KYEE  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From 寿 (kotobuki) meaning "congratulations; longevity," derived, via a sound shift, from a combination of 言 (koto) meaning "word" and continuative/stem form of obsolete verb 祝く (hoku) meaning "to pray for a good outcome" (compare Kotohogi). It originally referred to saying something in prayer for a good outcome, then to saying something favourable in hope for a felicitous or auspicious occasion, shifting to its present meaning.

One bearer of this name is manga artist and actor, Kotobuki Shiriagari (しりあがり 寿) (1958-), born Toshiki Mochidzuki (望月 寿城).

This name is very rarely used and is more commonly used as a surname.
Added 1/24/2015 by m4yb3_daijirou
Edited 3/8/2020 by Mike C and m4yb3_daijirou