Usage Japanese Mythology
Scripts 牛若丸(Japanese Kanji)
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Meaning & History
Ushiwakamaru is a combination of 牛 (ushi), meaning "cow, bull"; 若 (waka), meaning "young"; and 丸 (maru), meaning "round". Maru was also a common ending for young boys' names in feudal Japan. Thus "young bull", with maru denoting it's a young child. Ushiwakamaru (牛若丸) was the childhood name of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源 義経), a general of the Minamoto clan and one of the most famous historical samurai.