Meaning and Origin of: Endo

Family name origins & meanings

  • Japanese (Endō) : ‘far wisteria’; designating Fujiwara of Tōtōmi. En ‘far’ is a Sino-Japanese pronunciation of the element in the place name Tō-tsu-umi ‘farther lake’ (now part of Shizuoka prefecture). The name refers to Lake Hamana and was shortened by usage to Tōtōmi. The name is found mainly in eastern Japan, where it is borne by several families descended from the Taira and southern Fujiwara clans.