Meaning and Origin of: Yagi

Family name origins & meanings

  • Japanese : ‘eight trees’; taken from a valley in Tajima (now part of Hyōgo prefecture) by a branch of the ancient Kusakabe family, which descended from Emperor Nintoku (early 5th century). The name is also found in the Ryūkyūan island of Amami, written with characters used phonetically. The name could also simply mean ‘goat’.