Samurai name meaning: Toyotomi Hideyoshi

  Samurai traditionally have several names. (learn more) They change their name to fit different situations and life stages. This was normal within the Samurai rank.   As one of the most famous samurai along with Oda Nobunaga 織田 信長 and Tokugawa Ieyasu 徳川 家康, Toyotomi Hideyoshi 豊臣 秀吉 had changed his names at least 6 times. The transition of his names is as follows.   木下 藤吉郎→木下 藤吉郎 秀吉→羽柴 藤吉郎 平 秀吉→羽柴 筑前守 平 秀吉→羽柴 内大臣 藤原 朝臣 秀吉→羽柴 太政大臣 豊臣 朝臣 秀吉       ⒈ 木下 藤吉郎       He was born of no traceable samurai lineage, being the son of a peasant-ashigaru (foot soldier). Because of this, … Continued