Last name origins & meanings:
- Italian (Sicily): see Amaro.
- Arabic: variant of
- Japanese: ‘surplus’, usually written with characters
used phonetically. It appears to be a shortening of amaribe
‘surplus doors’, a reference to the practice among census takers from
ancient times up to the era of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603–1867) of
listing households in groups of fifty; any households exceeding this
number or a multiple of it were referred to as ‘surplus’. The surname
is found chiefly in northeastern Japan.
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