Last Name :
Last Name in Japanese Kanji(Hiragana) :
小 meaning little, small./ 谷 meaning valley.
Estimated Population in Japan :
Population Rank :
380 out of 10,000 entries
Other Readings of Kotani(小谷)：
Odani, Kodani, Otani, Koya, Otani, Ose, Owase, Onabuchi, Ukuku
Top 5 populations of Kotani(小谷) by prefecture：
1 : Osaka
2 : Hyogo
3 : Kyoto
4 : Tottori
5 : Tokyo
How to Find The Origin of Japanese Last Name
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Using this site, you can check the roots of Japanese last name made after A.D.600.
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