In a telephone register, 万寿一 was behind a surname. What does 万寿一 mean when written behind a surname?

And second, I came across this sentence.


What does つうさん mean? Is 'tsu' a syllable (mora) and is san a suffix in this case?

  • Without context, I have to assume つうさん is 通算, meaning total.
    – Cat
    Mar 13, 2015 at 19:50
  • I can't say for sure, but 万寿一 seems a given name ますいち.
    – marasai
    Mar 14, 2015 at 0:00
  • Is the sentence with つうさん supposed to be from the telephone register as well, or is it from somewhere else?
    – blutorange
    Mar 14, 2015 at 9:49

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「万寿一」 should be a given name if it was placed behind a surname.

It would be read 「ますいち」 and the characters mean literally "10,000 - felicitations - one". It is not a regular word, so it does not really have a clear meaning.

Regarding the reading, it may actually turn out to be totally different. That is because the Japanese civil laws allow kanji used in a baby name to be read anyway you want when you register it.

Onto 「つうさん」...

Without context, It is just impossible to tell what it means. There is the word [通算]{つうさん} meaning "final aggregate" but that is not the kind of word one would write in hiragana.

It is possible that it is a nickname. In any case, you would need to provide the context.

EDIT: Now that we have some context and it sure would be someone's nickname. Many nicknames include さん、ちゃん、くん, etc at the end.

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