Ikata, Ehime - Culture - Etymology of Name

Etymology of Name

The origin of the name Ikata is unclear and there are several competing theories.

  • It may have come from iekata (家方?) or iokata (庵方?), meaning "a place with small houses or shacks".
  • Ika can be found in the names of places surrounded by mountains or located in foothills; ta can mean "land". Ikata could therefore be "a place by the mountains".
  • In the Ainu language, ika means "to pass through the mountains and cross the land". However, the Ainu are thought to have had little influence as far south as Shikoku.

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