Originally a male pet form of James and still so used, especially in Scotland and Northumberland. It is now also found as a girl's name, a feminine equivalent of James, especially in North America, where it is used more frequently for girls than boys. It is famously borne by the actress Jamie Lee Curtis (b. 1958), and is often used in combination with Lee or its variants.
Japanese: ‘wisteria hill’; habitational name from a village in Shinano (now Nagano prefecture), and found mostly in western Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands. The family is descended from a branch of the Fujiwara clan which took the name Ashikaga, but is not directly related to the more famous Ashikaga family, which is of Minamoto descent.