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Famous Male Daimyos

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List of famous male daimyos, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male daimyos list contains the most prominent and top males known for being daimyos. There are thousand of males working as daimyos in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic daimyos have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a daimyo then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features people like Shimazu Nariakira and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

While this isn't a list of all male daimyos, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male daimyos?" and "Who are the best male daimyos?"


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    Matsudaira Hirotada was the lord of Okazaki Castle in Mikawa province, Japan during the Sengoku Period of the 16th century. He is best known for being the father of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.more

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    • Age: Died at 23 (1526-1549)
    • Profession: Daimyo
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    Ii Naosuke was daimyo of Hikone and also Tairō of Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan, a position he held from April 23, 1858 until his death on March 24, 1860. He is most famous for signing the Harris Treaty with the United States, granting access to ports for trade to American merchants and seamen and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1815-1860)
    • Birthplace: Edo
    • Profession: Daimyo, Politician
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    Matsudaira Kiyoyasu
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    Matsudaira Kiyoyasu was the 7th lord over the Matsudaira clan during the Sengoku period of Japan. Kiyoyasu was the grandfather of the exceedingly famous unifier of Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Kiyoyasu soon gained control of the whole of the northern region of Mikawa province after the Saigo clan had ...more

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    • Age: Died at 24 (1511-1535)
    • Profession: Daimyo
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    Hasekura Tsunenaga
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    Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga was a Japanese samurai and retainer of Date Masamune, the daimyo of Sendai. In the years 1613 through 1620, Hasekura headed a diplomatic mission to the Vatican in Rome, traveling through New Spain and visiting various ports-of-call in Europe. This historic mission is called ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1571-1622)
    • Birthplace: Sendai Domain
    • Profession: Daimyo, Diplomat, Samurai
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    Toyotomi Hideyoshi
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    Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a preeminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier". He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga, and brought an end to the Warring States period. The period of his rule is often called the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1537-1598)
    • Birthplace: Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Japan
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai, Warlord
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    Matsudaira Tadaaki was a Japanese samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period through early Edo period. He was a retainer and relative of the Tokugawa clan.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1583-1644)
    • Birthplace: Mikawa Province, Japan
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Matsudaira Katamori
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    Matsudaira Katamori was a samurai who lived in the last days of the Edo period and the early to mid Meiji period. He was the 9th daimyo of the Aizu han and the Military Commissioner of Kyoto during the Bakumatsu period. During the Boshin War, Katamori and the Aizu han fought against the Meiji Government ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1836-1893)
    • Birthplace: Edo
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Matsudaira Tadanao was a Japanese daimyo in the early Edo period. He was the head of the Fukui Domain.more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1595-1650)
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Viscount Oda Nobutoshi was a daimyo of the tozama feudal domain of Tendō, in Dewa province, northern Japan. He was a direct descendant of the famed Oda Nobunaga, through Nobunaga's son Oda Nobukatsu. He had the ceremonial court titles of junsammi and Hyōbu-taifu.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1853-1901)
    • Birthplace: Edo
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Matsudaira Shigekatsu was a Japanese daimyo of the early Edo period. Also known as Denzaburō. Inherited headship of the Nomi-Matsudaira from his father, Matsudaira Shigeyoshi. He served as a retainer first to Tokugawa Ieyasu, fighting at Komaki-Nagakute, and later was assigned to Ieyasu's sixth son ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1549-1620)
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Matsudaira Sadaaki was a Japanese daimyo of the Bakumatsu period, who was the last ruler of the Kuwana Domain. Sadaaki was the adopted heir of Matsudaira Sadamichi, the descendant of Sadatsuna, the third son of Hisamatsu Sadakutsu, who was Tokugawa Ieyasu's brother. His family was known as the Hisamatsu ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1847-1908)
    • Birthplace: Edo
    • Profession: Daimyo
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    Matsudaira Ietada, also known as Matsudaira Tomomo no Suke, was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period.more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1547-1600)
    • Birthplace: Mikawa Province, Japan
    • Profession: Daimyo
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    Takeda Katsuyori was a Japanese daimyo of the Sengoku Period, who was famed as the head of the Takeda clan and the successor to the legendary warlord Takeda Shingen. He was the son of Shingen by the Suwa goryōnin, the daughter of Suwa Yorishige. Katsuyori's children included Takeda Nobukatsu and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1546-1582)
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Matsudaira Shigetada was a Japanese daimyo of the Azuchi-Momoyama period to early Edo period. His court title was Tango no kami. In 1612, Shigetada became an ōbangashira. He took part in the attack on Osaka Castle in the winter campaign of 1614, and in the defense of Fushimi Castle the following spring ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1570-1626)
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Viscount Matsudaira Kataharu was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the daimyō of Tonami han in the early Meiji Era. Born the eldest son of Matsudaira Katamori, he succeeded Katamori's adopted son Nobunori in 1869. As the Meiji government had granted the former daimyō family of Aizu ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1869-1910)
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Matsudaira Katataka Japanese daimyo lord, ruler of the 230,000 koku Aizu domain in Mutsu Province. Known in his youth as Keizaburō 慶三郎, he was born to Matsudaira Yoshikazu, the lord of the Takasu domain, in Mino. Adopted by Matsudaira Katahiro of Aizu, Katataka succeeded to the family headship, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1806-1852)
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Viscount Matsudaira Nobunori was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as daimyō of Aizu Domain from 1868-69. Born the son of Tokugawa Nariaki of Mito, he was adopted by Matsudaira Katamori as successor. After a year of serving as daimyō, he resigned, allowing Katamori's birth son ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1855-1891)
    • Profession: Daimyo, Samurai
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    Saitō Yoshitatsu was a Japanese samurai during the Sengoku period. Yoshiatsu was the son of Saitō Dōsan. In 1556, Dōsan was killed in battle against forces led by Yoshitatsu. The son of Yoshitatsu, Saitō Tatsuoki, was defeated by Oda Nobunaga in 1564; and the clan disappeared.more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1527-1561)
    • Birthplace: Mino Province
    • Profession: Daimyo
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    Uesugi Mochinori
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    Count Uesugi Mochinori was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the last daimyo of Yonezawa han in Dewa Province. In the Meiji era he became a government official and briefly served as governor of Okinawa Prefecture.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1844-1919)
    • Birthplace: Japan
    • Profession: Daimyo, Politician, Samurai
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    Prince Tokugawa Iesato was the first head of the Tokugawa clan after the overthrow of the Tokugawa bakufu, and a figure in Japanese politics during the Meiji, Taishō and early Shōwa period Japan.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1863-1940)
    • Birthplace: Edo
    • Profession: Daimyo, Politician
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