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List of famous daimyos, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top daimyos in the world? This includes the most prominent daimyos, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable daimyos is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic daimyos were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned daimyos.

List features famous Japanese feudal lords like Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga. Also featuring Japanese samurai who became lords, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known daimyos to the lesser known daimyos of today, these are some of the best professionals in the daimyo field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous daimyos ever?" and "What are the names of famous daimyos?" then you're in the right place. 
Oda Nobunaga is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
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Oda Nobunaga was a powerful samurai daimyo warlord of Japan in the late 16th century who initiated the unification of Japan near the end of the Warring States period. He lived a life of continuous military conquest, eventually conquering a third of Japan before his death in a 1582 coup. His ...more

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Age: Died at 48 (1534-1582)

Birthplace: Nagoya Castle, Japan

Profession: Daimyo, Warlord

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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
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Ii Naosuke was daimyo of Hikone and also TairĊ 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1571-1622)

Birthplace: Sendai Domain

Profession: Daimyo, Diplomat, Samurai

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
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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: 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: Japan

Profession: Daimyo, Samurai

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Matsudaira Katamori is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1836-1893)

Birthplace: Edo

Profession: Daimyo, Samurai

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