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南 means south or southern.
In Chinese, this is also a surname that romanizes as Nan.
In Japanese, it can also be the given names Mimi, Minamihama, Minamitate, Minami, Mina, Miumi, Hinata, Nantetsu, or Namuchoru. It can be the Japanese surnames Nanzaki, Nan, Namu, Nami, or Takaminami.
南山之壽 is a wish for long life for someone. The first part of this Japanese phrase is “Nan Zan,” which means “south mountain.” This mountain is one of the good wishes, good fortune, and prosperity. The title is often used as a salutation of good wishes.
The third Kanji is just a connector, and the last Kanji means long life or longevity.
I guess you could translate this phrase as “May your life be as long as Nan Zan is tall.”
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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your nan south search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
naan (hin:); nan; flatbread in Central and South Asian cuisine; (personal name) Nan; Nunn
| nán ào
Nan'ao County in Shantou 汕頭|汕头[Shan4 tou2], Guangdong; Nan'ao Township in Yilan County 宜蘭縣|宜兰县[Yi2 lan2 Xian4], Taiwan; abbr. for 南澳大利亞州|南澳大利亚州[Nan2 ao4 da4 li4 ya4 zhou1], South Australia
| nán yuàn
Nanyuan or "Southern Park", an imperial hunting domain during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, now the site of Nanhaizi Park in the south of Beijing
(given name) Nan'en
| naan / nan
naan (hin:); nan; flatbread in Central and South Asian cuisine; (place-name) Nan (Thailand)
| nán yán fú
nan2 yan2 fu2
nan yen fu
Jambu-dvīpa in the South
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|南||minami / nan||nán / nan2 / nan|
Long Life Wishes
|nan zan no jyu|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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