This is a similar name change to the Koji clan. It is no surprise how the originators are brothers of the Fujiwara can.

Fujiwara no Motozane (1143-change)

His father was Fujiwara no Tadamichi.

The date for the founding of the Konoe clan is unknown.

Konoe Motozane (change-death)

Konoe (近衛): (Japanese) near protection

The name Konoe derived from a road in Kyoto named Konoe-Oji, which was where Konoe Motozane lived, just like the origin of the Koji clan.

Motozane would become a regent of Emperor Rukujo. While he died at the young age of 24, his descendants continued to uphold the Konoe name.


  • Ōta, Akira (1934). 姓氏家系大辞典 第2巻. pp. 2350–2353.
  • Wikipedia
    • “Konoe family.”
    • “Konoe Motozane.”

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