Honda clan

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Honda clan
本多氏
Japanese crest Honda Tachi Aoi.svg
The emblem (mon) of the Honda clan
Home province Mikawa
Parent house Fujiwara clan
Titles
Dissolution still extant

The Honda clan (本多氏 Honda-shi or Honda-uji) is a Japanese family that claims descent from the medieval court noble Fujiwara no Kanemichi. The family settled in Mikawa and served the Matsudaira clan as retainers. Later, when the main Matsudaira family became the Tokugawa clan, the Honda rose in prestige. The clan includes thirteen branches who had daimyō status, and forty-five who had hatamoto status. Arguably the most famous member of the Honda clan was the 16th century samurai general Honda Tadakatsu. Two of the major branches of the clan claim descent from Tadakatsu, or his close relative Honda Masanobu.

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