Browse Submitted Surnames

This is a list of submitted surnames in which the person who added the name is ShioTanbo1.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ADACHI     Japanese
Adachi is variously written,but the kanji commonly used literally means "Foot" and/ or "Stand".
AIDA     Japanese
Ai ("Fit ,Join"), ("Indigo"), ("Together") and more. Da is probably for ("Rice Paddy/Feild").
AIKUCHI     Japanese
Ai ("Indigo"), ("Fit,Join"), ("Together"), ("Meeting"), or possibly ("Love") + Kuchi ("Mouth,Opening").
AIMOTO     Japanese
Ai ("join,cooperation") or ("Love") + Moto (本 or 元, meaning "Origin").
AISAKA     Japanese (Rare)
Ai means "Indigo (blueish)", and Saka means "Hill,Slope".In 2014 Aisaka was ranked #9,579 for most used surnames in Japan and had only 5 occurrences that year. It's more popular in the U.S. than in the country it originated from... [more]
AKAIKE     Japanese (Rare)
Aka (丹). These are all kanji meaning "Red" + Ike (池) "Pond".
AKASHIRO     Japanese
Aka ("Red") + Shiro ("Castle"). Aoi Akashiro is an anime television series writer.
AKATSUKI     Japanese
Aka (丹) means "Red" and Tsuki (月) means "Moon". This surname is a reference to what the moon looks like during a lunar eclipse. An example of someone with this surname, is Natsumi Akatsuki, the light novel author behind " KonoSuba ".
AKATSUTSUMI     Japanese (Rare)
Aka ("Red") + Tsustumi ("River {bank}"). --- This is the surname of the Japanese adapted version of Blossom from Power Puff Girls (no, this is not the source).
AKEMI     Japanese
This most likely comes from Ake ("Bright") and Mi ("Mindset"). This is more commonly a given name, but I'm not sure if it's a rare last name just because of that.
AKI     Japanese
Aki commonly means "Autumn" and "Bright,Luminous" as a first name and surname,but there's also "Rising Sun", "Crystal (Ball)" ,"Brightness,Luster" or "Obvious,Clear". First name Aki has far more kanji possibilities.
AKIMOTO     Japanese
Akimoto is a surname that means Aki:"Bright,Luminous" "Autumn","Crystal (Ball)","Brightness,Luster",or "Rising Sun" and Moto:"Origin/Source/Root". Here are only some~ of the notable people with this surname: Nami Akimoto: manga artist,and Yasushi Akimoto: record producer & lyricist,there is also a lake called Akimoto.
AKINO     Japanese
Aki means (1):"bright",(2):"crystal,clear",/and (3):"Autumn". No shows ownership,or means "field,wilderness".So it can mean "Of Brightness","Of Autumn","Autumn Feild",",Bright Shining Feild" etc.
AKISHIMA     Japanese
First name Aki and surname Aki have multiple meanings depending on kanji,but the notable Akishima in Tokyo,Japan goes by the meaning of "Bright Island". This is possibly the most common kanji for it,if its not the only one used.
AKISHINO     Japanese
As far as I've seen, the kanji in this surname is Aki ("Autumn") + Shino ("Rope"), like in Shinoda.
AMAGAI     Japanese
This is a variation of Japanese surname Amaya. Ama means "Heaven(ly)" and Gai means "Valley".
AMAMIYA     Japanese
Ama ("Rain") + Miya ("Shrine"). Sora Amamiya, a voice actress and singer, has this family name.
AMANO     Japanese
Amano (天野 amano, lit. "heaven field") is a Japanese surname.
AMARI     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 甘 (ama) meaning "sweet" combined with 利 (ri) meaning "profit, benefit".
AMATANI     Japanese
It's the same as the below surname Amaya. This is simply the western Japanese pronunciation of it.
AMAYA     Japanese
Ama means "Heaven(ly)" and "Ya" or "Gai" means "Valley",this pronunciation is used in eastern Japan,while the "Valley" part is pronounced "Tani" in western Japan.
AMURO     Japanese
Written with kanji "Relax" and "Room".
ANABUKI     Japanese
It is written like this : 穴 (Ana) "Whole, pit" and 吹 (Buki) "Blow into".
ANZAI     Japanese
From Japanese 安 (an) meaning "calm, peaceful" combined with 西 (sai) meaning "west", 斎 (sai) meaning "worship, religious meals", or 済 (sai) meaning "settle, finish".
AOZAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Ao means "blue,somewhat green" & zaki means "blossom". So, Nobutaka "Blue Blossom",is an artist who was born in Japan,but now lives in New York as an artist who has been featured in magazines.
ARAGAKI     Japanese
This is the same as Arakaki.
ARAI     Japanese
From Japanese 新 (ara) meaning "new" or 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
ARAKAKI     Japanese
It means "Wild Enclosure" Ara (Wild) + Kaki (Enclosure), ... [more]
ARAKAWA     Japanese
Ara means "Wild" while Kawa means "River". There are multiple rivers in Japan with this name,but one river leads to Tokyo Bay. This is where the name comes from (so it's topographic),and it's mostly used in the east of this country.
ARAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Ara means "Wild" or "New" in surnames while Ki means "Tree",but the "Wild Tree" kanji/definition is more common. This name was listed in the Shinsen shojiroku.
ARATA     Japanese (Rare)
Arata is a rare masculine given name and surname. Ara: "Wild" or "New" and Ta: "Rice Patty". The general reading is from the Ryukyu Islands ,but in Proper Japanese it is pronounced "Shinden" or "Nitta" often.
ARATANI     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" combined with 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
ARAYA     Japanese (Rare)
"Wild{ara}" or "New{ara}" and "Ya{valley}". It is pronounced this way in Eastern Japan,in the west it's "Aratani".
ARIMA     Japanese (Rare)
This is a surname and first name that means "Owns A Horse". In the west and in the Ryukyu Islands is where this name is mostly possessed. This is taken from the Aroma hot spring near the city of Kobe.
ARISAWA     Japanese
Ari ("Exist") + Sawa ("Swamp"). Mamizu Arisawa is a light novel author, it is likely that this isn't her real last name though, since Mamizu isn't her first name.
ARITA     Japanese (Rare)
Ari means "Has" or "Owns" and Ta means "Rice Patty". This is most is most common in west-central Japan.
ASAHINA     Japanese
Asa ("Morning") + Hina ("Sunlight"). It's also a first name.
ASAKAWA     Japanese
Asa ("Morning"), ("Superficial"), or ("Shallow") + Kawa ("River").
ASAKURA     Japanese
It is written like this : Asa ("Superficial"), or Asa meaning ("Morning"), + Kura ("Storehouse"). Azumi Asakura is a voice actress. There are a lot of fictional characters with this surname too.
ASATO     Japanese (Rare)
There are several readings for the name but 2 are Asa:"Morning",and To:"Door,Asa:"Safe" and To:"Village". There are multiple places in the Ryukyu's (where the name originates and mostly stays) that have that name;that could've been the influence... [more]
ASHIKAGA     Japanese
Ashikaga is a surname that originated with samurai families. Kaga means "Flower Bud,Reed" and Ashi means "Place",but it is most commonly, ( if not always ) written with characters meaning ,"foot" and "advantage".
ATARI     Japanese
Atari (中)means "The Middle". Kousuke Atari is a self trained musician and pop singer.
AYANO     Japanese
Aya ("Design") + No ("Feild"). Keiko Ayano ( from Sword Art Online) is a simple example of this surname existing, although not the source.
BABA     Japanese
Means "riding ground" in Japanese from 馬 (ba) "horse" combined with 場 (ba) "place, ground, field".
BANDO     Japanese
This may be inaccurate, but Family Education says it means " East of The Slope", referring to eastern provinces of Osaka (lit. "Great Slope"). It's most popular in eastern Japan, where it originates from.
BUSHIDA     Japanese
Bushi ("Warrior/ Samurai") + Da ("Rice Paddy").
CHABASHIRA     Japanese (Rare)
This is a food related surname, with Cha (literally meaning "Tea", mostly used for "Green Tea") and Hashira ("Pillar") turning into "Bashira". A tea pillar is a tea stalk pointing vertically, in Japan this is considered good luck, although this rarely ever happens.
CHIKAFUJI     Japanese
Chika ("Near") + Fuji ("Wisteria").
CHINO     Japanese (Rare)
Written with characters Chi ("Micanthus Reed") and No ("Feild").
CHISAKA     Japanese
Chi means "One Thousand" and Saka means "Peninsula", so this surname means "One Thousand Peninsulas".
DOI     Japanese
Do ("Earth") + I ("Habitation") or ("Well, Mineshaft") in a different region. "Earth Well" is used mainly in the west and in Shikoku, the "Earth Habitation" kanji is used in eastern Japan. This name isn't rare and considered out of the ordinary, but it's uncommon to the ears.
EJIRI     Japanese
E (江) "Inlet,River" and Jiri (尻) "Behind ,Rear".
ENATSU     Japanese
E (江) "River,Inlet" and Natsu (夏) "Summer". A notable bearer is Yutaka Enatsu who used to be a pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers. Enatsu is also on the first name sight. They both don't occur much.
ENOKIDA     Japanese
Enoki (榎) is Japanese for a Hackelberry or a Chinese Nettle Berry Tree, and Da (田) is for "Rice Paddy" or "Rice Feild". A notable bearer with this family name is Daiki Enokida, who is a professional baseball player.
ETO     Japanese
E (江) "River, Inlet" + To (藤) "Wisteria".
ETOU     Japanese
The same as Eto.
FUJI     Japanese
This is a common surname, but is even more commonly attached to other to other name elements, like Fujimoto, Fujiyama, etc. It means "Wisteria" (藤).
FUJIHARA     Japanese
It is a variation of Fujiwara, Fuji "Wisteria" and Hara "Plain". These different sounds are used depending on the family who possesses it.
FUJIHASHI     Japanese
Fuji ("Wisteria") + Hashi ("Bridge").
FUJIKI     Japanese, Popular Culture
Fuji (藤) "Wisteria" + Ki (木) "Tree". This surname reminds many people of Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! even though other real life notable people have this name too.
FUJISATO     Japanese
Fuji (藤) "Wisteria" + and Sato (里) "Village".
FUJIURA     Japanese (Rare)
Fuji ("Wisteria") + Ura ("Bay,Beach").
FUKUNAGA     Japanese
Fuku ("Fortunate") + Naga ("Eternity") or possiby ("Long, Cheif"). An especially notable bearer of this surnme is Gen Fukunaga an American-Japanese founder and president of Funimation. He was born in Hyogo,Japan but resides in Texas to help interpret anime for Americans and Canadians to this day.
FUTABA     Japanese
Futa can mean "A Pair" or "Two" with different kanji, and Ba meaning "Leaf". Futaba is also a feminine first name.
FUTAMURA     Japanese
Futa (二) "Two" or (双) "A Pair" and Mura (村) "Village".
GATO     Japanese
See Goto.
GODA     Japanese (Rare)
Go ("Connected to") + Da ("Rice Paddy"). This is mostly on Shikoku Island.
GOTO     Japanese
It is written three ways: Go ("Behind") + To ("Wisteria"), Go ("Five") + ("Wisteria"), or Go ("Five") + ("Island"). This is considered a common Japanese surname. This is because of the "Wisteria" part, thought to be linked to the Fujiwara clan... [more]
GOTOH     Japanese
The same as Goto.
GOYA     Japanese (Rare)
This may be wrong---- This is variously written. It is usually written with characters meaning "Barbarian Room" or "Give Room". This is mostly in the Ryukyu Islands. ... [more]
HADA     Japanese
This is the same as Haneda and Hata.
HAGA     Japanese
Written with characters Ka ("Fragrance") and Ga ("Congratulations"). It's mostly in the northeast, and most likely comes from place in Tochigi Prefecture of that name.
HAJIME     Japanese (Rare)
From the given name HAJIME meaning "beginning". A notable bearer is Japanese singer Chitose Hajime.
HAMAZAKI     Japanese
It's the same as Hamasaki, it's just a different transcription and pronunciation. Tatsuya Hamzazaki wrote the light novel adaptation of the anime Absolute Boy.
HANAE     Japanese
Hana (花)"Flower"+ E (江)"Inlet".
HANDA     Japanese
Han ("Half") + Da ("Rice Patty").
HANEDA     Japanese
Hane ("Wings") + Da ("Rice Patty"). This is predominantly in Eastern Japan.
HARAMOTO     Japanese
Hara ("Plain") + Moto ("Origin").
HASHIGUCHI     Japanese
Hashi ("Bridge") + Guchi ("Mouth"). This is the surname of Chiyomi Hashigushi, who was a mangaka.
HASHIKURA     Japanese
Bluntly speaking, this is Kurahashi backwards.
HASHIOKA     Japanese
Hashi ("Bridge") + Oka ("Hill").
HASHITANI     Japanese
Hashi means "Bridge" and Tani means "Valley".
HASHIYAMA     Japanese
Hashi ("Bridge") + Yama ("Mountain").
HATA     Japanese
This is an ancient surname that is the same as Hada and Haneda.
HAYAGAWA     Japanese
It is written as Ha ("Long,Cheif"), the same as "Naga", + Ya ("Valley") + Gawa ("River"). It's possibly written the same way Hayakawa was submitted, because these are just variations of one another... [more]
HAYASHIBARA     Japanese
Hayashi (林) means "Forest", and Bara means "Plain".
HIDAKA     Japanese
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "day, sun" combined with 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".
HINODE     Japanese
Hi ("Sun") + No (?) + De ("Come Out"). This surname means "Sunrise". It is uncommon. the source is in the notes
HIRAMATSU     Japanese
Hira ("Peace") + Matsu ("Pine"). Akiko Hiramatsu is a voice actress.
HIRANO     Japanese
Hira means "Peace" and No means "Field,Area,Meadow,etc." This is considered a generally common Japanese last name,it is ranked within the top 1000's at least,if not always in the 100's. A notable person with this surname is Aya Hirano,a singer and voice actress,for "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya",for example.
HIRASAKA     Japanese
Hira means "Peace" and Saka means "Peninsula".
HIRATANI     Japanese
Hira meaning "Peace" and Tani meaning "Valley". In other regions of Japan, this name could be pronounced "Hiragai, Hiragaya, or Hiraya" by accident, depending on the region it's taken to. I think this originates from the south.
HISAMATSU     Japanese
Hisa (久) "Long ago, Long lasting" and Matsu (松) "Pine".
HITOTOSE     Japanese (Rare)
Regardless of Hitotose's pronunciation, it literally consists of the kanji for all 4 seasons : Haru ("Spring"), Natsu ("Summer"), Aki ("Autumn"), and Fuyu ("Winter") in that order.
HORI     Japanese
"Moat" or Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") are both used for this surname.
HORIE     Japanese (Rare)
This might be written in various ways (such as Ho meaning "Protect" and Ri meaning "Benefit") but for Yui Horie and Mitsuko Horie, it is Hori ("Moat") + E ("Possibly River?")-not "kawa" kanji. Mitsuko Horie and Yui Horie are voice actresses and singers.
HORIKITA     Japanese (Rare)
Hori ("Moat"),this can also be used: Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") + Kita ("North").
HOSHIMIYA     Japanese
Hoshi ("Star") + Miya ("Shrine").
HOSHINO     Japanese
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star" combined with 野 (no) meaning "area, field".
HOSHIZAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Hoshi ("Star") + Zaki ("Cape,Peninsula"). Hoshizaki also means "Blooming" (as in the song "Hoshizaki Yuki no Shita"/ Blooming under Snow). There used to be a Hoshizaki Castle in Nagoya, owned by the Okada family... [more]
HOSODA     Japanese
Hoso ("Fine"), or ("Narrow") + Da ("Rice Feild/Paddy").
IBUKI     Japanese
It is written like this: 伊 I meaning "that one" + 吹 Buki probably meaning "blow into", stating this because of the first name entry ( Ibuki ).
ICHINO     Japanese
This is used : Ichi ("Market"), or ("One"), + No ("Feild"). Yuyu Ichino is a manga illustrator.
IEKAMI     Japanese
Ie ("Home") + Kami ("God")
IKE     Japanese
Ike (池) means "Pond" in Japanese.
IKEMOTO     Japanese
Ike 池 ("Pond") + Moto 本("Origin, Root"). Masahito Ikemoto is an anime producer.
IKESUGI     Japanese
Ike ("Pond") + Sugi ("Cedar Tree").
IMAI     Japanese
From Japanese 今 (ima) meaning "now, present" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
IMAISHI     Japanese
Ima ("Now, Present") + Ishi ("Stone"). This was within the 1009's of most used Japanese surnames in 2012.
IMATA     Japanese
See Konda. Ima = "Now" + Da "Rice Paddy".
INUGAMI     Japanese (Rare)
Inu ("Dog") + Gami from Kami (上 "God"). There might be more ways than this, but the previously stated are the more standard readings. This is also a Japanese mythological creature, this might actually be the origin of the name itself.
INUI     Japanese, Uncommon
Inu ("Dog") + I ("Well,Mineshaft,Pit").
INUKAI     Japanese
Inu means "Dog" and Kai means "Keeper". This surname means "Dog Keeper".
INUKAMI     Japanese (Rare)
The same as Inugami.
ISHIGURO     Japanese
Ishi means "Stone" and Guro is just a form of Kuro, meaning "Black". Hiroshi Ishiguro was the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory.
ISHIMOTO     Japanese
Ishi ("Stone") + Moto ("Source,Root").
ISHIUCHI     Japanese
Ishi ("Stone") + Uchi ("Inside").
ISHIZUKA     Japanese
Ishi ("Stone") + Zuka ("Mound").
IWAMOTO     Japanese
Iwa ("Stone") + Moto ("Origin"). A notable bearer is Akiko Iwamoto is a Japanese rower who competed in the 2012 Olympics.
IWANO     Japanese
Iwa means "Stone" and No means "Field".
IWASAKI     Japanese
Iwa ("Rock") + Saki ("Peninsula").
KABE     Japanese (Rare)
Ka ("Increase,Step Up"), ... [more]
KADOKAWA     Japanese (Rare)
Kado means "Gate" and Kawa means "River". This surname means "Gated River".
KADOMATSU     Japanese (Rare)
Kado ("Gate") + Matsu ("Pine Tree").
KADOSHIMA     Japanese (Rare)
I don't want to assume it's rare but it's definitely uncommon. Kado means "Gate" and Shima means "Island".
KADOTA     Japanese (Rare)
Kado means "Gate" and ... [more]
KAJIURA     Japanese (Rare)
Kaji + Ura ("Seacoast, Bay"). I currently don't know the meaning of Kaji. Yuki Kajiura is a musician and producer that has worked for different anime series. A similar surname is Chiura.
KAKU     Japanese
Kaku must mean "Draw", because the full name "Kaku Michi" means "Draw Path". It got kinda popular due its meaning.
KAMIYAMA     Japanese
Kamiyama (written: 神山 lit. "god mountain" or 上山 lit. "upper mountain") is a Japanese surname.
KAMORI     Japanese
Ka ("Increase") or ("Congratulation") + Mori ("Forest").
KANBE     Japanese
It's written as "God (Kan) Door (Be)".
KARAMATSU     Japanese
Kara means "Larch" (green needles poking from a tree) and Matsu means "Pine/Fur Tree".
KASHIWABARA     Japanese
Kashiwa ("Oak") + Bara from Hara ,("Plain").
KASHIWADA     Japanese (Rare)
Kashiwa ("Oak") + Da ("Rice Field/Patty"). Takashi Kashiwada is a retired Professional baseball player.
KASHIWADE     Japanese (Rare)
This family name made of two symbols literally means "Chef". It sounds a lot like Kashiwada, but nothing alike kanji wise.
KASHIWADO     Japanese (Rare)
The kanji used is Kashiwa ("Oak") + Do ("Door"). Kashiwado Tsuyoshi was a Japanese sumo wrestler.
KASHIWAHARA     Japanese
The same as Kashiwabara.
KAWAHARA     Japanese
Kawa means "River" and Hara means "Plain".
KAWAI     Japanese (Rare)
Kawa means "River" and I means "Well,Mine shaft,or pit" or possibly I meaning "Rely on". This is written in more ways than this.
KAWAKITA     Japanese
Kawa (川) "River" + Kita (北) "North".
KAYANO     Japanese (Rare), Brazilian
Kaya means "yew tree",and No means "field,meadow,wilderness".People with this last name are Kayano Gonbei (a samurai),Ai Kayano(a voice actress of MANY characters /more than 30),and Shigeru Kayano(an Ainu politician who lived well up to 2006)... [more]
KICHIDA     Japanese
It's written like this: 古田. It is the same as Yoshida, but this possibly heard less.
KIHARA     Japanese
Ki ("Tree, Wood") + Hara ("Plain").
KINOSHITA     Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree", 之 (no), an element meaning "of", and 下 (shita) meaning "below, under".
KINUGASA     Japanese
Kinu means "cloth" while Gasa means "hat". This "Cloth Hat" surname belongs to Teinosuke Kinugasa,and actor who lived long in the late 1900's,Sachio Kinugasa is a former football player and Tatsuya Kinugasa is a former medley swimmer.There's also a stadium & railway station with this name.
KIRIMURA     Japanese
Kiri means "Paulownia" and Mura means "Village".
KIRIYA     Japanese
Kiri ("Paulownia") + Ya ("Valley"). There are many ways to pronounce the Japanese word for valley, such as Tani, Gaya, etc. This depends on the region.
KISHIMOTO     Japanese
Kishi ("Beach") + Moto 元 ("Origin, Source").
KITANO     Japanese
Kita ("North") + No ("Feild").
KIYOMIZU     Japanese
A variation of the popular surname "Shimizu". Kiyo ("Pure,Clean") + Mizu ("Water")
KOBASHI     Japanese
Ko ("Small") + Bashi from Hashi ("Bridge").
KODAIRA     Japanese
Ko ("Small") + Daira ("Peace"). Nao Kodaira is a Japanese long track speed skater. It can also be pronounced "Kohira".
KOHIRA     Japanese
The same as Kodaira. Naonori Kohira is a Japanese photojournalist and media producer.
KOIGAKUBO     Japanese
The kanji used for this is , Koi ("Love") + Ga (a language particle) + Ku ("Long Time") + Bo ("Guarantee, Protect"). This is possibly a rare surname, although a few (if not less) fictional characters possesses this family name... [more]
KOIWAI     Japanese, Pop Culture
Ko ("Small") + Iwa ("Stone") + I ("Well"). Fictional characters I've heard of have this last name. Yotsuba from the manga Yotsuba&! and Yoshino Koiwai from "Masamune-kun's Revenge" are examples of this.
KOKAWA     Japanese
This is the same thing as Ogawa.
KOMATSU     Japanese
Ko usually means "Small",but on the contrary the kanji used for "Ko" in certain surnames can strangely be "Big,Great". See Daisuke or Tai for the kanji sometimes used. Matsu means "Pine Tree".
KOMATSUZAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Ko ("Small") + Matsu ("Pine Tree") + Zaki ("Peninsula, Cape"). This is a uncommon name, but it has kanji that 90% of Japanese family names have.
KOMIYA     Japanese
Ko ("Small") + ("Shrine").
KOSAKA     Japanese
This is last name means small "Small Slope", Ko (small), Saka (slope).
KOSUGI     Japanese
Ko ("Small") + Sugi ("Cedar"). Jurota Kosugi is a Japanese voice actor.
KOTSUKI     Japanese
This is another way to pronounce and spell Kozuki.
KOZUKI     Japanese
As far as I know, it doesn't mean "Small Moon". It has this kanji: 上月 (literally "above" and "moon", but it probably implies that the moon is above us in the sky).
KUHARA     Japanese (Rare)
Ku ("Long time") + Hara ("Plain").
KUJIRA     Japanese (Rare)
Kujira is an uncommon Japanese surname and first name that literally means "whale".
KUMAKI     Japanese (Rare)
The kanji in Anri Kumaki's name reads, Kuma ("Bear") + Ki ("Tree"). She is a singer and songwriter. There might be other combinations too, probably being , Ku ("Long Time") + Maki ("Shepard").
KUNIMATSU     Japanese
Kuni means "Land, Large Place" and can also refer to a country,but not always. Matsu means "Pine Tree". Okao Kunimatsu was a professional wrestler.
KURAHASHI     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Kura ("Storhouse") + Hashi ("Bridge"). More than a few anime characters have this surname in their own respective shows.
KURASAWA     Japanese
Kura ("Storehouse") + Sawa ("Marsh"). This is possibly uncommon,but I am not certain.
KURATA     Japanese
Kura has two possible kanji both meaning "Storehouse" and ta is "Rice Patty".
KURIYAMA     Japanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Yama means "Mountain".
KUROHASHI     Japanese
Kuro means "Black" and Hashi means "Bridge".
KUROMIYA     Japanese
Kuro means "Black" and Miya means "Shrine".
KUROSAKA     Japanese
Kuro means "Black" and Saka means "Peninsula".
KUROYANAGI     Japanese
Kuro means "Black" and Yanagi means "Willow".
KUSHIDA     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is written multiple ways, Kushi meaning "Skewer" or "Comb" (these are different kanji),and da is "Rice Paddy".
KUSHIEDA     Japanese (Rare)
Eda means "Branch", as for Kushi, the kanji in it that I have seen is not "Skewer", so it possibly means "Comb".
KUWAHARA     Japanese
Kuwa ("Mulberry") + Hara ("Plain"). Yuki Kuwahara is a voice actress.
MACHI     Japanese (Rare)
Here you go! : Machi (町) means "Town" in Japanese.
MACHIDA     Japanese (Rare)
Machi (町) means "Town" and da (田) means "Rice Patty".
MAJIMA     Japanese (Rare)
Ma means "Real,Genuine" (this is used most likely,anyway) and Jima means "Island".
MAKIMURA     Japanese
According to Hi!Penal!, this is written in three different ways (different kanji for "maki"), this kanji (牧) meaning "Shepard" and Mura (村) meaning "Village" is an example.
MAKINO     Japanese
Makino means "Shepard Feild".
MANABE     Japanese
Manabe has 3 different kanji combinations each consisted of 2 kanji. One means "Truth Pot/ Saucepan",another "Truth Section/ Part","Truth Multiple Times" are possible meanings.
MATSUBAYASHI     Japanese
Matsu means "Pine Tree" and "Bayashi" is a variant pronunciation of "Hayashi" meaning "Forest". This surname means "Pine Tree Forest". Matsubayashi-ryu is a kind of martial arts.
MATSUI     Japanese
This was considered one of the top 100 used family names in Japan. Matsu ("Pine {tree}") + I ("Well, Mineshaft, Pit")
MATSUMAE     Japanese
Matsu ("Pine") + ("Front").
MATSUURA     Japanese
Matsu ("Pine") + Ura ("Seacoast").
MATSUYUKI     Japanese
Matsu (松)"Pine" and Yuki (雪) "Snow". Yasuko Matsuyuki is a Japanese voice actress and singer.
MIKAN     Japanese, Popular Culture
Mikan means "Mandarin Orange", this is pretty uncommon. A character from Danganronpa, Tsumiki Mikan, has this surname. The source is in the notes.
MIKAZUKI     Japanese (Rare)
Mikazuki is a one kanji surname that means " Crescent ".
MIKI     Japanese
Possibly Mi ("Three") + Ki ("Tree"). This might've been inspired by the Japanese first name Miki.
MINATO     Japanese
Minato means ("Assemble") and ("Harbor") with different kanji.
MISHIMA     Japanese
Mi ("Three") + Shima ("Island").
MISO     Japanese (Rare)
Miso is made up of two symbols literally referred to "Miso Soup". According to a Japanese site, less than 140 people in Japan possess this last name.
MIYAKO     Japanese (Rare)
Miyako means "Capital", but as a last name, it usually has the same characters as Kyoto.
MIYAUCHI     Japanese
Miya means "Shrine" and Uchi means "Inside".
MIZUHARA     Japanese (Rare)
Mizu ("Water") + Hara ("Plain"). Possibly pronounced "bara" or "wara" in different regions
MOMOMIYA     Popular Culture
Surname of several characters from the anime series 'Tokyo Mew Mew'.
MUKAI     Japanese
The "Mu(Ka)" part means "Facing",the I means "Well,Pit,Mine Shaft":"Facing Well/Facing Mine Shaft/Facing Pit". Chiaki Mukai was a doctor as well as the first Japanese female astronaut,and the first Japanese citizen to take two spaceflights... [more]
MUNEKAWA     Japanese
Mune (Origin,Religion,Sect) + Kawa ("River").
MURAHASHI     Japanese
Mura ("Village, Hamlet") + Hashi ("Bridge").
MURAKAWA     Japanese
Mura ("Village") + Kawa ("River"). This means "Village River", it is basically Kawamura backwards.
MURAMATSU     Japanese (Rare)
Mura ("Village") + Matsu ("Pine Tree").
MURANAKA     Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "village" combined with 中 (naka) meaning "inside, middle".
MURAOKA     Japanese
Mura (3 different kanji that all mean "Village") + Oka ("Hill").
MURASHIMA     Japanese
To be blunt, this is Shimamura backwards .
MUTSU     Japanese (Rare)
It is the same as Mutsumi, it means "Order".
MUTSUMI     Japanese (Rare)
Mutsumi means "Order", but you can also simply say "Mutsu". Goro Mutsumi is referred to both ways. He was an actor who was credited for more than 25 films and als did voice acting and stage acting.
NAGATO     Japanese (Rare)
There might be different readings, but one is Naga ("Cheif") + To ("Gate"). This is the case for Yuki Nagato, from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya".
NAGAYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 永 (nagai) meaning "eternity, long, lengthy" or 長 (nagai) meaning "chief, head, leader" combined with 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
NAITO     Japanese
Nai or Uchi means "Inside" and To or Fuji means "Wisteria". This surname means "Inside Wisteria". This might have variations in different regions.
NAKAFUJI     Japanese
Naka ("Middle") + Fuji ("Wisteria"). "In the Middle of Wisteria" is what this surname means.
NAKANISHI     Japanese
Naka means "Middle" and Nishi means "West".
NANATSUKI     Japanese
The kanji in this surname reads: Nana ("Seven") and Tsuki ("Moon").
NATSUMI     Japanese (Rare)
This is occasionally,but rarely used as a last name. Natsu means "Summer",and Mi in this surname means "Look". So the literal meaning of this could be "Look at Summer",or "The Look of Summer". A notable person with the surname is Madoka Natsumi,who is a cross country skier.Natsumi is a place name as well,and the name of Temple Complex for archeological sites.
NISHINO     Japanese
Nishi ("West") + No ("Feild").
NOJIMA     Japanese
The kanji used is, No ("Field") + Jima ("Island"). Hirofumi Nojima is an actor, voice actor, and narrator.
NOJIRI     Japanese
No ("Feild") + Jiri from Shiri ("Behind,Rear"), similar to Tajiri.
NOTO     Japanese
The kanji I viewed personally is unknown. But if it were to be made simply, it would be : No ("Feild") + To ("Wisteria").
NOTOU     Japanese
A variant transcription of "Noto" and vice versa.
OBAMA     Japanese
O is using the symbol meaning "Small" (chisai,ko,etc.) and bama just comes from "Hama" meaning "Beach".
OBARA     Japanese
It's written like : 小 (O meaning small) and Bara meaning "Plain". Masakazu Obara's last name is pronounced like this. He is an anime director, he worked on Accel World.
OGURA     Japanese
The kanji used is O ("Small") + Gura from Kura ("Storehouse"). Rie Ogura is an anime producer, she worked on KonoSuba.
OHARA     Japanese
Ohara, おはら, 小原(small field) or 尾原(tail field).
OHAYASHI     Japanese
This is the less common variant of "Kobayashi" . Check Notes for the source.
OKU     Japanese
Oku means "secluded","further out". Manami Oku is a J-pop singer.
OKUDAIRA     Japanese (Rare)
Oku ("Secluded,Further Out") + Daira ("Peace"). Daira has the same kanji as Hira, also meaning peace.
OKUGAWA     Japanese
The same as Okukawa.
OKUKAWA     Japanese (Rare)
Oku means "interior,secluded,further out" and kawa means "river". Minako Okukawa is a fictional character from Yuri!!! On Ice and it's also the name of a company.
OKUNO     Japanese
Oku ("Secluded, Further out") + No ("Feild"). Kaya Okuno is a Japanese voice actress.
ONISHI     Japanese
O ("Big") + Nishi ("West").
OOTONO     Japanese (Rare)
O ("Big,Great") + Otono (this is a very respectful honorific that is outdated and literally means "Lord"). Regardless of how archaic it seems,this last name is still used by families in Japan, even though it rarely ever occurs.... [more]
OYAMADA     Japanese
O ("Small") + Yama ("Mountain") + Da ("Rice Patty"). This is pretty much a variation of Yamada, but far less popular.
RIN     Japanese
As strange as it is, the Chinese reading for Forest is actually used sometimes, and that would be "Rin". This same phenomenon was used for "Rinbayashi".
RINBAYASHI     Japanese (Rare)
It's written like this: 林林,literally "Hayashi Hayashi", Hayashi means "Forest". This is because "Hayashi" is "Rin" in the Chinese reading called onyomi,and Hayashi is the Japanese,or kunyomi reading for "Forest".
RYUEN     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Ryuu (龍) "Dragon" and En(円)"Circle, round" or En meaning "Garden". Airi Ryuen is a freelance tv professional and announcer. A fictional character with surname is Kakeru Ryuen , who this surname is most associated with,from The Classroom of the Elite series.
RYUKO     Japanese
See the Ryuko first name.
RYUMINE     Japanese
Ryu ("Dragon") + Mine ("Peak").
RYUUEN     Japanese
Most common transcription of Ryuen, actually.
SAGAMI     Japanese
This is possibly the kanji but I'm not certain : Sa ("Small") + Gami ("Deity").
SAKAHARA     Japanese
Saka ("Peninsula, cape") + Hara ("Plain"). A notable bearer with this surname is Atsushi Sakahara. He is a film director, entrepreneur, and producer.
SAKATANI     Japanese
Saka ("Peninsula,cape") + Tani ("Valley").
SAKAYANAGI     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
It is written like: Saka ("Penisula,cape") + Yanagi ("Willow"). There is Arisu Sakayanagi from The Classroom of the Elite, a popular series with a manga and anime adaption. If this surname is used by other people, it is pretty rare.
SAKURA     Japanese
It is usually only thought of as a given name,but it's also a last name too. A variation of it (if not itself) was considered one of the most popular surnames in 2012, ranking within the top one hundreds... [more]
SAKURAZAKA     Japanese (Rare)
Sakura ("Cherry Blossom") + Zaka from saka ("Peninsula, cape"). Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a Japanese author, it's also the name of a well remembered song by Masaharu Fukuyama.
SANO     Japanese (Rare)
Sa means "small" and No means "meadow,wilderness,field". This is the last name of Yo Sano (a writer),Sano Tsuneha (an admiral in World War 1 )who participated in a Japanese scouting movement with Sano Tsunetami (his father).This is also (but uncommonly) a first name for boys too.
SASANO     Japanese
Source is Wikipedia
SATOMI     Japanese
Sato means " Village " and Mi means " Mindset, Outlook" in this surname. Satomi is also a Japanese first name.
SATOYA     Japanese
Sato and Ya together, means "Village Valley".
SENJU     Japanese (Rare)
Sen ("One thousand") + Ju ("Congratulations").
SETO     Japanese
This name is used as Se "Riffle" and To "Door". Asami Seto is a voice actress with this surname.
SETOU     Japanese
Variant transcription of Seto.
SHIMADA     Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" combined with 田 (da) meaning "rice paddy, cultivated field".
SHIMAZAKI     Japanese
Shima ("Island") + Zaki ("Peninsula").
SHIMOYAMA     Japanese
Probably Shimo ("Under") + Yama ("Mountain"). If so, this actually Yamashita backwards, except for a different pronunciation. A notable is Kento Shimoyama, who is an anime writer.
SHINDEN     Japanese
See Arata,this is simply the formal pronunciation.
SHINOHARA     Japanese (Rare)
Shino means "Bamboo Stem", but it's most likely the kanji meaning "Rope" + Hara ("Plain").
SHIO     Japanese (Rare)
Shio means "Salt", this one of the most rarest Japanese surnames databases have compiled, I have two sources.
SHIRAISHI     Japanese
Shira ("White") + Ishi ("Stone"). Minoru Shiraishi is a Japanese voice actor.
SHIRAKAWA     Japanese
Shira ("White") + Kawa ("River").
SHOUYU     Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Shoyu.
SHOYU     Japanese (Rare)
Shoyu is made up of two kanji and literally means "Soy Sauce". There are other Japanese last names related to food too, but if it's directly related to food, it is rare.
SUGAWARA     Japanese
Sugawara was #83. of most used Japanese family names in 2009, but it's usage has dropped seemingly drastically since than. Suga means "Sedge", Wara means "Plain".
SUGIHARA     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Hara ("Plain").
SUGIMORI     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Mori ("Forest").
SUGIMURA     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Mura ("Village").
SUGINO     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + No ("Field").
SUGITA     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Ta ("Rice Patty").
SUGITANI     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar") + Tani ("Valley"). Taizo Sugitani is a Japanese equestrian.
SUNADORI     Japanese (Rare)
Sunadori means " Fishing ". ( one kanji )
SUZUMIYA     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Suzu ("Bell") + Miya ("Shrine"). Haruhi Suzumiya was the female protagonist of an extremely popular series (see Mikuru).
SUZUTANI     Japanese (Rare)
Suzu ("Bell") + Tani ("Valley").
SUZUYA     Japanese (Rare)
This is the more commonly heard variation of Suzutani.
TADOKORO     Japanese
It literally means "Farmland" in Japanese. It's made up of Ta ("Rice Feild, Rice Patty") plus Dokoro (most likely meaning "Land" due to the full meaning).
TAJIRI     Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "paddy, field" combined with 尻 (shiri) "behind, end, rear".
TAKAHIDE     Japanese (Rare)
Taka means "eagle" such as in surname "Takasu" but more commonly means "tall,high" instead. Hide means "fine,excellence". This must be one of the very few Japanese surnames that has "Hide" in it. It is mostly just a first name element... [more]
TAKAKI     Japanese
This is actually just a variant of Takagi.
TAKAMATSU     Japanese
Taka ("High,tall") + Matsu ("Pine").
TAKANASHI     Japanese (Rare)
Takanashi is written in two ways : Taka ("High") + Nashi ("Pear"), this kanji is common for the last name, but this isn't : Ko, Chiisai,etc. ("Small") + Tori,dori,,etc.("Bird") ?? ("Play"). Regardless of the kanji of the rare variation, it's still pronounced the same way... [more]
TAKASE     Japanese
It is written like this: Taka ("High,tall") + ("Riffle").
TAKASU     Japanese
Takasu is a surname that means "Hawk's nest". Taka alone means "hawk"(and others not used for this)and Su is the "nest".
TAKAYANAGI     Japanese
Taka "High,Tall" and Yanagi "Willow".
TAKEHARA     Japanese (Rare)
Take means "Bamboo" while Hara means "Plain". This surname means " Plain of the Bamboo". Takehara is also a city in Hiroshima and a railway station.
TAKEMIYA     Japanese
Take means "bamboo" and miya in this last name means "shrine, temple". A notable bearer is Japanese writer Yuyuko Takemiya.
TAKEMURA     Japanese
Take ("Bamboo") + Mura ("Village").
TAKEUCHI     Japanese
The kanji is probably : Take ("Bamboo") + Uchi ("Inside").
TAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Tami means "Waterfall". This is occasionally a first name too,as a matter of a fact,neither of them are common.
TAMARA     Japanese (Rare)
Probably Tama ("Jewel") + Ra ("Good").
TAMAYAMA     Japanese
Tama ("Jewel") + Yama ("Mountain").
TAMURA     Japanese
Ta ("Rice Paddy, Rice Feild") + Mura ("Village").
TANABATA     Japanese (Rare)
This refers to the Japanese Star Festival on July 7th. ... [more]
TANIGAWA     Japanese
Tani ("Valley") + Gawa ("River"). Nagaru Tanigawa is a beloved and much talked about light novel author. This will be pronounced differently at first sight, depending on what region the surname is possessed in.
TANIGUCHI     Japanese
This is a common Japanese last name. Tani ("Valley") + Guchi ("Mouth, Opening ").
TANIHARA     Japanese
Tani ("Valley") + Hara ("Plain"). Hideto Tanihara is a notable bearer, he is a professional golf player.
TANIYAMA     Japanese
Tani ("Valley") and Yama ("Mountains"). Yutaka Taniyama was a Japanese mathematician.
TERADA     Japanese
Tera ("Buddhist Temple") + Da ("Rice Paddy/Feild").
TOBE     Japanese
To ("Door") + Be ("Section, Part"). It's similar to Abe, kanji wise. Sunaho Tobe is a freelance illustrator and character designer.
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