Browse Submitted Surnames

This is a list of submitted surnames in which the person who added the name is ShioTanbo1.
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ADACHI     Japanese
Adachi is variously written,but the kanji commonly used literally means "Foot" and/ or "Stand".
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]
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.
AMAGAI     Japanese
This is a variation of Japanese surname Amaya. Ama means "Heaven(ly)" and Gai means "Valley".
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
See Japanese surname Amaya. This is simply the western 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.
ANZAI     Japanese
It literally means "Pacify the West" (An:quiet,peace as in Anri and Zai: West) It's pronounced this way more commonly in east Japan and in the Okinawa Islands. On the eastern side however it's most commonly pronounced "Yasunishi"... [more]
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.
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",referring to an enclosure around a Shinto shrine. This originates from the Ryukyu Islands and is occasionally a given name.
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.
ARITA     Japanese (Rare)
Ari means "Has" or "Owns" and Ta means "Rice Patty". This is most is most common in west-central Japan.
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
Kaga means "Flower Bud,Reed" and Ashi means "Place"...but it is most commonly written with characters meaning ,"foot" and "advantage".
BABA     Japanese
Means "riding ground" in Japanese from 馬 (ba) "horse" combined with 場 (ba) "place, ground, field".
HAJIME     Japanese (Rare)
From the given name HAJIME meaning "beginning". A notable bearer is Japanese singer Chitose Hajime.
HIDAKA     Japanese
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "day, sun" combined with 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".
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.
HOSHINO     Japanese
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star" combined with 野 (no) meaning "area, field".
IMAI     Japanese
From Japanese 今 (ima) meaning "now, present" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
INUKAI     Japanese
Inu means "Dog" and Kai means "Keeper". This surname means "Dog Keeper".
KABE     Japanese (Rare), Uncommon
Ka could mean "increase,step up","congratulation","deer","Grade A/armour/former" and possibly more,Be means "saucepan/pot","section,part","edge,side".There's possibly more or less than this.
KAMIYAMA     Japanese
Kamiyama (written: 神山 lit. "god mountain" or 上山 lit. "upper mountain") is a Japanese surname.
KARAMATSU     Japanese
Kara means "Larch" (green needles poking from a tree) and Matsu means "Pine/Fur Tree".
KAWAHARA     Japanese
Kawa means "River" and Hara means "Plain". There are plenty of notable people with this name but one is Kazune Kawahara,a manga artist.This is possibly a common Japanese surname,seeing as many important people have the surname.
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]
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.
KUJIRA     Japanese (Rare)
Kujira is an uncommon Japanese surname and first name that literally means "whale".
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.
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.
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]
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.
OKU     Japanese
Oku means "secluded","further out". Manami Oku is a J-pop singer.
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.
RINBAYASHI     Japanese (Rare)
This name is made up of 2 characters: literally "Hayashi Hayashi",and Hayashi means "Forest". This is because "Hayashi" is pronounced "Rin" in the Chinese reading called onyomi,and Hayashi is the Japanese,or kunyomi reading for "Forest".
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.
SAWASHIRO     Japanese
Sawa means "Marsh" and Shiro means in surnames means "Castle" (at least commonly), this may get mixed up with given name Shiro.
SHINDEN     Japanese
See Arata,this is simply the formal pronunciation.
SHOYU     Japanese (Rare)
Shoyu is made up of two kanji and literally means "Soy Sauce". There is no notable person with this last name. -------You can remove this of course: If you were to research "Shoyu surname" on Google, all you'll see is ramen at first,but eventually you'll see "Butterflyblue",the blog where it talked about odd Japanese surnames.
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]
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".
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.
TAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Tami means "Waterfall". This is occasionally a first name too,as a matter of a fact,neither of them are common.
TSUBOI     Japanese
Tsubo means "pot,vase" and "a Japanese unit of areal measurement". I means "well,pit,mine shaft". Bearers of this name are Tomohiro Tsuboi,a voice actor, and Ryoutaro Tsuboi from Sword Art Online, they each have different "tsubo" kanji from the other.
YASUNISHI     Japanese
Yasu means "Peace,Quiet" and Nishi means "West". See Anzai for alternative,but similar meaning.
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