Japanese Submitted Surnames

Japanese names are used in Japan and in Japanese communities throughout the world. Note that depending on the Japanese characters used these names can have many other meanings besides those listed here. See also about Japanese names.
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AGANO     Japanese
Related to the name UENO.
AGUNI     Japanese
From the Japanese 粟 (a or awa) "foxtail millet" and 國 or 国 (kuni, guni or koku) "country."
AIHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 藍 (ai) "indigo," "indigo plant" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
AIKAWA     Japanese
This surname combines 相 (sou, shou, ai-) meaning "inter-, mutual, together, each other, minister of state, councillor, aspect, phase, physiognomy", 鮎 (den, nen, ayu, namazu, ai) meaning "freshwater trout, smelt", 愛 (ai, ito.shii, o.shimu, kana.shii, mana, me.deru) meaning "affection, favourite, love", 会 (kai, e, a.u, a.waseru, atsu.maru, ai) meaning "meeting, meet, party, association, interview, join", 合 (gou, ga', ka', a.u, -a.u, a.i, ai-, -a.i, ai, a.wasu, a.waseru, -a.waseru) meaning "fit, suit, join, gō (unit of area & volume - equal to 0.3306 m² in area & 0.1809 liters in volume)", 哀 (ai, awa.re, awa.remu, kana.shii) meaning "pathetic, grief, sorrow, pathos, pity, sympathize" or 藍 (ran, ai) meaning "indigo" with 川 (sen, kawa) meaning "river, stream."... [more]
AINARA     Japanese
From Japanese 相 (ai) meaning "mutual, reciprocal, with one another", 奈 (na) meaning "apple tree" and 良 (ra) meaning "good".
AKAGAWA     Japanese
Means "red river" in Japanese, from 赤 (aka) "red" and 川 (gawa) "river".
AKAGI     Japanese
Means "red tree" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 赤 (red) and 木 (tree).
AKAHOSHI     Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 星 (hoshi) meaning "star".
AKAMATSU     Japanese
Akamatsu is the surname used for Kaede Akamatsu, the main protagonist of New Danganronpa V3.
AKAMINE     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "Red Peak". It is written as 赤嶺.
AKANISHI     Japanese
Means "red west" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 赤 (red) and 西 (west).
AKIBA     Japanese
From the Japanese 秋 (aki) "autumn" and 葉 (ha or ba) "leaf."
AKIBARA     Japanese
This surname combines 昭 (shou, aki) meaning "shining, bright", 秋 (shuu, aki, toki) meaning "autumn" or 穐 with the same sounds and meaning with 原 (gen, hara) meaning "field, meadow, original, plain, prairie, primitive, tundra, wilderness."
AKIYA     Japanese (Rare)
A bearer of this surname is Tomoko Akiya (秋谷 智子, born May 14, 1976) is a Japanese voice actress. Her best-known role is voicing Hazuki Fujiwara in the Ojamajo Doremi series, and Suzume Mizuno in Zatch Bell.
AMACHI     Japanese
This surname is used as 天知, 天地, 天池, 天内, 雨知 or 雨地 with 天 (ten, ama-, amatsu, ame) meaning "heavens, imperial, sky", 雨 (u, ama-, ame, -same) meaning "rain", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom", 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 池 (chi, ike) meaning "cistern, pond, pool, reservoir" and 内 (dai, nai, uchi, chi) meaning "among, between, home, house, inside, within."... [more]
AMAGAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 天 (ama or ten) "heaven," 塰 (ama) the title of a Noh play or 余 (ama) "complimentary" and 川 or 河 (gawa or kawa) "river."
AMAI     Japanese
This surname is used as 天井 or 甘井 with 天 (ten, ama-, amatsu, ame) meaning "heavens, imperial, sky", 甘 (kan, ama.i, ama.eru, ama.yakasu, uma.i) meaning "be content, coax, pamper, sugary, sweet" and 井 (shou, sei, i) meaning "community, town, well, well crib."
AMEMORI     Japanese
"Ame" - rain. "mori" - forest.
AMETSUCHI     Japanese
Means "Heaven & Earth" in Japanese
ANDO     Japanese
From the Japanese 安 (an or yasu) "relax," "inexpensive," "low," and 藤 (to or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful Fujiwara (藤原) clan.
ANNO     Japanese
Means "of hermitage" in Japanese. A famous bearer is famous Japanese illustrator and children's educational book author Mitsumasa Anno (1926-present).
AOI     Japanese
From Japanese 葵 "hollyhock, althea" or 碧 "blue". This name is a given name as well as a surname.
AOKI     Japanese
Means "green tree" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 青 (green) and 木 (tree).... [more]
AOMINE     Japanese
Written 青嶺 (青 ao, meaning "blue") (嶺 mine, meaning "peak"). It is the surname of a character in the anime/manga Kuroko no Basket.
AONUMA     Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 沼 (numa) meaning "swamp".
AOYAMA     Japanese
Means "blue mountain" or "green mountain" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 青 (blue, green) and 山 (mountain).
AOZORA     Japanese (Rare)
Means "blue sky" in Japanese, from 青 (ao) "blue" and 空 (zora) "sky".
ARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 荒 (ara) "primitive," "rude," "crude."
ARASHI     Japanese
This surname is used as 嵐 (ran, arashi) meaning "storm, tempest."... [more]
ARASHIRO     Japanese (Rare)
A Japanese surname. A bearer of this surname is Yukiya Arashiro (Born 1984-) He is a Japanese cyclist.
ASA     Japanese
Variously written, sometimes with characters used phonetically. It can mean ‘morning’, but the most likely meaning is ‘hemp’, making it a topographic or occupational name. Both forms are found mostly in Amami, one of the Ryūkyū Islands.
ASAI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "shallow well".
ASAKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 淺 or 浅 (asa) "superficial" and 香 (ka) "odour," "smell," 加 (ka) "increase," "step-up" or 賀 (ka) "congratulation."
ASANO     Japanese
Meaning ‘shallow plain’; probably derived from two places of that name, one in Mino (now southern Gifu prefecture), the other in Owari (now Nagoya prefecture). Both families descend from the Minamoto clan through the Toki family.
ATSUDA     Japanese
From Japanese 渥 (atsu) meaning "moist" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
AZAHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 字 (aza) meaning "a section of a village" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
AZUMA     Japanese
Means 'East' in Japanese
BUDOU     Japanese
From Japanese 武 (bu) meaning "military, martial" combined with 堂 (dou) meaning "temple, shrine" or from 武道 (budou) meaning "Japanese martial arts".
CHIBA     Japanese
Meaning "a thousand leaves", from 千 (chi) meaning "thousand", and 葉 (ha) meaning "leaf". Also the name of a Japanese prefecture (and its capital city).
CHIGUSA     Japanese
This surname is used as 千種, 千草 or 千艸 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand", 種 (shu, -gusa, tane) meaning "class, kind, seed, species, variety", 草 (sou, kusa, kusa-, -gusa) meaning "draft, grass, herbs, pasture, weeds, write" and 艸 (sou, kusa) meaning "grass, plants."... [more]
CHIURA     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千浦, 地浦 or 知浦 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand," 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom" and 浦 (ho, ura) meaning "bay, beach, creek, gulf, inlet, seacoast."... [more]
DEGUCHI     Japanese
This surname is used as 出口 or 出久地 with 出 (shuu, sui, i.dasu, i.deru, da.su, -da.su, -de, de.ru) meaning "come out, exit, go out, leave, protrude, put out", 口 (ku, kou, kuchi) meaning "mouth", 久 (kyuu, ku, hisa.shii) meaning "long time, old story" and 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground."
EGUCHI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "mouth of the river". This surname is mostly found on the island of Kyūshū.
ENDO     Japanese
From the Japanese 遠 (en) "distant" and 藤 (to, do or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful Fujiwara (藤原) clan.
ENOMOTO     Japanese
From the Japanese 榎 (eno) "hackberry," "nettle tree" and 本 (moto) "base."
FUJIKAWA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "wisteria river".
FUJIMORI     Japanese
Means Wisteria Forest.The name is found mostly in central Japan.
FUJIMURA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "wisteria village".
FUJINO     Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "wisteria field". It is written as 藤野 or 藤乃.
FUJIWARA     Japanese
Means "wisteria field" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 藤 (wisteria) and 原 (field).
FUJIYAMA     Japanese
Means "wisteria mountain" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 藤 (wisteria) and 山 (mountain)
FUKASE     Japanese
From the Japanese 深 (fuka) "deep" and 瀬 (se) "riffle."
FUKUDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" or 副 (fuku) "accessory" and 田 (da or ta) or 多 (da or ta) "many."
FUKUHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "fortune" and 原 (hara) meaning "plain, field".
FUKUIZUMI     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" and 泉 (izumi) "spring," "fountain."
FUKUMOTO     Japanese
Japanese: ‘blessed origin’; found in western Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands.
FUKUSHIMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" and 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island."
FUKUYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "fortune" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
FUKUYO     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" or 副 (fuku) "accessory" and 與 or 与(yo) "together with."
FURUKAWA     Japanese
Furukawa is written with the characters for "Old, ancient" (古) and "River" (川). Together, this name is read as "Old River".
FURUSAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 古 (furu) "old" and 澤 or 沢 (#sawa") "swamp."
FURUSE     Japanese
From the Japanese 古 (furu) "old" and 瀬 (se) "riffle."
GUSHIKEN     Japanese
Means "strong willed" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 具 (means), 志 (will), and 堅 (resolute). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
HACHIMITSU     Japanese
Means "honey"
HAGIWARA     Japanese
Meaning "field of bush clovers", from 萩 (hagi) meaning "bush clover", and 原 (hara) meaning "field" or "meadow".
HAKURYŪ     Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 白 (haku, byaku, shira-, shiro, shiro.i) meaning "white" with 竜 (ryuu, ryou, rou, ise, tatsu) meaning "dragon, imperial" or 柳 (ryuu, yanagi) meaning "willow."... [more]
HAMADA     Japanese
From Japanese 浜 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" combined with 田 (da) meaning "rice paddy, cultivated field". Other Kanji combinations can form this name as well.
HAMADATE     Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 舘 or 館(date or tate) "mansion," "large building," "palace"
HAMAKAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
HAMANO     Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
HANAZAWA     Japanese
Means "flower swamp" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 花 (flower) and 沢 / 澤 (swamp).
HARA     Japanese
From Japanese 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
HARADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 原 (hara) "field," "plain," "original" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy" or 多 (da or ta) "many."
HARIGAE     Japanese
From the Japanese 張 (hari) "Extended Net constellation" and 替 (kae or gae) "exchange," "spare," "substitute."
HARUNO     Japanese
Means "spring field", from Japanese 春 (haru) "spring" and 野 (no) "field".
HARUTA     Japanese
From the Japanese 春 (haru) "spring" or 治 (haru) "peace," "public security" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
HARUYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 春 (haru) meaning "spring" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
HASEGAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 長 (ha or naga) "long," "chief," 谷 (se, tani or ya) "valley" and 川 (kawa or gawa) "river."
HASHIRA     Japanese
Hashira is a Japanese last name that means "Pillar" or "Support". ... [more]
HATAKE     Japanese
Means "Field" in Japanese
HATANO     Japanese
From the Japanese 渡 (ha or wata) "ferryboat," "ferry" or 羽 (ha or hane) "wing," "feather;" 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many;" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
HATSU     Japanese
Hatsu is both a Japanese surname and a unisex name meaning "Beginning." Notable bearers of this surname is Akiko Hatsu (Japanese manga artist) and a bearer of the first name form is Hatsu Hioki (Japanese wrestler).
HATTORI     Japanese
From the Japanese 服 "clothes" and 部 "region," "division," "part." This was the surname of Hanzo Hattori (服部半蔵), a famous 16th century samurai and ninja.
HAYABUSA     Japanese
This name means "falcon" in Japanese.
HAYAKAWA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "fast river". It is written as 早川.
HIGA     Japanese
Phonetically means "praise" or "compassion" in Japanese. It is most frequently used on the island of Okinawa in Japan. A bearer is Ryan Higa, an American YouTuber.
HIGASHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 東 (higashi) "east," originally derived from a combination of 日 ‎(hi) meaning "sun," 向か ‎(muka) meaning "facing" and 風 ‎(shi, nowadays kaze) meaning "wind." This combination had undergone some sound shifts which results in 'higashi,' namely the shift from 'mu' in 'muka' to 'n' (turning into hingashi) and the dropping of 'n' in 'hingashi' (see Kagura on the first name website as another example of this process).
HIGASHIDA     Japanese
Written as: 東田 meaning ‘eastern rice paddy’, is usually found in western Japan.... [more]
HIMALAYA     Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Polynesian
Derives in or around. Philippines. Hawaiian. Asia. India. Nepal. and is used as a Sir Name. ... [more]
HIMI     Japanese
From the Japanese 氷 (hi) "ice" and 見 (mi) "mindset," "outlook."
HIRASHIMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 平 (hira) "peace" and 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island."
HIRATA     Japanese
From the Japanese 平 (hira) "peace" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
HIROI     Japanese
From the Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) "wide" and 井 (i) "well."
HIROMI     Japanese
Means "wide sea" in Japanese, from 広 (hiro) "wide" and 海 (mi) "sea".
HIROSE     Japanese
From the Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) "wide" and 瀬 (se) "riffle," "shallows."
HIRUMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 蛭 (hiru) "leech" and 間 (ma) "pause."
HITARASHI     Japanese
From Japanese "浸" (hita) meaning immersion and "らし" (rashi) meaning likelihood
HOMURA     Japanese
This surname is used as 保村, 甫村 or 穂村 with 保 (ho, hou, tamo.tsu) meaning "guarantee, keep, preserve, protect, support, sustain", 甫 (fu, ho, haji.mete, suke) meaning "for the first time, not until", 穂 (sui, ho) meaning "crest (of wave), ear, ear (of grain), head" and 村 (son, mura) meaning "town, village."... [more]
HOSOO     Japanese
From the Japanese 細 (hoso) "narrow" and 尾 (o) "tail."
ICHIDA     Japanese
Literally means "market field" in Japanese.
ICHIHARA     Japanese
This surname combines 一 (ichi, itsu, hito-, hito.tsu) meaning "one" or 市 (shi, ichi) meaning "city, market, town" with 原 (gen, hara) meaning "field, meadow, original, plain, prairie, primitive, tundra, wilderness".... [more]
ICHIKAWA     Japanese
From 市 (ichi) meaning "city", and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
ICHINOMIYA     Japanese
This surname is used as 一宮, 一の宮, 一ノ宮, 一之宮 or 市之宮 with 一 (ichi, itsu, hito, hito.tsu) meaning "one," 市 (shi, ichi) meaning "city, market, town," 之 (shi, oite, kono, kore, no, yuku) meaning "of, this" or 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess."... [more]
ICHIOKA     Japanese
Derived from the Japanese characters 一 (ichi) meaning "one" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill".
IGARASHI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "fifty storms" .
IKARI     Japanese
Means "anchor" in Japanese. When written in different kanji, it can also mean anger.
IKEHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 池 (ike) "pond" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
IKERU     Japanese
From Japanese 蘓 (ikeru) meaning "revive, resurrect".
IMADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
IMAEDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 枝 (eda) "branch."
IMAMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
IMARI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 今利, 伊万里 or 伊萬里 with 今 (kon, kin, ima) meaning "now", 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit", 伊 (i, kare) meaning "Italy, that one", 万/萬 (ban, man, yorozu, ma) meaning "ten thousand/10,000" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village."... [more]
INAZUMA     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 稲妻 which means "(flash of) lightning" (from 稲 (te, tou, ina-, ine) meaning "rice plant" and 妻 (sai, tsuma) meaning "spouse, wife").... [more]
INOSHISHI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 猪 (cho, i, inoshishi) meaning "boar."
IORI     Japanese
This surname is used as 庵, 井居, 井折, 井織, 伊折 or 伊織 with 庵 (an, iori, io) meaning "hermitage, retreat", 井 (sei, shou, i) meaning "well, well crib, town, community", 伊 (i, kare) meaning "Italy, that one", 居 (kyo, ko, i.ru, -i, o.ru) meaning "reside, to be, exist, live with", 折 (setsu, o.ru, ori, o.ri, -o.ri, o.reru) meaning "fold, break, fracture, bend, yield, submit" and 織 (o.ri) meaning "fabric, weave."... [more]
ISAGO     Japanese
From Japanese 沙 (isago) meaning "sand".
ISAYAMA     Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "admonish mountain". A bearer of this surname is Hajime Isayama. He is a Japanese manga artist. (1986-)
ISHIDA     Japanese
From Japanese 石 (ishi) meaning "stone" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
ISHIDO     Japanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 堂 (do) "hall."
ISHIHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
ISHII     Japanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 井 (i) "well."
ISHIKURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 倉 or 蔵 (kura) "storehouse."
ISHIWATA     Japanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 渡 (wata) "ferryboat," "ferry."
ISHIYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
ISOBE     Japanese
From the Japanese 磯 (iso) "beach" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
ISOZAKI     Japanese
From the Japanese 磯 (iso) "beach" and 崎 or 埼 (zaki or saki) "cape," "peninsula."
IWAAKI     Japanese
From Japanese 岩 (iwa) meaning "cliff" and 明 (aki) meaning "bright". ... [more]
IWATA     Japanese
From Japanese 岩 (iwa) meaning "rock" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
IWAYAMA     Japanese
Means "rocky mountain" in Japanese, from 岩 (iwa) "rock" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
IZUHARA     Japanese
This surname is used as 出原, 泉原 or 伊豆原 with 出 (shutsu, sui, i.dasu, i.deru, da.su, -da.su, -de, de.ru, izu) meaning "come out, exit, go out, leave, protrude, put out", 泉 (sei, izumi, izu) meaning "fountain, spring", 伊 (i, kare) meaning "Italy, that one", 豆 (zu, tou, mame, mame-) meaning "beans, midget, pea" and 原 (gen, hara) meaning "field, meadow, original, plain, prairie, primitive, tundra, wilderness."
IZUMI     Japanese
Derived from the given name Izumi.
IZUMO     Japanese
This surname combines 出 (shutsu, sui, i.dasu, i.deru, da.su, -da.su, -de, de.ru) meaning "come out, exit, go out, leave, protrude, put out" with 雲 (un, kumo, -gumo, zumo) meaning "cloud" or 茂 (mo, shige.ru) meaning "be luxuriant, grow thick, overgrown."... [more]
JASMINE     English, Japanese
means a fragrant shrub or flower used as perfume
JINNOUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 陣 (jin) "camp" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside." The grammatical and phonetic particle ノ or 之 (no) is sometimes written between the other two characters.
JUNKO     Japanese
Junko can be written using different kanji characters and can mean any of the following:... [more]
KABUTO     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 甲, 兜, 加太, 甲頭, 加部東 or 鹿伏兎 with 甲 (ka, kan, kou, kinoe, kabuto) meaning "A grade, armour, carapace, first class, former, high (voice), instep", 兜 (to, tou, kabuto) meaning "headpiece, helmet", 加 (ka, kuwa.eru, kuwa.waru) meaning "add(ition), Canada, include, increase, join", 太 (ta, tai, futo.i, futo.ru) meaning "big around, plump, thick", 頭 (zu, to, tou, atama, kashira, kaburi, -gashira) meaning "head", 部 (bu, -be) meaning "bureau, class, copy, department, part, portion, section", 東 (tou, higashi) meaning "east", 鹿 (rou, ka, shika) meaning "deer", 伏 (fuku, fu.su, fu.seru) meaning "bend down, bow, cover, lay (pipes), prostrated" or 兎 (tsu, to, usagi) meaning "hare, rabbit."... [more]
KAGA     Japanese
From the Japanese 加 (ka) "increase," "step up" and 賀 (ka or ga) "congratulation."
KAGAMINE     Japanese, Popular Culture
From the Japanese (kagami) meaning "mirror" and (ne) meaning "sound".
KAIBA     Japanese
A Japanese surname of indeterminate origins.
KAIYŌ     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 回 (e, kai, ka.eru, mawa.shi-, -mawa.shi, mawa.su, -mawa.su, -mawa.ri, mawa.ru, -mawa.ru, motoo.ru) meaning "game, revolve, round" and 陽 (you, hi) meaning "daytime, heaven, male, positive, sunshine, yang principle."... [more]
KAJI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "wind". This is the last name of famous Japanese voice actor from Tokyo Japan, Yūki Kaji.
KAJIWARA     Japanese
Written with characters meaning ‘oar’ and ‘plain’, this name is found mostly in western Japan.
KAMATA     Japanese
From the Japanese 鎌 (kama) "sickle," 蒲 (kama) "reedmace," or 釜 (kama) "cooker" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
KAMEI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "turtle well". It is written as 亀井. A bearer of this surname is Eri Kamei. She is a member of the Japanese pop group Morning Musume. (1988-)
KAMENASHI     Japanese
Means "turle pear" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 亀 (turtle) and 梨 (pear).
KAMINAGA     Japanese (Rare, ?)
I am a descendant of the Fujiwara clan and Asano clan and Minamoto clan and Emperor Seiwa.
KAMINO     Japanese
Related to the name UENO.
KAMIYA     Japanese
From the Japanese 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" and 谷 (ya or tani) "valley."
KAMOTO     Japanese
This surname is used as 加本, 嘉本, 家本, 賀本, 下元, 嘉元 or 賀元 with 加 (ka, kuwa.eru, kuwa.waru) meaning "add(ition), Canada, include, increase, join," 嘉 (ka, yoi, yomi.suru) meaning "applaud, esteem, praise," 家 (ka, ke, ie, uchi, ya) meaning "expert, family, home, house, performer, professional," 賀 (ga, ka) meaning "congratulations, joy," 下 (ka, ge, o.riru, kuda.saru, kuda.ri, kuda.ru, sa.garu, sa.geru, shita, shimo, moto) meaning "below, descend, down, give, inferior, low," 本 (hon, moto) meaning "book, main, origin, present, real, true" and 元 (gan, gen, moto) meaning "beginning, former time, origin."
KANBAYASHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 上 (kan, kami or ue) "upper," "above," 管 (kan) "tube," "canal," 官 (kan) "authorities," "government" or 神 (kan, kami or shin) "god" and 林 (bayashi or hayashi) "forest," "woods," "grove."
KANDA     Japanese
From Japanese 神 (kan) meaning "God, deity" and 田 (da) meaning "rice field".
KANEDA     Japanese
From Japanese 金 (kane) meaning "gold, metal" and 田 (da) meaning "rice field".
KANEKI     Japanese
This surname is used as 金城, 金木, 金気, 金喜, 兼城, 兼木 or 鹿子木 with 金 (kin, kon, gon, kana-, kane, -gane) meaning "gold," 兼 (ken, ka.neru, -ka.neru) meaning "and, concurrently," 城 (jou, shiro, ki) meaning "castle," 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood," 気 (ki, ke, iki) meaning "air, atmosphere, mood, mind, spirit," 喜 (ki, yoroko.basu, yoroko.bu) meaning "rejoice, take pleasure in," 鹿 (roku, ka, shika) meaning "deer" and 子 (shi, su, tsu, ko, -ko, -ne) meaning "child, sign of the rat (1st sign of the Chinese zodiac)."
KANEKO     Japanese
From the Japanese 金 (kane or kin) "gold," "money" and 子 (ko) "child."
KANEMARU     Japanese
From Japanese 金 (kane) "gold, metal" and 丸 (maru) "circle".
KANESHIRO     Japanese
Means "gold castle" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 金 (gold) and 城 (castle). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
KANNO     Japanese
From the Japanese 菅 (kan or suga) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Sugano.
KARASU     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 烏 (u, o, izukunzo, karazu, nanzo) meaning "crow, raven" or 鴉, which is an outdated variant of 烏.... [more]
KASEI     Japanese
From Japanese 火星 (kasei) meaning "Mars".
KASHIWA     Japanese
This surname is used as 柏 (haku, hyaku, byaku, kashiwa) meaning "oak."... [more]
KASHIWAGI     Japanese
From 柏 (kashiwa), which specifically refers the Japanese Emperor Oak/Daimyo oak (Quercus dentata), and 木 (ki), meaning "tree".
KATAGIRI     Japanese
From the Japanese 片 (kata) "single-" and 桐 (giri) "foxglove tree."
KATSURA     Japanese
This surname is used as 桂, 勝占, 勝羅, 勝良, 曽良 or 葛良 with 桂 (kei, katsura) meaning "cinnamon tree, Japanese Judas-tree", 勝 (shou, ka.tsu, katsu, -ga.chi, sugu.reru, masa.ru) meaning "excel, prevail, victory, win", 曽 (so, sou, zou, katsu, katsute, sunawachi) meaning "before, ever, formerly, never, once", 葛 (kachi, katsu, kuzu, tsudzura, katsura) meaning "arrowroot, kudzu", 占 (sen, urana.u, shi.meru) meaning "divining, forecasting, fortune-telling, get, have, hold, occupy, take", 羅 (ra, usumono) meaning "gauze, Rome, thin silk" and 良 (ryou, i.i, yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
KAWABATA     Japanese
'Side or bank of the river'; written two ways, with two different characters for kawa ‘river’. One family is descended from the northern Fujiwara through the Saionji family; the other from the Sasaki family... [more]
KAWADA     Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
KAWAMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
KAWAMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa) "river" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
KAWANO     Japanese
From the Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa or gawa) and 野 (no) "field," "area."
KAWASAKI     Japanese
"River cape"; found mainly in eastern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.
KAWASHIMA     Japanese
Meaning ‘river island’; mostly found in eastern Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands.
KAWATA     Japanese
Variant transcription of Kawada.
KAZEHAYA     Japanese
Kaze means "wind" and haya means "fast".
KAZETANI     Japanese
Means "windy valley" in Japanese, from 風 (kaze) "wind, breeze" and 谷 (tani) "valley".
KENMA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "to see enough".
KIDA     Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
KIKYO     Japanese
This surname is used as 桔梗, 喜京, 木京 or 鬼京 with 桔 (kitsu, ketsu, ki), which is used in plant names, 梗 (kyou, kou, oomune, fusagu, yamanire) meaning "close up, flower stem, for the most part", 喜 (ki, yoroko.basu, yoroko.bu) meaning "rejoice, take pleasure in", 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood", 鬼 (ki, oni, oni-) meaning "devil, ghost" and 京 (kyou, kin, kei, miyako) meaning "capital."... [more]
KINJO     Japanese
From the Japanese 金 (kin or kane) "gold," "money" and 城 (jo or shiro) "castle."
KIRIGAYA     Japanese
This surname is used as 桐谷, 桐ケ谷, 桐ヶ谷 or 桐萱 with 桐 (tou, dou, kiri) meaning "paulownia," 谷 (koku, kiwa.maru, tani, ya) meaning "valley" and 萱 (ken, kaya, kanzou) meaning "miscanthus reed."... [more]
KIRISHIMA     Japanese
This surname combines 桐 (tou, dou, kiri) meaning "paulownia," 霧 (bu, bou, mu, kiri) meaning "fog, mist" or 切 (sai, setsu, ki.ri, -ki.ri, ki.ru, -ki.ru, ki.re, -ki.re, ki.reru, -ki.reru, -gi.ri, -gi.re) meaning "be sharp, cut(off)" with 島 (tou, shima) meaning "island" or 嶋, which is an outdated variant of 島.... [more]
KISHI     Japanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "shore".
KITABAYASHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 北 (kita) "North" and 林 (bayashi or hayashi) "forest," "woods."
KITAGAWA     Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "Northern River". It is written 北川 or 喜多川.
KITAMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 北 (kita) "North" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
KITANI     Japanese
From the Japanese 木 (ki or moku) "tree," "wood" and 谷 (tani or ya) "valley."
KIYA     Japanese
Means "tree valley" in Japanese, from 木 (ki) "tree" and 谷 (ya) "valley".
KIYOTA     Japanese
From the Japanese 清 (kiyo) "clearly," "brightly," "cleanly" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
KOGANE     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 黄金, 小金, 古金, 子金, 故金 or 小賀根 with 黄 (ou, kou, ki, ko-) meaning "yellow", 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small", 古 (ko, furu-, furu.i, -fu.rusu) meaning "old", 子 (shi, su, tsu, ko, -ko, -ne) meaning "child, sign of the rat (1st sign of Chinese zodiac", 故 (ko, furu.i, moto, yue) meaning "cause, circumstances, consequently, especially, happenstance, intentionally, reason, the late, therefore", 賀 (ga) meaning "congratulations, joy", 根 (kon, ne, -ne) meaning "head (pimple), radical, root" and 金 (kin, kon, gon, kana-, kane, -gane) meaning "gold."... [more]
KOHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
KOIDE     Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 出 (ide or de) "rising."
KOIKE     Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 池 (ike) "pond."
KOJIMA     Japanese
'Small island'; mostly found along the coast between Tōkyō and Kyōto and in the Ryūkyū Islands; an alternate reading found farther east is Ojima. Another Kojima with a different first character but similar meaning is found in western Japan.
KOKI     Japanese
This surname combines 古 (ko, furu-, furu.i, -fu.rusu) meaning "old" or 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" with 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."
KOMURO     Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 室 (muro) "room."
KONDA     Japanese
Written with characters meaning ‘now’ and ‘rice paddy’, this version of the name is found mostly in eastern Japan. In western Japan it is pronounced Imata.
KONDO     Japanese
From the Japanese 近 (kon or chika) "close," "near" and 藤 (do, to or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful Fujiwara (藤原) clan.
KONISHI     Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 西 (nishi) meaning "west".
KONNO     Japanese
Variously written, most usually with characters meaning ‘now’ or ‘near’ and ‘field’. Found mostly in eastern Japan, farther to the northeast it is pronounced Imano.
KOTAKE     Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 竹 (take) "bamboo."
KOTOBUKI     Japanese
This surname is used as 寿 (shuu, ju, su, kotobuki, kotobu.ku) meaning "congratulations, longevity, one's natural life."... [more]
KOUUMOTO     Japanese
Rainfall origin.
KOYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
KOYASU     Japanese
From the Japanese 子 (ko) "child" and 安 (yasu or an) "relax," "inexpensive," "low."
KOZUE     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 梢, 小梢 or 梢江 with 梢 (shou, kusunoki, kozue) meaning "treetops, twig", 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" and 江 (kou, e) meaning "bay, creek, inlet."... [more]
KÔZUKE     Japanese
Related to the name UENO.
KUBA     Japanese
Written with characters meaning ‘long time’ and ‘method’, this name is found mostly in the Ryūkyū Islands.
KUBO     Japanese
Meaning "sunken ground"; variously written, mostly with characters used phonetically. Found mostly in western Japan, apparently taken from several habitational names. Many unrelated families descend from various branches of the Taira, Minamoto, and other great families.
KUBOTA     Japanese
From the Japanese 久 (ku or hisa) "long time," 保 (bo or ho) "protect," "guaratee," "keep" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy." The first two characters can also be written as 窪 (kubo) "hollow."
KUCHIKI     Japanese
This name combines 朽 (kyuu, ku.chiru) meaning "decay, remain in seclusion, rot" or 口 (ku, kou, kuchi) meaning "mouth" with 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
KUDOU     Japanese
From 久 (ku) "long time" and 遠 (tou/dou) "distant" OR from 工 (ku) "construction" and 藤 (dou) "wisteria."
KUGA     Japanese
From the Japanese 久 (ku or hisa) "long time," and 我 (ga) "self."
KUGIMIYA     Japanese
This surname is used as 釘宮 with 釘 (chou, tei, kugi) meaning "nail, peg, tack" and 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess, Shinto shrine."... [more]
KUMAGAI     Japanese
Japanese: ‘bear valley’; also pronounced Kumatani, Kumaya, and Kumagaya, a habitational name from the town of Kumagaya, in a part of Musashi now part of Saitama prefecture. The earliest bearers were of Taira descent... [more]
KUNIDA     Japanese
From Japanese 国 (kuni) meaning "a land, a large place" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
KURIHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 栗 (kuri) "Japanese chestnut" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
KURISU     Japanese
This surname is used as 栗栖, 栗須, 栗洲 with 栗 (ri, ritsu, ononoku, kuri) meaning "chestnut", 栖 (sei, su.mu) meaning "cobweb, den, hive, nest, rookery", 須 (shu, su, subekara.ku, subeshi, hige, matsu, mochi.iru, moto.meru) meaning "by all means, necessarily, ought" and 洲 (shuu, su, shima) meaning "continent, country, island, sandbar."... [more]
KUROBA     Japanese
From the Japanese 黒 (kuro) "black" and 羽 (ha or hane) "wing."
KUROKAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 黒 (kuro) "black" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
KUROKI     Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
KURONUMA     Japanese
Kuro means "black" and numa means "swamp".
KUROSAKI     Japanese
This surnames combines 黒 (koku, kuro, kuro.i, kuro.zumu) meaning "black" with 崎, 埼 or 嵜 (ki, sai, saki, misaki), all meaning "promontory" (崎 and 埼 have additional meanings of "cape" and "spit" while 嵜 has an additional meaning of "steep").... [more]
KUSAYANAGI     Japanese
From Japanese 草 (kusayanagi) meaning "grass" or 日 (kusayanagi) meaning "sun, day". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KUSUNOKI     Japanese
"Camphor Tree"
MACHI     Japanese (Rare)
Meaning 'town' or 'street', not common in Japan. Some occurrences in America could be shortened versions of longer names beginning with this element.
MAEBARA     Japanese
Maebara is an uncommon Japanese surname that has more than one meaning, depending on the characters used to write it. The first and most common spelling is with the characters for "Before" (前) and "Original" (原)... [more]
MAEKAWA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "river in front".
MANAKA     Japanese
This surname combines 真 (shin, ma, ma-, makoto) meaning "Buddhist sect, reality, true" or 間 (kan, ken, ai, aida, ma) meaning "interval, space" with 中 (chuu, ata.ru, uchi, naka) meaning "centre, in(side), mean, middle" or 仲 (chuu, naka) meaning "go-between, relationship."... [more]
MASHIMO     Japanese
From the Japanese 真 (ma) "real" and 下 (shimo or shita) "down," "bottom."
MASUYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 増 (masu) "increase," 益 (masu) "benefit," 桝 (masu) "box seat," "measure" or 升 (masu) "box" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
MATSU     Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
MATSUBARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 松 (matsu) "pine tree" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
MATSUDA     Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
MATSUDAIRA     Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree" and 平 (daira) meaning "flat, calm".
MATSUMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 松 (matsu) "pine tree" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
MATSUSHIMA     Japanese
"Pine tree island"
MATSUYAMA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "pine tree mountain". It is written as 松山.
MATSUZAKI     Japanese
Japanese: ‘pine tree cape’. This name is found mostly in both the Tōkyō area and on the island of Kyūshū, where it is pronounced Matsusaki.
MAWATARI     Japanese
From the Japanese 馬 (ma, uma or ba) "horse" and 渡 (watari or wata) "ferry" or ferryboat."
MICHIZOE     Japanese
From the Japanese 道 (michi) "road," "way," "path" and 添 (zoe or soe) "addition," "add-on," "improvememnt."
MIFUNE     Japanese
This surname is used as 三船, 三舟, 美船, 御舟, 御船, 神船 or 見船 with 三 (san, zoo, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 美 (bi, mi, utsuku.shii) meaning "beautiful, beauty", 御 (gyo, go, o-, on-, mi-) meaning "govern, honourable, manipulate", 神 (shin, jin, kami, kan-, kou-, mi) meaning "gods, mind, soul", 見 (gen, mi.eru, mi.seru, mi.ru) meaning "chances, hopes, idea, look at, opinion, see, visible", 船 (sen, funa-, fune) meaning "boat, ship" and 舟 (shuu, funa-, fune, -bune) meaning "boat, ship."... [more]
MIKAMI     Japanese
From the Japanese 三 (mi) "three," 見 (mi) "mindset," "outlook," "mentality," 味 (mi or aji) "taste," 海 (mi or umi) "sea" or 水 (mi or mizu) "water," and 上 (kami, kan or ue) "upper," "above," 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" or 守 (kami or mori) "guard," "protect," "defend."
MINAMOTO     Japanese
Meaning "source, origin". With the Fujiwara and Taira, this is one of the three most prominent clans in Japanese history. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. The name itself is not common today, as most of the descendant families have taken other surnames, usually from their places of residence... [more]
MINE     Japanese
This surname is used as 岑, 峯, 峰, 嶺, 三根, 美根, 美祢, 美禰 or 見根 with 岑 (gin, shin, mine), an outdated character meaning "mountaintop, peak," 峯/峰 (hou, ne, mine) meaning "peak, summit," 嶺 (ryou, rei, mine) meaning with the same meaning as 峯/峰, 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three," 美 (bi, mi, utsuku.shii) meaning "beauty/iful," 見 (ken, mi.eru, mi.seru, mi.ru) meaning "chances, hopes, idea, look at, opinion, see, visible," 根 (kon, ne, -ne) meaning "head (pimple), radical, root" and 祢/禰 (dei, nai, ne) meaning "ancestral shrine."... [more]
MITA     Japanese
Meaning ‘three rice paddies’, the name is more common in eastern Japan. It is also pronounced Santa or Sanda in western Japan.
MITSUE     Japanese
This surname is used as 光永, 光江, 三枝, 満江, 三ツ江 or 三津江 with 光 (kou, hikari, hika.ru, mitsu) meaning "light, ray", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 満 (ban, man, mi.tasu, mi.chiru, mi.tsu) meaning "enough, full, fullness, satisfy", 永 (ei, naga.i, e) meaning "eternity, long, lengthy", 江 (kou, e) meaning "bay, creek, inlet", 枝 (shi, eda, e) meaning "bough, branch, twig, limb" and 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port."... [more]
MITSUGI     Japanese
This surname is used as 貢, 三木, 三ツ木, 三津木, 三樹, 三次, 参木, 満木, 見次, 身次 or 巳継 with 貢 (ku, kou, mitsu.gu) meaning "finance, support, tribute", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port", 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood", 樹 (juu, ki) meaning "timber trees, wood", 参 (san, shin, mai-, mai.ru, majiwaru, mitsu) meaning "be defeated, be madly in love, coming, die, going, nonplussed, three, visit, visiting", 満 (ban, man, mi.tasu, mi.chiru, mi.tsu) meaning "enough, full, fullness, satisfy", 見 (ken, mi.eru, mi.seru, mi.ru) meaning "chances, hopes, idea, look at, opinion, see, visible", 身 (shin, mi) meaning "one's station in life, person, somebody", 次 (shi, ji, tsugi, tsu.gu) meaning "next, order, sequence", 巳 (shi, mi) meaning "sign of the snake/serpent (6th sign of Chinese zodiac)" and 継 (kei, tsu.gi, mama-) meaning "graft (tree), inherit, patch, succeed."... [more]
MITSUGU     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 貢, 三次, 三続 or 巳継 with 貢 (ku, kou, mitsu.gu) meaning "finance, support, tribute", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 次 (shi, ji, tsugi, tsu.gu) meaning "next, order, sequence", 続 (kyou, kou, shoku, zou, tsugu.nai, tsudzu.ku, tsudzu.keru) meaning "continue, sequel, series", 巳 (shi, mi) meaning "sign of the snake/serpent (6th sign of Chinese zodiac)" and 継 (kei, tsu.gi, mama-) meaning "graft (tree), inherit, patch, succeed."... [more]
MITSUI     Japanese
From the Japanese 三 (mi or san) and 井 (i) "well." The grammatical and phonetic add-on ツ (tsu) is not always included in this name's spelling.
MIURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 三 (mi) "three" and 浦 (ura) "bay."
MIYA     Japanese
The name could mean ‘three arrows’, ‘three valleys’ or ‘shrine’, the latter being the most common. Some occurrences in America are the result of shortening longer names.
MIYABE     Japanese
From the Japanese 宮 (miya) "{Shinto} shrine" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
MIYAGUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 宮 (miya) "{Shinto} shrine" and 口 (guchi or kuchi) "mouth," "opening."
MIYAHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
MIYAICHI     Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "a shrine; a palace" and 一 (ichi) meaning "one".... [more]
MIYAKE     Japanese
Variously written, usually with characters meaning ‘three houses’. In the 5th and 6th centuries, Japanese rulers based in the Yamato region (present-day Nara prefecture) established royal rice-growing estates (miyake) throughout their realm in order to increase their income and consolidate their power... [more]
MIYANO     Japanese
Means "shrine field" in Japanese, from 宮 (miya) "shrine" and 野 (no) "field".
MIYARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 宮 (miya) "{Shinto} shrine" and 良 (ra) "good."
MIYASHITA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "below the shrine". It is written as 宮下.
MIYAZAKI     Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
MIYAZATO     Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "shrine" and 里 (zato) meaning "village".
MIYAZAWA     Japanese
Miyazawa is written using the characters for "shrine" (宮) and "creek" (沢). Together, these characters spell "The creek by the shrine." The second letter (沢) can also be read as "stream" or even "swamp".
MIZUKAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MIZUNO     Japanese
Means ''of water'' or ''of the water'' in Japanese. A famous bearer of this last name would have to be Ami Mizuno in the show Sailor Moon.
MIZUSAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 水 (mizu) "water" and 澤 or 沢 (sawa or zawa) "swamp."
MOMOI     Japanese
From Japanese 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
MORIAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 盛 (mori) "assortment" or 森 (mori) "forest" and 合 (ai) "fit," "suit," "join."
MORIHEI     Japanese
This surname combines 森 (shin, mori) meaning "forest, woods" with 平 (hyou, byou, hei, tai.ra, -daira, hira, hira-) meaning "even, flat, peace."... [more]
MORIKAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MORIMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
MORITA     Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 田 (ta) meaning "rice field".
MORIYA     Japanese
From the Japanese 守 (mori or kami) "guard," "protect," "defend" or 森 (mori) "forest" and 屋 (ya) "dwelling" or 谷 (ya or tani) "valley."
MORIYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) "forest" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
MOTEKI     Japanese
From the Japanese 茂 (mote) "overgrown," "to grow thick" and 木 (ki, moku or boku) "tree."
MOTOME     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 求, 元目 or 求馬 with 求 (kyuu, gu, moto.meru) meaning "demand, request, require, want, wish for", 元 (gan, gen, moto) meaning "beginning, former time, origin", 目 (boku, moku, ma, me, -me) meaning "care, class, experience, eye, favour, insight, look" and 馬 (ba, uma, uma-, ma, me) meaning "horse."... [more]
MOTOZAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 本 (moto) "base" or 元 (moto) "original" and 沢 or 澤 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
MURAKAMI     Japanese
From the Japanese 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village" and 上 (kami, kan or ue) "upper," "above," 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" or 守 (kami or mori) "guard," "protect," "defend."
MURATA     Japanese
From the Japanese 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
MURATAGI     Japanese
From Japanese "村" (mura) meaning village, "田" (ta) rice field and "義" (gi) meaning righteousness
MUTO     Japanese
Means "warrior wisteria" in Japanese. The "to" syllable indicates a connection to the Fujiwara ("wisteria field") clan.
NAEGI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 苗木 with 苗 (byou, myou, nae, nawa-) meaning "sapling, seedling, shoot" and 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
NAGAMATSU     Japanese
This surname is used as 永松, 長松 or 永末 with 永 (ei, naga.i) meaning "eternity, lengthy, long," 長 (chou, osa, naga.i) meaning "leader, long," 松 (shou, matsu) meaning "pine tree" and 末 (batsu, matsu, sue) meaning "close, end, posterity, powder, tip."
NAGANO     Japanese
Japanese: ‘long field’; from a very common place name. The name, which is listed in the Shinsen shōjiroku, is written in two ways, in roughly equal numbers, one being found mostly in eastern Japan and the other in western Japan; both are also found in Okinawa Island... [more]
NAGAOKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 長 (naga) "long," "chief" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
NAGASHIMA     Japanese
This is a Japanese surname, Famous bearers of this surname are Shinji Nagashima (Born as Shin'ichi Nagashima, Is Japanese a manga artist).
NAKADA     Japanese
Means "middle of the rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 中 (middle) and 田 (rice paddy).
NAKAGAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 川 (gawa) meaning "river, stream".
NAKAI     Japanese
Japanese: ‘central well’; it originated in Mikawa (now part of Aichi prefecture), and is also found in the island of Okinawa.
NAKAMATSU     Japanese
This surname combines 中 (chuu, ata.ru, uchi, naka) meaning "centre, in(side), mean (not as in the way a person acts), middle" or 仲 (chuu, naka) meaning "go-between, relationship" with 松 (shou, matsu) meaning "pine tree." One bearer of this surname is inventor Yoshirō Nakamatsu (中松 義郎), also known as Dr... [more]
NAKAMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
NAKATA     Japanese
Means "middle of the rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 中 (middle) and 田 (rice paddy).
NAKAUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
NAKAYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
NANASHIMA     Japanese (Rare)
Japanese surname meaning "seven island".
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