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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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
IKESUGIJapanese
池 (Ike) means "Pond, Pool" and 杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree".
IKUTAJapanese
Iku means "Genuine, Life, Birth" and Ta means "Feild, Rice Paddy".
IMADAJapanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
IMAEDAJapanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 枝 (eda) "branch."
IMAGAWAJapanese
From Japanese 今 (ima) meaning "present" and 川 (gawa) meaning "river".
IMAIJapanese
From Japanese 今 (ima) meaning "now, present" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
IMAISHIJapanese
今 (Ima) means "Now, Present" and 石 (Ishi) means "Stone". This was within the 1009's of most used Japanese surnames in 2012.
IMAMURAJapanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
IMARIJapanese (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]
IMARUOKAJapanese
I means "That one, Italy", Maru means "Round, Circle", and Oka means "Hill, Ridge".
IMATAJapanese
See Konda. Ima = "Now" + Da "Rice Paddy".
INAGAKIJapanese
Ina (稲) means rice, Gaki (垣) means fence.
INAMURAJapanese
Ina means "Rice" and Mura means "Hamlet, Village".
INAZUMAJapanese (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]
INOSHISHIJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 猪 (cho, i, inoshishi) meaning "boar."
INOUYEJapanese
Variant transcription of Inoue.
INUGAMIJapanese (Rare), Japanese Mythology
Inu means "Dog" and Gami means "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.
INUIJapanese
Inu means "Dog" and I means "Well, Mineshaft, Pit", etc.
INUKAIJapanese
Inu means "Dog" and Kai means "Keeper". This surname means "Dog Keeper".
INUKAMIJapanese (Rare), Japanese
The same as Inugami, it means "Dog God".
IORIJapanese
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]
ISAGOJapanese
From Japanese 沙 (isago) meaning "sand".
ISAMUJapanese
Isamu means courageous warrior
ISAYAMAJapanese
A Japanese surname meaning "admonish mountain". A bearer of this surname is Hajime Isayama. He is a Japanese manga artist. (1986-)
ISHIDAJapanese
From Japanese 石 (ishi) meaning "stone" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
ISHIDOJapanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 堂 (do) "hall."
ISHIGUROJapanese
Ishi means "Stone" and Guro is just a form of Kuro, meaning "Black". Hiroshi Ishiguro was the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory.
ISHIHARAJapanese
From Japanese 石 (ishi) meaning "stone" combined with 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain, meadow".
ISHIIJapanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 井 (i) "well."
ISHIKURAJapanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" combined with 倉 (kura) or 蔵 (kura) storehouse."
ISHIMOTOJapanese
Ishi means "Stone" and Moto means "Source,Root, Origin".
ISHIUCHIJapanese
Ishi means "Stone" and Uchi means "Inside".
ISHIWATAJapanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 渡 (wata) "ferryboat," "ferry."
ISHIYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 石 (ishi) "stone" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
ISHIZUKAJapanese
Ishi means "Stone" and Zuka means "Mound".
ISOBEJapanese
From the Japanese 磯 (iso) "beach" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
ISOGAIJapanese
Iso meeans "Beach" and Gai means "Valley."
ISOZAKIJapanese
From the Japanese 磯 (iso) "beach" and 崎 or 埼 (zaki or saki) "cape," "peninsula."
IWAAKIJapanese
From Japanese 岩 (iwa) meaning "cliff" and 明 (aki) meaning "bright". ... [more]
IWAEJapanese
Iwae means "Stone, Rock" and E means "Bay, Creek, Inlet". It can possibly written other ways as well.
IWAMOTOJapanese
Iwa means "Stone" and Moto means "Origin". A notable bearer is Akiko Iwamoto is a Japanese rower who competed in the 2012 Olympics.
IWANOJapanese
Iwa means "Stone" and No means "Field".
IWAOKAJapanese
Iwa means "Stone" and Oka means "Ridge".
IWASAKIJapanese
Iwa means "Rock, Stone" and Saki means "Peninsula".
IWASHIMIZUJapanese
Iwa means "Stone,Rock", Shi means "Pure, Purify, Excorise, Clean", and Mizu means "Water".
IWATAJapanese
From Japanese 岩 (iwa) meaning "rock" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
IWATANIJapanese
From Japanese 岩 (iwa) meaning "rock" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
IWAYAMAJapanese
Means "rocky mountain" in Japanese, from 岩 (iwa) "rock" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
IZUHARAJapanese
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."
IZUMIJapanese
From Japanese 泉 (izumi) meaning "spring, fountain".
IZUMOJapanese
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]
JASMINEEnglish, Japanese
means a fragrant shrub or flower used as perfume
JINNOUCHIJapanese
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.
JUNKOJapanese
Junko can be written using different kanji characters and can mean any of the following:... [more]
KABEJapanese (Rare)
Ka ("Increase,Step Up"), ... [more]
KABUTOJapanese (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]
KADOKAWAJapanese (Rare)
Kado means "Gate" and Kawa means "River". This surname means "Gated River".
KADOMATSUJapanese (Rare)
Kado ("Gate") + Matsu ("Pine Tree").
KADOSHIMAJapanese (Rare)
I don't want to assume it's rare but it's definitely uncommon. Kado means "Gate" and Shima means "Island".
KADOTAJapanese (Rare)
Kado means "Gate" and ... [more]
KAETSUJapanese
From Japanese カ (Ka) meaning "power" or "temporary", and 悦 (etsu) meaning "ecstasy, joy, rapture". Together, it can also mean "pleasure"; or... [more]
KAGAJapanese
From the Japanese 加 (ka) "increase," "step up" and 賀 (ka or ga) "congratulation."
KAGAMINEJapanese, Popular Culture
From the Japanese (kagami) meaning "mirror" and (ne) meaning "sound".
KAIBAJapanese
Kai means "ocean,harbor" while Ba means "leaf" and possibly others. {this might need further research}
KAIYŌJapanese (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]
KAJIJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "wind". This is the last name of famous Japanese voice actor from Tokyo Japan, Yūki Kaji.
KAJITANIJapanese
Rare Japanese surname, roughly meaning "to add to the field; extend field boundaries".
KAJIURAJapanese (Rare)
Kaji means "Wind" and Ura means "Seacoast, Bay". A notable bearer is Yuki Kajiura, a musician and producer that has worked for different anime series. A similar surname is Chiura.
KAJIWARAJapanese
Written with characters meaning ‘oar’ and ‘plain’, this name is found mostly in western Japan.
KAKIJapanese
From Japanese 柿 (kaki) meaning "persimmon".
KAKIHARAJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese 柿 (kaki) meaning "persimmon" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain". A notable bearer of this surname is voice actor Tetsuya Kakihara (柿原 徹也 Kakihara Tetsuya, 1982-).
KAKIMURAJapanese
Kaki means "Persimmon" and Mura means and it could mean "Village" or "Hamlet", which is usually smaller than a village.
KAKINUMAJapanese
Kaki means "Persimmon" and Numa means "Swamp".
KAKITAJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese 柿 (kaki) meaning "persimmon" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
KAKUJapanese
Kaku must mean "Draw", because the full name "Kaku Michi" means "Draw Path". It got kinda popular due its meaning.
KAKUTANIJapanese
From Japanese 角 (kaku) meaning "corner" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
KAMATAJapanese
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."
KAMEIJapanese
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-)
KAMENASHIJapanese
Means "turle pear" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 亀 (turtle) and 梨 (pear).
KAMINAGAJapanese (Rare, ?)
I am a descendant of the Fujiwara clan and Asano clan and Minamoto clan and Emperor Seiwa.
KAMINOJapanese
Related to the name UENO.
KAMIYAJapanese
From the Japanese 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" and 谷 (ya or tani) "valley."
KAMIYAMAJapanese
Kamiyama (written: 神山 lit. "god mountain" or 上山 lit. "upper mountain") is a Japanese surname.
KAMORIJapanese
Ka means "Increase, Step Up" or "Congratulation" and Mori means "Forest".
KAMOTOJapanese
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."
KANBARAJapanese
From Japanese 神 (kan) meaning "god, deity, spirit" and 原 (bara) meaning "field, plain".
KANBAYASHIJapanese
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."
KANBEJapanese
It's written as Kan meaning "God, Deity" and Be meaning "Door".
KANDAJapanese
Means "divine rice paddy", from Japanese 神 (kan) meaning "god, deity, spirit" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
KANEDAJapanese
From Japanese 金 (kane) meaning "gold, metal" and 田 (da) meaning "rice field".
KANEKIJapanese
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)."
KANEKOJapanese
From the Japanese 金 (kane or kin) "gold," "money" and 子 (ko) "child."
KANEMARUJapanese
From Japanese 金 (kane) "gold, metal" and 丸 (maru) "circle".
KANESHIROJapanese
Means "gold castle" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 金 (gold) and 城 (castle). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
KANNOJapanese
From the Japanese 菅 (kan or suga) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Sugano.
KANROJIJapanese
Fron Japanese 甘 (kan) meaning "sweet", 露 (ro) meaning "dew" and 寺 (ji) meaning "temple".
KARAMATSUJapanese
Kara means "Larch" (green needles poking from a tree) and Matsu means "Pine/Fur Tree".
KARASUJapanese (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]
KASEIJapanese
From Japanese 火星 (kasei) meaning "Mars".
KASHIWAJapanese
This surname is used as 柏 (haku, hyaku, byaku, kashiwa) meaning "oak."... [more]
KASHIWABARAJapanese
Kashiwa ("Oak") + Bara from Hara ,("Plain").
KASHIWADAJapanese (Rare)
Kashiwa ("Oak") + Da ("Rice Field/Patty"). Takashi Kashiwada is a retired Professional baseball player.
KASHIWADEJapanese (Rare)
This family name made of two symbols literally means "Chef". It sounds a lot like Kashiwada, but nothing alike kanji wise.
KASHIWADOJapanese (Rare)
The kanji used is Kashiwa ("Oak") + Do ("Door"). Kashiwado Tsuyoshi was a Japanese sumo wrestler.
KASHIWAEDAJapanese
柏 (Kashiwa) refers to the Japanese "emperor/ daimyo oak tree" and 枝 (Eda) means "Bough, Twig, Limb, Knot, Branch, Twig".
KASHIWAGIJapanese
From 柏 (kashiwa), which specifically refers the Japanese Emperor Oak/Daimyo oak (Quercus dentata), and 木 (ki), meaning "tree".
KATAGIRIJapanese
From the Japanese 片 (kata) "single-" and 桐 (giri) "foxglove tree."
KATSURAJapanese
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]
KAWAJapanese
"River, Stream".
KAWABATAJapanese
'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]
KAWADAJapanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
KAWAHARAJapanese
Kawa means "River" and Hara means "Plain".
KAWAIJapanese (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.
KAWAKITAJapanese
川 (Kawa) means "River" and 北 (Kita) means "North".
KAWAMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
KAWAMURAJapanese
From the Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa) "river" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
KAWANAKAJapanese
Kawa means "Stream, River" and Naka means "Middle".
KAWANISHIJapanese
Nishikawa backwards, Kawa means "River, Stream" and Nishi means "West".
KAWANOJapanese
From the Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa or gawa) and 野 (no) "field," "area."
KAWASAKIJapanese
"River cape"; found mainly in eastern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.
KAWASHIMAJapanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream, brook" and 島 (shima) or 嶋 (shima) both meaning "island".
KAWASHITAJapanese
Kawa means "River, Stream" and Shita means "Under, Below".
KAWATAJapanese
Variant transcription of Kawada.
KAWAUCHIJapanese
From Japanese 河 (kawa) or 川 (kawa) meaning "river" combined with 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
KAYANOJapanese (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]
KAZAMAJapanese
From Japanese 風 (kaza) meaning "wind" and 間 (ma) meaning "space, room".
KAZAMIJapanese
From Japanese 風 (kaza) meaning "wind" and 見 (mi) meaning "to see".
KAZEJapanese
From Japanese 風 (kaze) meaning "wind".
KAZEHAYAJapanese
Kaze means "wind" and haya means "fast".
KAZETANIJapanese
From Japanese 風 (kaze) meaning "wind" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
KENMAJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "to see enough".
KICHIDAJapanese
It is the same as Yoshida, it means "Lucky, Fortunate Rice Paddy/ Field". This seems to be less common than Yoshida.
KIDAJapanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
KIDAMURAJapanese
This surname could be made up of 木 (Ki) meaning "Tree, Wood", 貴 (Ki) meaning "Valuabele", or 喜 (Ki) meaning "Rejoice", with 田 (Da) meaning "Rice Paddy, Field", and 村 (Mura) means "Hamlet, Village"... [more]
KIHARAJapanese
Ki ("Tree, Wood") + Hara ("Plain").
KIKYOJapanese
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]
KINJOJapanese
From the Japanese 金 (kin or kane) "gold," "money" and 城 (jo or shiro) "castle."
KINOJapanese
Of unknown meaning. A notable name bearer is a fictional character "Makoto Kino" in the "Sailor Moon" anime.
KINOSHITAJapanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree", 之 (no), an element meaning "of", and 下 (shita) meaning "below, under".
KINUGASAJapanese
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.
KIRIGAYAJapanese
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]
KIRIMURAJapanese
Kiri means "Paulownia" and Mura means "Village".
KIRISHIMAJapanese
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]
KIRIYAJapanese
Kiri means "Paulownia Tree" and Ya means "Valley). There are many ways to pronounce the Japanese word for valley, such as Tani, Gaya, etc. This depends on the region.
KISHIJapanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "shore".
KISHIMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "bank, shore" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
KITABAYASHIJapanese
From the Japanese 北 (kita) "North" and 林 (bayashi or hayashi) "forest," "woods."
KITAGAWAJapanese
A Japanese surname meaning "Northern River". It is written 北川 or 喜多川.
KITAHARAJapanese
Kita means "North" and Hara means "Plain, Field, Wilderness."
KITAMURAJapanese
From the Japanese 北 (kita) "North" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
KITANIJapanese
From the Japanese 木 (ki or moku) "tree," "wood" and 谷 (tani or ya) "valley."
KITANOJapanese
Kita ("North") + No ("Feild").
KITAOJapanese
Kita means "North" and O means "Tail".
KITAOKAJapanese
Kita means "North" and Oka means "Ridge, Hill".
KIYAJapanese
Means "tree valley" in Japanese, from 木 (ki) "tree" and 谷 (ya) "valley".
KIYOKOJapanese
Surname of American-Japanese singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and director Hayley Kiyoko.
KIYOMIZUJapanese
A variation of the popular surname "Shimizu". 清 (Kiyo) means "Pure, Clean" and 水 (Mizu) means "Water".
KIYOTAJapanese
From the Japanese 清 (kiyo) "clearly," "brightly," "cleanly" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
KOBASHIJapanese
Ko ("Small") + Bashi from Hashi ("Bridge").
KODAIRAJapanese
Ko means "Small" and Daira means "Peace, Level". A notable bearer: Nao Kodaira, who is is a Japanese long track speed skater. It can also be pronounced "Kohira".
KOGANEJapanese (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]
KOHIRAJapanese
The same as Kodaira. Naonori Kohira is a Japanese photojournalist and media producer.
KOIDEJapanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 出 (ide or de) "rising."
KOIGAKUBOJapanese
Koi means "Love", Ga is a language particle, Ku means "Long Time", and Bo means "Guarantee, Protect". This is possibly a rare surname, although a few (if not less) fictional characters possesses this family name... [more]
KOIKEJapanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 池 (ike) "pond."
KOIWAIJapanese, Pop Culture
Ko means "Small", Iwa means "Stone", and I means "Well". Fictional characters with this last name: Yotsuba from the manga "Yotsuba&!" and Yoshino Koiwai from "Masamune-kun's Revenge" are examples of this.
KOJIMAJapanese
'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.
KOKAWAJapanese
This is the same thing as Ogawa.
KOKIJapanese
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."
KOMATSUJapanese
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".
KOMATSUZAKIJapanese (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.
KOMIYAJapanese
小 (Ko) means "Small" and 宮 (Miya) means "Shrine".
KOMUROJapanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 室 (muro) "room."
KONAKAJapanese
小 (Ko) means "Small" and 中 (Naka) means "Middle".
KONDAJapanese
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.
KONDOJapanese
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.
KONDOUJapanese
From Japanese 近 (kon) meaning "near, close" and 藤 (dou) meaning "wisteria". The latter character could indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
KONISHIJapanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 西 (nishi) meaning "west".
KONNOJapanese
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.
KONPARUJapanese
Kon means "Gold" and Paru is a form of Haru, meaning "Spring Season". Sources are in the notes
KOSAKAJapanese
This is last name means small "Small Slope", Ko (small), Saka (slope).
KOSUGIJapanese
Ko ("Small") + Sugi ("Cedar"). Jurota Kosugi is a Japanese voice actor.
KOTAKEJapanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 竹 (take) "bamboo."
KOTANIJapanese
Ko means "Small" and Tani means "Valley".
KOTOBUKIJapanese
This surname is used as 寿 (shuu, ju, su, kotobuki, kotobu.ku) meaning "congratulations, longevity, one's natural life."... [more]
KOTSUKIJapanese
This is another way to pronounce and spell Kozuki.
KOUUMOTOJapanese
Rainfall origin.
KOYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
KOYASUJapanese
From the Japanese 子 (ko) "child" and 安 (yasu or an) "relax," "inexpensive," "low."
KOZUEJapanese (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]
KÔZUKEJapanese
Related to the name UENO.
KOZUKIJapanese
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).
KUBAJapanese
Written with characters meaning ‘long time’ and ‘method’, this name is found mostly in the Ryūkyū Islands.
KUBOJapanese
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.
KUBOTAJapanese
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."
KUCHIKIJapanese
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]
KUDOUJapanese
From 久 (ku) "long time" and 遠 (tou/dou) "distant" OR from 工 (ku) "construction" and 藤 (dou) "wisteria."
KUGAJapanese
From the Japanese 久 (ku or hisa) "long time," and 我 (ga) "self."
KUGIMIYAJapanese
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]
KUHARAJapanese (Rare)
Ku ("Long time") + Hara ("Plain").
KUJIRAJapanese (Rare)
Kujira is an uncommon Japanese surname and first name that literally means "whale".
KUMAGAIJapanese
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]
KUMAIJapanese
In Japanese Kuma means "Bear" and I means "Well,Pit,Mineshaft".
KUMAKIJapanese (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").
KUNIDAJapanese
From Japanese 国 (kuni) meaning "a land, a large place" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
KUNIMATSUJapanese
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.
KURAHASHIJapanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Kura means "Storehouse" and Hashi means "Bridge". More than a few anime characters have this surname in their own respective shows.
KURAMAJapanese
Kurama is a rare Japanese masculine given name. The surname often means "Owns, Posess, Storehouse, Horse".
KURASAWAJapanese
倉 (Kura) means "Owns, Storehouse, Posesses" and 沢 (Sawa) means "Marsh, Swamp".
KURATAJapanese
Kura has two possible kanji both meaning "Storehouse" and ta is "Rice Patty".
KURIBAYASHIJapanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Bayashi is a more easily pronounced variant of Hayashi, which means "Forest, Grove".
KURIHARAJapanese
From the Japanese 栗 (kuri) "Japanese chestnut" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
KURIHASHIJapanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Hashi means "Bridge" in Japanese.
KURIMOTOJapanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Moto means "Origin, Source, Root".
KURISUJapanese
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]
KURIYAMAJapanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Yama means "Mountain".
KURIZUKAJapanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Zuka comes from Tsuka, meaning "Mound". This surname belongs to Asahi Kurizuka, an actor.
KUROBAJapanese
From the Japanese 黒 (kuro) "black" and 羽 (ha or hane) "wing."
KURODAJapanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
KUROGIJapanese
Variant of Kuroki, Kuro means "Black" and Gi means "Tree, Wood".
KUROHASHIJapanese
Kuro means "Black" and Hashi means "Bridge".
KUROIWAJapanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" combined with 岩 (iwa) meaning "rock, stone".
KUROKAWAJapanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" combined with 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river."
KUROKIJapanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
KUROKOJapanese (Rare)
Kuro means "Black" and Ko means "Child". A notable bearer is Tetsuya Kuroko from Kuroko no Basket. The source is in the notes.
KUROMIYAJapanese
Kuro means "Black" and Miya means "Shrine".
KURONUMAJapanese
Kuro means "black" and numa means "swamp".
KUROSAKAJapanese
Kuro means "Black" and Saka means "Hill, Slope".
KUROSAKIJapanese
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]
KUROSHIMAJapanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
KUROYANAGIJapanese
Kuro means "Black" and Yanagi means "Willow".
KUSAYANAGIJapanese
From Japanese 草 (kusayanagi) meaning "grass" or 日 (kusayanagi) meaning "sun, day". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KUSHIDAJapanese (Rare)
This surname is written multiple ways, Kushi meaning "Skewer" or "Comb" (these are different kanji),and da is "Rice Paddy".
KUSHIEDAJapanese (Rare)
Eda means "Branch", as for Kushi, the kanji in it that I have seen is not "Skewer", so it possibly means "Comb".
KUSUNOKIJapanese
"Camphor Tree"
KUWABARAJapanese
Kuwa means "Mulberry Tree" and Bara's a variant of Hara, meaning "Plain, Field".
KUWAHARAJapanese
Kuwa ("Mulberry") + Hara ("Plain"). Yuki Kuwahara is a voice actress.
KUWAKOJapanese
Kuwa means "Mulberry Tree" and Ko means "Child, Sign of the Rat, 1st of the Chinese Zodiac."
KYUGOKUJapanese
The Kyu part means "Capital City", the same kanji as Kyou.
MACHIJapanese (Rare)
町 (machi) means 'town' or 'street'. Some occurrences in America could be shortened versions of longer names beginning with this element, not common in Japan.
MACHIDAJapanese (Rare)
Machi (町) means "Town" and da (田) means "Rice Patty".
MAEBARAJapanese
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]
MAEJIMAJapanese
Mae means "Front, Forward" and Jima means "Island". This is a variant of Maeshima.
MAEKAWAJapanese
From Japanese 前 (mae) meaning "front, forward" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MAESHIMAJapanese
Mae means "Front, Forward" and Shima means "Island".
MAEYAMADAJapanese
Mae means "Front, Forward", Yama means "Mountain", and Da means "Feild, Rice Patty. The source is in the notes.
MAJIMAJapanese (Rare)
Ma means "Real,Genuine" (this is used most likely,anyway) and Jima means "Island".
MAKIMURAJapanese
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.
MAKINOJapanese
Makino means "Shepard Feild".
MAKITAJapanese
I'm not sure how the surname is usually written, but 真 (Ma) means "Genuine, Real, Sincere" and 北 (Kita) means "North". On the other hand, 牧 (Maki) means "Shepard, Tend cattle" and 田 (Ta) means "Rice Field, Rice Paddy"... [more]
MANABEJapanese
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.
MANAKAJapanese
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]
MASHIMOJapanese
From the Japanese 真 (ma) "real" and 下 (shimo or shita) "down," "bottom."
MASUYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 増 (masu) "increase," 益 (masu) "benefit," 桝 (masu) "box seat," "measure" or 升 (masu) "box" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
MATSUJapanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
MATSUBARAJapanese
From the Japanese 松 (matsu) "pine tree" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
MATSUBAYASHIJapanese
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.
MATSUDAJapanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MATSUDAIRAJapanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree" and 平 (daira) meaning "flat, calm".
MATSUHASHIJapanese
松 (Matsu) means "Pine tree" and 橋 (Hashi) means "Bridge".
MATSUIJapanese
This was considered one of the top 100 used family names in Japan. Matsu ("Pine {tree}") + I ("Well, Mineshaft, Pit")
MATSUKATAJapanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine" and 方 (kata) meaning "direction".
MATSUKIJapanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
MATSUMAEJapanese
松 (Matsu) means "Pine Tree" and 前 (Mae) means "Front".
MATSUMURAJapanese
From the Japanese 松 (matsu) "pine tree" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
MATSUNAGAJapanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine" and 永 (naga) meaning "long".
MATSUNAWAJapanese
Source in the notes.
MATSUNOJapanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
MATSUOJapanese
松 (Matsu) means "Pine Tree" and 尾 (O) means "Tail".
MATSUSHIMAJapanese
"Pine tree island"
MATSUURAJapanese
Matsu means "Pine Tree" and Ura means "Seacoast, Shore, Inlet".
MATSUYAMAJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "pine tree mountain". It is written as 松山.
MATSUYUKIJapanese
Matsu (松)"Pine" and Yuki (雪) "Snow". Yasuko Matsuyuki is a Japanese voice actress and singer.
MATSUZAKIJapanese
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.
MAWATARIJapanese
From the Japanese 馬 (ma, uma or ba) "horse" and 渡 (watari or wata) "ferry" or ferryboat."
MICHIZOEJapanese
From the Japanese 道 (michi) "road," "way," "path" and 添 (zoe or soe) "addition," "add-on," "improvememnt."
MIDORIKAWAJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese 緑 (midori) meaning "green" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MIFUNEJapanese
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]
MIHARAJapanese
三 (Mi) means "Three" and 原 (Hara) means "Plain, Wilderness". A notable bearer with this surname would be Yasuhiro Mihara. He is a shoe designer.
MIKAMIJapanese
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."
MIKANJapanese, 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.
MIKAZUKIJapanese (Rare)
Mikazuki is a one kanji surname that means " Crescent ".
MIKIJapanese
Possibly Mi ("Three") + Ki ("Tree"). This might've been inspired by the Japanese first name Miki.
MINAMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 源 (minamoto) meaning "source, origin".
MINATOJapanese
湊/港 (Minato) means "Assemble, Port, Harbor".
MINATOZAKIJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese 湊 (minato) meaning "assemble" combined with 崎 (saki) meaning "peninsula, cape".
MINEJapanese
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]
MISAKIJapanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
MISHIMAJapanese
三 (Mi) means "Three" and 島 (Shima) means "Island".
MISOJapanese (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.
MITAJapanese
Meaning ‘three rice paddies’, the name is more common in eastern Japan. It is also pronounced Santa or Sanda in western Japan.
MITSUEJapanese
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]
MITSUGIJapanese
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]
MITSUGUJapanese (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]