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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MIYAHARAJapanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
MIYAICHIJapanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "a shrine; a palace" and 一 (ichi) meaning "one".... [more]
MIYAKEJapanese
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]
MIYAKOJapanese (Rare)
Miyako means "Capital", but as a last name, it usually has the same characters as Kyoto.
MIYAMAJapanese
Mi (美) means beautiful, and Yama (山) means mountain.
MIYANOJapanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
MIYARAJapanese
From the Japanese 宮 (miya) "{Shinto} shrine" and 良 (ra) "good."
MIYASHITAJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "below the shrine". It is written as 宮下.
MIYATAJapanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MIYAUCHIJapanese
Miya means "Shrine" and Uchi means "Inside".
MIYAZAKIJapanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
MIYAZATOJapanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "shrine" and 里 (zato) meaning "village".
MIYAZAWAJapanese
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".
MIZUFUKAJapanese
I believe it is written like this: 水付加. In that case, it probably means "Increasing with water".
MIZUHARAJapanese (Rare)
Mizu ("Water") + Hara ("Plain"). Possibly pronounced "bara" or "wara" in different regions
MIZUKAWAJapanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MIZUNOJapanese
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.
MIZUSAWAJapanese
From the Japanese 水 (mizu) "water" and 澤 or 沢 (sawa or zawa) "swamp."
MIZUTAJapanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MIZUTAMAJapanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" combined with 玉 (tama) meaning "jewel, ball". Other kanji combinations are possible. ... [more]
MIZUTANIJapanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
MOCHIZUKIJapanese
From the Chinese compound 望月 (wàngyuè) literally meaning "to view the moon from a distance" (figuratively, "full moon").
MOMOIJapanese
From Japanese 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
MOMOSEJapanese
百 (Momo) means "A Hundred" and 瀬 (Se) means "Riffle". A notable bearer is Shinroku Momose, who was an aircraft engineer during the 1940's.
MORIAIJapanese
From the Japanese 盛 (mori) "assortment" or 森 (mori) "forest" and 合 (ai) "fit," "suit," "join."
MORIFUJIJapanese
Mori means "Forest" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
MORIHARAJapanese
森 (Mori) means "Forest" and 原 (Hara) means "Plain".
MORIHEIJapanese
This surname combines 森 (shin, mori) meaning "forest, woods" with 平 (hyou, byou, hei, tai.ra, -daira, hira, hira-) meaning "even, flat, peace."... [more]
MORIKAWAJapanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MORIKITAJapanese (Rare)
森 (Mori) means "Forest" and 北 (Kita) means "North". Hiroshi Morikita is the president and foreign rights man of Morikita Publishing.
MORIMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
MORISHITAJapanese
Mori means "Forest" ans Shita means "Under, Below".
MORITAJapanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MORIUCHIJapanese
森 (Mori) means "Forest" and 内 (Uchi) means "Inside".
MORIYAJapanese
From the Japanese 守 (mori or kami) "guard," "protect," "defend" or 森 (mori) "forest" and 屋 (ya) "dwelling" or 谷 (ya or tani) "valley."
MORIYAMAJapanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
MOTEKIJapanese
From the Japanese 茂 (mote) "overgrown," "to grow thick" and 木 (ki, moku or boku) "tree."
MOTOHASHIJapanese
This is literally Hashimoto backwards, although this is less common in Japan. This means "Origin Bridge" in Japanese. A notable bearer with the surname is Akiyasu Motohashi. He is a former motorcycle road rider in the Grand Prix.
MOTOMEJapanese (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]
MOTOZAWAJapanese
From the Japanese 本 (moto) "base" or 元 (moto) "original" and 沢 or 澤 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
MUKAIJapanese
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]
MUNEKAWAJapanese
宗 (Mune) means "Origin, Religion, Sect" and 川 (Kawa) means "Stream, River".
MURAJapanese
"Village, Hamlet", an element usually accompanied with other elements such as Yukimura, Nishimura, etc.
MURAHAMAJapanese
Mura means "Hamlet, Village" and Hama means "Seashore, Beach".
MURAHASHIJapanese
Mura means "Village, Hamlet" and Hashi means "Bridge".
MURAKAMIJapanese
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."
MURAKAWAJapanese
Mura ("Village") + Kawa ("River"). This means "Village River", it is basically Kawamura backwards.
MURAKITAJapanese
村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet", and 北 (Kita) means "North". This is Kitamura backwards, and is also less popular than it's counterpart.
MURAMATSUJapanese (Rare)
Mura ("Village") + Matsu ("Pine Tree").
MURANAKAJapanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "village" combined with 中 (naka) meaning "inside, middle".
MURAOKAJapanese
村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet" and 岡 (Oka) means "Hill, Ridge".
MURASHIMAJapanese
This is Shimamura backwards, it means "Island Hamlet/ Village".
MURATAJapanese
From the Japanese 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
MURATAGIJapanese
From Japanese "村" (mura) meaning village, "田" (ta) rice field and "義" (gi) meaning righteousness
MUSHAKOJIJapanese
Variant transcription of Mushakouji.
MUSHAKOUJIJapanese
From Japanese 武 (mu) meaning "military", 者 (sha) meaning "person", 小 (kou) meaning "small" and 路 (ji) meaning "street".
MUSHANOKOJIJapanese
Variant transcription of Mushanokouji.
MUSHANOKOUJIJapanese
From Japanese 武 (mu) meaning "military", 者 (sha) meaning "person", an unwritten possessive marker の (no), 小 (kou) meaning "small" and 路 (ji) meaning "street".
MUTOJapanese
Means "warrior wisteria" in Japanese. The "to" syllable indicates a connection to the Fujiwara ("wisteria field") clan.
MUTSUJapanese (Rare)
It is the same as Mutsumi, it means "Order".
MUTSUMIJapanese (Rare)
Mutsumi means "Order", but you can also simply say "Mutsu". Goro Mutsumi is referred to both ways. He was an actor who was credited for more than 25 films and als did voice acting and stage acting.
NAEGIJapanese (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]
NAGAIJapanese
From Japanese 永 (nagai) meaning "eternity" or 長 (nagai) meaning "chief, head, leader" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
NAGAMATSUJapanese
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."
NAGANOJapanese
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]
NAGAOJapanese
Naga means "Chief, Head, Leader" and O means "Tail".
NAGAOKAJapanese
From the Japanese 長 (naga) "long," "chief" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
NAGASHIMAJapanese
This is a Japanese surname, Famous bearers of this surname are Shinji Nagashima (Born as Shin'ichi Nagashima, Is Japanese a manga artist).
NAGASUJapanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" and 洲 (su) meaning "continent".
NAGATOJapanese (Rare)
There might be different readings, but one is Naga ("Cheif") + To ("Gate"). This is the case for Yuki Nagato, from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya".
NAGAYAMAJapanese
From Japanese 永 (nagai) meaning "eternity, long, lengthy" or 長 (nagai) meaning "chief, head, leader" combined with 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
NAITOJapanese
内 (Nai) means "Inside" and 藤 (To) means "Wisteria". This surname means "Inside Wisteria". This might have variations in different regions.
NAKADAJapanese
Means "middle of the rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 中 (middle) and 田 (rice paddy).
NAKAFUJIJapanese
Naka means "Middle" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
NAKAGAMEJapanese
仲 (Naka) means "Relation" and Game is a variation of 亀 (Kame), which means "Turtle, Tortoise".
NAKAGAWAJapanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 川 (gawa) meaning "river, stream".
NAKAIJapanese
Japanese: ‘central well’; it originated in Mikawa (now part of Aichi prefecture), and is also found in the island of Okinawa.
NAKAMATSUJapanese
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]
NAKAMINEJapanese
Naka means "Middle" and Mine means "Peak" in Japanese.
NAKAMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
NAKANISHIJapanese
Naka means "Middle" and Nishi means "West".
NAKATAJapanese
Means "middle of the rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 中 (middle) and 田 (rice paddy).
NAKAUCHIJapanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
NAKAYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
NANAMIJapanese
From Japanese 七海 (nanami) meaning "seven seas".
NANASHIMAJapanese (Rare)
Japanese surname meaning "seven island".
NANATSUKIJapanese
七 (Nana) means "Seven" and 月 (Tsuki) means "Moon, Month".
NARAJapanese
This surname is used as 楢, 奈良 or 那良 with 楢 (shuu, yuu, nara) meaning "oak", 奈 (dai, na, nai, ikan, karanashi) meaning "Nara, what?", 那 (na, da, nani, nanzo, ikan) meaning "what?" and 良 (ryou, i.i, -i.i, yo.i, -yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
NARISAWAJapanese
From the Japanese 成 (nari) "turn into," "become" and 澤 or 沢 (sawa or zawa) "swamp."
NARITAJapanese
From 成 (nari) meaning "become", and 田 (ta) meaning "rice paddy".
NARUJapanese
The meaning of the name Naru is ''become''
NATSUKAWAJapanese
This name means Summer River. From natsu "summer" and kawa "river".
NATSUMIJapanese (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.
NEHOJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "raised foundation".
NEJIJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 子師, combining 子 (shi, su, tsu, ko, -ko, ne) meaning "child, sign of the rat (1st sign of Chinese zodiac)" with 師 (shi, su, nara.u, moromoro) meaning "army, exemplar, expert, master, model, teacher, war."
NIIKURAJapanese
From the Japanese 新 (nii) "new" and 倉 or 蔵 (kura) "storehouse" or 鞍 (kura) "saddle."
NINOMIYAJapanese
二 (Nino) means "Two, Second" and 宮 (Miya) means "Shrine". Notable Bearers: Kazunari Ninomiya, is songwriter, radio host, and much more. Sontoku (born Kinjiro) Ninomiya, was a moralist, agricultural leader, and more.
NISHIJapanese
It means "West", it's more commonly added to other name elements such as mura, hara, etc.
NISHIDAJapanese
Means "western rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 西 (west) and 田 (rice paddy).
NISHINOJapanese
Nishi ("West") + No ("Feild").
NISHIOJapanese
Nishi means "West" and O means "Tail".
NISHIYAMAJapanese
a Japanese surname meaning "western mountain".
NOBIRAJapanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 平 (hira) "peace."
NOBUNAGAJapanese
Nobu means "Trust, Believe" and Naga means "Long, Chief". Takatomi Nobunaga is a Japanese composer, with his surname written as such.
NOJIMAJapanese
No means "Field" and Jima means "Island". Hirofumi Nojima is an actor, voice actor, and narrator.
NOJIRIJapanese
No means "Field" and Jiri means "Behind, End, Rear", similar to Tajiri.
NOMIJapanese
From the Japanese possessive particle 乃 (no) and 美 (mi) "beauty."
NOMURAJapanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
NONAKAJapanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
NOTOJapanese
The kanji I viewed personally is unknown. But if it were to be made simply, it would be : No ("Feild") + To ("Wisteria").
NOTOUJapanese
A variant transcription of "Noto" and vice versa.
NUMAJapanese
Numa means "Swamp".
OBARAJapanese
It's written like : 小 (O meaning small) and Bara meaning "Plain". Masakazu Obara's last name is pronounced like this. He is an anime director, he worked on Accel World.
ODAJapanese
From the Japanese 小 (o) "small," 尾 (o) "tail" or 織 (o) "fabric," "material," "cloth" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."... [more]
ŌGAJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 淡河, 王賀 or 相賀 with 淡 (tan, awa.i) meaning "faint, fleeting, pale, thin," 河 (ka, kawa) meaning "river," 王 (ou, -nou) meaning "king, magnate, rule," 相 (shou, sou, ai-, ou) meaning "aspect, councillor, each other, inter-, minister of state, mutual, phase, physiognomy, together" and 賀 (ga) meaning "congratulations, joy."... [more]
OGAMIJapanese
This surname is used as 拝, 小上, 小神, 尾上, 尾神, 男神 with 拝 (hai, oga.mu, oroga.mu) meaning "adore, pray to, worship," 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small," 尾 (bi, o) meaning "end, tail," 男 (dan, nan, o, otoko) meaning "male," 上 (shan, shou, jou, a.gari, a.garu, a.geru, ue, -ue, uwa-, kami, nobo.su, nobo.seru, nobo.ri, nobo.ru, yo.su) meaning "above, up" and 神 (shin, jin, kami, kan-, kou-) meaning "gods, mind, soul."
OGASAWARAJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "plain of the small bamboo hat".
OGAWAJapanese
Means "little river" in Japanese.
OGURAJapanese
The kanji used is O ("Small") + Gura from Kura ("Storehouse"). Rie Ogura is an anime producer, she worked on KonoSuba.
OGURIJapanese
The kanji in Shun Oguri's family name is made up of 小 (O) "Little" and Guri, a variation of 栗 (Kuri) meaning "Chestnut". He is an actor and film director.
OHAMAJapanese
O means "Small" and Hama means "Beach, Seashore".
OHARAJapanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
OHARAJapanese
Ohara, おはら, 小原(small field) or 尾原(tail field).
OHASHIJapanese
From a common habitational name meaning ‘large bridge’. Many bearers may be unrelated; some have Taira or Fujiwara connections. This surname is mostly found in central Japan.
OHAYASHIJapanese
This is the less common variant of "Kobayashi" . Check Notes for the source.
OHKAJapanese
A transcription of Oka meaning "Ridge, Hill". It's likely an americanized spelling.
OHORIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 堀 (hori) "moat."
OHTANIJapanese
Variant transcription of Ootani.
OKAJapanese
Usually written with one of the several characters meaning "hill" but other meanings (derived from a single character or many ones) also exist. Oka is also used as a part of other surnames, such as Fujioka.
OKAJapanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
OKADAJapanese
Meaning "rice paddy on the hill"; variously written. This is a common place name throughout Japan, but the surname is mostly found in western Japan. ... [more]
OKAMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
OKAMURAJapanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
OKANOJapanese
From the Japanese 岡 (oka) "hill" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
OKASHIMAJapanese
岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill" and 島 (Shima) means "Island".
OKAWAJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
OKAZAKIJapanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, mound" combined with 崎 (saki) meaning "peninsula, cape".
OKOCHIJapanese
Variant transcription of Ookouchi.
OKOTAJapanese (Rare)
This name is used to combine 興 (kou, kyou, oko.ru, oko.su) meaning "interest, pleasure," or 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" with 古 (ko, furu.i, furu-, -furu.su) meaning "old" and 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field, rice paddy."
OKUJapanese
Oku means "secluded","further out". Manami Oku is a J-pop singer.
OKUBOJapanese
From a place name meaning ‘large hollow’, which is common in Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands. This is a frequent surname in Japan and was taken by several samurai families, most notably the Ōkubo clan between 16th and 19th century Japan, and bearers today.
OKUDAIRAJapanese (Rare)
Oku ("Secluded,Further Out") + Daira ("Peace"). Daira has the same kanji as Hira, also meaning peace.
OKUKAWAJapanese (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.
OKUMURAJapanese
From Japanese 奥 (oku) meaning “inside” or “back, rear” combined with 村 (mura) meaning “village”.
OKUNOJapanese
Oku means "Secluded, Further out" and No means "Field". A notable bearer is Kaya Okuno, who is a Japanese voice actress.
OKUYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 奥 (oku) "interior" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
OMORIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 森 (mori) "forest," "woods."
OMURAJapanese
O means "Big, Huge, Great" and Mura means "Hamlet, Village". A notable bearer would be Masujiro Omura. He was a theorist and leader in the military.
ONISHIJapanese
O means "Big, Great" and Nishi means "West".
ŌNOJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (oo) "big" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
ONOJapanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
ONOUEJapanese
From the Japanese 尾 (o) "tail" and 上 (ue) "above" (the possessive particle ノ (no) is not always written down but is always included when the name is spoken aloud).
OOGAMIJapanese
From Japanese 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) meaning "large, great", 神 (shin, jin, kami, kan-, kou-) meaning "god, deity", 上 (shan, shou, jou, a.gari, a.garu, a.geru, ue, -ue, uwa-, kami, nobo.su, nobo.seru, nobo.ri, nobo.ru, yo.su) meaning "above, up", 賀 (ga) meaning "congratulations, joy" and 美 (bi, mi, utsuku.shii) meaning "beauty, beautiful".
OOKOUCHIJapanese
From Japanese 大 (oo) meaning "big", 河 (kou) meaning "river" and 内 (chi) meaning "inside".
OOTANIJapanese
From Japanese 大 (oo) meaning "big" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
OOTONOJapanese (Rare)
Oo means "Big, Great, Large, Huge",etc. and tono is a very respectful honorific that is outdated and literally means "Lord" in Japanese. Regardless of how archaic it sounds, this last name is still used by families in Japan, even though it rarely ever occurs.
OSAKAJapanese
O means "Big" and Saka means "Hill, Slope".
OSAKIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 崎, 埼, 﨑 or 岬 (saki) "peninsula," "cape" or 嵜 (saki) "steep," "promontory."
OSAKOJapanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, large" combined with 迫 (sako) meaning "imperative".... [more]
OSATOJapanese
O means "Big" and Sato means "Hamlet, Village, Town".
OSAWAJapanese
O means "Large, Great" and Sawa means "Swamp, Marsh".
OSHIMAJapanese
From 大 (oo) meaning "large", and 島/嶋 (shima) meaning "island". It is also used in many place names, rendered as 大島.
OTAJapanese
From the Japanese 太 (o) "fat," "thick," 大 (o) "big" or 多 (o) "many" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta, da or o) "many." Note that 多多 would be read "Tada."
ŌTAKAJapanese
This surname combines 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) meaning "big, large" with 高 (kou, taka, taka.i, taka.maru, taka.meru, -daka) meaning "expensive, high, tall," 鷹 (ou, you, taka) meaning "hawk," 孝 (kyou, kou, taka) meaning "child's respect, filial piety," 嵩 (shuu, suu, kasa, kasa.mu, taka.i) meaning "be aggravated, grow bulky, grow worse, swell" or 貴 (ki, tatto.i, tatto.bu, touto.i, touto.bu, taka) meaning "esteem, honour, precious, prize, value."... [more]
OTAKIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 瀧 or 滝 (taki) "waterfall."
ŌTANIJapanese
Variant transcription of Ootani.
OTANIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 谷 (tani or ya) "valley."
OTANIJapanese
Variant transcription of Ootani.
OTONARIJapanese
This surname combines 乙 (itsu, otsu, oto-, kinoto) meaning "duplicate, strange, the latter, witty" or 音 (in, on, -non, oto, ne) meaning "noise, sound" with 成 (jou, sei, na.su, -na.su, na.ru, nari) meaning "become, elapse, get, grow, reach, turn into."
OTSUKAJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" or 太 (o) "fat," "thick" and 塚 (tsuka) "mound."
ŌTSUKIJapanese
This surname combines 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) "large, big" with 月 (gatsu, getsu, tsuki) meaning "moon, month," 槻 (ki, tsuki) meaning "Zelkova tree," 築 (chiku, kizu.ku, tsuki) meaning "build, construct, fabricate," 附 (fu, tsu.ku, tsu.keru) meaning "affixed, append, attach" or 即 (soku, sunawa.chi, tsu.ku, tsu.keru) meaning "adapt, agree, as is, conform, instant, namely." It can also be used to combine 王 (ou, -nou) meaning "king, magnate, rule" and 月.... [more]
OWARIJapanese
From Japanese 終 (owa) meaning “last, to finish” and 里 (ri) meaning “village, the home of one’s parents, hometown”. The latter character is also an archaic Japanese unit of area.
OYAKAWAJapanese
From the Japanese 親 (oya) "parent" and 川 (kawa) "river."
OYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
OYAMADAJapanese
O means "Small", Yama means "Mountain", Da means "Field, Rice Paddy".
OZAKIJapanese
A variant of Osaki. O means "Big" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory".
OZAWAJapanese
A variant of Osawa, meaning the same: O means "Gerat, Large and Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp".
OZUJapanese (Rare)
In this surname can mean "Small" and Zu means "Harbor". This is how Yasujiro Ozu's surname is written. He was a director of films.
RIKIMARUJapanese
This surname is used as 力丸 with 力 (rii, riki, ryoku, chikara) meaning "bear up, exert, power, strain, strength, strong" and 丸 (gan, maru, maru.i, maru.meru) meaning "curl up, explain away, full, make round, month, perfection, pills, roll up, round, seduce."... [more]
RINJapanese
From Japanese 林 (rin) meaning "forest".
RINBAYASHIJapanese (Rare)
It's written like this: 林林,literally "Hayashi Hayashi", Hayashi means "Forest". This is because "Hayashi" is "Rin" in the Chinese reading called onyomi,and Hayashi is the Japanese,or kunyomi reading for "Forest".
ROKAJapanese
Japanese name meaning "White crest of the wave".
RYUENJapanese (Rare), Popular Culture
龍 (Ryuu) means "Dragon" and 円 (En) means "Circle, Round". En also can also mean "Garden" in this surname. ... [more]
RYUKOJapanese
See the Ryuko first name.
RYUMINEJapanese
竜/龍 (Ryu) means "Dragon, Imperial" and 嶺,峰,峯 (Mine) means "Peak, Summit, Mountaintop".
RYUUENJapanese
Most common transcription of Ryuen, actually.
RYŪZAKIJapanese
This surname is used as 竜崎, 龍崎, 竜嵜 or 劉崎 with 竜 (ryuu, ryou, rou, ise, tatsu) or 龍 (ryuu, ryou, rou, tatsu), both meaning "dragon, imperial," 劉 (ryuu, ru, koro.su) meaning "faded, kill en masse, logging axe, peeling (paint off a wall, etc), sparse, weapon of war," 崎 and 嵜 (ki, sai, saki, misaki), the first meaning "cape, promontory, spit" and the second meaning "promontory, steep."... [more]
SAEKIJapanese
This surname is used as 佐伯, 三枝木 or 佐柄木 with 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help", 伯 (haku, eki) meaning "chief, count, earl, uncle, Brazil", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 枝 (shi, eda, e) meaning "bough, branch, twig, limb", 柄 (hei, gara, e, tsuka) meaning "design, pattern, build, nature, character, handle, crank, grip, knob, shaft" and 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
SAIHARAJapanese
Prime field, Conspicuous wilderness... [more]
SAIONJIJapanese
Japanese surname derived from the kanji for "west", "park, garden" and "Buddhist temple".
SAITAMAJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "precious stone peninsula".
SAKAJapanese
Saka means "Slope, Hill", often in other surnames and place names such as Osaka.
SAKABAYASHIJapanese (Rare)
Saka means "Slope, Hill", "Promontory", "Steep", or in rarer cases "Alcohol, Liquor" ( similar to the word sake ).
SAKAGUCHIJapanese
Japanese surname meaning "at the mouth of the slope". It is written as 坂口.
SAKAHARAJapanese
Saka means "Hill, Slope" and Hara means "Plain, Field". A notable bearer with this surname is Atsushi Sakahara. He is a film director, entrepreneur, and producer.
SAKAIJapanese
From the Japanese 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol," 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" and 井 (i) "well."
SAKAMOTOJapanese
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪(saka) "slope" or 酒 (saka) "alcohol" and 本 or 元 (moto) "base," "origin."
SAKANEJapanese
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" or 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol" and 根 (ne) "root."
SAKATANIJapanese
阪 (Saka) means "Hill, Slope" and 谷 (Tani) means "Valley".
SAKAYANAGIJapanese (Rare), Popular Culture
阪 (Saka) means "Slope, Hill" and 柳 (Yanagi) means "Willow". There is Arisu Sakayanagi from The Classroom of the Elite, a popular series with a manga and anime adaption. If this surname is used by other people, it is not common.
SAKIJapanese
Meaning "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory", it's often an element of longer surnames, like Kawasaki, Osaki, etc.
SAKIMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
SAKIYAMAJapanese
From Japanese 崎 (saki) "small peninsula, cape" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
SAKUMAJapanese
Habitational name from a village so named in Awa (now part of Chiba prefecture). Bearers are descended from the Miura branch of the Taira clan.
SAKURAJapanese
It is usually only thought of as a given name,but it's also a last name too. A variation of it (if not itself) was considered one of the most popular surnames in 2012, ranking within the top one hundreds... [more]
SAKURAIJapanese
From the Japanese 桜 or 櫻 (sakura) "cherry blossom" or 桃 (sakura or momo) "peach" and 井 (i) "well."
SAKURANOJapanese
Means "cherry blossom field" in Japanese, from 桜 (sakura) "cherry blossom" and 野 (no) "field".
SAKURAZAKAJapanese (Rare)
Sakura ("Cherry Blossom") + Zaka from saka ("Peninsula, cape"). Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a Japanese author, it's also the name of a well remembered song by Masaharu Fukuyama.
SAMEJIMAJapanese
”鮫” (sa me) is meaning ”shark”(in ancient use, ”alligator” ) and ”島”(or ”嶋”) (shima in west Japan , jima in east Japan) is meaning "island" in Japan.... [more]
SAMONJapanese (Rare)
This surname combines 左 (sa, sha, hidari) meaning "left" or 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help" with 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate."... [more]
SANADAJapanese
From Japanese 真 (sana) meaning "real, genuine" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SANJOJapanese
Variant transcription of Sanjou.
SANJOUJapanese
From Japanese 三 (san) meaning "three" and 條 or 条 (jou) meaning "paragraph".
SANOJapanese (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.
SASANOJapanese
From 笹 (sasa) meaning "bamboo grass" and 野 (no) meaning "field, plains". Other characters are also possible.
SASAYAMAJapanese
笹 (Sasa) means "Bamboo" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain".
SASORIJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 佐曽利 with 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help," 曽 (so, sou, zou, katsu, katsute, sunawachi) meaning "before, ever, formerly, never, once" and 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit."
SATOMIJapanese
Sato means " Village " and Mi means " Mindset, Outlook" in this surname. Satomi is also a Japanese first name.
SATOYAJapanese
Sato and Ya together, means "Village Valley".
SAWAJapanese
From Japanese 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
SAWAMURAJapanese, Popular Culture
Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp" and Mura means "Village, Hamlet". This surname belongs to multiple fictional characters. Eijun Sawamura from Diamond no Ace, Daichi Sawamura from Haikyuu!!, and Eriri Spencer Sawamura from Saekano all live in pop culture.
SAWASHIROJapanese
Sawa means "Marsh" and Shiro means in surnames means "Castle" (at least commonly), this may get mixed up with given name Shiro.
SAZAJapanese
From the Japanese 佐 (sa) "assistant" and 座 (za) "seat."
SEKIJapanese
From Japanese 関 (seki) meaning "barrier".
SEKIGUCHIJapanese
From the Japanese 関 (seki) "barrier," "gate" and 口 (guchi or kuchi) "mouth."
SENJUJapanese (Rare)
Sen means "One thousand" and Ju means "Congratulations".
SENRIJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千里 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (type of measurement), village."... [more]
SERIZAWAJapanese
Last name of Dr.Serizawa, inventor of the Oxogen Destroyer from Godzilla 1954.
SETOJapanese
This name is used as Se "Riffle" and To "Door". Asami Seto is a voice actress with this surname.
SETOUJapanese
Variant transcription of Seto.
SETSUSHIJapanese
From Japanese 節 (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and 死 (shi) meaning "death". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHIBASAKIJapanese
Shiba (柴) means firewood, Saki (崎) means small peninsula.
SHIBATAJapanese
From the Japanese 柴 (shiba) "brushwood," "firewood" or 芝 (shiba) "turf grass" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
SHIBAYAMAJapanese
From Japanese 柴 (shiba) meaning "brushwood, firewood" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
SHIBUTANIJapanese
From Japanese 澁 or 渋 (shibu) meaning "rough" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
SHIBUYAJapanese
From the Japanese 渋 (shibu) "unripe persimmon juice" and 谷 (ya or tani) "valley." This is also the name of an area in South-Western Central Tokyo, famous for its road crossing.
SHIMAJapanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island".
SHIMADAJapanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" combined with 田 (da) meaning "rice paddy, cultivated field".
SHIMADZUJapanese
Variant transcription of Shimazu.
SHIMAMOTOJapanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
SHIMAMURAJapanese
From the Japanese 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
SHIMAOKAJapanese
島 (Shima) means "Island", 岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill".
SHIMAZAKIJapanese
Shima means "Island" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory".
SHIMAZUJapanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 津 (zu) meaning "harbor".
SHIMEJapanese
This surname is used as 七五三, 志免 or 志馬 with 七 (shichi, nana, nana.tsu, nano, shi) meaning "seven", 五 (go, itsu, itsu.tsu, me) meaning "five", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 志 (shi, kokorozashi, kokoroza.su, shiringu) meaning "aspire, hopes, intention, motive, plan, resolve, shilling", 免 (men, manuka.reru, manuga.reru, me) meaning "dismissal, excuse" and 馬 (ba, uma, -uma, ma, me) meaning "horse."... [more]
SHIMONOJapanese
From Japanese 下 (shimo) meaning "under, below" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
SHIMOOKAJapanese
Shimo means "Under, Below" and Oka means "Ridge, Hill". A notable bearer is Renjo Shimooka, who was a professional photographer.
SHIMOTSUKIJapanese (Rare)
霜 (Shimo) means " (Hoar)frost" and 月 (Tsuki) means "Month, Moon". This is the traditional name for November in the Japanese language. It is also beared by Haruka Shimotsuki, a singer.
SHIMOYAMAJapanese
Shimo means "Under, Below" and Yama means "Mountain". So in that case, it is Yamashita backwards, except for a different pronunciation. A notable bearer is Kento Shimoyama, who is screenwriter.
SHIMURAJapanese
From Japanese 志 (shi) meaning "purpose" or 紫 (shi) meaning "purple" combined with 村 (mura) meaning "village".
SHINDENJapanese
See Arata,this is simply the formal pronunciation.
SHINKAIJapanese
From Japanese 深 (shin) "deep" or 新 (shin) "new" combined with 海 (kai) "sea".
SHINOBUJapanese
Shinobu is a Japanese name meaning "recall" or "endurance."
SHINODAJapanese
From Japanese 篠 (shino) meaning "bamboo grass" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SHINOHARAJapanese (Rare)
Shino means "Bamboo Stem", but it's most likely the kanji meaning "Rope", while Hara means "Plain).
SHIOJapanese (Rare)
Shio means "Salt", this one of the most rarest Japanese surnames databases have compiled, I have two sources.
SHIRAIJapanese
From the Japanese 白 (shira or shiro) "white" and 井 (i) "well."
SHIRAISHIJapanese
Shira means "White" and Ishi means "Stone". Minoru Shiraishi is a Japanese voice actor.
SHIRAISHIJapanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 石 (ishi) meaning "stone".
SHIRAKAWAJapanese
Shira means "White" and Kawa means "River".
SHIROMORIJapanese
From Japanese 白 (shiro) combined with 森 (mori) meaning forest. Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHISHIDOJapanese
Japanese: habitational name taken from a district in Hitachi (now Ibaraki prefecture), written with a variant character for ‘flesh’ and ‘door’. It is found mostly in northeastern Japan.
SHISHIGAMIJapanese
A Japanese surname meaning "deer god".
SHOJapanese
Japanese name meaning "to fly/soar" or "wind instrument".
SHOJIJapanese
From the Japanese 庄 (sho) "level" and 司 (shi or ji) "director," "official."
SHOUYUJapanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Shoyu.
SHOYUJapanese (Rare)
Shoyu is made up of two kanji and literally means "Soy Sauce". There are other Japanese last names related to food too, but if it's directly related to food, it is rare.
SHŌZŌJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 宗 (shuu, sou, mune) meaning "origin, religion, sect" and 像 (zou) meaning "figure, image, picture, portrait, statue."... [more]
SONODAJapanese
From the Japanese 園 or 薗(sono) "garden," "orchard," "yard" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
SUENOJapanese
This surname is used as either 末延 or 末野 with 末 (batsu, matsu, sue) meaning "close, end, posterity, powder, tip", 延 (en, no.basu, no.biru, no.be, no.beru) meaning "prolong, stretching" and 野 (sho, ya, no, no-) meaning "civilian life, field, plains, rustic."... [more]
SUEOKAJapanese
From the Japanese 末 (sue) "end" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
SUGAJapanese
From the Japanese 須 (su) "necessarily" and 賀 (ga or ka) "congratulation."
SUGANOJapanese
From the Japanese 菅 (suga or kan) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Kanno.
SUGAWARAJapanese
Sugawara was #83. of most used Japanese family names in 2009, but it's usage has dropped seemingly drastically since than. Suga means "Sedge", Wara means "Plain".
SUGIEDAJapanese
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 枝 (Eda) means "Branch, Bough, Twig". A notable bearer is Mayu Sugieda, who is mainly known as a musical artist.
SUGIHARAJapanese
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and Hara means "Plain".
SUGIMORIJapanese
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 森 (Mori) means "Forest".
SUGIMOTOJapanese
From the Japanese 杉 (sugi) "cedar {tree}" and 本 or 元 (moto) "base," "root," "origin."
SUGIMURAJapanese
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and Mura means "Village".
SUGINOJapanese
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and No means "Field, Wilderness,Plain".
SUGITAJapanese
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 田 (Ta) means "Rice Patty, Field".
SUGITANIJapanese
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and Tani means "Valley". Taizo Sugitani is a notable bearer. He's a Japanese equestrian.
SUGIURAJapanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "Japanese cedar" combined with 浦 (ura) meaning "riverbank, shore" or "inlet, bay, gulf".
SUGIYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "Japanese cedar" combined with 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
SUMISUJapanese
This is the Japanese variation of Smith
SUMITOMOJapanese
From Japanese 住 (sumi) meaning "living" and 友 (tomo) meaning "friend".
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