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.
NISHINO     Japanese
Nishi ("West") + No ("Feild").
NISHIYAMA     Japanese
a Japanese surname meaning "western mountain".
NOBIRA     Japanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 平 (hira) "peace."
NOBUNAGA     Japanese
Nobu means "Trust, Believe" and Naga means "Long, Chief". Takatomi Nobunaga is a Japanese composer, with his surname written as such.
NOJIMA     Japanese
The kanji used is, No ("Field") + Jima ("Island"). Hirofumi Nojima is an actor, voice actor, and narrator.
NOJIRI     Japanese
No ("Feild") + Jiri from Shiri ("Behind,Rear"), similar to Tajiri.
NOMI     Japanese
From the Japanese possessive particle 乃 (no) and 美 (mi) "beauty."
NOMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
NONAKA     Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
NOTO     Japanese
The kanji I viewed personally is unknown. But if it were to be made simply, it would be : No ("Feild") + To ("Wisteria").
NOTOU     Japanese
A variant transcription of "Noto" and vice versa.
OBAMA     Japanese
O is using the symbol meaning "Small" (chisai,ko,etc.) and bama just comes from "Hama" meaning "Beach".
OBARA     Japanese
It's written like : 小 (O meaning small) and Bara meaning "Plain". Masakazu Obara's last name is pronounced like this. He is an anime director, he worked on Accel World.
ODA     Japanese
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]
ŌGA     Japanese (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]
OGAMI     Japanese
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."
OGASAWARA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "plain of the small bamboo hat".
OGAWA     Japanese
Means "little river" in Japanese.
OGURA     Japanese
The kanji used is O ("Small") + Gura from Kura ("Storehouse"). Rie Ogura is an anime producer, she worked on KonoSuba.
OHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
OHARA     Japanese
Ohara, おはら, 小原(small field) or 尾原(tail field).
OHASHI     Japanese
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.
OHAYASHI     Japanese
This is the less common variant of "Kobayashi" . Check Notes for the source.
OHORI     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 堀 (hori) "moat."
OKA     Japanese
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.
OKA     Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
OKADA     Japanese
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]
OKAMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
OKAMURA     Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
OKANO     Japanese
From the Japanese 岡 (oka) "hill" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
OKAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
OKAZAKI     Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, mound" combined with 崎 (saki) meaning "peninsula, cape".
OKOCHI     Japanese
Variant transcription of Ookouchi.
OKOTA     Japanese (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."
OKU     Japanese
Oku means "secluded","further out". Manami Oku is a J-pop singer.
OKUBO     Japanese
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.
OKUDAIRA     Japanese (Rare)
Oku ("Secluded,Further Out") + Daira ("Peace"). Daira has the same kanji as Hira, also meaning peace.
OKUGAWA     Japanese
The same as Okukawa.
OKUKAWA     Japanese (Rare)
Oku means "interior,secluded,further out" and kawa means "river". Minako Okukawa is a fictional character from Yuri!!! On Ice and it's also the name of a company.
OKUMURA     Japanese
From Japanese 奥 (oku) meaning “inside” or “back, rear” combined with 村 (mura) meaning “village”.
OKUNO     Japanese
Oku ("Secluded, Further out") + No ("Feild"). Kaya Okuno is a Japanese voice actress.
OKUYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 奥 (oku) "interior" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
OMORI     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 森 (mori) "forest," "woods."
ONISHI     Japanese
O ("Big") + Nishi ("West").
ŌNO     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (oo) "big" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
ONO     Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
ONOUE     Japanese
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).
OOGAMI     Japanese
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".
OOKOUCHI     Japanese
From Japanese 大 (oo) meaning "big", 河 (kou) meaning "river" and 内 (chi) meaning "inside".
OOTONO     Japanese (Rare)
O ("Big,Great") + Otono (this is a very respectful honorific that is outdated and literally means "Lord"). Regardless of how archaic it seems,this last name is still used by families in Japan, even though it rarely ever occurs.... [more]
OSAKI     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 崎, 埼, 﨑 or 岬 (saki) "peninsula," "cape" or 嵜 (saki) "steep," "promontory."
OSAKO     Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, large" combined with 迫 (sako) meaning "imperative".... [more]
OSHIMA     Japanese
From 大 (oo) meaning "large", and 島/嶋 (shima) meaning "island". It is also used in many place names, rendered as 大島.
OTA     Japanese
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."
ŌTAKA     Japanese
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]
OTAKI     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 瀧 or 滝 (taki) "waterfall."
OTANI     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 谷 (tani or ya) "valley."
OTONARI     Japanese
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."
OTSUKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" or 太 (o) "fat," "thick" and 塚 (tsuka) "mound."
ŌTSUKI     Japanese
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]
OWARI     Japanese
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.
OYAKAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 親 (oya) "parent" and 川 (kawa) "river."
OYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
OYAMADA     Japanese
O ("Small") + Yama ("Mountain") + Da ("Rice Patty"). This is pretty much a variation of Yamada, but far less popular.
RIKIMARU     Japanese
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]
RIN     Japanese
As strange as it is, the Chinese reading for Forest is actually used sometimes, and that would be "Rin". This same phenomenon was used for "Rinbayashi".
RINBAYASHI     Japanese (Rare)
It's written like this: 林林,literally "Hayashi Hayashi", Hayashi means "Forest". This is because "Hayashi" is "Rin" in the Chinese reading called onyomi,and Hayashi is the Japanese,or kunyomi reading for "Forest".
ROKA     Japanese
Japanese name meaning "White crest of the wave".
RYUEN     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Ryuu (龍) "Dragon" and En(円)"Circle, round" or En meaning "Garden". Airi Ryuen is a freelance tv professional and announcer. A fictional character with surname is Kakeru Ryuen , who this surname is most associated with,from The Classroom of the Elite series.
RYUKO     Japanese
See the Ryuko first name.
RYUMINE     Japanese
Ryu ("Dragon") + Mine ("Peak").
RYUUEN     Japanese
Most common transcription of Ryuen, actually.
RYŪZAKI     Japanese
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]
SAEKI     Japanese
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]
SAIHARA     Japanese
Prime field, Conspicuous wilderness... [more]
SAIONJI     Japanese
Japanese surname derived from the kanji for "west", "park, garden" and "Buddhist temple".
SAITAMA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "precious stone peninsula".
SAKAGUCHI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "at the mouth of the slope". It is written as 坂口.
SAKAHARA     Japanese
Saka ("Peninsula, cape") + Hara ("Plain"). A notable bearer with this surname is Atsushi Sakahara. He is a film director, entrepreneur, and producer.
SAKAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol," 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" and 井 (i) "well."
SAKAMOTO     Japanese
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪(saka) "slope" or 酒 (saka) "alcohol" and 本 or 元 (moto) "base," "origin."
SAKANE     Japanese
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" or 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol" and 根 (ne) "root."
SAKATANI     Japanese
Saka ("Peninsula,cape") + Tani ("Valley").
SAKAYANAGI     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
It is written like: Saka ("Penisula,cape") + Yanagi ("Willow"). There is Arisu Sakayanagi from The Classroom of the Elite, a popular series with a manga and anime adaption. If this surname is used by other people, it is pretty rare.
SAKIMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
SAKIYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 崎 (saki) "small peninsula, cape" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
SAKUMA     Japanese
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.
SAKURA     Japanese
It is usually only thought of as a given name,but it's also a last name too. A variation of it (if not itself) was considered one of the most popular surnames in 2012, ranking within the top one hundreds... [more]
SAKURAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 桜 or 櫻 (sakura) "cherry blossom" or 桃 (sakura or momo) "peach" and 井 (i) "well."
SAKURANO     Japanese
Means "cherry blossom field" in Japanese, from 桜 (sakura) "cherry blossom" and 野 (no) "field".
SAKURAZAKA     Japanese (Rare)
Sakura ("Cherry Blossom") + Zaka from saka ("Peninsula, cape"). Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a Japanese author, it's also the name of a well remembered song by Masaharu Fukuyama.
SAMEJIMA     Japanese
”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]
SAMON     Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 左 (sa, sha, hidari) meaning "left" or 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help" with 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate."... [more]
SANADA     Japanese
From Japanese 真 (sana) meaning "real, genuine" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SANO     Japanese (Rare)
Sa means "small" and No means "meadow,wilderness,field". This is the last name of Yo Sano (a writer),Sano Tsuneha (an admiral in World War 1 )who participated in a Japanese scouting movement with Sano Tsunetami (his father).This is also (but uncommonly) a first name for boys too.
SASANO     Japanese
From 笹 (sasa) meaning "bamboo grass" and 野 (no) meaning "field, plains". Other characters are also possible.
SASORI     Japanese (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."
SATOMI     Japanese
Sato means " Village " and Mi means " Mindset, Outlook" in this surname. Satomi is also a Japanese first name.
SATOYA     Japanese
Sato and Ya together, means "Village Valley".
SAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
SAWASHIRO     Japanese
Sawa means "Marsh" and Shiro means in surnames means "Castle" (at least commonly), this may get mixed up with given name Shiro.
SAZA     Japanese
From the Japanese 佐 (sa) "assistant" and 座 (za) "seat."
SEKI     Japanese
From Japanese 関 (seki) meaning "barrier".
SEKIGUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 関 (seki) "barrier," "gate" and 口 (guchi or kuchi) "mouth."
SENJU     Japanese (Rare)
Sen ("One thousand") + Ju ("Congratulations").
SENRI     Japanese (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]
SERIZAWA     Japanese
Last name of Dr.Serizawa, inventor of the Oxogen Destroyer from Godzilla 1954.
SETO     Japanese
This name is used as Se "Riffle" and To "Door". Asami Seto is a voice actress with this surname.
SETOU     Japanese
Variant transcription of Seto.
SETSUSHI     Japanese
From Japanese 節 (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and 死 (shi) meaning "death". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHIBATA     Japanese
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."
SHIBAYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 柴 (shiba) meaning "brushwood, firewood" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
SHIBUTANI     Japanese
From Japanese 澁 or 渋 (shibu) meaning "rough" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
SHIBUYA     Japanese
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.
SHIMA     Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island".
SHIMADA     Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" combined with 田 (da) meaning "rice paddy, cultivated field".
SHIMADZU     Japanese
Variant transcription of Shimazu.
SHIMAMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
SHIMAMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
SHIMAZAKI     Japanese
Shima ("Island") + Zaki ("Peninsula").
SHIMAZU     Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 津 (zu) meaning "harbor".
SHIME     Japanese
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]
SHIMOYAMA     Japanese
Probably Shimo ("Under") + Yama ("Mountain"). If so, this actually Yamashita backwards, except for a different pronunciation. A notable is Kento Shimoyama, who is an anime writer.
SHINDEN     Japanese
See Arata,this is simply the formal pronunciation.
SHINKAI     Japanese
From Japanese 深 (shin) "deep" or 新 (shin) "new" combined with 海 (kai) "sea".
SHINOBU     Japanese
Shinobu is a Japanese name meaning "recall" or "endurance."
SHINODA     Japanese
From Japanese 篠 (shino) meaning "rope" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SHINOHARA     Japanese (Rare)
Shino means "Bamboo Stem", but it's most likely the kanji meaning "Rope" + Hara ("Plain").
SHIO     Japanese (Rare)
Shio means "Salt", this one of the most rarest Japanese surnames databases have compiled, I have two sources.
SHIRAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 白 (shira or shiro) "white" and 井 (i) "well."
SHIRAISHI     Japanese
Shira means "White" and Ishi means "Stone". Minoru Shiraishi is a Japanese voice actor.
SHIRAISHI     Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 石 (ishi) meaning "stone".
SHIRAKAWA     Japanese
Shira ("White") + Kawa ("River").
SHISHIDO     Japanese
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.
SHISHIGAMI     Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "deer god".
SHO     Japanese
Japanese name meaning "to fly/soar" or "wind instrument".
SHOJI     Japanese
From the Japanese 庄 (sho) "level" and 司 (shi or ji) "director," "official."
SHOUYU     Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Shoyu.
SHOYU     Japanese (Rare)
Shoyu is made up of two kanji and literally means "Soy Sauce". There are other Japanese last names related to food too, but if it's directly related to food, it is rare.
SHŌZŌ     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 宗 (shuu, sou, mune) meaning "origin, religion, sect" and 像 (zou) meaning "figure, image, picture, portrait, statue."... [more]
SONODA     Japanese
From the Japanese 園 or 薗(sono) "garden," "orchard," "yard" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
SUENO     Japanese
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]
SUEOKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 末 (sue) "end" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
SUGA     Japanese
From the Japanese 須 (su) "necessarily" and 賀 (ga or ka) "congratulation."
SUGANO     Japanese
From the Japanese 菅 (suga or kan) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Kanno.
SUGAWARA     Japanese
Sugawara was #83. of most used Japanese family names in 2009, but it's usage has dropped seemingly drastically since than. Suga means "Sedge", Wara means "Plain".
SUGIHARA     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Hara ("Plain").
SUGIMORI     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Mori ("Forest").
SUGIMOTO     Japanese
From the Japanese 杉 (sugi) "cedar {tree}" and 本 or 元 (moto) "base," "root," "origin."
SUGIMURA     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Mura ("Village").
SUGINO     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + No ("Field").
SUGITA     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar Tree") + Ta ("Rice Patty").
SUGITANI     Japanese
Sugi ("Cedar") + Tani ("Valley"). Taizo Sugitani is a Japanese equestrian.
SUGIURA     Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "Japanese cedar" combined with 浦 (ura) meaning "riverbank, shore" or "inlet, bay, gulf".
SUGIYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "Japanese cedar" combined with 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
SUMISU     Japanese
This is the Japanese variation of Smith
SUMITOMO     Japanese
From Japanese 住 (sumi) meaning "living" and 友 (tomo) meaning "friend".
SUNADORI     Japanese (Rare)
Sunadori means " Fishing ". ( one kanji )
SUZUKAZE     Japanese
From Japanese 涼 (suzu) meaning "cool, refreshing" and 風 (kaze) meaning "wind".
SUZUMIYA     Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Suzu ("Bell") + Miya ("Shrine"). Haruhi Suzumiya was the female protagonist of an extremely popular series (see Mikuru).
SUZUMURA     Japanese
From Japanese 錫 (suzu) meaning "copper, tin" or 鈴 (suzu) meaning "bell" combined with 村 (mura) meaning "village, town". Other kanji combinations are possible. ... [more]
SUZUTANI     Japanese (Rare)
Suzu ("Bell") + Tani ("Valley").
SUZUYA     Japanese (Rare)
This is the more commonly heard variation of Suzutani.
TADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 多 (ta) "many" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
TADOKORO     Japanese
It literally means "Farmland" in Japanese. It's made up of Ta ("Rice Feild, Rice Patty") plus Dokoro (most likely meaning "Land" due to the full meaning).
TAIRA     Japanese
Meaning "peace". Together with the Fujiwara and Minamoto, this is one of the most prominent clans in Japanese history. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. The name appears to have been taken from Taira no Miyako ("Capital of Peace"), an ancient name for the city of Kyoto, and was created in 825 by the ex-Emperor Kanmu when his son Takamune (804–867) became a commoner... [more]
TAJIRI     Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "paddy, field" combined with 尻 (shiri) "behind, end, rear".
TAKADA     Japanese
This surname is written as 高田, 高多, 貴田, 鷹田 or 飛田 with 高 (kou, taka, taka.i, taka.maru, taka.meru, -daka) meaning "expensive, high, tall," 貴 (ki, tatto.i, tatto.bu, touto.i, touto.bu, taka) meaning "esteem, honour, precious, prize, value," 鷹 (ou, you, taka) meaning "hawk," 飛 (hi, to.basu, -to.basu, to.bu) meaning "fly, scatter," 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field/paddy" and 多 (ta, oo.i, masa.ni, masa.ru) meaning "frequent, many, much."
TAKAGI     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "tall," "expensive" and 木 (ki or gi) "tree."
TAKAHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "tall," "expensive" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
TAKAHIDE     Japanese (Rare)
Taka means "eagle" such as in surname "Takasu" but more commonly means "tall,high" instead. Hide means "fine,excellence". This must be one of the very few Japanese surnames that has "Hide" in it. It is mostly just a first name element... [more]
TAKAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "expensive" and 井 (i) "well."
TAKAKI     Japanese
This is actually just a variant of Takagi.
TAKAKUWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "tall," "expensive" and 桑 (kuwa) "mulberry tree."
TAKAMARU     Japanese
This surname is used as 高丸 with 高 (kou, taka.i, taka, -daka, taka.maru, taka.meru) meaning "expensive, high, tall" and 丸 (gan, maru, maru.i, maru.meru) meaning "curl up, explain away, full, make round, month, perfection, pills, roll up, round, seduce."... [more]
TAKAMATSU     Japanese
Taka: "High,tall" + Matsu: "Pine".
TAKAMITSU     Japanese
"Taka" is high or tall, "Mitsu" is light (as in sunlight, lightbulb). This is a rare family name in Japan. It was created by a family within that last century, but strangely enough a couple other families with no blood relation have showed up with that surname within the last 20 years in the Japanese phonebook.
TAKAMORI     Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 森 (mori) meaning "forest".
TAKANASHI     Japanese (Rare)
Takanashi is written in two ways : Taka ("High") + Nashi ("Pear"), this kanji is common for the last name, but this isn't : Ko, Chiisai,etc. ("Small") + Tori,dori,,etc.("Bird") ?? ("Play"). Regardless of the kanji of the rare variation, it's still pronounced the same way... [more]
TAKANO     Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" combined with 野 (no) "area, field".
TAKASE     Japanese
It is written like this: Taka ("High,tall") + ("Riffle").
TAKASU     Japanese
Takasu is a surname that means "Hawk's nest". Taka alone means "hawk"(and others not used for this)and Su is the "nest".
TAKAYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
TAKAYANAGI     Japanese
Taka "High,Tall" and Yanagi "Willow".
TAKEDA     Japanese
From Japanese 武 (take) meaning "martial" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
TAKEHARA     Japanese (Rare)
Take means "Bamboo" while Hara means "Plain". This surname means " Plain of the Bamboo". Takehara is also a city in Hiroshima and a railway station.
TAKEMIYA     Japanese
Take means "bamboo" and miya in this last name means "shrine, temple". A notable bearer is Japanese writer Yuyuko Takemiya.
TAKEMIZU     Japanese
From Japanese 竹 (take) meaning "bamboo" combined with 水 (mizu) meaning "water".
TAKEMURA     Japanese
Take: "Bamboo" + Mura: "Village".
TAKESHITA     Japanese
Meaning ‘(one who lives) beneath the bamboo’; it was originally pronounced Takenoshita and taken from a village of that name in Suruga (now part of Shizuoka prefecture). The original bearers were descended from the northern Fujiwara through the Kuzuyama family... [more]
TAKETATSU     Japanese
Take means "Bamboo", Tatsu:? This surname belongs to Ayana Taketatsu, a Japanese voice actress.
TAKEUCHI     Japanese
The kanji is probably : Take ("Bamboo") + Uchi ("Inside").
TAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Tami means "Waterfall". This is occasionally a first name too,as a matter of a fact,neither of them are common.
TAMAGAWA     Japanese
Tama means "Jewel, Square" and Gawa comes Kawa, meaning "River".
TAMAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 玉 (tama) "ball," "bundle" and 井 (i) "well."
TAMARA     Japanese (Rare)
Probably Tama ("Jewel") + Ra ("Good").
TAMARU     Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "paddy, field" combined with 丸 (maru) meaning "whole, complete".
TAMATSUKI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 玉槻 with 玉 (gyoku, tama, tama-, -dama) meaning "ball, jewel" and 槻 (ki, tsuki) meaning "Zelkova tree."
TAMAYAMA     Japanese
Tama ("Jewel") + Yama ("Mountain").
TAMON     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 多門, 多聞 or 田門 with 多 (ta, oo.i, masa.ni, masa.ru) meaning "frequent, many, much", 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field/paddy", 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate" and 聞 (bun, mon, ki.ku, ki.koeru) meaning "ask, hear, listen."... [more]
TAMURA     Japanese
Ta ("Rice Paddy, Rice Feild") + Mura ("Village").
TANABATA     Japanese (Rare)
This refers to the Japanese Star Festival on July 7th. ... [more]
TANI     Japanese
From Japanese 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
TANIGAWA     Japanese
Tani ("Valley") + Gawa ("River"). Nagaru Tanigawa is a beloved and much talked about light novel author. This will be pronounced differently at first sight, depending on what region the surname is possessed in.
TANIGUCHI     Japanese
This is a common Japanese last name. Tani ("Valley") + Guchi ("Mouth, Opening ").
TANIHARA     Japanese
Tani ("Valley") + Hara ("Plain"). Hideto Tanihara is a notable bearer, he is a professional golf player.
TANIKAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 谷 (tani or ya) "valley" and 川 or 河 (kawa or gawa) "river."
TANIYAMA     Japanese
Tani ("Valley") and Yama ("Mountains"). Yutaka Taniyama was a Japanese mathematician.
TANJI     Japanese (Rare)
Rare in Japan, the name is written with characters meaning ‘red’ and ‘govern’. The actual meaning is unclear.
TATEWAKI     Japanese
From the Japanese 舘 (tate) "mansion," "large building," "palace" and 脇 (waki) "side."
TATSUDA     Japanese
Means "dragon rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 竜 (dragon) and 田 (rice paddy).
TATSUMI     Japanese
This surname is used as the combinations shown above + others that aren't on this entry.... [more]
TAZAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
TENKUBASHI     Japanese
Written with kanji meaning "Heaven Sky Bridge", possibly rare. This surname is possessed by two characters in popular culture, Aika Tenkubashi from "Shomin Sample", and Tomoka Tenkubashi from the "Idolm@sters: Million Live" game.
TERADA     Japanese
Tera ("Buddhist Temple") + Da ("Rice Paddy/Feild").
TERAUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 寺 (tera) "{Buddhist} temple" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
TEZUKA     Japanese
From Japanese 手 (te) meaning "hand" and 塚 (tsuka) meaning "mound, hillock, grave".
TOBE     Japanese
To ("Door") + Be ("Section, Part"). It's similar to Abe, kanji wise. Sunaho Tobe is a freelance illustrator and character designer.
TODA     Japanese
Japanese: there are multiple meanings with this surname depending on the kanji used. ... [more]
TOGAMI     Japanese
From Japanese 十神 (togami) meaning "ten gods".
TOKUGAWA     Japanese (Rare)
The kanji in this surname : Toku ("Virtue") + Gawa ("River"). Ieyasu Tokugawa was the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.
TOKUI     Japanese
Meaning : Toku "Virtue" and I "Well, Mineshaft, Pit".
TOMATSU     Japanese
From the Japanese 戸 (to or do) "door," "shutter" and 松 (matsu) "pine tree."
TOMOEDA     Japanese
Tomo means "Friend", Eda means "Branch".
TOMOSAKA     Japanese
The kanji is: Tomo ("Friend") + Saka ("Peninsula").
TOYA     Japanese
From Japanese 斗 (to) “constellation” and 矢 (ya) “arrow”
TOYODA     Japanese
Means "Abundant rice field"
TOYOGUCHI     Japanese (Rare)
Toyo ("Abundant") + ("Mouth,Opening"). Megumi Toyoguchi is a well-known radio personality and voice actress.
TSUBO     Japanese
See similar surname Tsuboi, for definition.
TSUBOI     Japanese
Tsubo means "pot,vase" and "a Japanese unit of areal measurement". I means "well,pit,mine shaft". Bearers of this name are Tomohiro Tsuboi,a voice actor, and Ryoutaro Tsuboi from Sword Art Online, they each have different "tsubo" kanji from the other.
TSUCHIDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 土 (tsuchi) "earth," "soil," 槌 (tsuchi) "mallet" or 津 (tsu) "harbour" and 知 (chi) "wisdom," "intellect" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy" or 多 (da or ta) "many."
TSUCHII     Japanese
This is the same as Doi, it's just a different pronunciation.
TSUDA     Japanese
Tsu ("Harbor") + Da ("Rice Feild"). Kentaro Tsuda is a voice actor and live actor.
TSUDZUMI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as either 鼓 or 都積 with 鼓 (ko, tsudzumi) meaning "beat, drum, muster, rouse", 都 (tsu, to, miyako) meaning "capital, metropolis" and 積 (seki, tsu.mu, tsu.mori, tsu.moru, -dzu.mi) meaning "acreage, amass, contents, load, pile, up, stack, volume."... [more]
TSUDZURI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is be used as 綴 (getsu, tei, techi, tetsu, sumi.yaka, tsudzuri, tsudzu.ru, to.jiru) meaning "bind (books), compose, spell, write."... [more]
TSUGE     Japanese
From the Japanese 告 (tsuge) "tell."
TSUJIHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
TSUJII     Japanese
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 井 (i) "well."
TSUJIMURA     Japanese
Tsuji ("Crossroad") + Mura ("Village").
TSUJITA     Japanese
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
TSUJIURA     Japanese (Rare)
Tsuji ("Crossroad") + ("Bay, Coast"). Other than the athlete Steve Tsujiura ( who wasn't even born in Japan,but in Canada) this commonly refers to a Japanese fortune telling cracker made of rice.
TSUKAHARA     Japanese
Tsuka ("Mound") + Hara ("Plain"). Mitsuo Tsukahara is a Japanese gymnastics artist.
TSUKAMOTO     Japanese
Tsuka ("Mound") + Moto ("Origin,Root").
TSUKIMI     Japanese
Tsuki(月)means "Moon" and Mi ("Mindset, Outlook"). Souhei Tsukimi is a light novel author who has written more than four series (currently only in Japan).
TSUKIMOTO     Japanese, Popular Culture
Tsuki ("Moon") + Moto ("Origin"). If you search for "Tsukimoto", you'll quickly find fictional characters.
TSUKINO     Japanese
Means ''of the moon'' in Japanese. A famous bearer of this surname would be Usagi Tsukino in the show Sailor Moon.
TSUKIYAMA     Japanese
Means "Moon mountain"... [more]
TSUKIYOMI     Japanese
Means 'moon god' or something like that.
TSUKUSHI     Japanese
Like the first name Tsukushi.
TSUNEMATSU     Japanese
From the Japanese 恒 (tsune) "constant" or 常 (tsune) "always" and 松 (matsu) "pine tree."
TSUNODA     Japanese
Tsuno ("Horn") + Da ("Rice Feild/Patty"). Kazuo Tsunoda was an officer & ace fighter pilot in the Japanese Imperial Navy.
TSUNOI     Japanese
From the Japanese 角 (tsuno) "horn" and 井 (i) "well."
TSURUOKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 鶴 (tsuru) "crane" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
TSURUTA     Japanese
Tsuru ("Crane") + Ta ("Rice Patty")
TSUTSUMI     Japanese
From the Japanese 堤 (tsutsumi) "{river}bank."
TSUZUKI     Japanese
From the Japanese 都 (tsu) "metropolis," "capital" and 築 (zuki) "since construction."
UCHIDA     Japanese
From Japanese 内 (uchi) meaning "inside, within" and 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field". ... [more]
UCHIYAMA     Japanese
From 内 (uchi) meaning "inside" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
UEHARA     Japanese
Ue ("Above") + Hara ("Plain").
UEKI     Japanese
Means "planted tree".
UEMATSU     Japanese
Ue ("Above") + Matsu ("Pine").
UEMURA     Japanese
Ue ("Above") + Mura ("Village").
UESUGI     Japanese
Ue ("Upper") + Sugi ("Cedar Tree").
UETA     Japanese
This is how Ueda is sometimes said.
UMAJIRI     Japanese (Rare)
Uma ("Horse") + Jiri from Shiri ("Behind,Rear").
UMEDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 梅 (ume) "plum" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy" or 多 (da or ta) "many."
UMEHARA     Japanese
梅原 - "Umehara" meaning field of plums / 原 - "hara" meaning "field" / 梅 - "ume" meaning "plum"
UMEZAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 梅 (ume) "plum" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
UMON     Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 右 (u, yuu, migi) meaning "right" or 宇 (u) meaning "eaves, heaven, house, roof" with 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate."... [more]
UNO     Japanese
From Japanese 宇 (u) meaning "eaves" and 野 (no) meaning "field".
URAMOTO     Japanese (Rare)
Ura ("Seacoast,Bay") + Moto ("Origin, Root"). Kentaro Uramoto is a notable bearer of this surname, he is a former Japanese football player.
URAOKA     Japanese (Rare)
Ura ("Bay,Seacoast") + Oka ("Hill").
UTSUNOMIYA     Japanese
This surname is used as either 宇都宮 or 宇津宮 with 宇 (u) meaning "eaves, heaven, house, roof", 都 (tsu, to, miyako) meaning "capital, metropolis", 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port" and 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess, Shinto shrine."... [more]
UZUMAKI     Japanese (Rare)
This name combines 渦 (ka, uzu) meaning "eddy, vortex, whirlpool" or 太 (ta, tai, futo.i, futo.ru) meaning "big around, plump, thick" with 巻 (kan, ken, maki, ma.ki, ma.ku) meaning "book, coil, part, roll up, scroll, tie, volume, wind up."... [more]
WAGAHARA     Japanese
Waga possibly from Waka meaning "Young" + Hara ("Plain").
WAKABAYASHI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "young forest".
WAKAKI     Japanese
Waka ("Young") + Ki ("Tree"). Tamiki Wakaki is a manga illustrator and author, one notable series is, " Kaminomi ".
WAKAMATSU     Japanese
Comes from waka 若 (Young) and matsu 松 (pine tree)
WAKATA     Japanese
From the Japanese 若 (waka) "young" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
WAKATSUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 若 (waka) "young" and 土 (tsuchi) "earth," "soil."
WAKUNI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 和国 with 和 (o, ka, wa, nago.mu, nago.yaka, yawa.ragu, yawa.rageru) meaning "harmony, Japan, Japanese style, peace, soften" and 国 (koku, kuni) meaning "country."... [more]
WAKURI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 和久利, 和久理, 和久里 or 和栗 with 和 (o, ka, wa, nago.mu, nago.yaka, yawa.ragu, yawa.rageru) meaning "harmony, Japan, Japanese style, peace, soften", 久 (kyuu, ku, hisa.shii) meaning "long time, old story", 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit", 理 (ri, kotowari) meaning "arrangement, justice, logic, reason, truth", 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village" and 栗 (ritsu, ri, kuri, ononoku) meaning "chestnut."... [more]
WATABE     Japanese
This is how some Japanese people pronounce Watanabe. Source: Wikipedia
WATANUKI     Japanese
This surname is used as 渡抜, 渡樌, 渡貫, 綿抜, 綿貫, 四月一日 or 四月朔日 with 渡 (to, wata.su, wata.ru) meaning "cross, deliver, diameter, ferry, ford, import, migrate, transit," 綿 (men, wata) meaning "cotton," 抜 (hai, hatsu, batsu, nu.kasu, nu.karu, nu.ki, nu.ku, -nu.ku, nu.keru) meaning "extract, omit, pilfer, pull out, quote, remove, slip out," 樌 (kan, nuki), an outdated kanji meaning "grove," 貫 (kan, tsuranu.ku, nuki, nu.ku) meaning "brace, penetrate, pierce, kan (obsolete unit of measuring weight - equal to 3.75 kg./8.33 lbs... [more]
WATARI     Japanese (Rare)
This word has two possible kanji that both mean "Ferry, Import,Deliver,etc." This word in general is more commonly pronounced " Wataru ", so this must've come from the given name " Watari " meaning the same thing... [more]
YABE     Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
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