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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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.
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
Means "barrier, gate" in Japanese.
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.
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."
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
Shima ("Island") + Da ("Rice Paddy").
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").
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 (ta) 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 ("White") + Ishi ("Stone"). Minoru Shiraishi is a Japanese voice actor.
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 the 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
Means "cool breeze" in Japanese, from 涼 (suzu) "cool, refreshing" and 風 (kaze) "wind, breeze".
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."
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 a variant that is used 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]
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".
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".
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".
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]
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.
TAMAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 玉 (tama) "ball," "bundle" and 井 (i) "well."
TAMARA     Japanese (Rare)
Probably Tama ("Jewel") + Ra ("Good").
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."
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]
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."
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
Te literally means "Hand", and Zuka is the same as Tsuka, which means "Mound". Osamu Tezuka is a well known and long-gone manga artist, who has influenced many people in the manga art category in general.
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]
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."
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 "Moon" + 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.
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
Means "inner mountain" in Japanese, from 内 (uchi) "internal" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
UEKI     Japanese
Means "planted tree".
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]
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."
YADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy."
YAGAMI     Japanese
Meaning "Night God" in the Japanese kanji. Was used in the popular series "Death Note".
YAGIRA     Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" combined with 楽 (ra) meaning "music, comfort, ease".
YAKUMO     Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 八 (hachi, ya, ya'.tsu, ya.tsu, you) meaning "eight", 耶 (ja, ya, ka) meaning "question mark" or 家 (ka, ke, ie, uchi, ya) meaning "expert, family, home, house, performer, professional" with 雲 (un, kumo, -gumo) meaning "cloud."... [more]
YAMAHA     Japanese (Rare)
This Japanese surname is more found in Brazil than Japan, because of Japanese immigrants who immigrated from Japan to Brazil. Notable bearer of this surname: Torakusu Yamaha (Japanese entrepreneur who was the founder of the Yamaha Corporation).
YAMAHASHI     Japanese
In basic words, this is Hashiyama backwards. A notable bearer is Masaomi Yamahashi ,he's a voice actor.
YAMAMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" combined with 村 (mura) "village".
YAMANAKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 山 (yama) "mountain" and 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation."
YAMASATO     Japanese
This surname combines 山 (san, sen, yama) meaning "mountain" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village," 県 or 縣 - outdated variant of 県 - (ken, ka.keru) meaning "county, district, subdivision, prefecture," the last meaning reserved for 県.... [more]
YAMATANI     Japanese
Yama means "Mountain" and Tani means "Valley". Testuo Yamatani was film director.
YANAGI     Japanese
From the Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning "willow".
YANAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 内 (nai or uchi) "inside."
YASUNISHI     Japanese
Yasu means "Peace,Quiet" and Nishi means "West". See Anzai for alternative,but similar meaning.
YOICHI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 与市 with 与 (yo, ata.eru, azuka.ru, kumi.suru, tomoni) meaning "bestow, participate in, give, award, impart, provide, cause, gift, godsend" and 市 (shi, ichi) meaning "city, market, town."... [more]
YOKOHAMA     Japanese
Yoko ("Beside") + Hama ("Beach, Seashore").
YOKOTANI     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "next to, beside" combined with 谷 (tani) "valley".
YOKOTE     Japanese
Yoko ("Beside") + Te , this is the Japanese word for hand. This surname means "Beside a Hand". Michiko Yokote is an example. She wrote the Pichi Pichi Pitch manga and did screenwriting for Masamune-kun's Revenge.
YOKOYAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 横 (yoko) "side," "next to" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
YOMOHIRO     Japanese (Rare)
This is a very rare surname with the kanji of all four directions : " East, West, North, and South " respectfully, in that order. Yomo literally means " Four directions" and Hiro means "Extension"... [more]
YONAMINE     Japanese
From the Japanese 與 or 与(yo) "together with," 那 (na) "what" and 嶺 (mine) "peak," "summit."
YONE     Japanese
Yo (与) means together.... [more]
YONEDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
YONEICHI     Japanese
Yone (米) means rice.... [more]
YONEZAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
YOSHIHAMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 吉 (yoshi) "good luck" and 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach."
YOSHIHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
YOSHII     Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
YOSHIKAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
YOSHIMOTO     Japanese
Yoshi ("Lucky, Good") + Moto ("Origin").
YOSHIMURA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "Lucky Village".
YOSHINUMA     Japanese
Yoshi ("Lucky, Fortunate") + Numa ("Swamp"). Shinobu Yoshinuma is an anime producer.
YOSHIOKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" combined with 岡 (oka) meaning "hill".
YOSHISAWA     Japanese
Yoshi ("Lucky") + Sawa ("Swamp").
YUI     Japanese
It is written three ways: (1) Yu ("Reason") + I ("Well"), (2) Yu ("Reason") + I ("Compare"), (3) Yu ("Oil") + I ("Well"). Kimiya Yui is only one notable person, he is an astronaut.
YUKIMITSU     Japanese, Popular Culture
Yuki 雪 ("Snow") + Mitsu 光 ("Light, Radiance").
YUKIMORI     Japanese
Means 'snow forest' from 'yuki' meaning 'snow' and 'mori' meaning 'forest'.
YUKIYAMA     Japanese
This surname combines 幸 (kou, saiwa.i, sachi, shiawa.se, yuki) meaning "blessing, fortune, happiness," 雪 (setsu, yuki) meaning "snow" or 行 (an, gyou, kou, -i.ki, -iki, i.ku, okona.u, oko.nau, -yu.ki, -yuki, yu.ku) meaning "going, journey" with 山 (san, sen, yama) meaning "mountain."... [more]
YUMI     Japanese
This must've been inspired by the first name Yumi, because it uses the same kanji that means "Cause Beauty". Kaoru Yumi was an actress in the late 1900's that has her name written this way.
YUUMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 遊 (yu) "recreation," "fun" and 馬 (uma, ma or ba) "horse."
ZABATSU     Japanese
This probably means "Wealthy Clique"--based off of Google.
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