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.
ABIKO     Japanese
This surname is made with 安 (A) "Peaceful, Cheap, Rested, Low" ... [more]
ABO     Japanese (Rare)
阿 A ("Nook") and Bo for "Protect".
ABURAYA     Japanese (Rare)
Made with (Abura) 油 "Oil", and 谷 (Ya) "Valley". Shigeru Aburaya is a notable bearer; he specializes in marathon running, and long-distance running in general.
ACHIKITA     Japanese (Rare)
(Achi) 遥 "Distant, Remote" and (Kita) 北 "North". My sources are in the notes.
ADACHI     Japanese
Adachi is variously written,but the kanji commonly used literally means "Foot" and/ or "Stand".
ADACHIHARA     Japanese
A means "Leg, Limb, Step", Dachi comes from Tachi, meaning "Stand", Hara means "Plain". A notable bearer is Kenji Adachihara, a football player. I have posted kanji in the 'native spelling' spot.
AGANO     Japanese
Related to the name UENO.
AGATA     Japanese (Rare)
I'm not sure how the surname is written, but in general, the word (Agata) written as this: 県, can rather mean "Prefecture", or "County, Countryside, Subdivision, District". The source is in the notes.
AGATSUMA     Japanese (Rare)
上 (Aga) "Upper, Above" and 妻 (Tsuma) "Wife, Spouse". A notable bearer with this surname is Hiromitsu Agatsuma, a musician. The source is in the notes.
AGAWA     Japanese
阿 (A) means "Nook, Flatter, Corner" and 川 (Kawa) meaning "Stream, River". One notable bearer is Sawako Agawa, who is a celebrity and a writer.
AGUNI     Japanese
From the Japanese 粟 (a or awa) "foxtail millet" and 國 or 国 (kuni, guni or koku) "country."
AHANE     Japanese
亜 (A) means "Second, Asia", 波 (Ha) means "Wave", 根 (Ne) means "Root". This may not be an actual surname. Ayano Ahane is a singer and works on her own songs. The source is in the notes.
AIDA     Japanese
Ai could mean "Fit, Suit, Join", "Indigo", "Together, Mutual". Da means "Rice Paddy/ Field".
AIHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 藍 (ai) "indigo," "indigo plant" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
AIKAWA     Japanese
This surname combines 相 (sou, shou, ai-) meaning "inter-, mutual, together, each other, minister of state, councillor, aspect, phase, physiognomy", 鮎 (den, nen, ayu, namazu, ai) meaning "freshwater trout, smelt", 愛 (ai, ito.shii, o.shimu, kana.shii, mana, me.deru) meaning "affection, favourite, love", 会 (kai, e, a.u, a.waseru, atsu.maru, ai) meaning "meeting, meet, party, association, interview, join", 合 (gou, ga', ka', a.u, -a.u, a.i, ai-, -a.i, ai, a.wasu, a.waseru, -a.waseru) meaning "fit, suit, join, gō (unit of area & volume - equal to 0.3306 m² in area & 0.1809 liters in volume)", 哀 (ai, awa.re, awa.remu, kana.shii) meaning "pathetic, grief, sorrow, pathos, pity, sympathize" or 藍 (ran, ai) meaning "indigo" with 川 (sen, kawa) meaning "river, stream."... [more]
AIKUCHI     Japanese
合 (Ai) means "Suit, Jion" and 口 (Kuchi) means "Mouth, Opening".
AIKYO     Japanese (Rare)
愛 (Ai) means "Love, Affection", and 敬 (Kyo) means "Respect" in this surname. Notable bearers are Hisashi Aikyo and Shigeyuki Aikyo. Hisashi is a former baseball runner, while Shigeyuki is a steeplechase runner.
AIMOTO     Japanese
Often written as 愛 (Ai) meaning "Love, Reverence, Affection" or 相... [more]
AINARA     Japanese
From Japanese 相 (ai) meaning "mutual, reciprocal, with one another", 奈 (na) meaning "apple tree" and 良 (ra) meaning "good".
AINO     Japanese (Rare)
Means "of love" or "of the love" in japanese. A notable name bearer is a fictional character "Minako Aino" in the "Sailor Moon" anime... [more]
AISAKA     Japanese (Rare)
Ai means "Indigo (blueish)", and Saka means "Hill,Slope".In 2014 Aisaka was ranked #9,579 for most used surnames in Japan and had only 5 occurrences that year. It's more popular in the U.S. than in the country it originated from... [more]
AIUCHI     Japanese
Ai (愛) means 'love', and Uchi (内) means 'inside'.
AKAGAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 川 (gawa) meaning "river, stream".
AKAGI     Japanese
Means "red tree" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 赤 (red) and 木 (tree).
AKAHOSHI     Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 星 (hoshi) meaning "star".
AKAI     Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
AKAIKE     Japanese (Rare)
丹 (Aka) means "Red" and 池 (Ike) means "Pond".
AKAMATSU     Japanese
Akamatsu is the surname used for Kaede Akamatsu, the main protagonist of New Danganronpa V3.
AKAMINE     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "Red Peak". It is written as 赤嶺.
AKANISHI     Japanese
Means "red west" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 赤 (red) and 西 (west).
AKANO     Japanese
赤野 (Akano) means "Red Field" in Japanese. Akano is also on the first name site.
AKASAKI     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
AKASHI     Japanese
From Japanese 明 (aka) meaning "bright" and 石 (shi) meaning "stone".
AKASHIRO     Japanese
赤 (Aka) means "Red" and 城 (Shiro) means "Castle". Aoi Akashiro is an anime television series writer.
AKASHITA     Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) or 丹 (aka) both meaning "red" combined with 下 (shita) meaning "below, down, descend, give, low, inferior". Other kanji combinations are possible.
AKATSUKI     Japanese
丹 (Aka) means "Red" and 月 (Tsuki) means "Moon". This surname is a reference to what the moon looks like during a lunar eclipse, I suppose. An example of someone with this surname, is Natsumi Akatsuki, the light novel author behind "KonoSuba ".
AKATSUTSUMI     Japanese (Rare)
赤 (Aka) means "Red" and 堤 (Tsustumi) means "River Bank" This is the surname of the Japanese adapted version of Blossom from Power Puff Girls, as an example. The source is in the notes
AKEMI     Japanese
This most likely comes from Ake means "Bright" and Mi means "Mindset". Akemi is also a Japanese first name.
AKI     Japanese
Aki commonly means "Autumn" and "Bright,Luminous" as a first name and surname,but there's also "Rising Sun", "Crystal (Ball)" ,"Brightness,Luster" or "Obvious,Clear". First name Aki has far more kanji possibilities.
AKIBA     Japanese
From the Japanese 秋 (aki) "autumn" and 葉 (ha or ba) "leaf."
AKIBARA     Japanese
This surname combines 昭 (shou, aki) meaning "shining, bright", 秋 (shuu, aki, toki) meaning "autumn" or 穐 with the same sounds and meaning with 原 (gen, hara) meaning "field, meadow, original, plain, prairie, primitive, tundra, wilderness."
AKIMOTO     Japanese
Akimoto is a surname that means Aki:"Bright,Luminous" "Autumn","Crystal (Ball)","Brightness,Luster",or "Rising Sun" and Moto:"Origin/Source/Root". Here are only some~ of the notable people with this surname: Nami Akimoto: manga artist,and Yasushi Akimoto: record producer & lyricist,there is also a lake called Akimoto.
AKINO     Japanese
Aki means (1):"bright",(2):"crystal,clear",/and (3):"Autumn". No shows ownership,or means "field,wilderness".So it can mean "Of Brightness","Of Autumn","Autumn Feild",",Bright Shining Feild" etc.
AKISATO     Japanese
秋 (Aki) means "Autumn" and 里 (Sato) means "Village,ri,unit of measurement, league, parent's home". A notable bearer is Wakuni Akisato, who is a manga artist.
AKISHIMA     Japanese
First name Aki and surname Aki have multiple meanings depending on kanji,but the notable Akishima in Tokyo,Japan goes by the meaning of "Bright Island". This is possibly the most common kanji for it,if its not the only one used.
AKISHINO     Japanese
As far as I've seen, the kanji in this surname is 秋 (Aki) meaning "Autumn" and 篠 (Shino) meaning "Rope".
AKITA     Japanese
秋 (Aki) means "Autumn" and 田 (Ta) means "Field, Rice Paddy". It is also a place name.
AKIYA     Japanese (Rare)
A bearer of this surname is Tomoko Akiya (秋谷 智子, born May 14, 1976) is a Japanese voice actress. Her best-known role is voicing Hazuki Fujiwara in the Ojamajo Doremi series, and Suzume Mizuno in Zatch Bell.
AMACHI     Japanese
This surname is used as 天知, 天地, 天池, 天内, 雨知 or 雨地 with 天 (ten, ama-, amatsu, ame) meaning "heavens, imperial, sky", 雨 (u, ama-, ame, -same) meaning "rain", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom", 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 池 (chi, ike) meaning "cistern, pond, pool, reservoir" and 内 (dai, nai, uchi, chi) meaning "among, between, home, house, inside, within."... [more]
AMAGAI     Japanese
This is a variation of Japanese surname Amaya. Ama means "Heaven(ly)" and Gai means "Valley".
AMAGAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 天 (ama or ten) "heaven," 塰 (ama) the title of a Noh play or 余 (ama) "complimentary" and 川 or 河 (gawa or kawa) "river."
AMAI     Japanese
This surname is used as 天井 or 甘井 with 天 (ten, ama-, amatsu, ame) meaning "heavens, imperial, sky", 甘 (kan, ama.i, ama.eru, ama.yakasu, uma.i) meaning "be content, coax, pamper, sugary, sweet" and 井 (shou, sei, i) meaning "community, town, well, well crib."
AMAMIYA     Japanese
Ama means "Rain" in this surname and Miya means "Shrine". Sora Amamiya, a voice actress singer, has this family name.
AMANO     Japanese
From Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "heaven, sky" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
AMARI     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 甘 (ama) meaning "sweet" combined with 利 (ri) meaning "profit, benefit".
AMATANI     Japanese
It's the same as the below surname 天谷 (Amaya), meaning "Heavenly Valley". This is simply the western Japanese pronunciation of it.
AMAYA     Japanese
Ama means "Heaven(ly)" and "Ya" or "Gai" means "Valley",this pronunciation is used in eastern Japan,while the "Valley" part is pronounced "Tani" in western Japan.
AMEMORI     Japanese
"Ame" - rain. "mori" - forest.
AMETSUCHI     Japanese
Means "Heaven & Earth" in Japanese
AMURO     Japanese
Written with kanji meaning "Relax, Cheap, Inexpensive, Low, Rested, peaceful" and "Room".
AMUSAN     Japanese (Rare)
The Amusan Clan (秋道一族, Amusan Ichizoku) is a prominent clan in Kanazawa. Since its disbandment, most of its known members reside in Neuilly-sur-Seine ,Britain and Washington D.C.
ANABUKI     Japanese
It is written like this : 穴 (Ana) "Whole, pit" and 吹 (Buki) "Blow into".
ANDO     Japanese
From the Japanese 安 (an or yasu) "relax," "inexpensive," "low," and 藤 (to or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful Fujiwara (藤原) clan.
ANNO     Japanese
Means "of hermitage" in Japanese. A famous bearer is famous Japanese illustrator and children's educational book author Mitsumasa Anno (1926-present).
ANZAI     Japanese
From Japanese 安 (an) meaning "calm, peaceful" combined with 西 (sai) meaning "west", 斎 (sai) meaning "worship, religious meals", or 済 (sai) meaning "settle, finish".
AOBA     Japanese
青 (Ao) means "Green,blue" and 葉 (Ba) means "Leaf". This surname refers to a fresh leaf. Aoba is also a Japanese first name on top of that. A notable bearer is Yukihiro Aoba, who is a professional football player... [more]
AOI     Japanese
From Japanese 葵 "hollyhock, althea" or 碧 "blue". This name is a given name as well as a surname.
AOIKE     Japanese
青 (Ao) means 'blue, green', in this case "Blue", and 池 (Ike) ... [more]
AOKI     Japanese
Means "green tree" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 青 (green) and 木 (tree).... [more]
AOMINE     Japanese
Written 青嶺 (青 ao, meaning "blue") (嶺 mine, meaning "peak"). It is the surname of a character in the anime/manga Kuroko no Basket.
AONUMA     Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 沼 (numa) meaning "swamp".
AOTA     Japanese
Ao (青) means 'Blue, and Ta (田) means 'paddy, field'.
AOYAMA     Japanese
Means "blue mountain" or "green mountain" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 青 (blue, green) and 山 (mountain).
AOZAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Ao means "blue,somewhat green" & zaki means "blossom". So, Nobutaka "Blue Blossom",is an artist who was born in Japan,but now lives in New York as an artist who has been featured in magazines.
AOZORA     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 空 (sora) meaning "sky".
ARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 荒 (ara) "primitive," "rude," "crude."
ARAGAKI     Japanese
This is the same as Arakaki.
ARAI     Japanese
From Japanese 新 (ara) meaning "new" or 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
ARAKAKI     Japanese
It means "Wild Enclosure" Ara (Wild) + Kaki (Enclosure), ... [more]
ARAKAWA     Japanese
Ara means "Wild" while Kawa means "River". There are multiple rivers in Japan with this name,but one river leads to Tokyo Bay. This is where the name comes from (so it's topographic),and it's mostly used in the east of this country.
ARAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Ara means "Wild" or "New" in surnames while Ki means "Tree",but the "Wild Tree" kanji/definition is more common. This name was listed in the Shinsen shojiroku.
ARANAMI     Japanese
Ara (荒) means rough, wild. Nami (波) means wave(s).
ARASHI     Japanese
This surname is used as 嵐 (ran, arashi) meaning "storm, tempest."... [more]
ARASHIRO     Japanese (Rare)
A Japanese surname. A bearer of this surname is Yukiya Arashiro (Born 1984-) He is a Japanese cyclist.
ARATA     Japanese (Rare)
Arata is a rare masculine given name and surname. Ara: "Wild" or "New" and Ta: "Rice Patty". The general reading is from the Ryukyu Islands ,but in Proper Japanese it is pronounced "Shinden" or "Nitta" often.
ARATANI     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" combined with 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
ARAYA     Japanese (Rare)
"Wild{ara}" or "New{ara}" and "Ya{valley}". It is pronounced this way in Eastern Japan,in the west it's "Aratani".
ARIMA     Japanese (Rare)
This is a surname and first name that means "Owns A Horse". In the west and in the Ryukyu Islands is where this name is mostly possessed. This is taken from the Aroma hot spring near the city of Kobe.
ARISAWA     Japanese
有 (Ari) means "Exist" and 沢/澤 (Sawa) means "Swamp, Marsh". Mamizu Arisawa is a light novel author, it is likely that this isn't her real last name though, since Mamizu isn't her real first name.
ARITA     Japanese (Rare)
Ari means "Has" or "Owns" and Ta means "Rice Patty". This is most is most common in west-central Japan.
ARIYOSHI     Japanese
有 (Ari) means "Exist" and 吉 (Yoshi) means "Fortunate, Lucky". This surname means "Fortune Exists".
ASA     Japanese
Variously written, sometimes with characters used phonetically. It can mean ‘morning’, but the most likely meaning is ‘hemp’, making it a topographic or occupational name. Both forms are found mostly in Amami, one of the Ryūkyū Islands.
ASAHINA     Japanese
Asa means "Morning". Hi in this surname means "Ratio, Proportion". Na means "Nara, what?". It's also a first name.
ASAI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "shallow well".
ASAKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 淺 or 浅 (asa) "superficial" and 香 (ka) "odour," "smell," 加 (ka) "increase," "step-up" or 賀 (ka) "congratulation."
ASAKAWA     Japanese
Asa ("Morning"), ("Superficial"), or ("Shallow") + Kawa ("River").
ASAKURA     Japanese, Popular Culture
This surname is made with 浅 (Asa) means "Superficial, Shallow", or 朝 (Asa) meaning "Morning", and 倉/蔵 (Kura) means "Storehouse, Owns, Posesses". Azumi Asakura is a voice actress. There are a lot of fictional characters with this surname as well, such as Ryouko Asakura from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
ASANO     Japanese
Meaning ‘shallow plain’; probably derived from two places of that name, one in Mino (now southern Gifu prefecture), the other in Owari (now Nagoya prefecture). Both families descend from the Minamoto clan through the Toki family.
ASATO     Japanese (Rare)
There are several readings for the name but 2 are Asa:"Morning",and To:"Door,Asa:"Safe" and To:"Village". There are multiple places in the Ryukyu's (where the name originates and mostly stays) that have that name;that could've been the influence... [more]
ASHIKAGA     Japanese
Ashikaga is a surname that originated with samurai families. Kaga means "Flower Bud,Reed" and Ashi means "Place",but it is most commonly, ( if not always ) written with characters meaning ,"foot" and "advantage".
ATARI     Japanese
中 (Atari) means "The Middle". Anotable bearer with this surname is Kousuke Atari, he is a self trained musician and pop singer.
ATSUDA     Japanese
From Japanese 渥 (atsu) meaning "moist" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
AYANO     Japanese
綾 (Aya) means "Design" and 野 (No) means "Feild". Keiko Ayano from Sword Art Online is a simple example of this surname existing, and also a notable bearer.
AYANOKOJI     Japanese
A variant transcription of Ayanokouji that means "Design small road".
AYANOKOUJI     Japanese
綾 (Ayano) means "Design", 小路 (Kouji) is made of two kanji, that mean "Small Road" together.
AZAHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 字 (aza) meaning "a section of a village" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
AZUMA     Japanese
Means 'East' in Japanese
BABA     Japanese
Means "riding ground" in Japanese from 馬 (ba) "horse" combined with 場 (ba) "place, ground, field".
BANDO     Japanese
This may be inaccurate, but Family Education says it means " East of The Slope", referring to eastern provinces of Osaka (lit. "Great Slope"). It's most popular in eastern Japan, where it originates from.
BUDOU     Japanese
From Japanese 武 (bu) meaning "military, martial" combined with 堂 (dou) meaning "temple, shrine" or from 武道 (budou) meaning "Japanese martial arts".
BUSHIDA     Japanese
Bushi means "Warrior, Samurai" and Da means "Rice Paddy, Field".
CHABASHIRA     Japanese (Rare)
This is a food related surname. 茶 (Cha) literally means "{Green} Tea" and 柱 (Hashira) means "Pillar", turning into 'Bashira'. A tea pillar is a tea stalk pointing vertically, in Japan this is considered "good luck"... [more]
CHAGE     Japanese
From Japanese 茶下 (chage) meaning "giver of tea". A notable bearer is Japanese musician Shūji Shibata (1958-), whose stage name is Chage.
CHIAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Depending on the kanji used can mean different things. Chi means "thousand" or "wisdom" and aki means "bright", "autumn", "sparkle", "crystal ball" or "shining". This is the last name of Naomi Chiaki, a Japanese singer... [more]
CHIBA     Japanese
Meaning "a thousand leaves", from 千 (chi) meaning "thousand", and 葉 (ha) meaning "leaf". Also the name of a Japanese prefecture (and its capital city).
CHIBANA     Japanese
千 (Chi) means "A Thousand, One Thousand" and 花 (Bana) is a variation of Hana, meaning "Blossom, Flower". A male notable bearer, is Choshin Chibana. He was a martial artist who created his own form of karate... [more]
CHIGUSA     Japanese
This surname is used as 千種, 千草 or 千艸 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand", 種 (shu, -gusa, tane) meaning "class, kind, seed, species, variety", 草 (sou, kusa, kusa-, -gusa) meaning "draft, grass, herbs, pasture, weeds, write" and 艸 (sou, kusa) meaning "grass, plants."... [more]
CHIKAFUJI     Japanese
Chika means "Near" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
CHINO     Japanese (Rare)
Written with characters Chi ("Micanthus Reed") and No ("Feild").
CHISAKA     Japanese
Chi means "One Thousand" and Saka means "Peninsula", so this surname means One Thousand Peninsulas.
CHIURA     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千浦, 地浦 or 知浦 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand," 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom" and 浦 (ho, ura) meaning "bay, beach, creek, gulf, inlet, seacoast."... [more]
CHOSOKABE     Japanese
Variant transcription of Chousokabe.
CHOUSOKABE     Japanese
From Japanese 長 (chou) meaning "chief, head, leader", 宗 (so) meaning "religion", 我 (ka) meaning "ego" and 部 (be) meaning "section".
DATE     Japanese
From Japanese 伊 (da) meaning "this" and 達 (te) meaning "achieve, arrive at, intelligent".
DEGUCHI     Japanese
This surname is used as 出口 or 出久地 with 出 (shuu, sui, i.dasu, i.deru, da.su, -da.su, -de, de.ru) meaning "come out, exit, go out, leave, protrude, put out", 口 (ku, kou, kuchi) meaning "mouth", 久 (kyuu, ku, hisa.shii) meaning "long time, old story" and 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground."
DOI     Japanese
Do ("Earth") + I ("Habitation") or ("Well, Mineshaft") in a different region. "Earth Well" is used mainly in the west and in Shikoku, the "Earth Habitation" kanji is used in eastern Japan. This name isn't rare and considered out of the ordinary, but it's uncommon to the ears.
DOTANI     Japanese (Rare)
戸 (Do) meaning "Door" or 藤 (Do) meaning "Wisteria". 谷 (Tani) means "Valley".
EGUCHI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "mouth of the river". This surname is mostly found on the island of Kyūshū.
EJIRI     Japanese
江 (E) "Inlet,River" and 尻 (Jiri) "Behind ,Rear".
ENATSU     Japanese
江 (E) means "River,Inlet" and 夏 (natsu) means "Summer". A notable bearer is Yutaka Enatsu who used to be a pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers. Enatsu is also on the first name sight. They both don't occur much.
ENDO     Japanese
From the Japanese 遠 (en) "distant" and 藤 (to, do or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful Fujiwara (藤原) clan.
ENOKIDA     Japanese
榎 (Enoki) means "Hackleberry" or a "Chinese Nettle Berry Tree", and 田 (Da) means Rice Paddy,Field". A notable bearer with this family name is Daiki Enokida, who is a professional baseball player.
ENOMOTO     Japanese
From the Japanese 榎 (eno) "hackberry," "nettle tree" and 本 (moto) "base."
ETO     Japanese
江 (E) means "River, Inlet" and 藤 (To) means "Wisteria".
ETOU     Japanese
The same as Eto.
FUJI     Japanese
This is a common surname, but is even more commonly attached to other to other name elements, like Fujimoto, Fujiyama, etc. It means "Wisteria" (藤).
FUJIHARA     Japanese
It is a variation of Fujiwara, Fuji "Wisteria" and Hara "Plain". These different sounds are used depending on the family who possesses it.
FUJIHASHI     Japanese
Fuji means "Wisteria" and Hashi means "Bridge".
FUJII     Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 井 (i) meaning "well".
FUJIKAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream, brook".
FUJIKI     Japanese, Popular Culture
藤 (Fuji) "Wisteria" + 木 (Ki) "Tree". This surname reminds many people of Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! even though other real life notable people have this name too.
FUJIMORI     Japanese
Means Wisteria Forest.The name is found mostly in central Japan.
FUJIMORI     Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 森 (mori) meaning "forest".
FUJIMURA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "wisteria village".
FUJINAKA     Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
FUJINO     Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "wisteria field". It is written as 藤野 or 藤乃.
FUJINOMIYA     Japanese
Fuji means "Wisteria", No means "of", and Miya means "Shrine".
FUJISAKI     Japanese
From Japanese 不二咲 (fujisaki) meaning "two unblooming (flowers)".
FUJISATO     Japanese
藤 (Fuji) means "Wisteria" and 里 (Sato) means "Hamlet, Village".
FUJISAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" combined with 沢 (sawa) meaning "swamp, marsh, wetlands".
FUJIURA     Japanese (Rare)
Fuji ("Wisteria") + Ura ("Bay,Beach").
FUJIWARA     Japanese
Means "wisteria field" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 藤 (wisteria) and 原 (field).
FUJIYAMA     Japanese
Means "wisteria mountain" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 藤 (wisteria) and 山 (mountain)
FUKAGAI     Japanese
This might've originated in eastern Japan, because in the west, it will be pronounced "Fukatani" instead. ... [more]
FUKAMI     Japanese
深 (Fuka) means "Deep" and 見 (Mi) means "View, Mindset, See".
FUKASE     Japanese
From the Japanese 深 (fuka) "deep" and 瀬 (se) "riffle."
FUKUDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" or 副 (fuku) "accessory" and 田 (da or ta) or 多 (da or ta) "many."
FUKUHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "fortune" and 原 (hara) meaning "plain, field".
FUKUIZUMI     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" and 泉 (izumi) "spring," "fountain."
FUKUMOTO     Japanese
Japanese: ‘blessed origin’; found in western Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands.
FUKUNAGA     Japanese
Fuku ("Fortunate") + Naga ("Eternity") or possiby ("Long, Cheif"). An especially notable bearer of this surnme is Gen Fukunaga an American-Japanese founder and president of Funimation. He was born in Hyogo,Japan but resides in Texas to help interpret anime for Americans and Canadians to this day.
FUKUSHIMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" and 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island."
FUKUYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
FUKUYO     Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" or 副 (fuku) "accessory" and 與 or 与(yo) "together with."
FURUKAWA     Japanese
Furukawa is written with the characters for "Old, ancient" (古) and "River" (川). Together, this name is read as "Old River".
FURUSAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 古 (furu) "old" and 澤 or 沢 (#sawa") "swamp."
FURUSE     Japanese
From the Japanese 古 (furu) "old" and 瀬 (se) "riffle."
FUTABA     Japanese
Futa can mean "A Pair" or "Two" with different kanji, and Ba meaning "Leaf". Futaba is also a feminine first name.
FUTAMURA     Japanese
From Japanese 二 or 双 (futa) "A Pair, Two" and 村 (mura) "Village, Hamlet".
FUYUKI     Japanese
Fuyuki is also a first name, it most likely means "Winter Tree", written like this: 冬木.
GATO     Japanese
See Goto.
GODA     Japanese (Rare)
Go ("Connected to") + Da ("Rice Paddy"). This is mostly on Shikoku Island.
GOTO     Japanese
It is written three ways: Go meaning "Behind", To meaning "Wisteria", or Go meaning "Five" and To meaning "Island". This is considered a common Japanese surname. The Wisteria part is thought to be linked to the Fujiwara clan... [more]
GOTOH     Japanese
The same as Goto.
GOYA     Japanese (Rare)
This may be wrong---- This is variously written. It is usually written with characters meaning "Barbarian Room" or "Give Room". This is mostly in the Ryukyu Islands. ... [more]
GUSHIKEN     Japanese
Means "strong willed" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 具 (means), 志 (will), and 堅 (resolute). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
HACHIMITSU     Japanese
Means "honey"
HACHIMURA     Japanese
Hachi (蜂) means bee, Mura (村) means village.
HADA     Japanese
This is the same as Haneda and Hata.
HAGA     Japanese
Written with characters Ka ("Fragrance") and Ga ("Congratulations"). It's mostly in the northeast, and most likely comes from place in Tochigi Prefecture of that name.
HAGINO     Japanese
Hagi means "Bush Clover" and No means "Field, Plain, Wilderness". A notable bearer is Kosuke Hagino, a competitive swimmer.
HAGIWARA     Japanese
Meaning "field of bush clovers", from 萩 (hagi) meaning "bush clover", and 原 (hara) meaning "field" or "meadow".
HAJIME     Japanese (Rare)
From the given name HAJIME meaning "beginning". A notable bearer is Japanese singer Chitose Hajime.
HAKURYŪ     Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 白 (haku, byaku, shira-, shiro, shiro.i) meaning "white" with 竜 (ryuu, ryou, rou, ise, tatsu) meaning "dragon, imperial" or 柳 (ryuu, yanagi) meaning "willow."... [more]
HAMADA     Japanese
From Japanese 浜 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
HAMADATE     Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 舘 or 館(date or tate) "mansion," "large building," "palace"
HAMAKAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
HAMAMURA     Japanese
Hama means "Seashore, Beach" and Mura means "Village, Hamlet". A notable bearer of the surname is Jun Hamamura, he was an actor.
HAMANO     Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
HAMAZAKI     Japanese
It's the same as Hamasaki, it's just a different transcription and pronunciation. Tatsuya Hamzazaki wrote the light novel adaptation of the anime Absolute Boy.
HANABUSA     Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" and 房 (busa) meaning "room*.
HANADA     Japanese (Rare, ?)
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" and 田 (da) meaning "field".
HANAZAWA     Japanese
Means "flower swamp" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 花 (flower) and 沢 / 澤 (swamp).
HANDA     Japanese
This surname means "Half of a Rice Paddy", with 半 (Han) and 田 (Da).
HANEDA     Japanese
Hane ("Wings") + Da ("Rice Patty"). This is predominantly in Eastern Japan.
HANEYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 羽 (hane) meaning "feather" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
HANYU     Japanese
Variant transcription of Hanyuu.
HANYUU     Japanese
From Japanese 羽 (ha) meaning "feather" and 生 (nyuu) meaning "raw".
HARA     Japanese
From Japanese 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
HARADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 原 (hara) "field," "plain," "original" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy" or 多 (da or ta) "many."
HARAGUCHI     Japanese
Hara means "Plain" or "Field", while Guchi literally means "Mouth".
HARAMOTO     Japanese
Hara means "Plain (wilderness, field)" and Moto means "Origin".
HARIGAE     Japanese
From the Japanese 張 (hari) "Extended Net constellation" and 替 (kae or gae) "exchange," "spare," "substitute."
HARUKI     Japanese
Haruki is a first name on the other site. For the surname Haruki (春木), it means "Spring Season Tree". A notable bearer is Hiroshi Haruki, who was a Japanese mathematician.
HARUNA     Japanese
The surname 春名 (Haruna) means "Spring {season} Name". Notable bearers are Masaki Haruna, and Mika Haruna. Mika is swimmer, and Masaki went with the stage name 'Klaha', when he was a vocalist for Malice Mizer... [more]
HARUNO     Japanese
Means "spring field", from Japanese 春 (haru) "spring" and 野 (no) "field".
HARUTA     Japanese
From the Japanese 春 (haru) "spring" or 治 (haru) "peace," "public security" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
HARUYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 春 (haru) meaning "spring" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
HASEGAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 長 (ha or naga) "long," "chief," 谷 (se, tani or ya) "valley" and 川 (kawa or gawa) "river."
HASHIGUCHI     Japanese
Hashi means "Bridge" and Guchi means "Mouth". This is the surname of Chiyomi Hashiguchi, who was a mangaka.
HASHIKURA     Japanese
Bluntly speaking, this is Kurahashi backwards.
HASHIOKA     Japanese
橋 (Hashi) means "Bridge" and 岡 (Oka) means "Hill, Ridge".
HASHIRA     Japanese
Hashira is a Japanese last name that means "Pillar" or "Support". ... [more]
HASHITANI     Japanese
Hashi means "Bridge" and Tani means "Valley".
HASHIYAMA     Japanese
橋 (Hashi) means "Bridge" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain".
HATA     Japanese
This is an ancient surname that is the same as Hada and Haneda.
HATAKE     Japanese
Means "Field" in Japanese
HATANO     Japanese
From the Japanese 渡 (ha or wata) "ferryboat," "ferry" or 羽 (ha or hane) "wing," "feather;" 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many;" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
HATAYA     Japanese
幡 (Hata) means "Field" and 谷 (Ya) means "Valley". ... [more]
HATSU     Japanese
Hatsu is both a Japanese surname and a unisex name meaning "Beginning." Notable bearers of this surname is Akiko Hatsu (Japanese manga artist) and a bearer of the first name form is Hatsu Hioki (Japanese wrestler).
HATTORI     Japanese
From the Japanese 服 "clothes" and 部 "region," "division," "part." This was the surname of Hanzo Hattori (服部半蔵), a famous 16th century samurai and ninja.
HAYABUSA     Japanese
This name means "falcon" in Japanese.
HAYAGAWA     Japanese
It is written as Ha ("Long,Cheif"), the same as "Naga", + Ya ("Valley") + Gawa ("River"). It's possibly written the same way Hayakawa was submitted, because these are just variations of one another... [more]
HAYAKAWA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "fast river". It is written as 早川.
HAYAMA     Japanese
I have no idea how its most commonly written, but according to Hi!penpal, the surname can be written in 7 different ways...with some meaning "Leaf Mountain", "Wing Mountain", "Fast Horse", and "Fast Pause".
HAYASAKA     Japanese
早(Haya) means "Fast, Early" and 坂(Saka) means "Slope, Hill". Only one of the possible notables bearers, is Fumio Hayasaka. He was a composer before the mid 1900's.
HAYASHIBARA     Japanese
Hayashi (林) means "Forest", and Bara means "Plain".
HAYASHIDA     Japanese
From Japanese 林 (hayashi) meaning "forest" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
HIDAKA     Japanese
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "day, sun" combined with 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".
HIGA     Japanese
Phonetically means "praise" or "compassion" in Japanese. It is most frequently used on the island of Okinawa in Japan. A bearer is Ryan Higa, an American YouTuber.
HIGASHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 東 (higashi) "east," originally derived from a combination of 日 ‎(hi) meaning "sun," 向か ‎(muka) meaning "facing" and 風 ‎(shi, nowadays kaze) meaning "wind." This combination had undergone some sound shifts which results in 'higashi,' namely the shift from 'mu' in 'muka' to 'n' (turning into hingashi) and the dropping of 'n' in 'hingashi' (see Kagura on the first name website as another example of this process).
HIGASHIDA     Japanese
Written as: 東田 meaning ‘eastern rice paddy’, is usually found in western Japan.... [more]
HIMI     Japanese
From the Japanese 氷 (hi) "ice" and 見 (mi) "mindset," "outlook."
HINO     Japanese
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "sun, day" combined with 野 (no) meaning "area, field".
HINODE     Japanese
日 (Hi) means "Sun, Day", ノ (No) is a particle, 出 (De) means "Come Out". This surname means "Sunrise" in Japanese. It is uncommon, as a last name and a first name as well.
HIRAI     Japanese
Hira means "Peace" and I means "Well,mine shaft,or pit". So this surname means "Peaceful Well/Mine Shaft/Pit". Here are notable people: Hirai Kawato is a professional wrestler,Momo Hirai is a musical artist,and Ken Hirai is an R&B and Pop singer.
HIRAMATSU     Japanese
Hira means "Peace, Levelness" and Matsu means "Pine (tree)". Akiko Hiramatsu is a voice actress.
HIRANO     Japanese
Hira means "Peace" and No means "Field,Area,Meadow,etc." This is considered a generally common Japanese last name,it is ranked within the top 1000's at least,if not always in the 100's. A notable person with this surname is Aya Hirano,a singer and voice actress,for "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya",for example.
HIRASAKA     Japanese
Hira means "Peace" and Saka means "Peninsula".
HIRASHIMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 平 (hira) "peace" and 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island."
HIRATA     Japanese
From the Japanese 平 (hira) "peace" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
HIRATANI     Japanese
Hira meaning "Peace" and Tani meaning "Valley". In other regions of Japan, this name could be pronounced "Hiragai, Hiragaya, or Hiraya" by accident, depending on the region it's taken to. I think this originates from the south.
HIROI     Japanese
From the Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) "wide" and 井 (i) "well."
HIROMI     Japanese
Means "wide sea" in Japanese, from 広 (hiro) "wide" and 海 (mi) "sea".
HIRONO     Japanese
From Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) meaning "wide" and 野 (no) meaning "field".
HIROSE     Japanese
From the Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) "wide" and 瀬 (se) "riffle," "shallows."
HIROSHIMA     Japanese (Rare)
Hiro means "widespread,broad","generous","prosperous" depending on kanji used. Shima means "Island" the same as "jima" does. So this surname rather mean "Prosperous Island"or "Broad Island"."Generous Island" might be possible,but it's not likely used for the last name the same as it is for the given name, Hiro.
HIRUMA     Japanese
From the Japanese 蛭 (hiru) "leech" and 間 (ma) "pause."
HISAMATSU     Japanese
Hisa (久) "Long ago, Long lasting" and Matsu (松) "Pine".
HITARASHI     Japanese
From Japanese "浸" (hita) meaning immersion and "らし" (rashi) meaning likelihood
HITOTOSE     Japanese (Rare)
Regardless of Hitotose's pronunciation, it literally consists of the kanji for "all 4 seasons : Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter" in that order.
HITOTSUYANAGI     Japanese
一 (Hitotsu) means "One" and 柳 (Yanagi) means "Willow".
HOJO     Japanese
Variant transcription of Houjou.
HOKINOUE     Japanese (Rare)
Hoki means "Cave, Grotto, Den", No means "of, therefore", and Ue means "Upper, Top, Above". A notable bearer is Kota Hokinoue, he is a wheelchair athlete. If you want the sources, they're in the notes for you.
HOMURA     Japanese
This surname is used as 保村, 甫村 or 穂村 with 保 (ho, hou, tamo.tsu) meaning "guarantee, keep, preserve, protect, support, sustain", 甫 (fu, ho, haji.mete, suke) meaning "for the first time, not until", 穂 (sui, ho) meaning "crest (of wave), ear, ear (of grain), head" and 村 (son, mura) meaning "town, village."... [more]
HORI     Japanese
"Moat" or Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") are both used for this surname.
HORIE     Japanese (Rare)
For notable bearers Yui Horie and Mitsuko Horie, the Hori means "Moat" and E means "Inlet, River". Mitsuko Horie and Yui Horie are voice actresses and singers.
HORIGOME     Japanese
掘 (Hori) means "Moat" and 米 (Gome) means "Rice, America". A notable bearer with this surname is Yuki Horigome, a footballer.
HORIKITA     Japanese (Rare)
Hori ("Moat"),this can also be used: Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") + Kita ("North").
HOSHI     Japanese
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star".
HOSHIMIYA     Japanese
Hoshi means "Star" and Miya means "Shrine".
HOSHINO     Japanese
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star" combined with 野 (no) meaning "area, field".
HOSHIZAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Hoshi means "Star" and Zaki comes from Saki meaning "Cape, Peninsula, Promontory". There used to be a Hoshizaki Castle in Nagoya, owned by the Okada family. If this last name actually still lingers Japan, it rarely ever does.
HOSODA     Japanese
This surname is made up of 細 (Hoso) meaning "Fine, Thin, Narrow" and 田 (Da) means "Rice Paddy, Rice Field".
HOSOKAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 細 (hoso) meaning "thin, fine" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
HOSOO     Japanese
From the Japanese 細 (hoso) "narrow" and 尾 (o) "tail."
HOUJOU     Japanese
From Japanese 北 (hou) meaning "north" and 條 or 条 (jou) meaning "article".
IBUKI     Japanese
It is written like this: 伊 I meaning "that one" + 吹 Buki meaning "blow into". Ibuki is also a first name .
ICHIDA     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 市 (ichi) "market" combined with 田 (da) "paddy, field".
ICHIHARA     Japanese
This surname combines 一 (ichi, itsu, hito-, hito.tsu) meaning "one" or 市 (shi, ichi) meaning "city, market, town" with 原 (gen, hara) meaning "field, meadow, original, plain, prairie, primitive, tundra, wilderness".... [more]
ICHIKAWA     Japanese
From 市 (ichi) meaning "city", and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
ICHINO     Japanese
This is used : Ichi meaning "Market, or "One", and No meaning "Feild". A notable bearer is Yuyu Ichino, who is a manga illustrator.
ICHINOMIYA     Japanese
This surname is used as 一宮, 一の宮, 一ノ宮, 一之宮 or 市之宮 with 一 (ichi, itsu, hito, hito.tsu) meaning "one," 市 (shi, ichi) meaning "city, market, town," 之 (shi, oite, kono, kore, no, yuku) meaning "of, this" or 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess."... [more]
ICHIOKA     Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 一 (ichi) meaning "one" combined with 岡 (oka) meaning "hill".
IDA     Japanese
From Japanese 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit" and 田 (da) meaning "field, rice paddy".
IEIRI     Japanese (Rare)
家 (Ie) means "Building, Residency, Family, Dwelling, Home, Habitation", and 入 (Iri) means "Enter, Input". Together, it is a Japanese word meaning "House Entry". A notable bearer is Kazuma Ieiri, a founder, and director, and more.
IEKAMI     Japanese
Ie means "Home" and Kami could mean "God" or "Upper".
IGARASHI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "fifty storms" .
IGE     Japanese
From Japanese 伊 (i) meaning "this" and 藝 or 芸 (ge) meaning "technique".
IKARI     Japanese
Means "anchor" in Japanese. When written in different kanji, it can also mean anger.
IKE     Japanese
Ike (池) means "Pond" in Japanese.
IKEHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 池 (ike) "pond" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
IKEMOTO     Japanese
池 (Ike) means "Pond, Pool" and 本 (Moto) means "Origin, Source, Root". A notable bearer is Masahito Ikemoto, who is an anime producer.
IKERU     Japanese
From Japanese 蘓 (ikeru) meaning "revive, resurrect".
IKESUGI     Japanese
池 (Ike) means "Pond, Pool" and 杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree".
IMADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
IMAEDA     Japanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 枝 (eda) "branch."
IMAGAWA     Japanese
From Japanese 今 (ima) meaning "present" and 川 (gawa) meaning "river".
IMAI     Japanese
From Japanese 今 (ima) meaning "now, present" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
IMAISHI     Japanese
今 (Ima) means "Now, Present" and 石 (Ishi) means "Stone". This was within the 1009's of most used Japanese surnames in 2012.
IMAMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 今 (ima) "now" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
IMARI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 今利, 伊万里 or 伊萬里 with 今 (kon, kin, ima) meaning "now", 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit", 伊 (i, kare) meaning "Italy, that one", 万/萬 (ban, man, yorozu, ma) meaning "ten thousand/10,000" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village."... [more]
IMARUOKA     Japanese
It literally means "This Whole Hill", written with seperate kanji for I, Maru, and Oka.
IMATA     Japanese
See Konda. Ima = "Now" + Da "Rice Paddy".
INAGAKI     Japanese
Ina (稲) means rice, Gaki (垣) means fence.
INAMURA     Japanese
Ina means "Rice" and Mura means "Hamlet, Village".
INAZUMA     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 稲妻 which means "(flash of) lightning" (from 稲 (te, tou, ina-, ine) meaning "rice plant" and 妻 (sai, tsuma) meaning "spouse, wife").... [more]
INOSHISHI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 猪 (cho, i, inoshishi) meaning "boar."
INOUYE     Japanese
Variant transcription of Inoue.
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