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.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Abara 空原 Japanese
formed with 空 (a, sora) meaning "sky" and 原 (hara) meaning "field".
Abiko 我孫子 Japanese
This surname is made with 安 (A) "Peaceful, Cheap, Rested, Low" or 我 (A) meaning "I, Me, Myself, Selfish, Oneself, Ego" combined with 孫 (Bi) meaning "Grandchild", and 子 (Ko) meaning "Child". ... [more]
Abo Japanese (Rare)
阿 A ("Nook") and Bo for "Protect".
Aburaya 油谷 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 遥北 Japanese (Rare)
遥 (Achi) means "Distant, Remote" and 北 (Kita) means "North".
Adachi 安達, 足立, 足達 Japanese
From Japanese 安 (a) meaning "peace" or 足 (a) meaning "leg, foot" and 達 (tachi), a plural marker, or 立 (tachi) meaning "stand".
Adachihara 足立原, 安立原, 足達原 Japanese
A means "Leg, Limb, Step", Dachi comes from Tachi, meaning "Stand", Hara means "Plain". A notable bearer is Kenji Adachihara, a football player.
Agata Japanese (Rare)
(Agata) written as this: 県, mean "Prefecture", or "County, Countryside, Subdivision, District".
Agatsuma 上妻 Japanese (Rare)
上 (Aga) "Upper, Above" and 妻 (Tsuma) "Wife, Spouse". A notable bearer with this surname is Hiromitsu Agatsuma, a musician.
Agawa 阿川 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 粟國, 粟国 Japanese
From the Japanese 粟 (a or awa) "foxtail millet" and 國 or 国 (kuni, guni or koku) "country."
Ahane 亜波根 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.
Aibana 藍花 Japanese
From Japanese 藍 (ai) meaning "indigo" combined with 花 (hana, bana, ka) meaning "flower".
Aichi Japanese
Kazuo Aichi is a politician.
Aida 合田 Japanese
Ai could mean "Fit, Suit, Join", "Indigo", or "Together, Mutual". Da means "Rice Paddy/ Field".
Aihara 相原, あいはら Japanese
From Japanese 相 (ai) meaning "together, mutually" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Aikawa 相川, あいかわ Japanese
From Japanese 相 (ai) meaning "together, mutually" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Aikawa 愛川, 愛河, あいかわ Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai) meaning "love, affection" and 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Aikuchi 合口 Japanese
合 (Ai) means "Suit, Jion" and 口 (Kuchi) means "Mouth, Opening".
Aikyo 愛敬 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 相本, 愛本 Japanese
Often written as 愛 (Ai) meaning "Love, Reverence, Affection" or 相... [more]
Ainara 相奈良 Japanese
From Japanese 相 (ai) meaning "mutual, reciprocal, with one another", 奈 (na) meaning "apple tree" and 良 (ra) meaning "good".
Aino 愛野 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]
Aita Japanese
Variant of Aida.
Aiuchi 愛内 Japanese
Ai (愛) means 'love', and Uchi (内) means 'inside'.
Aizawa 相沢, 相澤, あいざわ Japanese
From Japanese 相 (ai) meaning "together, mutually" and 沢, 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Akaashi 赤葦 Japanese
Comes from the kanji "赤" meaning "red", and "葦" meaning "reed", or alternatively, "足" that means "leg"
Akabane 赤羽, あかばね Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 羽 (hane) meaning "feather". A notable bearer of this surname was professional midget wrestler Shigeru Akabane (赤羽 茂, 1941–2011), best known under his ring name Little Tokyo.
Akaeda Japanese
"Red branch, twig."
Akagawa 赤川 Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Akagi あかぎ Japanese
Means "red tree" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 赤 (red) and 木 (tree).
Akahori Japanese
"Red mound, hill."
Akahoshi 赤星, あかほし Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 星 (hoshi) meaning "star".
Akai 赤井, あかい Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Akaike 丹池 Japanese (Rare)
丹 (Aka) means "Red" and 池 (Ike) means "Pond".
Akamatsu 赤松, あかまつ Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
Akamine 赤嶺, あかみね Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 嶺 (mine) meaning "mountain peak, mountain ridge".
Akamori 赤森, アカモリ Japanese (Rare)
From 赤 (aka) meaning "red" combined with 森 (mori) meaning "forest."... [more]
Akanishi あかにし Japanese
Means "red west" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 赤 (red) and 西 (west).
Akano 赤野 Japanese
赤野 (Akano) means "Red Field" in Japanese. Akano is also on the first name site.
Akasaka Japanese
Aka means "Red" and saka means "slope, hill".
Akasaki 赤崎, 赤﨑, あかさき Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 崎 or 﨑 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
Akashi 明石 Japanese
From Japanese 明 (aka) meaning "bright" and 石 (shi) meaning "stone".
Akashiro 赤城,丹城 Japanese
赤 (Aka) means "Red" and 城 (Shiro) means "Castle". Aoi Akashiro is an anime television series writer.
Akashita 赤下, 丹下 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 丹月, 朱月, 紅月 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 ".
Akechi 明智 Japanese
From Japanese 明 (ake) meaning "bright" and 智 (chi) meaning "wisdom, intellect".
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 秋葉 Japanese
From the Japanese 秋 (aki) "autumn" and 葉 (ha or ba) "leaf."
Akibara 昭原, 秋原, 穐原, アキバラ 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."
Akihara Japanese
Aki means "autumn" and hara means "plain".
Akimoto 秋元, 秋本, あきもと Japanese
From Japanese 秋 (aki) meaning "autumn" and 元 or 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Akimura 秋村, あきむら Japanese
From Japanese 秋 (aki) meaning "autumn" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Akino 秋野, 秋乃 Japanese
From Japanese 秋 (aki) meaning "autumn" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" or 乃 (no) meaning "from".
Akisato 秋里 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 秋篠 Japanese
秋 (Aki) means "Autumn" and 篠 (Shino) means "Rope".
Akita 秋田, 明田, 穐田, 飽田, 阿北 Japanese
This surname can be used as 秋田, 明田, 穐田, 飽田 or 阿北 with 秋/穐 (shuu, aki, toki) meaning "autumn," 明 (mei, myou, min, a.kari, aka.rui, aka.rumu, aki.raka, a.keru, -a.ke, a.ku(ru), a.kasu) meaning "clear," 飽 (hou, a.kiru, a.kasu, a.ku, aki) meaning "boredom," 阿 (a, o, omone.ru, kuma) meaning "corner, nook," 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field" and 北 (hou, kita) meaning "north."... [more]
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.
Akizora 旻, 秋空 Japanese
can be made with the kanji 旻(akizora) meaning "autumn sky" or the word 秋空 (akizora) meaning "autumn sky".
Akutagawa 芥川 Japanese
Akuta (芥) means "mustard", kawa (川) means "river", kawa changes to gawa due to rendaku. Notable bearers of this surname are Ryuunosuke Akutagawa (芥川龍之介), a Japanese writer and Ryuunosuke Akutagawa from Bungou Stray dogs who shares the same name.
Amachi 天知, 天地, 天池, 天内, 雨知 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]
Amada 天田 Japanese
From Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "sky, heaven" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Amagai Japanese
This is a variation of Japanese surname Amaya. Ama means "Heaven(ly)" and Gai means "Valley".
Amagawa 天川, 天河, 塰川, 塰河, 余川 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."
Amagi 天城, あまぎ Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "heaven" and 城 (ki) meaning "castle".
Amai 天井, 甘井, あまい 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."
Amajiki 天喰 Japanese
From Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "heaven" and 喰 (jiki) meaning "eating"
Amaki Japanese
It can mean "Heaven tree."... [more]
Amami 天美, 天海, 天実 Japanese
amami is a surname which can mean heavenly beauty, heavenly truth, or heavenly ocean. the first meaning is made up of the kanji 天 (ama) meaning heaven and 美 (mi) meaning beauty. the second meaning consists of 天 (ama) and 実 (mi) meaning truth... [more]
Amamiya 雨宮 Japanese
From Japanese 雨 (ama) meaning "rain" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace". A notable bearer of this surname is voice actress and singer Sora Amamiya (雨宮 天 Amamiya Sora, 1993–).
Amari 甘利 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.
Amatsubo Japanese (Rare)
Means "rainy atriam,rainy courtyards".From Japanese "雨" means "rain",and "坪" means "(inner)garden,atriam,courtyard".A famous bearer is Mitsumasa Amatsubo.
Amaya 天谷 Japanese
From Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "heaven" and 谷 (ya) meaning "valley".
Amenomori Japanese
"Forest of rain."
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 穴吹 Japanese
It is written like this : 穴 (Ana) "Whole, pit" and 吹 (Buki) "Blow into".
Ando 安藤 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.
Andou Japanese
Variant transcription of Ando.
Anno 庵野, 安野 Japanese
Means "of hermitage" in Japanese. A famous bearer is famous Japanese illustrator and children's educational book author Mitsumasa Anno (1926-present).
Anzai 安西, 安斎, 安済 Japanese
From Japanese 安 (an) meaning "peace" and 西 (sai) meaning "west", 斎 (sai) meaning "purification, worship", or 済 (sai) meaning "settle, finish".
Aoba 青葉 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]
Aochi Japanese
Ao means "green, blue" and Chi means "ground".
Aoi 葵, 碧 Japanese
From Japanese 葵 "hollyhock, althea" or 碧 "blue". This name is a given name as well as a surname.
Aoike 青池 Japanese
青 (Ao) means 'blue, green', in this case "Blue", and 池 (Ike) ... [more]
Aomatsu Japanese
Ao means "green, blue and Matsu means "pine".
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 青沼, あおぬま Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "green, blue" and 沼 (numa) meaning "swamp, marsh".
Aota 青田 Japanese
Ao (青) means 'Blue, and Ta (田) means 'paddy, field'.
Aotsuki 青月, 蒼月, あおつき Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 青 (ao) or 蒼 (ao) both meaning "blue" combined with 月 (tsuki) meaning "moon".
Aoyagi Japanese
Ao means "Blue, Green" and Yagi means "Willow".
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 青空 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 空 (sora) meaning "sky".
Ara Japanese
From the Japanese 荒 (ara) "primitive," "rude," "crude."
Aragaki 新垣, 荒垣 Japanese
From Japanese 新 (ara) meaning "new" or 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" and 垣 (kaki) meaning "hedge, fence".
Arai 新井, 荒井 Japanese
From Japanese 新 (ara) meaning "new, natural" or 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, sparse, wild" and 井 (i) meaning "well".
Arakaki 新垣, 荒垣 Japanese
Alternate romanization of Aragaki.
Arakawa 荒川, 荒河, 新川, 新河, アラカワ Japanese
From 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild, violent" or 新 (ara) meaning "new" combined with 川/河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream."
Araki 荒木 Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, sparse, wild" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
Aran 亜蘭, あらん Japanese
From 亜 (a), a phonetic character, and 蘭 (ran) meaning "orchid."
Aranami 荒波 Japanese
Ara (荒) means rough, wild. Nami (波) means wave(s).
Araoka 荒岡 Japanese (Rare)
Ara (荒) means "rough", oka (岡) means "hill", therefore, Araoka means rough hill
Arashi 嵐, アラシ 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 荒田, 新田 Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, sparse, wild" or 新 (ara) meaning "new, natural" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
Aratai Japanese
"Wild well".
Aratani 荒谷 Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
Araya 荒谷 Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" and 谷 (ya) meaning "valley".
Arioka 有岡 Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
Arisawa 有沢, 有澤 Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Arisugawa Japanese
Notable bearers are members of the Arisugawa clan, such as Princess Arisugawa no Miya Oriko and her father Prince Arisugawa no Miya Orihito
Arita 有田 Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Ariyoshi 有吉 Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good".
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.
Asada 浅田, 麻田 Japanese
From Japanese 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow" or 麻 (asa) meaning "hemp, flax" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
Asahara 朝原, 浅原, 麻原 Japanese
From Japanese 朝 (asa) meaning "morning", 浅 (asai) meaning "shallow", or 麻 (asa) meaning "hemp" combined with 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Asahina 朝比奈, 朝日奈 Japanese
From Japanese 朝 (asa) meaning "morning", 比 (hi) meaning "comparison, match, equal" or 日 (hi) meaning "sun, day", and 奈 (na), a phonetic character.
Asai Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "shallow well".
Asaka 淺香, 浅香, 浅加, 浅賀, 淺加 Japanese
From the Japanese 淺 or 浅 (asa) "superficial" and 香 (ka) "odour," "smell," 加 (ka) "increase," "step-up" or 賀 (ka) "congratulation."
Asakawa 浅川, 朝河 Japanese
From Japanese 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow" and 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river".
Asaki 杏咲, 亜咲 Japanese
From Japanese 杏 (anzu, a) meaning "apricot" or 亜 (a) meaning "second, Asia" combined with 咲 (saki) meaning "blossom".
Asakura 朝倉, 浅倉, 麻倉 Japanese
From Japanese 朝 (asa) meaning "morning", 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow", or 麻 (asa) meaning "hemp" and 倉 (kura) meaning "warehouse, storehouse".
Asamizu 朝水, 浅水 Japanese
made with kanji 朝(asa) meaning "morning" or 浅(asa) meaning "shallow" with 水(mizu) neaning "water".
Asamura 浅村 Japanese
From Japanese 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Asano 浅野 Japanese
From Japanese 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Asanuma 浅沼 Japanese
From Japanese 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow, superficial" and 沼 (numa) meaning "marsh, swamp, bog".
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]
Ashida 芦田, 蘆田 Japanese
Combination of the kanji 芦 (ashi, "reed") and 田 (ta, "field").
Ashido 芦戸 Japanese
From Japanese 芦 (ashi) meaning "reed" and 戸 (do) meaning "door"
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".
Asō 麻生 Japanese
Combination of the kanji 麻 (asa, "hemp plant") and 生 (fu, "place where vegetation grows"), thus "place where hemp plants grow". A famous bearer of this surname is Japanese Prime Minister Tarō Asō (麻生 太郎; b. 1940).
Asui 蛙吹 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 蛙 (a) meaning "frog" and 吹 (sui) meaning "puff"
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 渥田 Japanese
From Japanese 渥 (atsu) meaning "moist" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
Atsugi 厚木 Japanese (Rare)
Atsugi (厚木) means "thick tree", notable bearer of this surname is Nanami Atsugi (厚木 那奈美), a Japanese Voice actress. It is also a city name in Kanagawa perfecture.
Awaya 粟谷 あわや Japanese
From Japanese 粟 (Awa) meaning "Mllet" and 谷 (Tani) meaning "valley".
Ayanami 綾波 Japanese
Aya (綾) means "twill", nami (波) means "wave"
Ayano 綾野 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 綾小路 Japanese
A variant transcription of Ayanokouji that means "Design small road".
Ayanokouji 綾小路 Japanese
綾 (Ayano) means "Design", 小 (Kou) means "Small, Little", and 路 (Ji) means "Road."
Ayukawa 鮎川, あゆかわ Japanese
From 鮎 (ayu) meaning "trout" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river."
Azahara 字原 Japanese
From Japanese 字 (aza) meaning "a section of a village" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Azuma Japanese
Means 'East' in Japanese
Azusagawa 梓川 Japanese (Rare)
Azusa (梓) means "catalpa", gawa/kawa (川) means "river", kawa changes to gawa due to rendaku. Sakuta Azusagawa (梓川 咲太) and his sister Kaede (梓川 花楓) from Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai are notable fictional characters who bear this surname.
Baba 馬場 Japanese
From Japanese 馬場 (baba) meaning "riding ground".
Baishō 倍賞 Japanese
Bai (倍) means "double", while shō (賞) means "Prize" or "Award". When you combine the two, it would likely mean "Double the Award".
Bakugo 爆豪 Japanese, Popular Culture
From Japanese 爆 (baku) meaning "bomb" and 豪 (go, gō, gou) meaning "powerful"... [more]
Bando Japanese
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.
Budou 武堂, 武道 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".
Busujima 毒島 Japanese
Sacrifice, Innovative, Powerful
Chabashira 茶柱 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 茶下, チャゲ 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 千秋 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]
Chibana 千花 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 千種, 千草, 千艸, ちぐさ 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]
Chihara 茅原, 千原 Japanese
From Japanese 茅 (chi) meaning "thatch" or 千 (chi) meaning "thousand" combined with 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain". A notable bearer of this surname is Minori Chihara (茅原 実里), a Japanese voice-actress who is best known for voicing Yuki Nagato from the Haruhi Suzumiya series and Aya Natsume from Tenjō Tenge.
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 "Slope,Hill".
Chishiya ちしや, 千司哉 Japanese
From Japanese 千 (chi) meaning "thousand", 地 (chi) meaning "earth, land", 智 (chi) meaning "wisdom, intellect" 散 (chi) meaning "scatter", 梓 (shi) meaning "Japanese cherry birch", 塩 (shio) meaning "salt", 沙 (shi) meaning "sand", 司 (shi) meaning "to take charge of; to control; to manage", 史 (shi) meaning "history", 四 (shi) meaning "four", 士 (shi) meaning "samurai, warrior", 子 (shi) meaning "child", 市 (shi) meaning "market", 志 (shi) meaning "purpose, will, determination, aspiration, ambition", 氏 (shi) meaning "a family; a clan", 糸 (shi) meaning "thread", 紙 (shi) meaning "paper", 紫 (shi) meaning "purple; violet", 至 (shi) meaning "to reach; to arrive", 詩 (shi) meaning "poetry, poem", 資 (shi) meaning "money; fund; wealth; capital", 汐 (shi) meaning "evening tide; night tides; ebb", 心 (shi) meaning "heart, mind, soul" or 清 (shi) meaning "clear; limpid", and 也 (ya) meaning "also" or 哉 (ya), an exclamation... [more]
Chiura 千浦, 地浦, 知浦, ちうら 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]
Chiyonofuji Japanese
It means "One thousand years of wisteria."
Chosokabe 長宗我部 Japanese
Variant transcription of Chousokabe.
Chousokabe 長宗我部 Japanese
From Japanese 長 (chou) meaning "chief, head, leader", 宗 (so) meaning "religion", 我 (ka) meaning "ego" and 部 (be) meaning "section".
Daikokuya 大黒屋 Japanese (Rare)
Possibly from Japanese prefix 大 (dai) meaning "large" and 黒 (koku) meaning "black" and suffix 屋 (ya) meaning "shop".
Daimon 大門 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (dai) meaning "big, great" and 門 (mon) meaning "gate, door".
Date 伊達 Japanese
From Japanese 伊 (da) meaning "this" and 達 (te) meaning "achieve, arrive at, intelligent".
Deguchi 出口 Japanese
From Japanese 出 (de) meaning "exit" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Demegawa 出目川, デメガワ Japanese
From Japanese 出 (de) "out", 目 (me) "eye" and 川 (kawa) "river".
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.
Dōjima 堂島 Japanese
From Japanese 堂 (dou) meaning "temple, shrine" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
Dotani 戸谷, 藤谷 Japanese (Rare)
戸 (Do) meaning "Door" or 藤 (Do) meaning "Wisteria". 谷 (Tani) means "Valley".
Edamura 枝村 Japanese
The kanji 枝 (Eda) means "Branch", while 村 (Mura) means "Town, Village". Combine the two and the surname means "Branching Town/Village".
Egawa 江川, えがわ Japanese
From Japanese 江 (e) meaning "bay, inlet" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Eguchi 江口 Japanese
From Japanese 江 (e) meaning "inlet, bay" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Ejiri Japanese
江 (E) "Inlet,River" and 尻 (Jiri) "Behind ,Rear".
Emi 江見, 江美 Japanese
Means bay. In other characters, Emi is also a feminine given name.
Enatsu 江夏 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... [more]
Endo 遠藤, えんどう Japanese
Alternate transcription of Endō.
Endō 遠藤, えんどう Japanese
From Japanese 遠 (en) meaning "distant, far" and 藤 (dō) meaning "wisteria".
Enokida 榎田 Japanese
榎 (Enoki) means "Hackle/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 榎本 Japanese
From Japanese 榎 (enoki) meaning "hackberry, nettle tree" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Enoshima 江ノ島 Japanese
From Japanese 江 (e) meaning "bay", ノ (no) which is a particle of possession, and 島 (shima) meaning "island". This can refer to the island in the Kanagawa prefecture.
Eto 江藤 Japanese
江 (E) means "River, Inlet" and 藤 (To) means "Wisteria".
Etou Japanese
The same as Eto.