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.
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" ... [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. I have posted kanji in the 'native spelling' spot.
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 上妻 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 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".
Aida 合田 Japanese
Ai could mean "Fit, Suit, Join", "Indigo", "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]
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 Akabane Shigeru, 1941–2011), who is best known under his ring name Little Tokyo.
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).
Akahoshi 赤星, あかほし Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 星 (hoshi) meaning "star".
Akai 赤井 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.
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."
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 Japanese
From Japanese 天 (ama) meaning "heavens" and 城 (ki) meaning "castle, fortress".
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"
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".
Amemori 雨森, 飴森 Japanese
From Japanese kanji 雨 (ame) meaning "rain" or 飴 (ame) meaning "candy" and 森 (mori) meaning "forest". Combined together 雨森 (amemori) meaning "rain forest" and 飴森 (amemori) meaning "candy forest"
Amemura 飴村 Japanese
From japanese kanji 飴 (ame) meaning "candy" and 村 (mura) meaning "village". 美飴 (amemura) meaning "candy village". ... [more]
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.
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]
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]
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 Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue, green" and 沼 (numa) meaning "swamp, bog".
Aota 青田 Japanese
Ao (青) means 'Blue, and Ta (田) means 'paddy, field'.
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".
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".
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]
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".
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.
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
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 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".
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]
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 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".
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 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 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.
Fudzhimoto 藤本 Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Fudzimoto.
Fudzimoto 藤本 Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Fujimoto more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
Fuji Japanese
This is a common surname, but is even more commonly attached to other to other name elements, like Fujimoto, Fujiyama, etc... [more]
Fujihara 藤原 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Fujihashi Japanese
Fuji means "Wisteria" and Hashi means "Bridge".
Fujii 藤井 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Fujikawa 藤川 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Fujiki 藤木 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
Fujimura 藤村 Japanese
Means "wisteria village", from Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Fujinaga 藤永 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 永 (nagai) meaning "eternity".
Fujinaka 藤中 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
Fujino 藤野 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Fujinomiya Japanese
Fuji means "Wisteria", No means "of", and Miya means "Shrine".
Fujisaki 藤崎 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 崎 (saki) meaning "peninsula, cape".
Fujisato 藤里 Japanese
藤 (Fuji) means "Wisteria" and 里 (Sato) means "Hamlet, Village".
Fujitani 藤谷, ふじたに Japanese
From 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley."
Fujiura Japanese (Rare)
Fuji means "Wisteria" and Ura means "Bay,Beach".
Fujiyama 藤山 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
Fujiyoshi 藤吉 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good".
Fukagai 深谷 Japanese
This might've originated in eastern Japan, because in the west, it will be pronounced "Fukatani" instead. ... [more]
Fukahori 深堀 Japanese
From Japanese 深 (fuka) meaning "deep" and 堀 (hori) meaning "moat".
Fukami 深見 Japanese
深 (Fuka) means "Deep" and 見 (Mi) means "View, Mindset, See".
Fukase 深瀬 Japanese
From the Japanese 深 (fuka) "deep" and 瀬 (se) "riffle."
Fukhimori 藤森 Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Fujimori more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
Fukuda 福田, ふくだ Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Fukuhara 福原, ふくはら Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing" and 原 (hara) meaning "plain, field".
Fukuizumi 福泉 Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" and 泉 (izumi) "spring," "fountain."
Fukumoto 福本, ふくもと Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Fukunaga 福永, ふくなが Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing" and 永 (naga) meaning "eternity".
Fukushima 福島, ふくしま Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
Fukuyama 福山, ふくやま Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
Fukuyo 福與, 福与, 副與, 副与 Japanese
From the Japanese 福 (fuku) "fortune" or 副 (fuku) "accessory" and 與 or 与(yo) "together with."
Fukuzawa 福沢, 福澤, ふくざわ Japanese
From Japanese 福 (fuku) meaning "happiness, good fortune, blessing" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Fumetsugawa 不滅川, 不滅河 Japanese (Rare)
From japanese kanji 不滅 (fumetsu) meaning "immortal, indestructible, undying" and 河 or 川 (gawa/kawa) both meaning "river".
Furuhashi Japanese
From Japanese 古 (furu) meaning "old" and 橋 (Hashi) meaning "bridge".
Furukawa 古川, 古河, ふるかわ Japanese
From Japanese 古 (furu) meaning "old" and 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Furusawa 古沢, 古澤, ふるさわ Japanese
From Japanese 古 (furu) meaning "old" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Furuse 古瀬 Japanese
From the Japanese 古 (furu) "old" and 瀬 (se) "riffle."
Furuta 古田, ふるた Japanese
From Japanese 古 (furu) meaning "old" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Furuya 古谷, 古屋, ふるや Japanese
From Japanese 古 (furu) meaning "old" and 谷 (ya) meaning "valley" or 屋 (ya) meaning "roof, house".
Furuyashiki 古屋敷 Japanese
Meaning "Old Grand House", with the Kanji Characters "古屋敷".
Fushiya 伏谷, ふしや Japanese
The surname "Fushiya" translates to "Prostrated Valley"
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".
Futsuhara 蓬原 Japanese
Futsuhara/蓬原 = Mugwort Meadow
Fuyuki 冬木 Japanese
Fuyuki is also a first name, it most likely means "Winter Tree", written like this: 冬木.
Ganji Japanese
Japanese: rare in Japan, the name is written with characters meaning ‘red’ and ‘govern’. The actual meaning is unclear.
Genda 源田 Japanese
From Japanese 源 (gen) meaning "source, origin" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Goda 合田, 郷田 Japanese (Rare)
Go ("Connected to") + Da ("Rice Paddy"). This is mostly on Shikoku Island.
Gonda 権田 Japanese
From Japanese 権 (gon) meaning "right" and 田 (Tạ) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Goto 後藤, ごとう Japanese
Alternate transcription of Gotō.
Gotō 後藤, ごとう Japanese
From Japanese 後 (go) meaning "behind, back" and 藤 () meaning "wisteria".
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 具志堅 Okinawan, Japanese
Means "strong-willed" from Japanese 具 (gu) meaning "tool, utensil, means", 志 (shi) meaning "intention, will", and 堅 (ken) meaning "hard, resolute, unyielding".
Gushima 具島, ぐしま Japanese
From 具 (gu) meaning "tool" and 島 (shima) meaning "island."
Hachimitsu Japanese
Means "honey"
Hachimura 蜂村 Japanese
Hachi (蜂) means bee, Mura (村) means village.
Hachiya 蜂谷, はちや Japanese
From Japanese 蜂 (hachi) meaning "bee, wasp" and 谷 (ya) meaning "valley".
Hada Japanese
This is another reading of Haneda/Hata. Ha means "Plume, Feather, Wing" and Da means "Rice Paddy/Patty".
Hado 波動 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 波 (ha) meaning "wavelength" and 動 (do, dou, dō) meaning "motion, change, confusion"
Haga Japanese
Ha means "Fragrance,Aroma" and Ga means "Congratulations". It's mostly in the northeastern Japan, and most likely comes from the place name in Tochigi Prefecture.
Hagakure 葉隠 Japanese
From Japanese 葉 (ha) meaning "leaf" and 隠 (gakure) meaning "to disappear"
Hagihara 萩原 Japanese
From Japanese 萩 (hagi) meaning "bush clover" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Hagino Japanese
Hagi means "Bush Clover" and No means "Field, Plain, Wilderness". A notable bearer is Kosuke Hagino, a competitive swimmer.
Hagiwara 萩原 Japanese
From Japanese 萩 (hagi) meaning "bush clover" and 原 (wara) meaning "field, plain".
Haijima 拝島, 灰島 Japanese (Rare)
Hai (拝) here means "worship", hai (灰) here means "ash", jima/shima (島) means "island".
Haimawari 灰廻 Japanese
From Japanese 灰 (hai) meaning "ashes, puckery juice, cremate" and 廻 (mawari) meaning "round, revolve, go around, circumference"
Hajime Japanese (Rare)
From the given name Hajime meaning "beginning". A notable bearer is Japanese singer Chitose Hajime.
Hakurei 博麗 Japanese
From haku (博) meaning "wide" or "exposition" and rei (麗) meaning "lovely", "graceful", or "beautiful".... [more]
Hakuryū 白竜, 白柳, ハクリュウ 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]
Hama Japanese
Hama means "Beach, Seashore".
Hamada 浜田 Japanese
From Japanese 浜 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Hamadate 浜舘, 濱舘, 浜館, 濱館 Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 舘 or 館(date or tate) "mansion," "large building," "palace"
Hamaguchi 浜口, 濱口 Japanese
From Japanese 浜, 濱 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Hamakawa 浜川, 濱川, 浜河, 濱河 Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
Hamamura 浜村, 濱村 Japanese
From Japanese 浜, 濱 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Hamano 浜野, 濱野 Japanese
From Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Hamazaki 浜崎 Japanese
Variant of Hamasaki.
Hamazono 濱園 Japanese
Hamazono/濱園 = "Beach Garden"
Han Japanese
Notable bearers are Megumi and Keiko Han, actresses.
Han Japanese
From Japanese 潘 (ban), of uncertain meaning. Notable bearers of this surname are Megumi and Keiko Han, actresses.
Hanabusa 花房 Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" and 房 (busa) meaning "room*.
Hanada 花田 Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Hanai 花井 Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Hanamura 花村 Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Hanasaki 花咲, 華咲 Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" or 華 (hana) meaning "flower, petal" combined with 咲 (saki) meaning "blossom". A fictional bearer of this surname is Tsubomi Hanasaki (花咲 つぼみ) from Heartcatch! Pretty Cure.
Hanaue 花上, 花植, 華上, 華植 Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" or 華 (hana) meaning "flower, petal" combined with 上 (ue) meaning "above, top, upper, superior" or 植 (ue) meaning "planting".
Hanaya 花屋 Japanese
From Japanese 花屋 (hanaya) meaning "florist", which combines 花 (hana) meaning "flower" with 屋 (ya) meaning "shop".
Hanazawa 花沢, 花澤 Japanese
From Japanese 花 (hana) meaning "flower" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Handa 半田 Japanese
From Japanese 半 (han) meaning "half" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
Haneda 羽田, 羽根田 Japanese
From Japanese 羽 (hane) meaning "feather, plume" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy". It can also be formed from 羽 (ha) meaning "feather, plume" combined with 根 (ne) meaning "root" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Haneyama 羽山 Japanese
From Japanese 羽 (hane) meaning "feather" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
Hanyu 羽生 Japanese
Variant transcription of Hanyuu.
Hanyuu 羽生 Japanese
From Japanese 羽 (ha) meaning "feather" and 生 (nyuu) meaning "raw".
Hara Japanese
From Japanese 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Harada 原田 Japanese
From Japanese 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
Haraguchi 原口 Japanese
From Japanese 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Haramoto Japanese
Hara means "Plain (wilderness, field)" and Moto means "Origin".
Harigae 張替 Japanese
From the Japanese 張 (hari) "Extended Net constellation" and 替 (kae or gae) "exchange," "spare," "substitute."
Harukawa 春河, 春川 Japanese
harukawa means "spring river". the kanji used are 春(haru) meaning "spring (the season)" and 河 (kawa) meaning "river" . you could also use 川 (kawa) as the second kanji, but using 河 looks better.
Haruki 春木 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.