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.
KOKI 古木, 小木, コキ Japanese
This surname combines 古 (ko, furu-, furu.i, -fu.rusu) meaning "old" or 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" with 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."
KOKONOE 九重, ココノエ Japanese (Rare)
From 九重 (kokonoe) meaning "ninefold."... [more]
KOMAEDA 小前田, 古前田, コマエダ Japanese (Rare)
From 小 (ko) meaning "small, little" or 古 (ko) meaning "old" combined with MAEDA.... [more]
KOMATSU 小松 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
KOMATSUZAKI Japanese (Rare)
Ko ("Small") + Matsu ("Pine Tree") + Zaki ("Peninsula, Cape"). This is a uncommon name, but it has kanji that 90% of Japanese family names have.
KOMIYA 小宮 Japanese
小 (Ko) means "Small" and 宮 (Miya) means "Shrine".
KOMURO 小室 Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 室 (muro) "room."
KONAKA 小中 Japanese
小 (Ko) means "Small" and 中 (Naka) means "Middle".
KONDA Japanese
Written with characters meaning ‘now’ and ‘rice paddy’, this version of the name is found mostly in eastern Japan. In western Japan it is pronounced Imata.
KONDO 近藤 Japanese
From the Japanese 近 (kon or chika) "close," "near" and 藤 (do, to or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful FUJIWARA (藤原) clan.
KONDOU 近藤 Japanese
From Japanese 近 (kon) meaning "near, close" and 藤 (dou) meaning "wisteria". The latter character could indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
KONERU 捏ねる, こねる Japanese
Japanese, Hokkaido : to knead,to mix with fingers, baker, bread.
KONNO Japanese
Variously written, most usually with characters meaning ‘now’ or ‘near’ and ‘field’. Found mostly in eastern Japan, farther to the northeast it is pronounced Imano.
KONPARU Japanese
Kon means "Gold" and Paru is a form of Haru, meaning "Spring Season". Sources are in the notes
KOSAKA Japanese
This is last name means small "Small Slope", Ko (small), Saka (slope).
KOSUGI Japanese
Ko ("Small") + Sugi ("Cedar"). Jurota Kosugi is a Japanese voice actor.
KOTAKA 小高 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".
KOTAKE 小竹 Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 竹 (take) "bamboo."
KOTANI Japanese
Ko means "Small" and Tani means "Valley".
KOTOBUKI 寿, コトブキ Japanese
This surname is used as 寿 (shuu, ju, su, kotobuki, kotobu.ku) meaning "congratulations, longevity, one's natural life."... [more]
KOTSUKI Japanese
This is another way to pronounce and spell KOZUKI.
KOUMOTO Japanese
It might mean "light source origin".
KOUUMOTO Japanese
Rainfall origin.
KOYAMA 小山 Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain."
KOYASU 子安 Japanese
From the Japanese 子 (ko) "child" and 安 (yasu or an) "relax," "inexpensive," "low."
KOZUE 梢, 小梢, 梢江, コズエ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 梢, 小梢 or 梢江 with 梢 (shou, kusunoki, kozue) meaning "treetops, twig", 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" and 江 (kou, e) meaning "bay, creek, inlet."... [more]
KOZUKI 上月 Japanese
As far as I know, it doesn't mean "Small Moon". It has this kanji: 上月 (literally "above" and "moon", but it probably implies that the moon is above us in the sky).
KUBA Japanese
Written with characters meaning ‘long time’ and ‘method’, this name is found mostly in the Ryūkyū Islands.
KUBOTA 久保田, 窪田 Japanese
From the Japanese 久 (ku or hisa) "long time," 保 (bo or ho) "protect," "guaratee," "keep" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy." The first two characters can also be written as 窪 (kubo) "hollow."
KUBOYAMA 久保山 Japanese
From Japanese 久 (ku) meaning "long time ago", 保 (ho) meaning "protect" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
KUCHIKI Japanese
This name combines 朽 (kyuu, ku.chiru) meaning "decay, remain in seclusion, rot" or 口 (ku, kou, kuchi) meaning "mouth" with 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
KUDO 工藤 Japanese
From Japanese 工 (ku) meaning "worker" and 藤 () meaning "wisteria"
KUDOU 久遠, 工藤 Japanese
From 久 (ku) "long time" and 遠 (tou/dou) "distant" OR from 工 (ku) "construction" and 藤 (dou) "wisteria."
KUGA 久我 Japanese
From the Japanese 久 (ku or hisa) "long time," and 我 (ga) "self."
KUGIMIYA 釘宮, クギミヤ Japanese
This surname is used as 釘宮 with 釘 (chou, tei, kugi) meaning "nail, peg, tack" and 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess, Shinto shrine."... [more]
KUHARA Japanese (Rare)
Ku ("Long time") + Hara ("Plain").
KUJIKAWA 久慈川 Japanese
From Japanese 久 (ku) meaning "long time ago", 慈 (ji) meaning "mercy", and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
KUJIRA Japanese (Rare)
Kujira is an uncommon Japanese surname and first name that literally means "whale".
KUMAI 熊井 Japanese
From Japanese 熊 (kuma) meaning "bear" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
KUMAKI Japanese (Rare)
The kanji in Anri Kumaki's name reads, Kuma ("Bear") + Ki ("Tree"). She is a singer and songwriter. There might be other combinations too, probably being , Ku ("Long Time") + Maki ("Shepard").
KUMAMOTO 熊本 Japanese
From Japanese 熊 (kuma) meaning "bear" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
KUMON 公文 Japanese (Rare)
One notable bearer of this surname is Tōru Kumon (公文 公), the founder of Kumon Education.
KUNIDA 国田 Japanese
From Japanese 国 (kuni) meaning "a land, a large place" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
KUNIMATSU Japanese
Kuni means "Land, Large Place" and can also refer to a country,but not always. Matsu means "Pine Tree". Okao Kunimatsu was a professional wrestler.
KUNIMOTO 国本 Japanese
From Japanese 国 (kuni) meaning "country" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
KURAHASHI Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Kura means "Storehouse" and Hashi means "Bridge". More than a few anime characters have this surname in their own respective shows.
KURAMA Japanese
KURAMA is a rare Japanese masculine given name. The surname often means "Owns, Posess, Storehouse, Horse".
KURAMOTO 倉本, 蔵本 Japanese
From Japanese 倉, 蔵 (kura) meaning "warehouse, storehouse" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
KURASAWA 倉沢 Japanese
倉 (Kura) means "Owns, Storehouse, Posesses" and 沢 (Sawa) means "Marsh, Swamp".
KURATA 倉田, 蔵田 Japanese
From Japanese 倉 or 蔵 (kura) meaning "warehouse, storehouse" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
KURIBAYASHI Japanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Bayashi is a more easily pronounced variant of Hayashi, which means "Forest, Grove".
KURIHARA 栗原 Japanese
From the Japanese 栗 (kuri) "Japanese chestnut" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
KURIHASHI Japanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Hashi means "Bridge" in Japanese.
KURIMOTO Japanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Moto means "Origin, Source, Root".
KURISU 栗栖, 栗須, 栗洲, クリス Japanese
This surname is used as 栗栖, 栗須, 栗洲 with 栗 (ri, ritsu, ononoku, kuri) meaning "chestnut", 栖 (sei, su.mu) meaning "cobweb, den, hive, nest, rookery", 須 (shu, su, subekara.ku, subeshi, hige, matsu, mochi.iru, moto.meru) meaning "by all means, necessarily, ought" and 洲 (shuu, su, shima) meaning "continent, country, island, sandbar."... [more]
KURIYAMA Japanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Yama means "Mountain".
KURIZUKA Japanese
Kuri means "Chestnut" and Zuka comes from Tsuka, meaning "Mound". This surname belongs to ASAHI Kurizuka, an actor.
KUROBA 黒羽 Japanese
From the Japanese 黒 (kuro) "black" and 羽 (ha or hane) "wing."
KUROGI Japanese
Variant of Kuroki, Kuro means "Black" and Gi means "Tree, Wood".
KUROGIRI 黒霧 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 霧 (giri) meaning "mist"
KUROHASHI Japanese
Kuro means "Black" and Hashi means "Bridge".
KUROIWA 黒岩 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 岩 (iwa) meaning "cliff, rocks".
KUROKAWA 黒川, 黒河, クロカワ Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" combined with 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river."
KUROKO Japanese (Rare)
Kuro means "Black" and Ko means "Child". A notable bearer is Tetsuya Kuroko from Kuroko no Basket. The source is in the notes.
KUROMIYA Japanese
Kuro means "Black" and Miya means "Shrine".
KURONUMA 黒沼 Japanese
Kuro means "black" and numa means "swamp".
KUROSAKA Japanese
Kuro means "Black" and Saka means "Hill, Slope".
KUROSAKI 黒崎 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
KUROSHIMA 黒島 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
KUROSU 黒須 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 須 (su) meaning "mandatory, necessary".
KUROYANAGI 黒柳 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" and 柳 (yanagi) meaning "willow".
KURUSU 来栖 Japanese
From Japanese 来 (kuru) meaning "come, next" and 栖 (su) meaning "nest, den"
KUSANAGI 草彅 Japanese
From Japanese 草 (kusa) meaning "grass" and 彅 (nagi) meaning "cutter". A notable bearer of this surname is actor Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (草彅 剛, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, 1974–).
KUSAYANAGI 日, 草 Japanese
From Japanese 草 (kusayanagi) meaning "grass" or 日 (kusayanagi) meaning "sun, day". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KUSHIDA 串田 Japanese (Rare)
This surname is written multiple ways, Kushi meaning "Skewer" or "Comb" (these are different kanji),and da is "Rice Paddy".
KUSHIEDA Japanese (Rare)
Eda means "Branch", as for Kushi, the kanji in it that I have seen is not "Skewer", so it possibly means "Comb".
KUSUMOTO 楠本 Japanese
From Japanese 楠 (kusu) meaning "camphor tree" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
KUSUNOKI 楠, 楠木 Japanese
"Camphor Tree"
KUWABARA Japanese
Kuwa means "Mulberry Tree" and Bara's a variant of Hara, meaning "Plain, Field".
KUWAHARA 桑原 Japanese
From Japanese 桑 (kuwa) meaning "mulberry" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
KUWAJIMA 桑島 Japanese (Rare)
Kuwa (桑) means "mulberry", shima/jima (島) means "island". Shima changes to jima because of rendaku. It is also possible to be spelled as KUWASHIMA
KUWAKO Japanese
Kuwa means "Mulberry Tree" and Ko means "Child, Sign of the Rat, 1st of the Chinese Zodiac."
KUWASHIMA 桑島 Japanese (Rare)
Kuwa (桑) means "mulberry", shima (島) means "island". It is also possible to be spelled as KUWAJIMA
KUWATANI 桑谷 Japanese
From Japanese 桑 (kuwa) meaning "mulberry" combined with 谷 (tani) meaning "valley". A notable bearer of this surname is Natsuko Kuwatani (桑谷 夏子), a Japanese voice-actress who is best known for voicing Ryōko Asakura from Haruhi Suzumiya and Alph from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
KYOSO 狂想 Japanese
From Japanese 狂 (kyō) meaning "madness" and 想 (sō) meaning "thought, idea". The kanji that makes up Kyoso can also mean "fantasy".
KYUGOKU Japanese
The Kyu part means "Capital City", the same kanji as KYOU.
MACHI Japanese (Rare)
町 (machi) means 'town' or 'street'. Some occurrences in America could be shortened versions of longer names beginning with this element, not common in Japan.
MACHIDA 町田 Japanese (Rare)
Machi (町) means "Town" and da (田) means "Rice Patty".
MADARAME 斑目 Japanese
From Japanese 斑 (madara) meaning "speckled, spot, blemish" and 目 (me) meaning "eye"
MAEBARA 前原 Japanese
Maebara is an uncommon Japanese surname that has more than one meaning, depending on the characters used to write it. The first and most common spelling is with the characters for "Before" (前) and "Original" (原)... [more]
MAEJIMA Japanese
Mae means "Front, Forward" and Jima means "Island". This is a variant of Maeshima.
MAEKAWA 前川 Japanese
From Japanese 前 (mae) meaning "front, forward" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MAENO 前野 Japanese
From Japanese 前 (mae) meaning "front, forward" and 野 (no) meaning "area, field, wilderness".
MAESHIMA Japanese
Mae means "Front, Forward" and Shima means "Island".
MAEYAMADA Japanese
Mae means "Front, Forward", Yama means "Mountain", and Da means "Feild, Rice Patty. The source is in the notes.
MAIZONO 舞園 Japanese
maizono means "dance park". the kanji used are 舞(mai) meaning "dance" and 園 (sono) meaning "park".... [more]
MAJIMA Japanese (Rare)
Ma means "Real,Genuine" (this is used most likely,anyway) and Jima means "Island".
MAKIMURA Japanese
According to Hi!Penal!, this is written in three different ways (different kanji for "maki"), this kanji (牧) meaning "Shepard" and Mura (村) meaning "Village" is an example.
MAKINO Japanese
Makino means "Shepard Feild".
MAKITA 真北, 牧田 Japanese
I'm not sure how the surname is usually written, but 真 (Ma) means "Genuine, Real, Sincere" and 北 (Kita) means "North". On the other hand, 牧 (Maki) means "Shepard, Tend cattle" and 田 (Ta) means "Rice Field, Rice Paddy"... [more]
MANABE 真鍋, 間部, 眞鍋 Japanese
From Japanese 真 (ma) meaning "real, genuine" or 間 (ma) meaning "among, between" and 鍋 (nabe) meaning "pot, pan" or 部 (be) meaning "part, section".
MANAKA 真中, 真仲, 間中, 間仲, まなか Japanese
This surname combines 真 (shin, ma, ma-, makoto) meaning "Buddhist sect, reality, true" or 間 (kan, ken, ai, aida, ma) meaning "interval, space" with 中 (chuu, ata.ru, uchi, naka) meaning "centre, in(side), mean, middle" or 仲 (chuu, naka) meaning "go-between, relationship."... [more]
MARUYAMA 丸山, 圓山 Japanese
From Japanese 丸 or 圓 (maru) meaning "round, full" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
MASAKI 真咲 Japanese
Surname of Japanese origin meaning "true blossoms".
MASHIMO 真下 Japanese
From the Japanese 真 (ma) "real" and 下 (shimo or shita) "down," "bottom."
MASUYAMA 増山, 益山, 桝山, 升山 Japanese
From the Japanese 増 (masu) "increase," 益 (masu) "benefit," 桝 (masu) "box seat," "measure" or 升 (masu) "box" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
MATSU Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
MATSUBARA 松原 Japanese
From the Japanese 松 (matsu) "pine tree" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
MATSUBAYASHI Japanese
Matsu means "Pine Tree" and "Bayashi" is a variant pronunciation of "HAYASHI" meaning "Forest". This surname means "Pine Tree Forest". Matsubayashi-ryu is a kind of martial arts.
MATSUDAIRA 松平 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree" and 平 (daira) meaning "flat, calm".
MATSUHASHI 松橋 Japanese
松 (Matsu) means "Pine tree" and 橋 (Hashi) means "Bridge".
MATSUI Japanese
This was considered one of the top 100 used family names in Japan. Matsu ("Pine {tree}") + I ("Well, Mineshaft, Pit")
MATSUKATA Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine" and 方 (kata) meaning "direction".
MATSUKAWA 松川 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MATSUKAZE 松風 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine" and 風 (kaze) meaning "wind". A notable bearer of this surname is Japanese actor Masaya Matsukaze (松風 雅也).
MATSUKI 松木 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
MATSUMAE 松前 Japanese
松 (Matsu) means "Pine Tree" and 前 (Mae) means "Front".
MATSUMURA 松村 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
MATSUNAGA 松永 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 永 (naga) meaning "eternity".
MATSUNAWA Japanese
Source in the notes.
MATSUNO 松野 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
MATSUO 松尾 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 尾 (o) meaning "tail, end".
MATSUSHIMA 松島, 松嶋 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
MATSUURA 松浦 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet".
MATSUYAMA 松山 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
MATSUYUKI Japanese
Matsu (松)"Pine" and Yuki (雪) "Snow". Yasuko Matsuyuki is a Japanese voice actress and singer.
MATSUZAKI 松崎 Japanese
Japanese: ‘pine tree cape’. This name is found mostly in both the Tōkyō area and on the island of Kyūshū, where it is pronounced Matsusaki.
MAWATARI 馬渡 Japanese
From the Japanese 馬 (ma, uma or ba) "horse" and 渡 (watari or wata) "ferry" or ferryboat."
MAYONAKA Japanese
Means "Midnight" in Japanese
MAZAKI 真崎 Japanese
A surname of Japanese origin meaning "cape of truth". A notable bearer of this surname is Anzu Mazaki/Téa Gardner from Yu-Gi-Oh!
MICHISHIGE 道重 Japanese
From Japanese 道 (michi) meaning "road" and 重 (shige) meaning "greater degree"
MICHIZOE 道添 Japanese
From the Japanese 道 (michi) "road," "way," "path" and 添 (zoe or soe) "addition," "add-on," "improvememnt."
MIDORIKAWA 緑川 Japanese
From Japanese 緑 (midori) meaning "green" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MIDORIYA 緑谷, ミドリヤ Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Combination of 緑 (midori) meaning "green" and 谷 (ya) meaning "valley," used on the main character Izuku Midoriya (緑谷 出久) in 'My Hero Academia'.... [more]
MIFUNE 三船, 御船, 御舟 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" or 御 (mi) meaning "honourable" and 船 or 舟 (fune) meaning "ship, boat".
MIHARA 三原 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
MIKAMI 三上, 見上, 味上, 見神, 三守 Japanese
From the Japanese 三 (mi) "three," 見 (mi) "mindset," "outlook," "mentality," 味 (mi or aji) "taste," 海 (mi or umi) "sea" or 水 (mi or mizu) "water," and 上 (kami, kan or ue) "upper," "above," 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" or 守 (kami or mori) "guard," "protect," "defend."
MIKAZUKI Japanese (Rare)
Mikazuki is a one kanji surname that means " Crescent ".
MIKI Japanese
Possibly Mi ("Three") + Ki ("Tree"). This might've been inspired by the Japanese first name Miki.
MINAMOTO 源, 源本, 皆本, 皆元, 湊本 Japanese
From 源 (minamoto) meaning "fountainhead, river source; source, origin," derived from a combination of 水 (mi), the combining form of mizu meaning "water," and 元/本 (moto) meaning "source, origin" with the addition of the Old Japanese possessive particle na.... [more]
MINATO 湊, 港 Japanese
From Japanese 湊 or 港 (minato) meaning "port, harbour".
MINATOZAKI 湊崎 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 湊 (minato) meaning "assemble" combined with 崎 (saki) meaning "peninsula, cape".
MINE 岑, 峯, 峰, 嶺, 三根 Japanese
This surname is used as 岑, 峯, 峰, 嶺, 三根, 美根, 美祢, 美禰 or 見根 with 岑 (gin, shin, mine), an outdated character meaning "mountaintop, peak," 峯/峰 (hou, ne, mine) meaning "peak, summit," 嶺 (ryou, rei, mine) meaning with the same meaning as 峯/峰, 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three," 美 (bi, mi, utsuku.shii) meaning "beauty/iful," 見 (ken, mi.eru, mi.seru, mi.ru) meaning "chances, hopes, idea, look at, opinion, see, visible," 根 (kon, ne, -ne) meaning "head (pimple), radical, root" and 祢/禰 (dei, nai, ne) meaning "ancestral shrine."... [more]
MINETA 峯田 Japanese
From Japanese 峯 (mine) meaning "peak, summit" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MIODA 澪田 Japanese
mioda means "water route field". the kanji used for this name are 澪(mio,rei) meaning " water route" and 田(ta) meaning "field". a bearer of this name is Ibuki Mioda from Danganronpa 2.
MISAKA 御坂 Japanese (Modern)
This name is from Japanese anime A Certain Scientific Railgun's protagonist.
MISAKI 三崎 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
MISHIMA 三島, 三嶋 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
MISO Japanese (Rare)
Miso is made up of two symbols literally referred to "Miso Soup". According to a Japanese site, less than 140 people in Japan possess this last name.
MITA Japanese
Meaning ‘three rice paddies’, the name is more common in eastern Japan. It is also pronounced Santa or Sanda in western Japan.
MITANI 三谷 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
MITSUE 光永, 光江, 三枝, 満江, 三津江 Japanese
This surname is used as 光永, 光江, 三枝, 満江, 三ツ江 or 三津江 with 光 (kou, hikari, hika.ru, mitsu) meaning "light, ray", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 満 (ban, man, mi.tasu, mi.chiru, mi.tsu) meaning "enough, full, fullness, satisfy", 永 (ei, naga.i, e) meaning "eternity, long, lengthy", 江 (kou, e) meaning "bay, creek, inlet", 枝 (shi, eda, e) meaning "bough, branch, twig, limb" and 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port."... [more]
MITSUGI 貢, 三木, 三津木, 三樹, 三次 Japanese
This surname is used as 貢, 三木, 三ツ木, 三津木, 三樹, 三次, 参木, 満木, 見次, 身次 or 巳継 with 貢 (ku, kou, mitsu.gu) meaning "finance, support, tribute", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port", 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood", 樹 (juu, ki) meaning "timber trees, wood", 参 (san, shin, mai-, mai.ru, majiwaru, mitsu) meaning "be defeated, be madly in love, coming, die, going, nonplussed, three, visit, visiting", 満 (ban, man, mi.tasu, mi.chiru, mi.tsu) meaning "enough, full, fullness, satisfy", 見 (ken, mi.eru, mi.seru, mi.ru) meaning "chances, hopes, idea, look at, opinion, see, visible", 身 (shin, mi) meaning "one's station in life, person, somebody", 次 (shi, ji, tsugi, tsu.gu) meaning "next, order, sequence", 巳 (shi, mi) meaning "sign of the snake/serpent (6th sign of Chinese zodiac)" and 継 (kei, tsu.gi, mama-) meaning "graft (tree), inherit, patch, succeed."... [more]
MITSUGU 貢, 三次, 三続, 巳継, みつぐ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 貢, 三次, 三続 or 巳継 with 貢 (ku, kou, mitsu.gu) meaning "finance, support, tribute", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 次 (shi, ji, tsugi, tsu.gu) meaning "next, order, sequence", 続 (kyou, kou, shoku, zou, tsugu.nai, tsudzu.ku, tsudzu.keru) meaning "continue, sequel, series", 巳 (shi, mi) meaning "sign of the snake/serpent (6th sign of Chinese zodiac)" and 継 (kei, tsu.gi, mama-) meaning "graft (tree), inherit, patch, succeed."... [more]
MITSUI 三井, 三ツ井 Japanese
From the Japanese 三 (mi or san) and 井 (i) "well." The grammatical and phonetic add-on ツ (tsu) is not always included in this name's spelling.
MIWA 三輪 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 輪 (wa) meaning "wheel, ring, circle".
MIYA Japanese
The name could mean ‘three arrows’, ‘three valleys’ or ‘shrine’, the latter being the most common. Some occurrences in America are the result of shortening longer names.
MIYABE 宮部 Japanese
From the Japanese 宮 (miya) "{Shinto} shrine" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
MIYAGAWA 宮川 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MIYAGI 宮城 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 城 (gi) meaning "castle".
MIYAGUCHI 宮口 Japanese
From the Japanese 宮 (miya) "{Shinto} shrine" and 口 (guchi or kuchi) "mouth," "opening."
MIYAHARA 宮原 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
MIYAICHI 宮一 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "a shrine; a palace" and 一 (ichi) meaning "one".... [more]
MIYAJIMA 宮島 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
MIYAKE 三宅 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 宅 (yake) meaning "house, home".
MIYAKO Japanese (Rare)
Miyako means "Capital", but as a last name, it usually has the same characters as Kyoto.
MIYAMA 宮間, 美山, 深山 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 間 (ma) meaning "among, between". It can also be formed from 美 (mi) meaning "beautiful" or 深 (mi) meaning "deep, profound" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
MIYANO 宮野 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
MIYAOKA 宮岡 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
MIYARA 宮良 Japanese
From the Japanese 宮 (miya) "{Shinto} shrine" and 良 (ra) "good."
MIYASAKI 宮崎 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 宮崎 (see MIYAZAKI).
MIYATA 宮田 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MIYATŌ 宮藤 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 藤 (tō) meaning "wisteria".
MIYAUCHI 宮内 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
MIYAZATO 宮里 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and 里 (sato) meaning "village".
MIYAZAWA 宮沢 Japanese
Miyazawa is written using the characters for "shrine" (宮) and "creek" (沢). Together, these characters spell "The creek by the shrine." The second letter (沢) can also be read as "stream" or even "swamp".
MIZOGUCHI 溝口 Japanese
From Japanese 溝 (mizo) meaning "ditch, drain, gutter" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
MIZUFUKA Japanese
I believe it is written like this: 水付加. In that case, it probably means "Increasing with water".
MIZUHARA Japanese (Rare)
Mizu ("Water") + HARA ("Plain"). Possibly pronounced "bara" or "wara" in different regions
MIZUKAWA 水川 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MIZUSAKI 水崎 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
MIZUSAWA 水沢 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 沢 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
MIZUTA 水田 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MIZUTAMA 水玉 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" combined with 玉 (tama) meaning "jewel, ball". Other kanji combinations are possible. ... [more]
MOMOI 桃井 Japanese
From Japanese 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
MOMONOE 桃枝, モモノエ Japanese (Rare)
Combination of 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" and 枝 (e), shortened from eda meaning "branch, bough," sandwiched by the genitive particle の (no) which is not shown in this instance.... [more]
MOMOSE 百瀬 Japanese
百 (Momo) means "A Hundred" and 瀬 (Se) means "Riffle". A notable bearer is Shinroku Momose, who was an aircraft engineer during the 1940's.
MOMOTA 百田 Japanese
momota means "a hundred rice fields". the kanji used are 百(momo) meaning " hundred" and 田(ta) meaning "rice field".
MOMOZAKI 桃崎 Japanese
From Japanese 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" combined with 崎 (zaki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
MONOMA 物間 Japanese
From Japanese 物 (mono) meaning "object" and 間 (ma) meaning "gap" or 物間 (monoma) meaning "among things"
MORIAI 盛合, 森合 Japanese
From the Japanese 盛 (mori) "assortment" or 森 (mori) "forest" and 合 (ai) "fit," "suit," "join."
MORIFUJI Japanese
Mori means "Forest" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
MORIHARA 森原 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
MORIHEI 森平, モリヘイ Japanese
This surname combines 森 (shin, mori) meaning "forest, woods" with 平 (hyou, byou, hei, tai.ra, -daira, hira, hira-) meaning "even, flat, peace."... [more]
MORIKITA 森北 Japanese (Rare)
森 (Mori) means "Forest" and 北 (Kita) means "North". Hiroshi Morikita is the president and foreign rights man of Morikita Publishing.
MORINAKA 森中 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
MORISAKI 森崎 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
MORISHITA 森下 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 下 (shita) meaning "under, below".
MORITA 森田 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning "forest" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MORIUCHI 森内 Japanese
森 (Mori) means "Forest" and 内 (Uchi) means "Inside".
MORIYA 守屋, 守谷, 森屋, 森谷 Japanese
From the Japanese 守 (mori or kami) "guard," "protect," "defend" or 森 (mori) "forest" and 屋 (ya) "dwelling" or 谷 (ya or tani) "valley."
MOTEKI 茂木 Japanese
From the Japanese 茂 (mote) "overgrown," "to grow thick" and 木 (ki, moku or boku) "tree."
MOTOHASHI Japanese
This is literally HASHIMOTO backwards, although this is less common in Japan. This means "Origin Bridge" in Japanese. A notable bearer with the surname is Akiyasu Motohashi... [more]
MOTOME 求, 元目, 求馬, もとめ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 求, 元目 or 求馬 with 求 (kyuu, gu, moto.meru) meaning "demand, request, require, want, wish for", 元 (gan, gen, moto) meaning "beginning, former time, origin", 目 (boku, moku, ma, me, -me) meaning "care, class, experience, eye, favour, insight, look" and 馬 (ba, uma, uma-, ma, me) meaning "horse."... [more]
MOTOYAMA 本山 Japanese
Combination of Kanji Characters "本" meaning "Book", and "山" meaning "Mountain".
MOTOZAWA 本沢, 元沢, 本澤, 元澤 Japanese
From the Japanese 本 (moto) "base" or 元 (moto) "original" and 沢 or 澤 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
MUKAI Japanese
The "Mu(Ka)" part means "Facing",the I means "Well,Pit,Mine Shaft":"Facing Well/Facing Mine Shaft/Facing Pit". Chiaki Mukai was a doctor as well as the first Japanese female astronaut,and the first Japanese citizen to take two spaceflights... [more]
MUNEKAWA 宗川 Japanese
宗 (Mune) means "Origin, Religion, Sect" and 川 (Kawa) means "Stream, River".
MURA Japanese
"Village, Hamlet", an element usually accompanied with other elements such as YUKIMURA, NISHIMURA, etc.
MURAHAMA Japanese
Mura means "Hamlet, Village" and Hama means "Seashore, Beach".
MURAHASHI Japanese
Mura means "Village, Hamlet" and Hashi means "Bridge".
MURAI 村井 Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "town, village" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
MURAKAMI 村上, 邑上, 邨上, 村神, 邑神 Japanese
From the Japanese 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village" and 上 (kami, kan or ue) "upper," "above," 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" or 守 (kami or mori) "guard," "protect," "defend."
MURAKAWA Japanese
Mura ("Village") + Kawa ("River"). This means "Village River", it is basically KAWAMURA backwards.
MURAKITA 村北 Japanese
村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet", and 北 (Kita) means "North". This is KITAMURA backwards, and is also less popular than it's counterpart.
MURAMATSU 村松 Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "town, village" and 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
MURANAKA 村中, ムラナカ Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "village" combined with 中 (naka) meaning "inside, middle".
MURAOKA 村岡 Japanese
村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet" and 岡 (Oka) means "Hill, Ridge".
MURASE 村瀬 Japanese
"Mura" (村) meaning village, and "se" (瀬) meaning rapids or fast moving water
MURASHIMA Japanese
This is SHIMAMURA backwards, it means "Island Hamlet/ Village".
MURATA 村田 Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "town, village" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
MURATAGI 村田義 Japanese
From Japanese "村" (mura) meaning village, "田" (ta) rice field and "義" (gi) meaning righteousness
MUSHAKOJI 武者小路 Japanese
Variant transcription of MUSHAKOUJI.
MUSHAKOUJI 武者小路 Japanese
From Japanese 武 (mu) meaning "military", 者 (sha) meaning "person", 小 (kou) meaning "small" and 路 (ji) meaning "street".
MUSHANOKOJI Japanese
Variant transcription of MUSHANOKOUJI.
MUSHANOKOUJI 武者小路 Japanese
From Japanese 武 (mu) meaning "military", 者 (sha) meaning "person", an unwritten possessive marker の (no), 小 (kou) meaning "small" and 路 (ji) meaning "street".
MUTSU Japanese (Rare)
It is the same as MUTSUMI, it means "Order".
MUTSUMI Japanese (Rare)
Mutsumi means "Order", but you can also simply say "Mutsu". Goro Mutsumi is referred to both ways. He was an actor who was credited for more than 25 films and als did voice acting and stage acting.
NAEGI 苗木, ナエギ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 苗木 with 苗 (byou, myou, nae, nawa-) meaning "sapling, seedling, shoot" and 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
NAGAI 長井, 永井 Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" or 永 (naga) meaning "eternity" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
NAGAMATSU 永松, 長松, 永末, ながまつ Japanese
This surname is used as 永松, 長松 or 永末 with 永 (ei, naga.i) meaning "eternity, lengthy, long," 長 (chou, osa, naga.i) meaning "leader, long," 松 (shou, matsu) meaning "pine tree" and 末 (batsu, matsu, sue) meaning "close, end, posterity, powder, tip."
NAGANO 長野, 永野 Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" or 永 (naga) meaning "eternity" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
NAGAO Japanese
Naga means "Chief, Head, Leader" and O means "Tail".
NAGAOKA 長岡 Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
NAGASAWA 長沢, 長澤 Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
NAGASHIMA Japanese
This is a Japanese surname, Famous bearers of this surname are Shinji Nagashima (Born as Shin'ichi Nagashima, Is Japanese a manga artist).
NAGASU 長洲 Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" and 洲 (su) meaning "continent".
NAGATA 長田, 永田 Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" or 永 (naga) meaning "eternity" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
NAGATO Japanese (Rare)
There might be different readings, but one is Naga ("Cheif") + To ("Gate"). This is the case for Yuki Nagato, from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya".
NAGAYAMA 永山, 長山, ながやま Japanese
From Japanese 永 (nagai) meaning "eternity, long, lengthy" or 長 (nagai) meaning "chief, head, leader" combined with 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
NAITO 内藤 Japanese
内 (Nai) means "Inside" and 藤 (To) means "Wisteria". This surname means "Inside Wisteria". This might have variations in different regions.
NAKA Japanese
It means "middle". A notable bearer is Yuji Naka, a video game designer and programmer.
NAKADA 中田 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
NAKAFUJI Japanese
Naka means "Middle" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
NAKAGAME 仲亀 Japanese
仲 (Naka) means "Relation" and Game is a variation of 亀 (Kame), which means "Turtle, Tortoise".
NAKAGAWA 中川 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
NAKAMATSU 中松, 仲松, なかまつ Japanese
This surname combines 中 (chuu, ata.ru, uchi, naka) meaning "centre, in(side), mean (not as in the way a person acts), middle" or 仲 (chuu, naka) meaning "go-between, relationship" with 松 (shou, matsu) meaning "pine tree." One bearer of this surname is inventor Yoshirō Nakamatsu (中松 義郎), also known as Dr... [more]
NAKAMINE 仲嶺 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 嶺 (mine) meaning "peak, summit".
NAKAMOTO 中本 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
NAKANISHI 中西, 仲西 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" or 仲 (naka) meaning "relationship, terms" and 西 (nishi) meaning "west".
NAKAO Japanese
Naka means "Middle" and O means "Tail."
NAKAOKA 中岡 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
NAKATA 中田 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
NAKAUCHI 中内, 仲内 Japanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
NAKAURA Japanese
Naka means "Middle" and Ura means "Gulf, Bay, Inlet, Beach, Seacoast, Creek."
NAKAYAMA 中山, 仲山 Japanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
NANAMI 七海 Japanese
From Japanese 七海 (nanami) meaning "seven seas".
NANASHIMA 七島 Japanese (Rare)
Japanese surname meaning "seven island".
NANATSUKI 七月 Japanese
七 (Nana) means "Seven" and 月 (Tsuki) means "Moon, Month".
NARA 楢, 奈良, 那良, ナラ Japanese
This surname is used as 楢, 奈良 or 那良 with 楢 (shuu, yuu, nara) meaning "oak", 奈 (dai, na, nai, ikan, karanashi) meaning "Nara, what?", 那 (na, da, nani, nanzo, ikan) meaning "what?" and 良 (ryou, i.i, -i.i, yo.i, -yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
NARISAWA 成澤, 成沢 Japanese
From the Japanese 成 (nari) "turn into," "become" and 澤 or 沢 (sawa or zawa) "swamp."
NARITA 成田 Japanese
From 成 (nari) meaning "become", and 田 (ta) meaning "rice paddy".
NARU なる Japanese
The meaning of the name Naru is ''become''
NATSUKAWA Japanese
This name means Summer River. From natsu "summer" and kawa "river".
NATSUME Japanese
From Japanese 棗 (natsume), meaning "jujube". Notable bearers are Maya and Aya Natsume from the Seinen manga Tenjō Tenge.
NATSUMI Japanese (Rare)
This is occasionally,but rarely used as a last name. NATSU means "Summer",and Mi in this surname means "Look". So the literal meaning of this could be "Look at Summer",or "The Look of Summer"... [more]
NEHO 根保 Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "raised foundation".
NEJI 子師, ネジ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 子師, combining 子 (shi, su, tsu, ko, -ko, ne) meaning "child, sign of the rat (1st sign of Chinese zodiac)" with 師 (shi, su, nara.u, moromoro) meaning "army, exemplar, expert, master, model, teacher, war."
NIIKURA 新倉, 新蔵, 新鞍 Japanese
From the Japanese 新 (nii) "new" and 倉 or 蔵 (kura) "storehouse" or 鞍 (kura) "saddle."
NIJIBAYASHI 虹林 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 虹 (Niji) meaning "Rainbow" and 林 (Bayashi) meaning "Forest". A notable bearer of this surname was academic author Kei Nijibayashi.
NIKAIDO 二階堂 Japanese (Rare, ?)
From japanese kanji 二 (ni) meaning "two", 階 (kai) meaning "floor, storey" combined with 堂 (dō) meaning "temple". The last name is a name of a clan of Japanese samurai that ruled the Iwase District of Mutsu Province during the Sengoku period during the Kamakura era... [more]
NINOMIYA 二宮, 二ノ宮 Japanese
二 (Nino) means "Two, Second" and 宮 (Miya) means "Shrine". Notable Bearers: Kazunari Ninomiya, is songwriter, radio host, and much more. Sontoku (born Kinjiro) Ninomiya, was a moralist, agricultural leader, and more.
NISHI Japanese
It means "West", it's more commonly added to other name elements such as mura, hara, etc.
NISHIDA 西田 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
NISHIHARA 西原 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 原 (hara) meaning "meadow, field, plain".
NISHIMIYA 西宮 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
NISHINO Japanese
Nishi ("West") + No ("Feild").
NISHIO Japanese
Nishi means "West" and O means "Tail".
NISHIOKA 西岡 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
NISHITANI 西谷 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
NOBIRA 野平 Japanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 平 (hira) "peace."
NOBUNAGA Japanese
NOBU means "Trust, Believe" and Naga means "Long, Chief". Takatomi Nobunaga is a Japanese composer, with his surname written as such.
NOGAMI 野上 Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 上 (kami) meaning "above, top, upper".