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.
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".
NOJIMA Japanese
No means "Field" and Jima means "Island". Hirofumi Nojima is an actor, voice actor, and narrator.
NOJIRI Japanese
No means "Field" and Jiri means "Behind, End, Rear", similar to TAJIRI.
NOMI 乃美 Japanese
From the Japanese possessive particle 乃 (no) and 美 (mi) "beauty."
NOMIZU Japanese
"Field rice patty water."
NOMORI 野森 / 乃森 Japanese (Japanized, ?)
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field" or 乃 (no), a possessive particle combined with 森 (mori) meaning "forest"
NOMURA 野村 Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
NONAKA 野中 Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
NOTO Japanese
The kanji I viewed personally is unknown. But if it were to be made simply, it would be : No ("Feild") + To ("Wisteria").
NOTOU Japanese
A variant transcription of "NOTO" and vice versa.
NOYAMA 野山 Japanese
Combination of Kanji Characters "野" meaning "Field", and "山" meaning "Mountain".
NOZAWA 野沢, 野澤 Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 沢, 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
NUMA Japanese
Numa means "Swamp".
OBAMA 小浜 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 浜 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore".
OBARA Japanese
It's written like : 小 (O meaning small) and Bara meaning "Plain". Masakazu Obara's last name is pronounced like this. He is an anime director, he worked on Accel World.
ODA 小田, 尾田, 織田, 小多, 尾多 Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (o) "small," 尾 (o) "tail" or 織 (o) "fabric," "material," "cloth" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."... [more]
ŌGA 淡河, 王賀, 相賀, おうが Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 淡河, 王賀 or 相賀 with 淡 (tan, awa.i) meaning "faint, fleeting, pale, thin," 河 (ka, kawa) meaning "river," 王 (ou, -nou) meaning "king, magnate, rule," 相 (shou, sou, ai-, ou) meaning "aspect, councillor, each other, inter-, minister of state, mutual, phase, physiognomy, together" and 賀 (ga) meaning "congratulations, joy."... [more]
ŌGAMI 大神, 大上, 大賀美, おおがみ Japanese
From Japanese 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) meaning "large, great", 神 (shin, jin, kami, kan-, kou-) meaning "god, deity", 上 (shan, shou, jou, a.gari, a.garu, a.geru, ue, -ue, uwa-, kami, nobo.su, nobo.seru, nobo.ri, nobo.ru, yo.su) meaning "above, up", 賀 (ga) meaning "congratulations, joy" and 美 (bi, mi, utsuku.shii) meaning "beauty, beautiful".
OGAMI 拝, 小上, 小神, 尾上, 尾神 Japanese
This surname is used as 拝, 小上, 小神, 尾上, 尾神, 男神 with 拝 (hai, oga.mu, oroga.mu) meaning "adore, pray to, worship," 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small," 尾 (bi, o) meaning "end, tail," 男 (dan, nan, o, otoko) meaning "male," 上 (shan, shou, jou, a.gari, a.garu, a.geru, ue, -ue, uwa-, kami, nobo.su, nobo.seru, nobo.ri, nobo.ru, yo.su) meaning "above, up" and 神 (shin, jin, kami, kan-, kou-) meaning "gods, mind, soul."
OGASAWARA 小笠原 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small", 笠 (kasa) meaning "bamboo hat", and 原 (wara) meaning "field".
OGIWARA 荻原 Japanese
From Japanese 荻 (ogi) meaning "reed, rush" and 原 (wara) meaning "field".
OGURA 小倉 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 倉 (kura) meaning "storehouse".
OGURI 小栗 Japanese
The kanji in Shun Oguri's family name is made up of 小 (O) "Little" and Guri, a variation of 栗 (Kuri) meaning "Chestnut". He is an actor and film director.
ŌHAMA 大浜, 大濱 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 浜 or 濱 (hama) meaning "beach, seashore".
ŌHARA 大原 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
OHARA 小原 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
ŌHASHI 大橋 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 橋 (hashi) meaning "bridge".
OHASHI 大橋 Japanese
Alternate transcription of ŌHASHI.
OHAYASHI Japanese
This is the less common variant of KOBAYASHI . Check Notes for the source.
OHKA Japanese
A transcription of OKA meaning "Ridge, Hill". It's likely an americanized spelling.
OHORI 大堀 Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 堀 (hori) "moat."
OHTANI 大谷 Japanese
Variant transcription of OOTANI.
OHTO Japanese
Variant transcription of Oto
OI 大井 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (ō) meaning "big, great" and 井 (i) meaning "well, spring".
OIKAWA 及川おいかわ徹とおる Japanese
Oikawa is the name of Toru Oikawa from the popular volleyball anime Haikyuu! ... [more]
ŌISHI 大石 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 石 (ishi) meaning "stone".
OISHI 大石 Japanese
Alternate transcription of ŌISHI.
OJIRO 尾白 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 尾 (o) meaning "tail" and 白 (jiro) meaning "white"
OKA Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
OKADA 岡田 Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
OKAJIMA 岡島 Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
ŌKANO 桜花野, 櫻花野 Japanese
Surname of Japanese origin meaning "cherry blossom flower field".
OKANO 岡野 Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
OKASHIMA 岡島 Japanese
岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill" and 島 (Shima) means "Island".
OKAWA 大川, 大河 Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
OKAZAKI 岡崎 Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
OKOCHI 大河内 Japanese
Variant transcription of OOKOUCHI.
OKOTA 興古田, 小古田, オコタ Japanese (Rare)
This name is used to combine 興 (kou, kyou, oko.ru, oko.su) meaning "interest, pleasure," or 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" with 古 (ko, furu.i, furu-, -furu.su) meaning "old" and 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field, rice paddy."
OKU Japanese
Oku means "secluded","further out". Manami Oku is a J-pop singer.
ŌKUBO 大久保 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" combined with 久 (ku) meaning "long time ago" and 保 (ho) meaning "protect"... [more]
OKUBO 大久保 Japanese
Alternate transcription of ŌKUBO.
OKUDAIRA 奥平 Japanese
From Japanese 奥 (oku) meaning "inside" and 平 (taira) meaning "level, even, peaceful".
OKUKAWA Japanese (Rare)
Oku means "interior,secluded,further out" and kawa means "river". Minako Okukawa is a fictional character from Yuri!!! On Ice and it's also the name of a company.
OKUNO Japanese
Oku means "Secluded, Further out" and No means "Field". A notable bearer is Kaya Okuno, who is a Japanese voice actress.
OKUSAWA 奥沢 Japanese
From Japanese 奥 (oku) meaning "inside" and 沢 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
OKUYAMA 奥山 Japanese
From Japanese 奥 (oku) meaning "inside" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
OMORI 大森 Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 森 (mori) "forest," "woods."
OMURA Japanese
O means "Big, Huge, Great" and Mura means "Hamlet, Village". A notable bearer would be Masujiro Omura. He was a theorist and leader in the military.
ŌNISHI 大西 Japanese
Alternate transcription of ONISHI.
ONISHI 大西 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 西 (nishi) meaning "west".
ŌNO 大野 Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (oo) "big" and 野 (no) "field," "area."
ONODERA 小野寺 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small", 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 寺 (tera) meaning "temple".
ONOUE 榎本, 榎ノ本 Japanese
From the Japanese 尾 (o) "tail" and 上 (ue) "above" (the possessive particle ノ (no) is not always written down but is always included when the name is spoken aloud).
OOKOUCHI 大河内 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (oo) meaning "big", 河 (kou) meaning "river" and 内 (chi) meaning "inside".
OOTANI 大谷 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (oo) meaning "big" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
OOTONO Japanese (Rare)
Oo means "Big, Great, Large, Huge",etc. and tono is a very respectful honorific that is outdated and literally means "Lord" in Japanese. Regardless of how archaic it sounds, this last name is still used by families in Japan, even though it rarely ever occurs.
ŌSAKA 逢坂 Japanese
From Japanese 逢 (o) meaning "meeting, encounter" and 坂 (saka) meaning "slope".
ŌSAKA 大坂 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 坂 (saka) meaning "slope".
OSAKA Japanese
O means "Big" and Saka means "Hill, Slope".
OSAKI 大崎, 大埼, 大﨑, 大岬, 大嵜 Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 崎, 埼, 﨑 or 岬 (saki) "peninsula," "cape" or 嵜 (saki) "steep," "promontory."
OSAKO 大迫 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, large" combined with 迫 (sako) meaning "imperative".... [more]
OSATO Japanese
O means "Big" and Sato means "Hamlet, Village, Town".
ŌSAWA 大沢, 大澤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of OSAWA.
OSAWA 大沢, 大澤 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
ŌSHIMA 大島, 大嶋 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
OSHIMA 大島, 大嶋 Japanese
Alternate transcription of ŌSHIMA.
ŌTA 大田, 太田 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" or 太 (o) meaning "plump, fat, thick" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
ŌTAKA 大高, 大鷹, 大孝, 大嵩, 大貴 Japanese
This surname combines 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) meaning "big, large" with 高 (kou, taka, taka.i, taka.maru, taka.meru, -daka) meaning "expensive, high, tall," 鷹 (ou, you, taka) meaning "hawk," 孝 (kyou, kou, taka) meaning "child's respect, filial piety," 嵩 (shuu, suu, kasa, kasa.mu, taka.i) meaning "be aggravated, grow bulky, grow worse, swell" or 貴 (ki, tatto.i, tatto.bu, touto.i, touto.bu, taka) meaning "esteem, honour, precious, prize, value."... [more]
ŌTAKI 大滝, 大瀧 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 滝 or 瀧 (taki) meaning "waterfall".
ŌTANI 大谷 Japanese
Variant transcription of OOTANI.
OTANI 大谷 Japanese
Variant transcription of OOTANI.
OTONARI 乙成, 音成, おとなり Japanese
This surname combines 乙 (itsu, otsu, oto-, kinoto) meaning "duplicate, strange, the latter, witty" or 音 (in, on, -non, oto, ne) meaning "noise, sound" with 成 (jou, sei, na.su, -na.su, na.ru, nari) meaning "become, elapse, get, grow, reach, turn into."
ŌTSUBO 大坪 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great" and 坪 (tsubo), a traditional unit of measurement equivalent to approximately 3.306 square metres.
OTSUBO 大坪 Japanese
Alternate transcription of ŌTSUBO.
OTSUKA 大塚, 太塚 Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" or 太 (o) "fat," "thick" and 塚 (tsuka) "mound."
ŌTSUKI 大月, 大槻, 大築, 大附, 大即 Japanese
This surname combines 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) "large, big" with 月 (gatsu, getsu, tsuki) meaning "moon, month," 槻 (ki, tsuki) meaning "Zelkova tree," 築 (chiku, kizu.ku, tsuki) meaning "build, construct, fabricate," 附 (fu, tsu.ku, tsu.keru) meaning "affixed, append, attach" or 即 (soku, sunawa.chi, tsu.ku, tsu.keru) meaning "adapt, agree, as is, conform, instant, namely." It can also be used to combine 王 (ou, -nou) meaning "king, magnate, rule" and 月.... [more]
OWARI 終里 Japanese
From Japanese 終 (owa) meaning “last, to finish” and 里 (ri) meaning “village, the home of one’s parents, hometown”. The latter character is also an archaic Japanese unit of area.
OYAKAWA 親川 Japanese
From the Japanese 親 (oya) "parent" and 川 (kawa) "river."
OYAMA 大山 Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
OYAMADA Japanese
O means "Small", Yama means "Mountain", Da means "Field, Rice Paddy".
OZAKI Japanese
A variant of OSAKI. O means "Big" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory".
OZAWA 小沢, 小澤 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning "small" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
OZU Japanese (Rare)
In this surname can mean "Small" and Zu means "Harbor". This is how Yasujiro Ozu's surname is written. He was a director of films.
RI Japanese
Japanese form of LI (1), from Japanese 李 (ri) meaning "plum, prune".
RIKIMARU 力丸, リキマル Japanese
This surname is used as 力丸 with 力 (rii, riki, ryoku, chikara) meaning "bear up, exert, power, strain, strength, strong" and 丸 (gan, maru, maru.i, maru.meru) meaning "curl up, explain away, full, make round, month, perfection, pills, roll up, round, seduce."... [more]
RIN Japanese
From Japanese 林 (rin) meaning "forest".
RINBAYASHI 林林 Japanese (Rare)
It's written like this: 林林,literally "Hayashi Hayashi", Hayashi means "Forest". This is because "Hayashi" is "Rin" in the Chinese reading called onyomi,and Hayashi is the Japanese,or kunyomi reading for "Forest".
ROKA Japanese
Japanese name meaning "White crest of the wave".
ROYAMA Japanese
means wax. means mountain.
RYUEN 龍 円 Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
龍 (Ryuu) means "Dragon" and 円 (En) means "Circle, Round". EN also can also mean "Garden" in this surname. ... [more]
RYŪJIN Japanese
It means "Dragon God" or "Dragon King". Using the kanjis 龍 (ryuu, ryou, tatsu) meaning "dragon", and 神 (kami, jin or shin) meaning "god". It can be read as Tatsugami as well.
RYUKO Japanese
See the Ryuko first name.
RYUMINE 竜峰, 龍峯, 龍峰, 竜峯 Japanese
竜/龍 (Ryu) means "Dragon, Imperial" and 嶺,峰,峯 (Mine) means "Peak, Summit, Mountaintop".
RYUUEN Japanese
Most common transcription of RYUEN, actually.
RYŪZAKI 竜崎, 龍崎, 竜嵜, 劉崎, リュウザキ Japanese
This surname is used as 竜崎, 龍崎, 竜嵜 or 劉崎 with 竜 (ryuu, ryou, rou, ise, tatsu) or 龍 (ryuu, ryou, rou, tatsu), both meaning "dragon, imperial," 劉 (ryuu, ru, koro.su) meaning "faded, kill en masse, logging axe, peeling (paint off a wall, etc), sparse, weapon of war," 崎 and 嵜 (ki, sai, saki, misaki), the first meaning "cape, promontory, spit" and the second meaning "promontory, steep."... [more]
SAEKI 佐伯, 三枝木, 佐柄木, さえき Japanese
This surname is used as 佐伯, 三枝木 or 佐柄木 with 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help", 伯 (haku, eki) meaning "chief, count, earl, uncle, Brazil", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 枝 (shi, eda, e) meaning "bough, branch, twig, limb", 柄 (hei, gara, e, tsuka) meaning "design, pattern, build, nature, character, handle, crank, grip, knob, shaft" and 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
SAI Japanese (Rare)
Japanese for CAI.
SAIHARA Japanese
Prime field, Conspicuous wilderness... [more]
SAIONJI 西園寺 Japanese
Japanese surname derived from the kanji for "west", "park, garden" and "Buddhist temple".
SAITAMA 埼玉 Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "precious stone peninsula".
SAKA Japanese
Saka means "Slope, Hill", often in other surnames and place names such as OSAKA.
SAKABAYASHI Japanese (Rare)
Saka means "Slope, Hill", "Promontory", "Steep", or in rarer cases "Alcohol, Liquor" ( similar to the word sake ).
SAKAGUCHI 坂口 Japanese
From Japanese 坂 (saka) meaning "slope" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
SAKAHARA 阪原 Japanese
From Japanese 阪 (saka) meaning "slope" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
SAKAI 酒井, 坂井, 阪井 Japanese
From the Japanese 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol," 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" and 井 (i) "well."
SAKAKIBARA 榊原 Japanese
From Japanese 榊 (sakaki) meaning "sakaki" (a type of tree) and 原 (hara) meaning "meadow, plain, field".
SAKAKIDA 榊田 Japanese (Rare)
Sakaki (榊) means "sakaki tree", da (田) means "ricefield". Ta changes to da because of rendaku. This surname is extremely rare
SAKAMATA Japanese
Perhaps from surname of Naoya Sakamata, who was a composer of dark music.
SAKANE 坂根, 阪根, 酒根 Japanese
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" or 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol" and 根 (ne) "root."
SAKATANI 阪谷 Japanese
阪 (Saka) means "Hill, Slope" and 谷 (Tani) means "Valley".
SAKAYANAGI 阪柳 Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
阪 (Saka) means "Slope, Hill" and 柳 (Yanagi) means "Willow". There is Arisu Sakayanagi from The Classroom of the Elite, a popular series with a manga and anime adaption. If this surname is used by other people, it is not common.
SAKI Japanese
Meaning "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory", it's often an element of longer surnames, like KAWASAKI, OSAKI, etc.
SAKIMOTO 崎本 Japanese
From Japanese 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
SAKIYAMA 崎山 Japanese
From Japanese 崎 (saki) "small peninsula, cape" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
SAKUMA 佐久間 Japanese
Habitational name from a village so named in Awa (now part of Chiba prefecture). Bearers are descended from the Miura branch of the Taira clan.
SAKURA Japanese
It is usually only thought of as a given name,but it's also a last name too. A variation of it (if not itself) was considered one of the most popular surnames in 2012, ranking within the top one hundreds... [more]
SAKURA 佐倉 Japanese
From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning "help, aid" and 倉 (kura) meaning "warehouse, storehouse".
SAKURADA 桜田, 櫻田 Japanese
From Japanese 桜, 櫻 (sakura) meaning "cherry blossom" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SAKURAGI 桜木, 桜樹, 櫻木, 櫻樹 Japanese, Popular Culture
From Japanese 桜, 櫻 (sakura) meaning "cherry blossom" combined with 木 (gi) meaning "tree, wood" or 樹 (gi) meaning "tree". Chloe Cerise and Professor Cerise (also known as Koharu Sakuragi and Dr... [more]
SAKURAI 桜井, 櫻井, 桃井 Japanese
From the Japanese 桜 or 櫻 (sakura) "cherry blossom" or 桃 (sakura or momo) "peach" and 井 (i) "well."
SAKURAMI Japanese
Sakura means "Cherry Blossom (tree)" and Mi means "View, See, Mindset."
SAKURAMI 桜見, 桜実, 櫻見, 櫻実 Japanese
From Japanese 桜, 櫻 (sakura) meaning "cherry blossom" combined with 見 (mi) meaning "to see" or 実 (mi) meaning "berry, fruit, nut, real".
SAKURAMIYA 桜宮, 櫻宮 Japanese
From Japanese 桜, 櫻 (sakura) meaning "cherry blossom" combined with 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
SAKURANO 桜野 Japanese
Means "cherry blossom field" in Japanese, from 桜 (sakura) "cherry blossom" and 野 (no) "field".
SAKURAZAKA Japanese (Rare)
Sakura means "Cherry Blossom" and Zaka means "Peninsula, Cape". Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a Japanese author.
SAMEJIMA 鮫島 Japanese
”鮫” (sa me) is meaning ”shark”(in ancient use, ”alligator” ) and ”島”(or ”嶋”) (shima in west Japan , jima in east Japan) is meaning "island" in Japan.... [more]
SAMON 佐門, 左門, サモン Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 左 (sa, sha, hidari) meaning "left" or 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help" with 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate."... [more]
SANJO 三條, 三条 Japanese
Variant transcription of SANJOU.
SANJOU 三條, 三条 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (san) meaning "three" and 條 or 条 (jou) meaning "paragraph".
SARUTA 猿田 Japanese
From Japanese 猿 (saru) meaning "monkey" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SASANO 笹野 Japanese
From 笹 (sasa) meaning "bamboo grass" and 野 (no) meaning "field, plains". Other characters are also possible.
SASAYAMA 笹原 Japanese
笹 (Sasa) means "Bamboo" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain".
SASORI 佐曽利, サソリ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 佐曽利 with 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help," 曽 (so, sou, zou, katsu, katsute, sunawachi) meaning "before, ever, formerly, never, once" and 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit."
SATODA 里田 Japanese
From Japanese 里 (sato) meaning "village" and 田 (ta) meaning "rice field"
SATOMI Japanese
Sato means " Village " and Mi means " Mindset, Outlook" in this surname. SATOMI is also a Japanese first name.
SATOMIYA 里宮 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 里 (sato) meaning "village" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
SATONAKA 里中 Japanese
From Japanese 里 (sato) meaning "village, countryside" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
SATOYA Japanese
Sato and Ya together, means "Village Valley".
SAWA Japanese
From Japanese 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
SAWAMURA 沢村, 澤村 Japanese
From Japanese 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "swamp, marsh" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
SAWARA Japanese (Rare)
Sawara (椹) is a type of cypress native to Japan
SAWARAGI 椹木 Japanese (Rare)
Sawaragi (椹木) literally means "Sawara tree".
SAWASHIRO Japanese
Sawa means "Marsh" and Shiro means in surnames means "Castle" (at least commonly), this may get mixed up with given name SHIRO.
SAYTO 齋藤, 斎藤 Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of SAITŌ more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
SAYTOU 齋藤, 斎藤 Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of SAITOU more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
SAZA 佐座 Japanese
From the Japanese 佐 (sa) "assistant" and 座 (za) "seat."
SEKIGUCHI 関口 Japanese
From Japanese 関 (seki) meaning "frontier pass" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
SENJU Japanese (Rare)
Sen means "One thousand" and Ju means "Congratulations".
SENRI 千里, センリ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千里 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (type of measurement), village."... [more]
SERO 瀬呂 Japanese
From Japanese 瀬 (se) meaning "rapids" and 呂 (ro) meaning "spine"
SETA 瀬田 Japanese
From Japanese 瀬 (se) meaning "rapids, current" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SETO Japanese
This name is used as Se "Riffle" and To "Door". Asami Seto is a voice actress with this surname.
SETOU Japanese
Variant transcription of SETO.
SETSUSHI 節死 Japanese
From Japanese 節 (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and 死 (shi) meaning "death". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHAMA 者間, 車真 Japanese (Rare)
Combination of Kanji Characters "者" meaning "Person", and "間" meaning "Between", "While". Other Kanji Character Combinations possible.
SHIBASAKI 柴崎 Japanese
Shiba (柴) means firewood, Saki (崎) means small peninsula.
SHIBATA 柴田 Japanese
From Japanese 柴 (shiba) meaning "brushwood, firewood" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SHIBAYAMA 柴山 Japanese
From Japanese 柴 (shiba) meaning "firewood" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
SHIBUIMARU 渋井丸 Japanese
From Japanese 渋 (''shibu'') "unripe persimmon juice", 井 (''i'') "well" and 丸 (''maru'') "circle".
SHIBUSAWA 渋沢, 澁澤 Japanese
From Japanese 渋 or 澁 (shibu) meaning "astringent (taste), harsh" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
SHIBUTANI 澁谷, 渋谷 Japanese
From Japanese 澁 or 渋 (shibu) meaning "rough" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
SHIBUYA 渋谷 Japanese
From Japanese 渋 (shibu) meaning "astringent (taste), harsh" and 谷 (ya) meaning "valley".
SHIGARAKI 死柄木 Japanese
From Japanese 死 (shi) meaning "death", 柄 (gara) meaning "handle, grip", and 木 (ki) meaning "tree"
SHIMA 島, しま Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island".
SHIMADA 島田, シマダ Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SHIMADZU 島津 Japanese
Variant transcription of SHIMAZU.
SHIMAMORI 島森 Japanese
Shima (島) means "island", mori (森) means "forest"
SHIMAMOTO 島本 Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
SHIMAMURA 島村 Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
SHIMAOKA 島岡, 嶋岡 Japanese
島 (Shima) means "Island", 岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill".
SHIMAZAKI 島崎 Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
SHIMAZU 島津 Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 津 (zu) meaning "harbor".
SHIME 七五三, 志免, 志馬, シメ Japanese
This surname is used as 七五三, 志免 or 志馬 with 七 (shichi, nana, nana.tsu, nano, shi) meaning "seven", 五 (go, itsu, itsu.tsu, me) meaning "five", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 志 (shi, kokorozashi, kokoroza.su, shiringu) meaning "aspire, hopes, intention, motive, plan, resolve, shilling", 免 (men, manuka.reru, manuga.reru, me) meaning "dismissal, excuse" and 馬 (ba, uma, -uma, ma, me) meaning "horse."... [more]
SHIMODA 下田 Japanese
From Japanese 下 (shimo) meaning "below, down, under" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SHIMONO 下野 Japanese
From Japanese 下 (shimo) meaning "under, below" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
SHIMOOKA Japanese
Shimo means "Under, Below" and Oka means "Ridge, Hill". A notable bearer is Renjo Shimooka, who was a professional photographer.
SHIMOTSUKI 霜月 Japanese (Rare)
霜 (Shimo) means " (Hoar)frost" and 月 (Tsuki) means "Month, Moon". This is the traditional name for November in the Japanese language. It is also beared by Haruka Shimotsuki, a singer.
SHIMOYAMA Japanese
Shimo means "Under, Below" and Yama means "Mountain". So in that case, it is YAMASHITA backwards, except for a different pronunciation. A notable bearer is Kento Shimoyama, who is screenwriter.
SHIMURA 志村 Japanese
From Japanese 志 (shi) meaning "will, purpose" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
SHINDEN Japanese
See ARATA,this is simply the formal pronunciation.
SHINDŌ 新藤, 進藤, 信藤, 真堂 Japanese
From Japanese 新 (shin) meaning "new", 進 (shin) meaning "advance, progress", 信 (shin) meaning "trust, faith", or 真 (shin) meaning "truth, reality" combined with 藤 (dō) meaning "wisteria" or 堂 (dō) meaning "temple, shrine".
SHINKAI 新海 Japanese
From Japanese 新 (shin) meaning "new" and 海 (kai) meaning "sea, ocean".
SHINKAWA 新川 Japanese
From Japanese 新 (shin) meaning "fresh, new" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
SHINOBU しのぶ Japanese
Shinobu is a Japanese name meaning "recall" or "endurance."
SHINOHARA 篠原 Japanese
From Japanese 篠 (shino) meaning "dwarf bamboo" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
SHINOZAKI 篠崎 Japanese
From Japanese 篠 (shino) meaning "dwarf bamboo" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
SHINSO 心操 Japanese
From Japanese 心 (shin) meaning "heart, mind" and 操 (so, sou, sō) meaning "manipulate, operate"
SHINYAMA 新山 Japanese
Means "New Mountain".... [more]
SHIO Japanese (Rare)
Shio means "Salt", this one of the most rarest Japanese surnames databases have compiled, I have two sources.
SHIOKAWA Japanese
Shio means "Salt, Tide" and Kawa means "River, Stream."
SHIOZAKI 塩崎 Japanese
From Japanese 塩 (shio) meaning "salt" and 崎 (saki) meaning "peninsula, cape".
SHIRAKAWA 白川 Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
SHIRASAKI 白崎 Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
SHIRATŌ 白藤 Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 藤 (tō) meaning "wisteria".
SHIROGANE Japanese (Rare)
Shirogane typically spelt "白銀" ... [more]
SHIROMORI 白森 Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shiro) combined with 森 (mori) meaning forest. Other kanji combinations are possible.
SHISHIDO 宍戸 Japanese
Japanese: habitational name taken from a district in Hitachi (now Ibaraki prefecture), written with a variant character for ‘flesh’ and ‘door’. It is found mostly in northeastern Japan.
SHISHIGAMI 鹿神 Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "deer god".
SHISHIMA ししま Japanese
I don't know the history of this last name. I saw it in a magazine somewhere...
SHITARA 設楽 Japanese
From Japanese 設 (shita) meaning "establish" and 楽 (ra) meaning "comfort".
SHO Japanese
Japanese name meaning "to fly/soar" or "wind instrument".
SHOJI 庄司 Japanese
From the Japanese 庄 (sho) "level" and 司 (shi or ji) "director," "official."
SHOUYU Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of SHOYU.
SHOYU Japanese (Rare)
Shoyu is made up of two kanji and literally means "Soy Sauce". There are other Japanese last names related to food too, but if it's directly related to food, it is rare.
SHŌZŌ 宗像, ショウゾウ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 宗 (shuu, sou, mune) meaning "origin, religion, sect" and 像 (zou) meaning "figure, image, picture, portrait, statue."... [more]
SONE 曽根, 素根, 曾禰 Japanese
From Japanese 曽 (so) meaning "great" as in great-grandmother, and 根 (ne) meaning "root" as in tree root or plant root.... [more]
SONODA 園田, 薗田 Japanese
From Japanese 園 or 薗 (sono) meaning "park, garden, orchard" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SONOZAKI 園崎 Japanese
From Japanese 園 (sono) meaning "garden" combined with 崎 (zaki) meaning "cape, peninsula". A notable bearer of this surname is Mie Sonozaki, a Japanese voice-actress who is best known for being the Japanese dubbing voice of Hayley Atwell, Anne Hathaway, Kirsten Dunst, and Elisha Cuthbert.
SOUMA 相馬 Japanese (Rare)
Sou (相) means "appearance, nature", ma (馬) means "horse". Souma is also a city name in Fukishima prefecture. Mitsuko Souma (相馬光子) from Battle Royale bears this surname
SUENO 末延, 末野, スエノ Japanese
This surname is used as either 末延 or 末野 with 末 (batsu, matsu, sue) meaning "close, end, posterity, powder, tip", 延 (en, no.basu, no.biru, no.be, no.beru) meaning "prolong, stretching" and 野 (sho, ya, no, no-) meaning "civilian life, field, plains, rustic."... [more]
SUEOKA 末岡 Japanese
From the Japanese 末 (sue) "end" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
SUGA 須賀 Japanese
From the Japanese 須 (su) "necessarily" and 賀 (ga or ka) "congratulation."
SUGANO 菅野 Japanese
From the Japanese 菅 (suga or kan) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as KANNO.
SUGAWARA 菅原 Japanese
From Japanese 菅 (suga) meaning "sedge" and 原 (wara) meaning "field".
SUGIEDA 杉枝 Japanese
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 枝 (Eda) means "Branch, Bough, Twig". A notable bearer is Mayu Sugieda, who is mainly known as a musical artist.
SUGIHARA 杉原 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "cedar" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
SUGIMORI 杉森 Japanese
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 森 (Mori) means "Forest".
SUGIMOTO 杉本 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "cedar" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
SUGIMURA 杉村 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "cedar" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
SUGINO 杉野 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "cedar" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
SUGIOKA 杉岡 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "cedar" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
SUGITA 杉田 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "cedar" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
SUGITANI Japanese
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and Tani means "Valley". Taizo Sugitani is a notable bearer. He's a Japanese equestrian.
SUGIURA 杉浦 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "cedar" and 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet".
SUMERAGI Japanese
Meaning Emperor
SUMISU スミス Japanese
This is the Japanese pronunciation of SMITH
SUMITOMO 住友 Japanese
From Japanese 住 (sumi) meaning "living" and 友 (tomo) meaning "friend".
SUNADORI Japanese (Rare)
漁 (Sunadori) means "Fishing".
SUŌ 周防, すおう Japanese (Rare)
Derived from place name SUŌ.... [more]
SUZUKAZE 涼風 Japanese
From Japanese 涼 (suzu) meaning "cool, refreshing" and 風 (kaze) meaning "wind".
SUZUMIYA Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Suzu means "Bell" and Miya means "Shrine". Haruhi Suzumiya was the female protagonist of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a popular Japanese light novel series.
SUZUMURA 錫村, 鈴村 Japanese
From Japanese 錫 (suzu) meaning "copper, tin" or 鈴 (suzu) meaning "bell" combined with 村 (mura) meaning "village, town". Other kanji combinations are possible. ... [more]
SUZUTANI Japanese (Rare)
Suzu means "Bell, Chime" and Tani is western Japanese for "Valley".
SUZUYA Japanese (Rare)
This is the more commonly heard variation of SUZUTANI.
TADA 多田 Japanese
From the Japanese 多 (ta) "many" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
TADAYASHIKI 多田屋敷 Japanese (Rare)
Combination of Kanji Characters "多" meaning "Many", and "田" meaning "Rice Field", and "屋" and "敷", "屋敷" meaning "Great House".
TADOKORO 田所 Japanese
It literally means "Farmland, Country" in Japanese. It's made up of 田 (Ta) meaning "Rice Field, Rice Patty", plus 所 (Dokoro).
TAGAWA 田川 Japanese (Rare)
Tagawa means "ricefield river"
TAGUCHI 田口 Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "field" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
TAHARA 田原 Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
TAIRA たいら Japanese
Meaning "peace". Together with the FUJIWARA and MINAMOTO, this is one of the most prominent clans in Japanese history... [more]
TAJIMA 田島, 田嶋 Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "field" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
TAJIRI 田尻, タジリ Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "paddy, field" combined with 尻 (shiri) "behind, end, rear".
TAKA Japanese
From Japanese taka, meaning "high, tall". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
TAKADA 高田 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
TAKAGI 高木 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
TAKAGIRI 高桐 Japanese
高 (Taka) means "High, Tall, Expensive" and Giri is a variant of 桐 (Kiri) meaning "Foxglove/Paulownia Tree". A notable bearer is Makoto Takagiri, an actor.
TAKAHARA 高原 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
TAKAHATA 高畑 Japanese
高 (Taka) means "Expensive, Tall, High" and 畑 (Hata) means "Feild, Farmland". A notable bearer is Isao Takahata, who is famous for multiple things. But, he's well known internationally for directing anime films.
TAKAHIDE Japanese (Rare)
Taka means "eagle" such as in surname "Takasu" but more commonly means "tall,high" instead. Hide means "fine,excellence". This must be one of the very few Japanese surnames that has "Hide" in it. It is mostly just a first name element... [more]
TAKAHOSHI Japanese
From Japanese 高 (TAKA) meaning "tall, high" and 星 (HOSHI) meaning "star" or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
TAKAI 高井 Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "expensive" and 井 (i) "well."
TAKAISHI 高石 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 石 (ishi) meaning "stone".
TAKAKI Japanese
This is actually just a variant of TAKAGI.
TAKAKUWA 高桑 Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "tall," "expensive" and 桑 (kuwa) "mulberry tree."
TAKAMACHI 高町 Japanese
A surname of Japanese origin. It means "high town". Notable bearers are Nanoha Takamachi from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, and Shiro and Miyuki Takamachi from Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever.
TAKAMAKI 高巻 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 巻 (maki) meaning "scroll, book, roll up, tie" or 高巻 (takamaki) meaning "to detour around a waterfall"
TAKAMARU 高丸, たかまる Japanese
This surname is used as 高丸 with 高 (kou, taka.i, taka, -daka, taka.maru, taka.meru) meaning "expensive, high, tall" and 丸 (gan, maru, maru.i, maru.meru) meaning "curl up, explain away, full, make round, month, perfection, pills, roll up, round, seduce."... [more]
TAKAMATSU 高松 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
TAKAMI Japanese
Taka means "High, Tall, Expensive" and Mi means "Viewing, See, Outlook".
TAKAMITSU Japanese
"Taka" is high or tall, "Mitsu" is light (as in sunlight, lightbulb). This is a rare family name in Japan. It was created by a family within that last century, but strangely enough a couple other families with no blood relation have showed up with that surname within the last 20 years in the Japanese phonebook.
TAKAMIYA 高宮 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
TAKAMORI 高森 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 森 (mori) meaning "forest".
TAKAMOTO 高本 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
TAKAMURA Japanese
Taka means "High, Expensive, Tall" and Mura means "Hamlet, Village".
TAKANASHI 高梨 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 梨 (nashi) meaning "pear".
TAKANO 高野 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 野 (no) "field, wilderness".