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.
TAKAO 高尾 Japanese
高 (Taka) means "High, Tall, Expensive" and 尾 (O) means "Tail". A fictional bearer of this last name is Kazunari Takao from Kuroko No Basket.
TAKASAKI 高崎 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
TAKASE Japanese
Taka means "High,tall" and Se means "Riffle".
TAKASHIMA 高島, 高嶋 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
TAKASU Japanese
Takasu is a surname that means "Hawk's nest". Taka alone means "hawk"(and others not used for this)and Su is the "nest".
TAKAYAMA 高山 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
TAKAYANAGI Japanese
Taka "High,Tall" and Yanagi "Willow".
TAKAZATO 高里 Japanese
高 (Taka) means "High, Expensive, Tall" and Zato is a variant of 里 (Sato) meaning "Type of Measurement, Village, League, Parent's Home". A notable bearer is Suzuyo Takazato, a politician.
TAKEHARA Japanese (Rare)
Take means "Bamboo" while Hara means "Plain". This surname means " Plain of the Bamboo". Takehara is also a city in Hiroshima and a railway station.
TAKEI Japanese
Take means "Bambo" and I means "Mineshaft, Well, Pit".
TAKEKAWA Japanese
"Bamboo river."
TAKEMIYA 竹宮 Japanese
From Japanese 竹 (take) meaning "bamboo" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
TAKEMIZU 竹水 Japanese
From Japanese 竹 (take) meaning "bamboo" combined with 水 (mizu) meaning "water".
TAKEMURA 竹村 Japanese
From Japanese 竹 (take) meaning "bamboo" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
TAKENO Japanese
Take means "Bamboo" and No means "Field, Wilderness".
TAKESHITA Japanese
Meaning ‘(one who lives) beneath the bamboo’; it was originally pronounced Takenoshita and taken from a village of that name in Suruga (now part of Shizuoka prefecture). The original bearers were descended from the northern Fujiwara through the Kuzuyama family... [more]
TAKETATSU 竹達 Japanese
竹 (Take) means "Bamboo", 達 (Tatsu) means "Reach". This surname belongs to Ayana Taketatsu, a Japanese voice actress. Check the notes if needed.
TAKI Japanese (Rare)
Tami means "Waterfall". This is occasionally a first name too,as a matter of a fact,neither of them are common.
TAKINOUE Japanese
Taki means "Waterfall", no is a possessive particle meaning "Therefore, Of", and Ue means "Top, Above, Upper".
TAKIYA 滝谷 Japanese (Rare)
Taki (滝) means "waterfall", ya (谷) means "valley". One notable fictional character who bears this surname is Genji Takiya (滝谷 源治) from Crows Zero, this surname is very rare.
TAMAGAWA Japanese
Tama means "Jewel, Square" and Gawa comes Kawa, meaning "River".
TAMAI 玉井 Japanese
From the Japanese 玉 (tama) "ball," "bundle" and 井 (i) "well."
TAMAKI 玉城, 玉置, 玉木 Japanese
From Japanese 玉 (tama) meaning "jewel, ball, sphere" combined with 城 (ki) meaning "castle", 置 (ki) meaning "put, place, set", or 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
TAMANO 玉野, 玉乃 Japanese
From Japanese 玉 (tama) meaning "jewel, ball, sphere" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" or 乃 (no), a possessive particle.
TAMARA Japanese (Rare)
Probably Tama ("Jewel") + Ra ("Good").
TAMARU 田丸 Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "paddy, field" combined with 丸 (maru) meaning "whole, complete".
TAMASHIRO 玉城 Japanese
Means "jewel castle" or "ball castle" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 玉 (jewel, ball) and 城 (castle). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
TAMATSUKI 玉槻, たまつき Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 玉槻 with 玉 (gyoku, tama, tama-, -dama) meaning "ball, jewel" and 槻 (ki, tsuki) meaning "Zelkova tree."
TAMAYAMA 玉山 Japanese
玉 (Tama) means "Jewel, Gem" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain".
TAMIYA 田宮 Japanese (Rare)
Tamiya means "Ricefield palace". See also Miyata
TAMON 多門, 多聞, 田門, タモン Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 多門, 多聞 or 田門 with 多 (ta, oo.i, masa.ni, masa.ru) meaning "frequent, many, much", 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field/paddy", 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate" and 聞 (bun, mon, ki.ku, ki.koeru) meaning "ask, hear, listen."... [more]
TANABATA Japanese (Rare)
This refers to the Japanese Star Festival on July 7th. ... [more]
TANABE 田辺, 田邊 Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy" and 辺 or 邊 (nabe) meaning "area, place".
TANI Japanese
From Japanese 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
TANIGAWA 谷川 Japanese
From Japanese 谷 (tani) meaning "valley" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
TANIGUCHI 谷口 Japanese
From Japanese 谷 (tani) meaning "valley" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
TANIHARA Japanese
Tani means "Valley" and Hara means "Plain". Hideto Tanihara is a notable bearer, he is a professional golf player.
TANIKAWA 谷川, 谷河 Japanese
From the Japanese 谷 (tani or ya) "valley" and 川 or 河 (kawa or gawa) "river."
TANIMOTO 谷本 Japanese
Tani (谷) means valley, and Moto (本) means origin or base or root.
TANIYAMA Japanese
Tani means "Valley" and Yama means "Mountains". Yutaka Taniyama was a Japanese mathematician.
TANJI Japanese (Rare)
Rare in Japan, the name is written with characters meaning ‘red’ and ‘govern’. The actual meaning is unclear.
TANUMA Japanese
Ta means "Reic Field, Paddy/Patty" and Numa means "Swamp".
TATEWAKI 舘脇 Japanese
From the Japanese 舘 (tate) "mansion," "large building," "palace" and 脇 (waki) "side."
TATSUDA たつだ Japanese
Means "dragon rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 竜 (dragon) and 田 (rice paddy).
TATSUMI 巽, 田積, 立己, 立巳, 立見 Japanese
This surname is used as the combinations shown above + others that aren't on this entry.... [more]
TATSUNO 辰野 Japanese
From Japanese 辰 (tatsu) meaning "dragon of the Chinese zodiac" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
TATSUOKA Japanese
Tatsu means "Stand" or "Dragon, Imperial, and Oka means "Ridge, Hill."
TATSUSHIMA 立島 Japanese
A notable bearer is Yuko Tatsushima, an actress. Her last name translates to: "Standing Island", written like this: 立島.
TAZAWA 田澤, 田沢, 多澤, 多沢 Japanese
From the Japanese 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
TENKUBASHI Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Written with kanji meaning "Heaven Sky Bridge", possibly rare. This surname is possessed by two characters in popular culture, Aika Tenkubashi from "Shomin Sample", and Tomoka Tenkubashi from the "Idolm@sters: Million Live" game.
TENNOJI 天王寺 Japanese (Rare)
天 (heaven), 王(king), 寺 (temple)
TERADA 寺田 Japanese
From Japanese 寺 (tera) meaning "Buddhist temple" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
TERAMOTO 寺本 Japanese
From Japanese 寺 (tera) meaning "Buddhist temple" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
TERASAKI Japanese
Tera means "Temple" and Saki means "Cape, Peninsula."
TERASHIMA 寺島, 寺嶋 Japanese
From Japanese 寺 (tera) meaning "Buddhist temple" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
TERAUCHI 寺内 Japanese
From the Japanese 寺 (tera) "{Buddhist} temple" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
TESHIGAWARA 勅使河原 Japanese
From Japanese 勅 (te) meaning "imperial order", 使 (shi) meaning "messenger, envoy", 河 (ga) meaning "river", and 原 (wara) meaning "field".
TEZUKA 手塚, テヅカ Japanese
From Japanese 手 (te) meaning "hand" and 塚 (tsuka) meaning "mound, hillock, grave".
TOBA 鳥羽 Japanese
From Japanese 鳥 (to) meaning "bird" and 羽 (ba) meaning "feather".
TOBE Japanese
To ("Door") + Be ("Section, Part"). It's similar to Abe, kanji wise. Sunaho Tobe is a freelance illustrator and character designer.
TODA 戸田, とだ, 當田, 遠田, 東田 Japanese
Japanese: there are multiple meanings with this surname depending on the kanji used. ... [more]
TODOKORI Japanese
Derived from the Japanese to, meaning "dipper", do, meaning "size", ko, meaning "child", and ri, meaning "white jasmine". Other combinations are also possible.
TODOROKI Japanese
Means "thundering sound" or "equal power" in Japanese. A famous bearer is Shoto Todoroki, a character in the anime series 'My Hero Academia'.
TOGA 東賀, 渡我, とが, トーガ Japanese
From Japanese 東 () "East", "eastern" and 賀 (ga) "congratulation". Other kanji combinations can form this surname as well.
TOGAMI 十神 Japanese
From Japanese 十神 (togami) meaning "ten gods".
TOGATA 通形 Japanese
From Japanese 通 (to, tou, tō) meaning "through" and 形 (gata) meaning "form"
TOGO 東郷 Japanese
From Japanese 東 (to, tou, tō) meaning "east" and 郷 (go, gou, gō) meaning "village"
TOJO 東條, 東条 Japanese
Variant transcription of TOUJOU.
TOKIWA 管和 Japanese
Combination of Kanji Characters "管" meaning "Organize", and "和" meaning "Normal", "Japanese". Other combinations possible.
TOKOYAMI 常闇 Japanese
From Japanese 常 (toko) meaning "everlasting, eternal" and 闇 (yami) meaning "darkness"
TOKUFUJI Japanese
Toku means "Virtue" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
TOKUGAWA 徳川 Japanese (Rare)
The kanji in this surname : Toku ("Virtue") + Gawa ("River"). Ieyasu Tokugawa was the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.
TOKUI 村瀬 Japanese
Meaning : Toku "Virtue" and I "Well, Mineshaft, Pit".
TOKUYAMA Japanese
Combination of Kanji Characters "徳" meaning "Virtue" and "山" meaning "Mountain".
TOMATSU 戸松 Japanese
From the Japanese 戸 (to or do) "door," "shutter" and 松 (matsu) "pine tree."
TOMIIE Japanese
Tomi means "Wealth, Abundance, Fortune" and Ie means "House, Home, Building, Family, Dwelling, Residence, Habitation".
TOMIKAWA 富川, 冨川, 富河, 冨河, とみかわ Japanese
From 富/冨 (tomi) meaning "riches, wealth, fortune" combined with 川/河 (kawa) meaning "river."
TOMINAGA 富永, 冨永 Japanese
From Japanese 富 or 冨 (tomi) meaning "wealth, abundance" and 永 (naga) meaning "eternity".
TOMIOKA 富岡 Japanese
From Japanese 富 (tomi) meaning "wealth, abundance" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
TOMITA 富田, 冨田 Japanese
From Japanese 富 or 冨 (tomi) meaning "wealth, fortune" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
TOMIYASU Japanese
Tomi means "Wealthy" and Yasu means "Cheap, Inexpensive, Relax".
TOMOEDA Japanese
Tomo means "Friend", Eda means "Branch".
TOMONAGA 朝長, 朝永 Japanese
From Japanese 朝 (tomo) meaning "morning, epoch, period" and 長 (naga) meaning "long" or 永 (naga) meaning "eternity".
TOMONAGA 友永 Japanese
From Japanese 友 (tomo) meaning "friend" and 永 (naga) meaning "eternity".
TOMOSAKA 友坂 Japanese
友 (Tomo) means "Friend" and 坂 (Saka) means "Slope, Hill".
TOMOTANI 鞆谷 Japanese
The surname can have different meanings depending on the kanji used
TORIUMI 鳥海 Japanese
From Japanese 鳥 (tori) meaning "bird" and 海 (umi) meaning "sea, ocean".
TOUJOU 東條, 東条 Japanese
From Japanese 東 (tou) meaning "east" and 條 or 条 (jou) meaning "paragraph".
TOYA Japanese
From Japanese 斗 (to) “constellation” and 矢 (ya) “arrow”
TOYODA Japanese
Means "Abundant rice field"
TOYOGUCHI Japanese (Rare)
Toyo means "Abundant" and Guchi means "Mouth,Opening). Megumi Toyoguchi is a well-known radio personality and voice actress.
TOYONAGA 豊永 Japanese
From Japanese 豊 (toyo) meaning "lush, abundant" and 永 (naga) meaning "eternity, a long time".
TOYOSAKI 豊崎 Japanese
From Japanese 豊 (toyo) meaning "abundant, lush, bountiful, plenty" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
TSUBO Japanese
See similar surname TSUBOI, for definition.
TSUBOI 坪井, 壺井, 壷井 Japanese
From Japanese 坪 (tsubo) referring to a traditional unit of length or 壺 or 壷 (tsubo) meaning "container, pot, jar" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine".
TSUCHIDA 土田, 槌田, 土多, 槌多, 津知田 Japanese
From the Japanese 土 (tsuchi) "earth," "soil," 槌 (tsuchi) "mallet" or 津 (tsu) "harbour" and 知 (chi) "wisdom," "intellect" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy" or 多 (da or ta) "many."
TSUCHII Japanese
This is the same as DOI, it's just a different pronunciation.
TSUCHIYA 土屋, 土谷 Japanese
From Japanese 土 (tsuchi) meaning "earth, soil, ground" and 屋 (ya) meaning "roof, dwelling" or 谷 (ya) meaning "valley".
TSUDA Japanese
Tsu means "Harbor, Seaport" and Da "Rice Patty, Field". Kentaro Tsuda is a voice actor and live actor.
TSUDZUMI 鼓, 都積, ツヅミ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as either 鼓 or 都積 with 鼓 (ko, tsudzumi) meaning "beat, drum, muster, rouse", 都 (tsu, to, miyako) meaning "capital, metropolis" and 積 (seki, tsu.mu, tsu.mori, tsu.moru, -dzu.mi) meaning "acreage, amass, contents, load, pile, up, stack, volume."... [more]
TSUDZURI 綴, ツヅリ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is be used as 綴 (getsu, tei, techi, tetsu, sumi.yaka, tsudzuri, tsudzu.ru, to.jiru) meaning "bind (books), compose, spell, write."... [more]
TSUGE Japanese
From the Japanese 告 (tsuge) "tell."
TSUJI Japanese
From Japanese 辻 (tsuji) meaning "crossroad".
TSUJIHARA 辻原 Japanese
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
TSUJII 辻井 Japanese
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 井 (i) "well."
TSUJIMURA 辻村 Japanese
From Japanese 辻 (tsuji) meaning "crossroad" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
TSUJITA 辻田 Japanese
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
TSUJIURA Japanese (Rare)
Tsuji ("Crossroad") + ("Bay, Coast"). Other than the athlete Steve Tsujiura ( who wasn't even born in Japan,but in Canada) this commonly refers to a Japanese fortune telling cracker made of rice.
TSUKAHARA Japanese
Tsuka ("Mound") + Hara ("Plain"). Mitsuo Tsukahara is a Japanese gymnastics artist.
TSUKAMOTO 塚本, 柄本 Japanese
From Japanese 塚 (tsuka) meaning "mound, hillock" or 柄 (tsuka) meaning "design, pattern" or "handle, hilt" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
TSUKAUCHI 塚内 Japanese
From Japanese 塚 (tsuka) meaning "mound" and 内 (uchi) meaning "inside, within"
TSUKIGATA 月形 Japanese
月 (Tsuki) means "Month, Moon" and 形 (Gata) means "Shape, Form, Type".
TSUKIMI 月見 Japanese
月 (Tsuki) means "Moon, Month" and 見 (Mi) means "Outlook, View, Mindest". Souhei Tsukimi is a light novel author who has written more than four different series.
TSUKIMOTO 月本 Japanese, Popular Culture
月 (Tsuki) means "Moon, Month" and 本 (Moto) meets "Origin, Root, Source". If you search for Tsukimoto', you'll quickly find fictional characters.
TSUKINO Japanese
Means ''of the moon'' in Japanese. A famous bearer of this surname would be Usagi Tsukino in the show Sailor Moon.
TSUKIOKA 月岡 Japanese
From Japanese 月 (tsuki) meaning "moon" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge". A notable bearer of this surname was Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年, 1839–1892), a Japanese artist who is widely recognized as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting.
TSUKISHIMA 月島 Japanese
The character 月 means moon or month, and is pronounced “tsuki.” The character 島 means island and is pronounced either “shima” or “jima.”
TSUKIYAMA 築山 Japanese
From Japanese 築 (tsuki) meaning "fabricate, build, construct" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
TSUKIYOMI Japanese
Means 'moon god' or something like that.
TSUKUSHI Japanese
Like the first name TSUKUSHI.
TSUNEMATSU 恒松, 常松 Japanese
From the Japanese 恒 (tsune) "constant" or 常 (tsune) "always" and 松 (matsu) "pine tree."
TSUNOI 角井 Japanese
From the Japanese 角 (tsuno) "horn" and 井 (i) "well."
TSURUMAKI 弦巻 Japanese
From Japanese 弦 (tsuru) meaning "bowstring, chord" and 巻 (maki) meaning "scroll, volume".
TSURUOKA 鶴岡 Japanese
From the Japanese 鶴 (tsuru) "crane" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
TSURUTA Japanese
Tsuru means "Crane, Stork" and Ta means "Rice Patty, Field".
TSUTSUMI Japanese
From the Japanese 堤 (tsutsumi) "{river}bank."
TSUZUKI 都築 Japanese
From the Japanese 都 (tsu) "metropolis," "capital" and 築 (zuki) "since construction."
TSUZUNO Japanese
Tsuzu means "Twenty" and No means "Feild, Wilderness".
UCHIDA 内田 Japanese
From Japanese 内 (uchi) meaning "inside" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
UCHIHA Japanese
This is the last name of the anime character, Uchiha Sasuke.
UCHIHARA 内原 Japanese
From Japanese 内 (uchi) meaning "inside" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
UCHIMA 内間 Japanese
From Japanese 内 (uchi) meaning "inside" and 間 (ma) meaning "among, between".
UCHIMURA 内村 Japanese
From Japanese 内 (uchi) meaning "inside" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
UEKAWA 上川, うえかわ Japanese
From Japanese 上 (ue) meaning "above, top, upper" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
UEKI 植木 Japanese
From Japanese 植 (ue) meaning "plant" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
UEMATSU 上松 Japanese
上 (Ue) means "Above, Upper" and 松 (Matsu) means "Pine Tree".
UEMURA 上村, 植村 Japanese
From Japanese 上 (ue) meaning "above, top, upper" or 植 (ue) meaning "plant" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
UESHITA Japanese
Ue means "Upper, Top, Above" and Shita means "Below, Under".
UESUGI 上杉 Japanese
上 (Ue) means "Upper, Above" and 杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree".
UETA Japanese
This is how UEDA is sometimes said.
UKIYO 浮世, ウキヨ Japanese (Rare)
From 浮世 (ukiyo) meaning "fleeting life, floating world​," referring to the urban lifestyle, especially the pleasure-seeking aspects, of Edo period (1603-1868) Japan.... [more]
UMAJIRI Japanese (Rare)
Uma ("Horse") + Jiri from Shiri ("Behind,Rear").
UMEDA 梅田 Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume) meaning "plum" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
UMEHARA 梅原 Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume) meaning "plum" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
UMESAKI 梅咲 Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume) meaning "plum" combined with 咲 (saki) meaning "blossom".
UMEZAWA 梅沢, 梅澤 Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume) meaning "plum" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
UMON 右門, 宇門, ウモン Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 右 (u, yuu, migi) meaning "right" or 宇 (u) meaning "eaves, heaven, house, roof" with 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate."... [more]
UNABARA 海原 Japanese
From Japanese 海 (una) meaning "sea" and 原 (bara) meaning "meadow".
UNO 宇野 Japanese
From Japanese 宇 (u) meaning "eaves" and 野 (no) meaning "field".
URAMOTO 浦本 Japanese (Rare)
浦 (Ura) means "Seacoast,Bay" and 本 (Moto) means "Source, Origin, Root". Kentaro Uramoto is a notable bearer of this surname, he is a former Japanese football player.
URANO 浦野 Japanese
From Japanese 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
URAOKA Japanese (Rare)
Ura means "Bay,Seacoast" and Oka means "Hill, Ridge".
URATA 浦田 Japanese
From Japanese 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
URATSUJI 浦辻 Japanese (Rare)
Uratsuji means "Inlet/rivermouth crossroad"
URUSHIHARA 漆原 Japanese (Rare)
漆 (Urushi) means "Lacquer/Lacker, Varnish" and 原 (Hara) means "Plain".
USHIJIMA 牛島 Japanese
From Japanese 牛 (ushi) meaning "cow" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
UTADA うただ Japanese
UTSUNOMIYA 宇都宮, 宇津宮, ウツノミヤ Japanese
This surname is used as either 宇都宮 or 宇津宮 with 宇 (u) meaning "eaves, heaven, house, roof", 都 (tsu, to, miyako) meaning "capital, metropolis", 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port" and 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess, Shinto shrine."... [more]
UZAKI 宇崎 Japanese, Popular Culture
From Japanese, 宇 (u) meaning "world, universe, space" combined with 崎 (zaki) meaning "cape, peninsula". A fictional bearer of this surname is Hana Uzaki (宇崎 花) from Uzaki~chan Wants to Hang Out! (宇崎ちゃんは遊びたい!).
UZUMAKI 渦巻, 太巻, ウズマキ Japanese (Rare)
This name combines 渦 (ka, uzu) meaning "eddy, vortex, whirlpool" or 太 (ta, tai, futo.i, futo.ru) meaning "big around, plump, thick" with 巻 (kan, ken, maki, ma.ki, ma.ku) meaning "book, coil, part, roll up, scroll, tie, volume, wind up."... [more]
VATANABE 渡邊, 渡辺 Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of WATANABE more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
WAGAHARA Japanese
Waga possibly from Waka meaning "Young" + HARA ("Plain").
WAKABAYASHI 若林 Japanese
From Japanese 若 (waka) meaning "young" and 林 (hayashi) meaning "forest".
WAKAKI 若木 Japanese
若 (Waka) means "Young" and 木 (Ki) means "Tree". Tamiki Wakaki is a manga illustrator and author, one notable series is, "Kaminomi".
WAKAMATSU 若松 Japanese
From Japanese 若 (waka) meaning "young" and 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
WAKATA 若田, 若多 Japanese
From the Japanese 若 (waka) "young" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
WAKATSUCHI 若土 Japanese
From the Japanese 若 (waka) "young" and 土 (tsuchi) "earth," "soil."
WAKUNI 和国, ワクニ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 和国 with 和 (o, ka, wa, nago.mu, nago.yaka, yawa.ragu, yawa.rageru) meaning "harmony, Japan, Japanese style, peace, soften" and 国 (koku, kuni) meaning "country."... [more]
WAKURI 和久利, 和久理, 和久里, 和栗, ワクリ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 和久利, 和久理, 和久里 or 和栗 with 和 (o, ka, wa, nago.mu, nago.yaka, yawa.ragu, yawa.rageru) meaning "harmony, Japan, Japanese style, peace, soften", 久 (kyuu, ku, hisa.shii) meaning "long time, old story", 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit", 理 (ri, kotowari) meaning "arrangement, justice, logic, reason, truth", 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village" and 栗 (ritsu, ri, kuri, ononoku) meaning "chestnut."... [more]
WATABE Japanese
This is how some Japanese people pronounce WATANABE. Source: Wikipedia
WATANUKI 渡抜, 渡樌, 渡貫, 綿抜, 綿貫 Japanese
This surname is used as 渡抜, 渡樌, 渡貫, 綿抜, 綿貫, 四月一日 or 四月朔日 with 渡 (to, wata.su, wata.ru) meaning "cross, deliver, diameter, ferry, ford, import, migrate, transit," 綿 (men, wata) meaning "cotton," 抜 (hai, hatsu, batsu, nu.kasu, nu.karu, nu.ki, nu.ku, -nu.ku, nu.keru) meaning "extract, omit, pilfer, pull out, quote, remove, slip out," 樌 (kan, nuki), an outdated kanji meaning "grove," 貫 (kan, tsuranu.ku, nuki, nu.ku) meaning "brace, penetrate, pierce, kan (obsolete unit of measuring weight - equal to 3.75 kg./8.33 lbs... [more]
WATARI Japanese (Rare)
This word has two possible kanji that both mean "Ferry, Import,Deliver,etc." This word in general is more commonly pronounced " Wataru ", so this must've come from the given name " WATARI " meaning the same thing... [more]
YA Japanese
From Japanese ya, meaning "night". Note that other kanji interpretations and meanings could be possible.
YABE 矢部 Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
YABUSAKI 八武崎 Japanese
From the Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight", 武 (bu) which was a traditional unit of measurement approximately equal to 90 centimeters, and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
YADA 矢田 Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy."
YAGAMI 八神 Japanese
From Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight" and 神 (kami) meaning "god".
YAGI Japanese
This can also be read as YANAGI meaning "Willow".
YAGIRA 柳楽 Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" combined with 楽 (ra) meaning "music, comfort, ease".
YAGUCHI 矢口 Japanese
From Japanese 矢 (ya) meaning "arrow" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth"
YAKUMO 八雲, 耶雲, 家雲, ヤクモ Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 八 (hachi, ya, ya'.tsu, ya.tsu, you) meaning "eight", 耶 (ja, ya, ka) meaning "question mark" or 家 (ka, ke, ie, uchi, ya) meaning "expert, family, home, house, performer, professional" with 雲 (un, kumo, -gumo) meaning "cloud."... [more]
YAMA Japanese
Yama means "Mountain".
YAMABE 山部 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 部 (be) meaning "part, section".
YAMAGATA 山形, 山縣 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 形 (gata) meaning "shape, form" or 縣 (gata) meaning "county, district".
YAMAGISHI 山岸 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 岸 (kishi) meaning "beach, shore, bank".
YAMAHA 山葉 Japanese (Rare)
This Japanese surname is more found in Brazil than Japan, because of Japanese immigrants who immigrated from Japan to Brazil. Notable bearer of this surname: Torakusu Yamaha (Japanese entrepreneur who was the founder of the Yamaha Corporation).
YAMAHASHI Japanese
In basic words, this is HASHIYAMA backwards. A notable bearer is Masaomi Yamahashi ,he's a voice actor.
YAMAKAWA 山川 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
YAMAMIZU 山水 Japanese
山 (Yama) means "Mountain" and 水 (Mizu) means "Water". Check the notes if necessary.
YAMAMURA 山村 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 村 (mura) meaning "village".
YAMANAKA 山中 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
YAMANE 山根 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 根 (ne) meaning "root".
YAMAOKA 山岡 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
YAMASATO 山里, 山県, 山縣, ヤマサト Japanese
This surname combines 山 (san, sen, yama) meaning "mountain" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village," 県 or 縣 - outdated variant of 県 - (ken, ka.keru) meaning "county, district, subdivision, prefecture," the last meaning reserved for 県.... [more]
YAMASHIRO 山城 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mounain, hill" and 城 (shiro) meaning "castle".
YAMATANI Japanese
Yama means "Mountain" and Tani means "Valley". Testuo Yamatani was film director.
YAMIKAWA 闇川 Japanese
From Japanese 闇 (Yami) meaning "darkness" 川(Kawa) meaning "river", the name basically means "Dark river"
YANAGI Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning "willow".
YANAGIDA 柳田 Japanese
Yanagi (柳) means "willow", ta/da (田) means "ricefield", ta changes to da because of rendaku. Mikio Yanagida (柳田幹雄) from Btooom! is a notable character bearing this surname.
YANAGIMOTO Japanese
Yanagi means "Willow" and Moto means "Source, Root, Origin."
YANAGISAWA 柳沢 Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yanagi) meaning "willow" and 沢 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
YANAI 矢内 Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 内 (nai or uchi) "inside."
YAOYOROZU 八百万 Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "one hundred", 百 (o) meaning "one hundred", and 万 (yorozu) meaning "ten thousand"
YASUHIRO 安央, やすひろ Japanese
From Japanese 安 (yasu) meaning "peace, quiet" combined with 央 (hiro) meaning "centre, middle". Other Kanji combinations are possible.... [more]
YASUI Japanese
Yasu (安) "Relaxed, Cheap" and I (井) "Well, Mineshaft ".
YASUKI Japanese
Yasu means "Relax, Cheap" and Ki mean "Tree". YASUKI is also a first name.
YASUNISHI Japanese
Yasu means "Peace,Quiet" and NISHI means "West". See ANZAI for alternative,but similar meaning.
YASURAOKA 安良岡 Japanese (Rare)
安 (Yasu) means "Cheap, Low, Inexpensive, Rested, Peaceful, Relax".良 (Ra) means "Good, Excellent", and 岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill". A notable bearer is Akio Yasuraoka, he was a composer in his earlier days.
YASUYAMA 安山 Japanese
安 (Yasu) means "Peaceful, Rested, Relax, Cheap, Low" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain". Check notes if necessary.
YAZAKI Japanese
Ya means "Arrow" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Promontory, Cape". A notable bearer is Tomonori Yazaki, a film actor.
YOICHI 与市, よいち Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 与市 with 与 (yo, ata.eru, azuka.ru, kumi.suru, tomoni) meaning "bestow, participate in, give, award, impart, provide, cause, gift, godsend" and 市 (shi, ichi) meaning "city, market, town."... [more]
YOICHIEN 与市園  Japanese (Rare)
Made up of 与 (Yo) "Give, Award, Participate", etc. 市 (Ichi) "In City, Market" or "Town". Anything along those lines. 園 (En) means "Garden". The source is in the notes.
YOICHIMAE 与市前 Japanese (Rare)
与 (Yo) "Provide, Give, Award, Participate", 市 (Ichi) " Town, Market, City", etc. and 前 (Mae) "Front, Forward". The source is in the notes.
YOKOHAMA Japanese
Yoko ("Beside") + Hama ("Beach, Seashore").
YOKOI 横井 Japanese
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "side, beside, next to" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
YOKOMIZO 横溝 Japanese
Check notes if needed. 横 (Yoko) means "Beside" and 溝 (Mizo) means "Groove, Trench, Gutter, Gully, Drain, Ditch, Gap". A notable bearer is Seishi Yokomizo, a Japanese novelist in the Showa Period.
YOKOMURA 横村 Japanese
横 (Yoko) means "Beside" and 村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet". Check the source if needed.
YOKOSHIMA 横島, 横嶋 Japanese
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "side, beside, next to" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
YOKOTA 横田 Japanese
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "side, beside, next to" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
YOKOTANI 横谷, よこたに Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "next to, beside" combined with 谷 (tani) "valley".
YOKOTE Japanese
Yoko ("Beside") + Te , this is the Japanese word for hand. This surname means "Beside a Hand". Michiko Yokote is an example. She wrote the Pichi Pichi Pitch manga and did screenwriting for Masamune-kun's Revenge.
YOKOYAMA 横山 Japanese
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning "side, beside, next to" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
YOMOHIRO 東西北南 Japanese (Rare)
This is a very rare surname with the kanji of all four directions: (東西北南) "East, West, North, and South", in that order. Yomo literally means "Four directions" and Hiro means "Extension".
YONAGA 夜長 Japanese
From Japanese 夜長 (yonaga) meaning "a long night".
YONAMINE 與那嶺, 与那嶺 Japanese
From the Japanese 與 or 与(yo) "together with," 那 (na) "what" and 嶺 (mine) "peak," "summit."
YONE Japanese
Yo (与) means together.... [more]
YONEDA 米田, 米多 Japanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
YONEICHI Japanese
Yone (米) means rice.... [more]
YONEZAWA 米澤, 米沢 Japanese
From the Japanese 米 (yone or kome) "rice" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
YOSHIHAMA 吉浜, 吉濱 Japanese
From the Japanese 吉 (yoshi) "good luck" and 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach."
YOSHIHARA 吉原 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
YOSHII 吉井 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
YOSHIKAWA 吉川 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "good luck" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
YOSHIMOTO 吉本 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "good luck" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
YOSHIMURA 吉村, 佳村 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good" or 佳 (yoshi) meaning "beautiful, good, excellent" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
YOSHINAGA 吉永 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning "good luck" and 永 (naga) meaning "perpetual, eternal".
YOSHINUMA Japanese
Yoshi means "Lucky, Fortunate" and Numa means "Swamp". A notable bearer is Shinobu Yoshinuma, an anime producer.
YOSHISAWA Japanese
Yoshi means "Lucky, Fortunate" and Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp".
YUASA 湯浅 Japanese
From Japanese 湯 (yu) meaning "hot spring" and 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow".
YUI 由比, 由井, 油井 Japanese
It is written three ways: ... [more]
YUKI 結城 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 結城 (see YUUKI).
YUKIDA 雪田 Japanese (Rare)
Combination of Kanji Characters "雪" meaning "Snow", and "田" meaning "Rice Field".
YUKIMITSU Japanese, Popular Culture
雪 (Yuki) means "Snow" and 光 (Mitsu) means "Light, Radiance". Although, mitsu also can mean "Three" too.
YUKIMIYA 雪宮 Japanese
From Japanese, 雪 (yuki) meaning "snow" combined with 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
YUKIMORI Japanese
Means 'snow forest' from 'yuki' meaning 'snow' and 'mori' meaning 'forest'.
YUKITŌ 雪藤 Japanese
From Japanese 雪 (yuki) meaning "snow" and 藤 (tō) meaning "wisteria".
YUKITOMO 雪友 Japanese
The kanji I posted reads "Snow" and "Friend".
YUKIYAMA 幸山, 雪山, 行山, ユキヤマ Japanese
This surname combines 幸 (kou, saiwa.i, sachi, shiawa.se, yuki) meaning "blessing, fortune, happiness," 雪 (setsu, yuki) meaning "snow" or 行 (an, gyou, kou, -i.ki, -iki, i.ku, okona.u, oko.nau, -yu.ki, -yuki, yu.ku) meaning "going, journey" with 山 (san, sen, yama) meaning "mountain."... [more]
YUKIZOME 雪染 Japanese
From Japanese 雪染 (yukizome) meaning "snow prints, dyed snow".
YUMENO 夢野 Japanese
yumeno means "dream field" the kanji used for this name are 夢 (yume) meaning " dream" and 野 (no) meaning "field".
YUMI Japanese
This must've been inspired by the first name YUMI, because it uses the same kanji that means "Cause Beauty". Kaoru Yumi was an actress in the late 1900's that has her name written this way.
YUSA 遊佐 Japanese
From Japanese 遊 (yu) meaning "play" and 佐 (sa) meaning "help, aid".
YUUKI 結城 Japanese
From Japanese 結 (yuu) meaning "tie, bind" and 城 (ki) meaning "castle".
YUUMA 遊馬 Japanese
From the Japanese 遊 (yu) "recreation," "fun" and 馬 (uma, ma or ba) "horse."
YUZURIHARA Japanese
Means "the field of the gentle Village". From the Japanese words Yasuri (gentle village) and Hara (plain, field).
ZABATSU Japanese
This probably means "Wealthy Clique".
ZENDA 全田 Japanese (Rare)
Combination of Kanji Characters "全" meaning "Evereything", and "田" meaning "Rice Paddy Field".