141 Common Japanese Surnames

ABE (1) 安倍 Japanese
From Japanese 安 (a) meaning “peace” and 倍 (be) meaning “multiple times”.
ABE (2) 安部 Japanese
From Japanese 安 (a) meaning “peace” and 部 (be) meaning “part, section”.
AKIYAMA 秋山 Japanese
From Japanese 秋 (aki) meaning “autumn” and 山 (yama) meaning “mountain, hill”.
AMANO 天野 Japanese
From Japanese 天 (ama) meaning “heaven” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
AOKI 青木 Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning “green, blue” and 木 (ki) meaning “tree, wood”.
ARIMA 有馬 Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning “have, possess” and 馬 (ma) meaning “horse”.
CHIBA 千葉 Japanese
From Japanese 千 (chi) meaning “thousand” and 葉 (ha) meaning “leaf”.
FUJIMORI 藤森 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning “wisteria” and 森 (mori) meaning “forest”.
FUJIMOTO 藤本 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning “wisteria” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
FUJIOKA 藤岡 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning “wisteria” and 岡 (oka) meaning “hill, ridge”.
FUJITA 藤田 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning “wisteria” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
FUJIWARA 藤原 Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning “wisteria” and 原 (wara) meaning “field, plain”.
FUKUI 福井 Japanese
Denoted a person who was from Fukui prefecture in Japan.
HAMASAKI 浜崎 Japanese
From Japanese 浜 (hama) meaning “beach, seashore” and 崎 (saki) meaning “cape, peninsula”.
HASEGAWA 長谷川 Japanese
From the Japanese place name 長谷 (Hase, not a standard reading) combined with 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream”.
HASHIMOTO 橋本 Japanese
From Japanese 橋 (hashi) meaning “bridge” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
HAYASHI 林 Japanese
From Japanese 林 (hayashi) meaning “forest”.
HIDAKA 日高 Japanese
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning “sun, day” and 高 (taka) meaning “tall, high”.
HIMURA 緋村 Japanese
From Japanese 緋 (hi) meaning “scarlet, dark red” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.
HINO 日野, 火野 Japanese
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning “sun, day” or 火 (hi) meaning “fire” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
HIRANO 平野 Japanese
From Japanese 平 (hira) meaning “level, even, peaceful” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
HISAKAWA 久川 Japanese
From Japanese 久 (hisa) meaning “long time ago” and 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream”.
HONDA 本田 Japanese
From Japanese 本 (hon) meaning “root, origin, source” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
HOSHINO 星野 Japanese
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning “star” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
IKEDA 池田 Japanese
From Japanese 池 (ike) meaning “pool, pond” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
INABA 稲葉 Japanese
From Japanese 稲 (ina) meaning “rice plant” and 葉 (ha) meaning “leaf”.
INOUE 井上 Japanese
Means “above the well”, from Japanese 井 (i) meaning “well, mine shaft, pit”, an unwritten possessive marker の (no), and 上 (ue) meaning “above, top, upper”.
ISHIDA 石田 Japanese
From Japanese 石 (ishi) meaning “stone” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
ISHIKAWA 石川 Japanese
From Japanese 石 (ishi) meaning “stone” and 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream”.
ITO 伊藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 伊藤 (see ITŌ).
ITŌ 伊藤 Japanese
From Japanese 伊 (i) meaning “this” and 藤 (tō) meaning “wisteria”. The final character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
ITOU 伊藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 伊藤 (see ITŌ).
IWATA 岩田 Japanese
From Japanese 岩 (iwa) meaning “cliff, rocks” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
IZUMI 泉 Japanese
From Japanese 泉 (izumi) meaning “spring, fountain”.
KAMIYA 神谷 Japanese
From Japanese 神 (kami) meaning “god” and 谷 (ya) meaning “valley”.
KANDA 神田 Japanese
From Japanese 神 (kan) meaning “god” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
KANZAKI 神崎 Japanese
From Japanese 神 (kan) meaning “god” and 崎 (saki) meaning “cape, peninsula”.
KATO 加藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 加藤 (see KATŌ).
KATŌ 加藤 Japanese
From Japanese 加 (ka) meaning “add, increase” and 藤 (tō) meaning “wisteria”. The latter character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
KATOU 加藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 加藤 (see KATŌ).
KAWAGUCHI 川口 Japanese
Means “mouth of the river”, from Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream” and 口 (kuchi) meaning “mouth, entrance”.
KAWAKAMI 川上 Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream” and 上 (kami) meaning “above, top, upper”.
KAWASAKI 川崎 Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream” and 崎 (saki) meaning “cape, peninsula”.
KAZAMA 風間 Japanese
From Japanese 風 (kaza) meaning “wind, style” and 間 (ma) meaning “among, between”.
KIMURA 木村 Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning “tree, wood” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.
KISHIMOTO 岸本 Japanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning “beach, shore, bank” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
KITA 北 Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning “north”.
KITAGAWA 北川 Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning “north” and 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream”.
KOBAYASHI 小林 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning “small” and 林 (hayashi) meaning “forest”.
KOIZUMI 小泉 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning “small” and 泉 (izumi) meaning “spring, fountain”. A notable bearer of this name is Junichiro Koizumi (1942-), who was Prime Minister of Japan.
KONISHI 小西 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning “small” and 西 (nishi) meaning “west”.
KUBO 久保 Japanese
From Japanese 久 (ku) meaning “long time ago” and 保 (ho) meaning “protect”.
KUMAGAI 熊谷 Japanese
From Japanese 熊 (kuma) meaning “bear” and 谷 (gai) meaning “valley”.
KURODA 黒田 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning “black” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
KUROKI 黒木 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning “black” and 木 (ki) meaning “tree, wood”.
KUROSAWA 黒沢, 黒澤 Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning “black” and 沢, 澤 (sawa) meaning “marsh”. A notable bearer was Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), a Japanese film director.
MAEDA 前田 Japanese
From Japanese 前 (mae) meaning “front, forward” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
MAKI (1) 牧 Japanese
From Japanese 牧 (maki) meaning “shepherd, tend cattle”.
MAKI (2) 真木 Japanese
From Japanese 真 (ma) meaning “real, genuine” and 木 (ki) meaning “tree”.
MATSUDA 松田 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning “pine tree, fir tree” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
MATSUMOTO 松本 Japanese
From one of the many places with this name in Japan, derived from Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning “pine tree, fir tree” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
MATSUOKA 松岡 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning “pine tree, fir tree” and 岡 (oka) meaning “hill, ridge”.
MATSUSHITA 松下 Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning “pine tree, fir tree” and 下 (shita) meaning “under, below”.
MINAMI 南 Japanese
From Japanese 南 (minami) meaning “south”.
MIURA 三浦 Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning “three” and 浦 (ura) meaning “bay, inlet”.
MIYAMOTO 宮本 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning “temple, shrine, palace” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”. A notable bearer is video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
MIYASHITA 宮下 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning “temple, shrine, palace” and 下 (shita) meaning “under, below”.
MIYAZAKI 宮崎 Japanese
From Japanese 宮 (miya) meaning “temple, shrine, palace” and 崎 (saki) meaning “cape, peninsula”.
MIZUNO 水野 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning “water” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
MIZUSHIMA 水島 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning “water” and 島 (shima) meaning “island”.
MIZUTANI 水谷 Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning “water” and 谷 (tani) meaning “valley”.
MOCHIZUKI 望月 Japanese
Means “full moon” in Japanese, a compound of 望 (mochi) meaning “wish, desire” and 月 (tsuki) meaning “moon”.
MORI 森 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning “forest”.
MORIKAWA 森川 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning “forest” and 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream”.
MORIMOTO 森本 Japanese
From Japanes 森 (mori) meaning “forest” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
MORIYAMA 森山 Japanese
From Japanese 森 (mori) meaning “forest” and 山 (yama) meaning “mountain, hill”.
MOTO 本 Japanese
From Japanese 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”. More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
MUTŌ 武藤 Japanese
From Japanese 武 (mu) meaning “military, martial” and 藤 (tō) meaning “wisteria”. The final character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
NAKAHARA 中原 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning “middle” and 原 (hara) meaning “field, plain”.
NAKAI 中井 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning “middle” and 井 (i) meaning “well, mine shaft, pit”.
NAKAJIMA 中島 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning “middle” and 島 (shima) meaning “island”.
NAKAMURA 中村 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning “middle” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.
NAKANO 中野 Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning “middle” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
NAKASHIMA 中島 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 中島 (see NAKAJIMA).
NISHIKAWA 西川 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning “west” and 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream”.
NISHIMURA 西村 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning “west” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.
NISHIYAMA 西山 Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning “west” and 山 (yama) meaning “mountain, hill”.
NOGUCHI 野口 Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness” and 口 (kuchi) meaning “mouth, entrance”.
OGAWA 小川 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning “small” and 川 (kawa) meaning “river, stream”.
OKABE 岡部 Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning “hill, ridge” and 部 (be) meaning “part, section”.
OKAMOTO 岡本 Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning “hill, ridge” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
OKAMURA 岡村 Japanese
From Japanese 岡 (oka) meaning “hill, ridge” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.
OKUMURA 奥村 Japanese
From Japanese 奥 (oku) meaning “inside” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.
ONO 小野 Japanese
From Japanese 小 (o) meaning “small” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
OSHIRO 大城 Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning “big, great” and 城 (shiro) meaning “castle”.
SAITO 斎藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 斎藤 (see SAITŌ).
SAITŌ 斎藤 Japanese
From Japanese 斎 (sai) meaning “purification, worship” and 藤 (tō) meaning “wisteria”. The latter character could indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
SAITOU 斎藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 斎藤 (see SAITŌ).
SAKAMOTO 坂本, 阪本 Japanese
From Japanese 坂, 阪 (saka) meaning “slope” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
SANADA 真田 Japanese
From Japanese 真 (sana) meaning “real, genuine” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
SANO 佐野 Japanese
From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning “help, aid” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
SASAKI 佐々木 Japanese
From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning “help, aid” (repeated, indicated by the iteration mark 々) and 木 (ki) meaning “tree, wood”.
SATO 佐藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 佐藤 (see SATŌ).
SATŌ 佐藤 Japanese
From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning “help, aid” and 藤 (tō) meaning “wisteria”. The final character might indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan. This is the most common surname in Japan.
SATOU 佐藤 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 佐藤 (see SATŌ).
SEKI 関 Japanese
From Japanese 関 (seki) meaning “frontier pass”.
SERIZAWA 芹沢, 芹澤 Japanese
From Japanese 芹 (seri) meaning “celery” and 沢, 澤 (sawa) meaning “marsh”.
SHIMIZU 清水 Japanese
From Japanese 清 (shi) meaning “clear, pure, clean” and 水 (mizu) meaning “water”.
SHINODA 篠田 Japanese
From Japanese 篠 (shino) meaning “dwarf bamboo” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
SHIRAI 白井 Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning “white” and 井 (i) meaning “well, mine shaft, pit”.
SHIRAISHI 白石 Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning “white” and 石 (ishi) meaning “stone”.
SHIRATORI 白鳥 Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning “white” and 鳥 (tori) meaning “bird”.
SUGIYAMA 杉山 Japanese
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning “cedar” and 山 (yama) meaning “mountain, hill”.
SUZUKI 鈴木 Japanese
From Japanese 鈴 (suzu) meaning “bell” and 木 (ki) meaning “tree, wood”. This is the second most common surname in Japan.
TACHIBANA 橘 Japanese
From Japanese 橘 (tachibana) meaning “orange, tangerine”.
TAKAHASHI 高橋 Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning “tall, high” and 橋 (hashi) meaning “bridge”.
TAKEDA 武田 Japanese
From Japanese 武 (take) meaning “military, martial” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
TAKENAKA 竹中 Japanese
Means “dweller amongst bamboo”, from Japanese 竹 (take) meaning “bamboo” and 中 (naka) meaning “middle”.
TAKEUCHI 竹内 Japanese
From Japanese 竹 (take) meaning “bamboo” and 内 (uchi) meaning “inside”.
TAMURA 田村 Japanese
From Japanese 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.
TANAKA 田中 Japanese
Means “dweller in the rice fields”, from Japanese 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy” and 中 (naka) meaning “middle”.
TSUKUDA 佃 Japanese
From Japanese 佃 (tsukuda) meaning “cultivated rice field”.
TSUNODA 角田 Japanese
From Japanese 角 (tsuno) meaning “point, corner” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
UCHIYAMA 内山 Japanese
From Japanese 内 (uchi) meaning “inside” and 山 (yama) meaning “mountain, hill”.
UEDA 上田 Japanese
From Japanese 上 (ue) meaning “above, top, upper” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
UEHARA 上原 Japanese
From Japanese 上 (ue) meaning “above, top, upper” and 原 (hara) meaning “field, plain”.
UENO 上野 Japanese
From Japanese 上 (ue) meaning “above, top, upper” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
WADA 和田 Japanese
From Japanese 和 (wa) meaning “harmony, peace” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
WATANABE 渡辺 Japanese
From Japanese 渡 (wata) meaning “cross, ferry” and 辺 (nabe) meaning “area, place”.
YAMADA 山田 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning “mountain” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
YAMAGUCHI 山口 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning “mountain” and 口 (kuchi) meaning “mouth, entrance”. Olympic figure-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi (1971-) bears this name.
YAMAMOTO 山本 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning “mountain” and 本 (moto) meaning “base, root, origin”.
YAMASAKI 山崎 Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 山崎 (see YAMAZAKI).
YAMASHITA 山下 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning “mountain” and 下 (shita) meaning “under, below”.
YAMAUCHI 山内 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning “mountain” and 内 (uchi) meaning “inside”.
YAMAZAKI 山崎 Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning “mountain” and 崎 (saki) meaning “cape, peninsula”.
YASUDA 安田, 保田 Japanese
From Japanese 安 (yasu) meaning “peace, quiet” or 保 (yasu) meaning “protect, maintain” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
YOSHIDA 吉田 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning “good luck” and 田 (ta) meaning “field, rice paddy”.
YOSHINO 吉野 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning “good luck” and 野 (no) meaning “field, wilderness”.
YOSHIOKA 吉岡 Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (yoshi) meaning “good luck” and 岡 (oka) meaning “hill, ridge”.
YUKIMURA 雪村 Japanese
From Japanese 雪 (yuki) meaning “snow” and 村 (mura) meaning “town, village”.

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial