150 Most Popular Japanese Last Names Or Surnames With Meanings

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Japan is known for its rich culture as well as advanced technology. Japanese share a deep relationship with their ancestors and nature. Therefore, most of their surnames originate from ancient clan names or nature such as field, forest, mountain, etc.

If you like to know about the various Japanese surnames or are looking for a unique name for your baby, then read on as MomJunction has put together 150 Japanese surnames, their meanings, and their noteworthy name bearers.

Japanese Last Names Or Surnames With Meanings:

1. Abe:

In Japanese, the letter A means ‘peace’ and be means ‘multiple times’. One of the oldest Japanese clans is known by this name. The most famous bearer of this surname is Shinzō Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan.

2. Abiko:

A means peaceful, Bi means grandchild, and Ko means child. Mitsuhiro Abiko (Japanese sprinter) and Tomomi Abiko (pole vaulter) are its famous bearers.

3. Abhuraya:

Abhura means ‘made with Abura (oil)’, and Ya means ‘valley’.

4. Adachi:

This name is variously written, but the kanji characters used mean ‘foot’ or ‘stand’. The Adachi clan was a samurai family. Some of the important name bearers are Japanese actors Osamu Adachi and Yumi Adachi.

5. Adachihara:

In this name, Ah means ‘leg’, ‘limp’, ‘step’, Dachi means ‘stand’, and Hara means ‘plain’. Kenji Adachihara is a renowned football player.

6. Agawa:

In Japanese, A means ‘nook’, ‘flatter’, ‘corner’ and Kawa means ‘stream’, ‘river’. Some of the notable name bearers are Hiroyuki Agawa (Japanese writer) Sawako Agawa (Japanese writer and television personality).

7. Aguni:

A or Awa refers to foxtail millet, and Guni means ‘country’.

8. Ahane:

The kanji character Ah means ‘second’, ‘Asia’, Ha means ‘wave’ and Ne means ‘root’. Singer and songwriter Ayano Ahane is a notable person.

9. Aikawa:

Ai means ‘sympathize’ and Kawas means ‘river’. This name is generally added as a middle name or as a last name.

10. Aoki:

This surname means ‘green tree,’ and is mostly found in central Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. The bearers of this surname have connections with the Takeda branch of the Minamoto clan and Fujiwara.

11. Aiuchi:

Ai means ‘love’ and Uchi means ‘inside’. Singer Rina Aiuchi is a famous personality with this surname.

12. Amamiya:

In this Japanese surname, Ama means ‘rain’ and Miya means ‘shrine’. Takeshi Amemiya is a well-known economist.

13. Baba:

This surname is heard mostly in west-central Japan. It refers to a ‘horse-riding track’. Some of the famous name bearers are Kenji Baba (footballer), Otman Baba (Sufi saint).

14. Bando:

This Japanese surname is popular in eastern Japan from where it had originated. The meaning of this name is ‘East of the slope’ referring to the eastern provinces of Osaka.

15. Bushida:

Bushi means ‘warrior’ or ‘samurai’ and Da means a ‘paddy field’.

16. Chiba:

The meaning of this name is ‘A thousand leaves’. Chi means ‘thousand’ and ha means ‘leaf’. It is also the name of a Japanese prefecture. One of the famous name bearers is Akira Chiba (president of The Pokemon Company).

17. Chibana:

This Japanese surname means ‘A thousand blossoms’. One of the notable name bearers is Kurara Chibana (actress and model).

18. Chisaka:

The meaning of this surname is ‘One thousand hills’.

19. Chinen:

This name means ‘know feelings’ in Japanese. It also means ‘one thousand years’ from the Ryukyu Islands.

20. Daguchi:

It means ‘exit’ or ‘protrude’. Some of the famous personalities with this surname are Kazuya Deguchi (Japanese sports wrestler), and Tetsujyo Deguchi (Japanese Zen Buddist).

21. Daigo:

This name is derived from the 60th Japanese emperor. Daigo refers to the Daigo Shingon Buddist temple in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto.

22. Date:

Pronounced as Da-Te, this surname which means ‘intelligent’. There was an ancient Japanese clan of this name in the lineage of daimyos, who controlled northern Japan in the 16th century.

23. Doi:

This surname has different meanings in different places. In the west and in Shikoku, it is known as ‘earth well,’ and in eastern Japan, it is known as ‘earth habitation’.

24. Eguchi:

The meaning of this surname is the ‘mouth of the river’. The surname is prominent in the island of Kyushu. Fujie Eguchi (table tennis player) is a famous name bearer.

25. Ejiri:

The Japanese character for E means an ‘inlet’ or ‘river’, and jiri means ‘behind’ or ‘rear’. A noteworthy personality with this surname is Atsuhiko Ejiri (football player).

26. Enatsu:

E stands for ‘river’ or ‘inlet’ and natsu means ‘summer’. Yutaka Enatsu (former pitcher) is a noteworthy name bearer.

27. Endo:

En means ‘distant’ and do refers to ‘wisteria’ flowers. The second Japanese character in the surname links it to the powerful Fujiwara clan.

28. Endomoto:

In this Japanese surname, the word eno means ‘hackberry’ and moto means ’base’.

29. Fuji:

This is a very common Japanese surname, and means ‘wisteria’. Sumiko Fuji (Japanese actress) is a famous name bearer.

30. Fujihara:

This name is a variation of Fujiwara and means ‘wisteria plain’ and is one of the greatest noble clans of classical Japan.

31. Fujiki:

This surname refers to the Japanese wisteria tree. Some of the notable personalities with this surname are Naohito Fujiki (actor and singer), and Saburo Fujiki (golfer).

32. Fujimura:

This Japanese surname refers to a Japanese wisteria village, and is found in western Honshu and the Ryukyu Islands.

33. Fujioka:

This surname means ‘wisteria hill’. This is a common name in the village of Shinano and found mostly in western Japan and Ryukyu Islands. A famous name bearer is Chihiro Fujioka (Japanese video game designer and composer).

34. Fujisaki:

It means ‘two unblooming flowers’.

35. Fujiwara:

It means ‘wisteria field’. This surname belongs to the noble clan, who were the descendants of the statesman Nakatomi no Kamatari. This surname is listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku (Japanese genealogical record), as the ancestral name, Nakatomi. Tatsuya Fujiwara is a famous name bearer.

36. Fukushima:

This Japanese surname means a ‘fortune island’. This is commonly heard throughout Japan and Ryukyu Islands.

37. Furukawa:

This popular Japanese surname means an ‘old river’. It has descended from the Minamoto, Nitta and northern Fujiwara families.

38. Furuya:

It means an ‘ancient valley’. Keiji Furuya (Japanese politician) is a famous name bearer.

39. Futaba:

This is a Japanese last name for girls. Futu means ‘a pair’ and ba means a ‘leaf.’

40. Genji:

This Japanese surname means ‘two beginnings’ or ‘source’. This is one of the three most prominent clans in Japanese history and was formerly known as Minamoto.

41. Goda:

Popular on Shikoku island, this surname means ‘connected to rice paddy’. In western Japan, it is pronounced as Aita.

42. Goto:

This Japanese surname is also known by the names Gotou and Gotoh. There are two meanings — ‘behind wisteria,’ and ‘five islands’. The aristocratic Goto family played a prominent role in the development of the Japanese culture. This surname also refers to the descendants of the Fujiwara clan and chiefly occurs along the southeastern seaboard of Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.

43. Gushiken:

It means ‘strong willed’. This surname originated in Okinawan and is one of the many family names of the Okinawan bureaucrat class. Many families of this warrior class migrated to places like Hawaii, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and California. Luiz Gushiken (Brazilian politician) is one such notable person.

44. Hada:

It is also known as Haneda and Hata. Ha means ‘feather’ or ‘wing’ and Da means ‘rice paddy’. This name is predominantly found in eastern Japan.

45. Hachisuka:

This surname is derived from a Japanese clan, who were the descendants of Emperor Seiwa and are a branch of Ashikaga clan and Shiba clan. It has no special meaning as Hachisuka is the name of a place, near the Kiso river at the border of Owari and Mino provinces.

46. Haga:

Ha means ‘fragrance’ or ‘aroma’ and Ga means ‘congratulations’. This name is mostly found in northeastern Japan.

47. Hagihara:

This surname means ‘Japanese clover field’. It is also known as Hagiwara and is mostly found in the Tokyo area and the island of Okinawa.

48. Hagino:

It means ‘Bush clover field’.

49. Hajime:

This surname means the ’beginning’. In Japanese martial arts, such as karate and Judo, Hajime is used as a verbal command to begin.

50. Haku:

This Japanese surname has many meanings, such as ‘poetic’, ’white’, ‘older brother’ or an honorific meaning ‘general’.

51. Hamada:

Prominent in the island of Shikoku and Ryukyu Islands, this is used both as a name and a surname. It means a ‘seashore paddy field’.

52. Hamaguchi:

This Japanese surname means the ‘seashore entrance’. Hamaguchi Osachi (the 27th prime minister of Japan) is a famous bearer of this name.

53. Hamamura:

It means a ‘seashore village’.

54. Hamasaki:

This surname means a ‘seashore peninsula’, and is mainly found in western Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.

55. Hanabusa:

In this surname, Hana means ’flower’ and busa means ’room’. A notable personality with this surname is Hanabusa Masayuki (Japanese samurai).

56. Handa:

This surname means a ‘flower field’.

57. Hara:

This surname means ‘field’ or ‘plain’, and is found in Musashi as well as the Ryukyu Islands. It is listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku. A notable name bearer is Hara Takashi (the 19th prime minister of Japan).

58. Haruki:

It means ‘spring season tree’. This name is used as both the first and the last name.

59. Hashimoto:

This surname means ‘one who lives near the bridge’, and is one of the common Japanese last names. Ai Hashimoto (model and actress) is a famous name bearer.

60. Hiraoka:

This Japanese surname is found in western Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. The meaning of this name is a ‘peaceful hill’.

61. Honda:

This famous Japanese last name means ‘original rice field’, and is common throughout Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. The man who made the surname famous is Soichiro Honda (the founder of Honda Motor Company).

62. Hori:

Mostly found in central Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, the surname means ‘moat’.

63. Ichihara:

This surname is a combination of Ichi which means ‘one’ or ‘town’ and hara which means ‘field’ or ‘meadow’. A few notable people with this surname are Etsuko Ichihara (actress), Hayato Ichihara (actor), Hiroshi Ichihara (footballer).

64. Ichikawa:

It means a ‘city river’, and is a common surname throughout Japan. This name was taken by one of the branches of Taira clan who lived in Ichikawa-go in Kai. Some noteworthy name bearers are Daisuke Ichikawa (football midfielder), and Haruyo Ichikawa (film actress).

65. Igarashi:

This surname means ‘fifty storms’ and originated from Ikarashi river that flows in central Niigata prefecture. It is also believed that the surname came from Yamato prince Ikatarashihiko-no-Mikoto. This name has variations such as Ikarashi and Isoarashi.

66. Iida:

This Japanese surname means ‘paddy of cooked rice’ with the original meaning being ‘good rice paddy’. Some noteworthy name bearers are Akira Iida (racing driver), and Kodai lida (footballer).

67. Ikeda:

This Japanese surname is found throughout Japan and the Ryukyu Islands and means ‘rice paddy near the lake’. A few noteworthy name bearers are Shintaro Ikeda (badminton player), and Yukiko Ikeda (actress).

68. Imai:

This Japanese surname means a ‘new place of residence’. Several families from Minamoto descent have taken this name.

69. Imamura:

This common surname means a ‘new village’. A famous personality is Takeshi Imamura (public figure).

70. Ishizaki:

This Japanese surname means ‘stone peninsula.’

71. Ito:

This is one of the most common surnames in Japan and means ‘the one’. It is also known as Itou, Itoh or Itoo.

72. Iwata:

The meaning of this name is ‘Stony paddy field’. The name became famous thanks to Anest Iwata Corporation, the manufacturer of air compressors. Another famous name bearer is Satoru Iwata (former president and CEO of Nintendo)

73. Kagawa:

This Japanese surname means ‘fragrant river’ and is held by families from Kagawa in Sagami and Kagawa in Aki.

74. Kamada:

This surname means a ‘sickle field’.

75. Kamei:

This name is mostly found in western Japan. It is the surname of a noble family that descended from the Minamoto clan. The meaning of Kamei is a ‘turtle well’.

76. Kamiyama:

This Japanese surname means ‘god’ or ‘upper mountain’. A noteworthy personality with this surname is Takashi Kamiyama (golfer).

77. Kaneko:

This name means ‘golden child’ and is probably referred to the gold or iron ore dust found in the streams and sandbanks. It is mostly found in Tokyo and Okinawa Island.

78. Kasai:

In the areas of Tokyo and Ryukyu Islands, this name means ‘bamboo hat’ and ‘well’ and in western Japan this is the name of a village and means the ‘west of the river’. Some of the noteworthy name bearers are Akira Kasai (politician), Noriaki Kasai (ski jumper), and Kenta Kasai (football player).

79. Kase:

The Japanese characters for this surname mean ‘add’ and ‘strait’. It is mostly found in the Tokyo area. A few noteworthy name bearers are Jido Kase (Japanese judoka), and Ryo Kase (Japanese actor).

80. Kataoka:

It means ‘hill on the side’ and is listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku. Some noteworthy name bearers are Shinwa Kataoka (actor), and Yoshiro Kataoka (anime producer).

81. Katayama:

The meaning of this surname is ‘mountain on the side’ and is found throughout Japan and Ryukyu Islands. Some of the noteworthy name bearers are Hitomi Katayama (Japanese film actress), and Tetsu Katayama (the 46th prime minister of Japan).

82. Kato:

Also known as Katou or Katoh, this is one of the most common Japanese surnames. It means ‘increase wisteria’ and is mostly found in the southeastern seaboard and Ryukyu Islands. A noteworthy name bearer is Ayuko Kato (politician).

83. Kawabata:

This name means ‘side or bank of the river’. Some of the famous name bearers are Hikaru Kawabata (wrestler), Makoto Kawabata (musician), and Yasunari Kawabata (writer).

84. Kawasaki:

This famous surname is found mostly in eastern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. The meaning of this is the ‘river cape’. Kawasaki Shozo (founder of Kawasaki Heavy Industries) is the most famous name bearer.

85. Kido:

The meaning of this surname is ‘wooden door’ or ‘castle door’. The name bearers are mostly found in west Japan. Some of the noteworthy name bearers are Kido Takayoshi (politician), and Akiyuki Kido (ice dancer).

86. Kita:

This surname is found in western Japan and Okinawa Island. It is written in various ways with meanings such as ‘north field of trees,’ and ‘many happiness’. Famous personalities include Kazuma Kita (football goalkeeper), and Sumire Kita (gymnast).

87. Kikuchi:

This surname is mostly found in western Japan and in the Island of Kyushu. It means a ‘chrysanthemum pond’. The powerful Kikuchi clan of Higo province has its connections with this surname.

88. Kobayashi:

This common Japanese surname means a ‘small forest’. It is commonly found in central Japan and in the Ryukyu Islands. A famous name bearer is Haru Kobayashi (musician).

89. Kubo:

This surname has various meanings; one of them is ‘sunken ground’. A few noteworthy name bearers are Ryogo Kubo (mathematical physicist), and Tatsuhiko Kubo (soccer player).

90. Kurosawa:

It means a ‘black swamp’. A few noteworthy name bearers are Akira Kurosawa (acclaimed filmmaker), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (film director), and Toshiaki Kurosawa (swimmer).

91. Machida:

The name means ‘town field or town rice patty’. This name is prominently found in eastern Japan and Ryukyu Islands.

92. Maekawa:

Found in western Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, this surname means ‘river in front’.

93. Makino:

This is another popular surname and means ‘shepherd field’ or ‘pasture field’. A noble family, who are the descendants of Takenouchi no Sukune, hold this surname. A few noteworthy name bearers are Hiroshi Makino (golfer), and Maria Makino (singer).

94. Masaki:

This surname means ‘correct’ and ‘tree’. The families are descendants of the Taira, northern Fujiwara, and Minamoto clans. A noteworthy name bearer is Goro Masaki (science fiction writer).

95. Masuda:

The meaning of this surname is ‘increasing rice paddy’ and is found throughout Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. Some of the famous name bearers are Hiroya Masuda (politician), Kosaku Masuda and Shigeto Masuda (football players).

96. Matsubara:

This surname is mostly found in western Japan and Ryukyu Islands. The meaning is ‘pine tree plain’. Some families bearing this surname are descendants of the Minamoto and Fujiwara clans.

97. Matsumura:

Many families with this surname are found to have samurai connections. The meaning of this surname is ‘pine tree village’.

98. Matsushita:

The meaning of this Japanese surname is ‘beneath the pine tree’. A few noteworthy name bearers are Hiro Matsushita (champ car racer, chairman of Swift Engineering and Swift Xi), Tadahiro Matsushita (a member of the House of Representatives of Japan), and Sayami Matsushita (archer).

99. Matsuura:

This name is originally taken from the ancient Matsura province, which is now in Nagasaki prefecture. It is alternatively known as Matsura and means ‘pine tree bay’. Some of the prominent personalities with this surname are Max Matsuura (record producer and president of Avex Tax), and Daigo Matsuura (politician).

100. Miyake:

it means ‘three horses’. The residents and their descendants of the royal rice-growing estates (Miyake) of the Yamato region adopted this as their surname.

101. Miura:

This name means ‘three bays’. The families, which descended from the Taira clan and settled in a place called Miura in Sagami, adopted the name of that place.

102. Nagasawa:

This surname means ‘long swamp’ and is mostly found in central Japan. Some famous personalities with this surname are Hiroaki Nagasawa (politician), Yoshiaki Nagasawa (bicycle builder), and Kazuki Nagasawa (football player).

103. Nagata:

Most of the bearers of this surname descended from the Sasaki branch of the Minamoto clan, and took the name of a village in Omi. It is listed in Shinsen Shojiroku. The meaning of this surname is ‘long rice paddy’.

104. Nakamura:

The surname means ‘village in the middle’. It is an ancient and very common surname listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku. Shinsuke Nakamura (pro wrestler) is a famous name bearer.

105. Nakano:

Listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku, this is a common Japanese surname which means ‘central field’.

106. Nakayama:

This surname is mostly found in western Japan and in the Island of Okinawa. This surname means ‘central mountain’. A few noteworthy name bearers are Akinori Nakayama (Olympic gymnast), and Masa Nakayama (the first female cabinet minister in Japan).

107. Nishikawa:

This surname is mostly found in western Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. The meaning of this surname is ‘western river’.

108. Nishimura:

The meaning of this Japanese surname is ‘western village’. This surname is found in northeastern Japan and the island of Okinawa.

109. Nishio:

The Japanese character for Nishi means ‘west’ and O means ‘male’.

110. Noguchi:

The meaning of this surname name is ‘entrance of the field,’ and is found along the southeastern coast of Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. A few families with this surname have samurai connections. Some of the noteworthy name bearers are Haruchika Noguchi (the founder of Seitai), Osamu Noguchi (the founder of Japanese kickboxing), and Soichi Noguchi (astronaut).

111. Nomura:

The meaning of this surname is ‘village in the field’, ‘field village’ or ‘wilderness village’. It is commonly found in western Japan and the island of Okinawa.

112. Oba:

This name has variations such as Ooba and Ohba. The meaning of this Japanese surname is ‘large garden’. Some of the known personalities with this surname are Akira Oba (Japanese footballer), and Masoa Oba (Japanese boxer).

113. Ogawa:

Sometimes pronounced as ‘Kogawa,’ this surname is common throughout Japan and means a ‘small river’.

114. Ohara:

The meaning of this surname is ‘large plain’, and is mostly found in western and west-central Japan. It is listed in Shinsen Shojiroku. Some of the noteworthy name bearers are Koyu Ohara (film director), and Reiko Ohara (actress).

115. Okamoto:

The meaning of this surname is the ‘one who lives at the base of the hill’. The name bearers are mostly found in western and central Japan, and the Ryukyu Islands.

116. Omori:

This Japanese surname is mostly found in eastern Japan and the island of Okinawa. It means a ‘large grove’.

117. Otake:

The variations of this surname are Ootake and Ohtake. The meaning of this surname is ‘large bamboo,’ and is mostly found in the southeastern seaboard and the Ryukyu Islands.

118. Sato:

Also known as Saitou, Saitoh, and Saito, it is one of the most common surnames. It is more profound in northeastern Japan. The to in Sato is a Japanese character for Fuji, which indicates connections with the Fujiwara clan and Sa means a bureaucratic title.

119. Sakai:

The Japanese characters sake means ‘rice wine’, and I means ‘well’. A few noteworthy name bearers are Kiyoshi Sakai (anime producer and director), Maki Sakai (actress), and Natsumi Sakai (swimmer).

120. Sakurai:

This surname means ‘cherry blossom well,’ and is mostly found in eastern Japan. It is listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku.

121. Sano:

This surname means ‘small field’ and is found throughout Japan. Some of the noteworthy name bearers are Kazumo Sano (actor), and Naoki Sano (wrestler).

122. Sasaki:

In Japanese script, the letters Sa means ‘help’, or ‘aid’ and ki means ‘tree’, or ‘wood’. This name is most popular in the northeastern parts of Japan.

123. Shibata:

There are two names as per pronunciations in Japanese scripts. One name means ‘turf’ or ‘rice paddy’ and is from the Tachibana family, the other means ‘brushwood’ from the island of Kyushu and the southeastern seaboard.

124. Shima:

This Japanese surname means ‘island’ or a ‘land that is separated from its village’. It is listed in Shinsen Shojiroku and is mostly found in the Kyoto-Osaka area and in the Ryukyu Islands.

125. Shimoda:

The meaning of this surname is ‘lower rice paddy’. It is commonly found throughout Japan.

126. Sone:

The meaning of this surname is ‘former’ or ‘ancestor’ or ‘root’, and is found mostly in eastern Japan and Ryukyu Islands. A few noteworthy name bearers are Mikiko Sone (athlete), and Koji Sone (judoka).

127. Sugimoto:

Many of the surname bearers are Miura or Ishii family descendants and are found in eastern Japan and Ryukyu Islands. The meaning of this surname is the ‘one who lives beneath the cedars’ and refers to the name of a village near Kamakura.

128. Suzuki:

This name means ‘bell tree’ and might have derived from Japan’s pampas grass, Susuki, because this surname is also known as Susuki. This is the second most common surname in Japan with 1.9 million registered people. The most famous personality with this surname is Michio Suzuki (the founder of Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company).

129. Tabata:

Found in eastern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands, this Japanese surname means ‘edge of the rice paddy’. Some famous personalities with this surname are Kazumi Tabata (karate grandmaster), and Kenji Tabata (sprinter).

130. Takahashi:

This is the third most common Japanese surname. The Japanese characters for Taka mean ‘tall’, ‘high’ and hashi means ‘bridge’. This surname is frequently found in eastern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.

131. Takao:

It means ‘A warrior son/man’.

132. Takayama:

The meaning of this surname is ‘high mountains’, and is the name of a city in the mountains of Hida. This name is mostly found in western Japan and on the Okinawa Islands.

133. Tanaka:

This is the fourth most common surname in Japan and means ‘dweller in the rice fields’. This name is mostly found around the city of Osaka, and on the Ryukyu Islands. It is listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku.

134. Toyoda:

This surname means ‘fruitful rice paddy’. This is a common surname throughout Japan. Akio Toyoda (president Toyota Motor Corporation) is the most famous name bearer.

135. Tsuchiya:

The meaning of this surname is ‘earthen house’ and is mostly found in Tokyo and west-central Japan. Some of the name bearers are descendants of the Taira clan.

136. Tsuda:

This surname means ‘harbor rice field,’ and is mostly found in northern Japan.

137. Uchida:

This is a common surname throughout Japan and Ryukyu Islands, and means ‘inner paddy fields’. Some of the name bearers have samurai connections and is also listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku.

138. Ueda:

This is also read as Kamida and means ‘upper rice paddy’. It is found throughout Japan.

139. Uehara:

It is also read as Kamihara and means ‘upper plain’.

140. Ueno:

It means ‘upper field’.

141. Usui:

This surname means ‘mortar well’ and is found mostly in eastern Japan.

142. Wada:

This name is taken from the village of Wada in the Miura peninsula, and means ‘harmonious rice paddy’. A noteworthy name bearer is Ben Wada (TV producer).

143. Wakabayashi:

It means ‘young forest’ and is mostly found in eastern Japan.

144. Watanabe:

This is the fifth most common Japanese surname. The first name bearers belonged to the Samurai clan founded by Watanabe no Tsuna, who was a Minamoto and a Saga Genji warrior. The meaning of this surname is ‘ferry side’.

145. Yagami:

The Japanese characters for Ya mean ‘eight’ and gami mean ‘god’.

146. Yagi:

The meaning of this surname is ‘eight trees’ taken from a valley in Tajima by an ancient Kusabake family. It is also found in Ryukyuan island of Amami.

147. Yamada:

It means ‘mountain rice paddy’ and is common along the eastern seaboard.

148. Yamagata:

This Japanese surname means ‘mountain shape’ or ‘mountain district’. These are the descendants of Shiba branch of the Minamoto clan and took the name from a village in Uzen. Some other name bearers are from the Tada branch of the same clan and took their name from Mino.

149. Yamaguchi:

This surname is listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku. The meaning of this surname is ‘mountain entrance’. Akane Yamaguchi (badminton player) is a famous name bearer.

150. Yamamoto:

This means ‘base of the mountain’. The name bearers are found mostly in central and west-central Japan. A few noteworthy name bearers are Akihiko Yamamoto (politician), and Fujiko Yamamoto (actress).

In Japanese society, the family is given utmost importance, and so are the family names. They are deeply rooted in history and have a beautiful meaning. If you are fascinated with the Japanese culture and their names, then go ahead and use one of these names for your baby (maybe as a nickname?).

Which Japanese surname was interesting for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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