The meaning of japanese surnames
  • This is a huge list with some japanese surnames. I'd like to know the meaning of them, if it's not asking too much.

    Abe
    Abukara
    Adachi
    Aida
    Aihara
    Aizawa
    Ajibana
    Akaike
    Akamatsu
    Akatsuka
    Akechi
    Akera
    Akimoto
    Akita
    Akiyama
    Akutagawa
    Amagawa
    Amaya
    Amori
    Anami
    Ando
    Anzai
    Aoki
    Arai
    Arakawa
    Araki
    Arakida
    Arato
    Arihyoshi
    Arishima
    Arita
    Ariwa
    Ariwara
    Asahara
    Asahi
    Asai
    Asano
    Asanuma
    Asari
    Ashia
    Ashida
    Ashikaga
    Asuhara
    Atshushi
    Ayabito
    Ayugai
    Baba
    Baisotei
    Bando
    Bunya
    Chiba
    Chikamatsu
    Chikanatsu
    Chino
    Chishu
    Choshi
    Daishi
    Dan
    Date
    Dazai
    Deguchi
    Deushi
    Doi
    Ebina
    Ebisawa
    Eda
    Egami
    Eguchi
    Ekiguchi
    Endo
    Endoso
    Enoki
    Enomoto
    Erizawa
    Eto
    Etsuko
    Ezakiya
    Fuchida
    Fugunaga
    Fujikage
    Fujimaki
    Fujimoto
    Fujioka
    Fujishima
    Fujita
    Fujiwara
    Fukao
    Fukayama
    Fukuda
    Fukumitsu
    Fukunaka
    Fukuoka
    Fukusaku
    Fukushima
    Fukuyama
    Fukuzawa
    Fumihiko
    Funabashi
    Funaki
    Funakoshi
    Furusawa
    Fuschida
    Fuse
    Futabatei
    Fuwa
    Gakusha
    Genda
    Genji
    Gensai
    Godo
    Goto
    Gushiken
    Hachirobei
    Haga
    Hagino
    Hagiwara
    Hama
    Hamacho
    Hamada
    Hamaguchi
    Hamamoto
    Hanabusa
    Hanari
    Handa
    Hara
    Harada
    Haruguchi
    Hasegawa
    Hasekura
    Hashimoto
    Hasimoto
    Hatakeda
    Hatakeyama
    Hatayama
    Hatoyama
    Hattori
    Hayakawa
    Hayami
    Hayashi
    Hayashida
    Hayata
    Hayuata
    Hida
    Hideaki
    Hideki
    Hideyoshi
    Higashikuni
    Higashiyama
    Higo
    Higoshi
    Higuchi
    Hike
    Hino
    Hira
    Hiraga
    Hiraki
    Hirano
    Hiranuma
    Hiraoka
    Hirase
    Hirasi
    Hirata
    Hiratasuka
    Hirayama
    Hiro
    Hirose
    Hirota
    Hiroyuki
    Hisamatsu
    Hishida
    Hishikawa
    Hitomi
    Hiyama
    Hohki
    Hojo
    Hokusai
    Honami
    Honda
    Hori
    Horigome
    Horigoshi
    Horiuchi
    Horri
    Hoshino
    Hosokawa
    Hosokaya
    Hotate
    Hotta
    Hyata
    Hyobanshi
    Ibi
    Ibu
    Ibuka
    Ichigawa
    Ichihara
    Ichikawa
    Ichimonji
    Ichiro
    Ichisada
    Ichiyusai
    Idane
    Iemochi
    Ienari
    Iesada
    Ieyasu
    Ieyoshi
    Igarashi
    Ihara
    Ii
    Iida
    Iijima
    Iitaka
    Ijichi
    Ijiri
    Ikeda
    Ikina
    Ikoma
    Imada
    Imagawa
    Imai
    Imaizumi
    Imamura
    Imoo
    Ina
    Inaba
    Inao
    Inihara
    Ino
    Inoguchi
    Inokuma
    Inoue
    Inouye
    Inukai
    Ippitsusai
    Irie
    Iriye
    Isayama
    Ise
    Iseki
    Iseya
    Ishibashi
    Ishida
    Ishiguro
    Ishihara
    Ishikawa
    Ishimaru
    Ishimura
    Ishinomori
    Ishiyama
    Isobe
    Isoda
    Isozaki
    Itagaki
    Itami
    Ito
    Itoh
    Iwahara
    Iwahashi
    Iwakura
    Iwasa
    Iwasaki
    Izumi
    Jimbo
    Jippensha
    Jo
    Joshuya
    Joshuyo
    Jukodo
    Jumonji
    Kada
    Kagabu
    Kagawa
    Kahae
    Kahaya
    Kaibara
    Kaima
    Kajahara
    Kajitani
    Kajiwara
    Kajiyama
    Kakinomoto
    Kakutama
    Kamachi
    Kamata
    Kaminaga
    Kamio
    Kamioka
    Kamisaka
    Kamo
    Kamon
    Kan
    Kanada
    Kanagaki
    Kanegawa
    Kaneko
    Kanesaka
    Kano
    Karamorita
    Karube
    Karubo
    Kasahara
    Kasai
    Kasamatsu
    Kasaya
    Kase
    Kashiwagi
    Kasuse
    Kataoka
    Katayama
    Katayanagi
  • Kate
    Kato
    Katoaka
    Katsu
    Katsukawa
    Katsumata
    Katsura
    Katsushika
    Kawabata
    Kawachi
    Kawagichi
    Kawagishi
    Kawaguchi
    Kawai
    Kawaii
    Kawakami
    Kawamata
    Kawamura
    Kawasaki
    Kawasawa
    Kawashima
    Kawasie
    Kawatake
    Kawate
    Kawayama
    Kawazu
    Kaza
    Kazuyoshi
    Kenkyusha
    Kenmotsu
    Kentaro
    Ki
    Kido
    Kihara
    Kijimuta
    Kijmuta
    Kikkawa
    Kikuchi
    Kikugawa
    Kikui
    Kikutake
    Kimio
    Kimiyama
    Kimura
    Kinashita
    Kinoshita
    Kinugasa
    Kira
    Kishi
    Kiski
    Kita
    Kitabatake
    Kitagawa
    Kitamura
    Kitano
    Kitao
    Kitoaji
    Ko
    Kobayashi
    Kobi
    Kodama
    Koga
    Kogara
    Kogo
    Koguchi
    Koiso
    Koizumi
    Kojima
    Kokan
    Komagata
    Komatsu
    Komatsuzaki
    Komine
    Komiya
    Komon
    Komura
    Kon
    Konae
    Konda
    Kondo
    Konishi
    Kono
    Konoe
    Koruba
    Koshin
    Kotara
    Kotoku
    Koyama
    Koyanagi
    Kozu
    Kubo
    Kubota
    Kudara
    Kudo
    Kuga
    Kumagae
    Kumasaka
    Kunda
    Kunikida
    Kunisada
    Kuno
    Kunomasu
    Kuramochi
    Kuramoto
    Kurata
    Kurkawa
    Kurmochi
    Kuroda
    Kurofuji
    Kurogane
    Kurohiko
    Kuroki
    Kurosawa
    Kurusu
    Kusatsu
    Kusonoki
    Kusuhara
    Kusunoki
    Kuwabara
    Kwakami
    Kyubei
    Maeda
    Maehata
    Maeno
    Maita
    Makiguchi
    Makino
    Makioka
    Makuda
    Marubeni
    Marugo
    Marusa
    Maruya
    Maruyama
    Masanobu
    Masaoka
    Mashita
    Masoni
    Masudu
    Masuko
    Masuno
    Masuzoe
    Matano
    Matokai
    Matoke
    Matsuda
    Matsukata
    Matsuki
    Matsumara
    Matsumoto
    Matsumura
    Matsuo
    Matsuoka
    Matsushina
    Matsushita
    Matsura
    Matsuya
    Matsuzawa
    Mayuzumi
    Mazaki
    Mazawa
    Mazuka
    Mifune
    Mihashi
    Miki
    Mimasuya
    Minabuchi
    Minami
    Minamoto
    Minatoya
    Minobe
    Mishima
    Mitsubishi
    Mitsuharu
    Mitsui
    Mitsukuri
    Mitsuwa
    Mitsuya
    Mitzusaka
    Miura
    Miwa
    Miyagi
    Miyahara
    Miyajima
    Miyake
    Miyamae
    Miyamoto
    Miyazaki
    Miyazawa
    Miyoshi
    Mizoguchi
    Mizumaki
    Mizuno
    Mizutani
    Modegi
    Momotami
    Momotani
    Monomonoi
    Mori
    Moriguchi
    Morimoto
    Morinaga
    Morioka
    Morishita
    Morisue
    Morita
    Morri
    Moto
    Motoori
    Motoyoshi
    Munakata
    Munkata
    Muraguchi
    Murakami
    Muraoka
    Murasaki
    Murase
    Murata
    Murkami
    Muro
    Muruyama
    Mushanaokoji
    Mushashibo
    Muso
    Mutsu
    Nagahama
    Nagai
    Nagano
    Nagasawa
    Nagase
    Nagata
    Nagatsuka
    Nagumo
    Naito
    Nakada
    Nakadai
    Nakadan
    Nakae
    Nakagawa
    Nakahara
    Nakajima
    Nakamoto
    Nakamura
    Nakane
    Nakanishi
    Nakano
    Nakanoi
    Nakao
    Nakasato
    Nakasawa
    Nakasone
    Nakata
    Nakatoni
    Nakayama
    Nakazawa
    Namiki
    Nanami
    Narahashi
    Narato
    Narita
    Nataga
    Natsume
    Nawabe
    Nemoto
    Niijima
    Nijo
    Ninomiya
    Nishi
    Nishihara
    Nishikawa
    Nishimoto
    Nishimura
    Nishimuraya
    Nishio
    Nishiwaki
    Nitta
    Nobunaga
    Noda
    Nogi
    Noguchi
    Nogushi
    Nomura
    Nonomura
    Noro
    Nosaka
    Nose
    Nozaki
    Nozara
    Numajiri
    Numata
    Obata
    Obinata
    Obuchi
    Ochiai
    Ochida
    Odaka
    Ogata
    Ogiwara
    Ogura
    Ogyu
    Ohba
    Ohira
    Ohishi
    Ohka
    Ohmae
    Ohmiya
    Oichi
    Oinuma
  • Oishi
    Okabe
    Okada
    Okakura
    Okamoto
    Okamura
    Okanao
    Okanaya
    Okano
    Okasawa
    Okawa
    Okazaki
    Okazawaya
    Okimasa
    Okimoto
    Okita
    Okubo
    Okuda
    Okui
    Okuma
    Okumura
    Okura
    Omori
    Omura
    Onishi
    Ono
    Onoda
    Onoe
    Onohara
    Ooka
    Osagawa
    Osaragi
    Oshima
    Oshin
    Ota
    Otaka
    Otake
    Otani
    Otomo
    Otsu
    Otsuka
    Ouchi
    Oyama
    Ozaki
    Ozawa
    Ozu
    Raikatuji
    Royama
    Ryusaki
    Sada
    Saeki
    Saga
    Saigo
    Saiki
    Saionji
    Saito
    Saitoh
    Saji
    Sakagami
    Sakai
    Sakakibara
    Sakamoto
    Sakanoue
    Sakata
    Sakiyurai
    Sakoda
    Sakubara
    Sakuraba
    Sakurai
    Sammiya
    Sanda
    Sanjo
    Sano
    Santo
    Saromi
    Sarumara
    Sasada
    Sasakawa
    Sasaki
    Sassa
    Satake
    Sato
    Satoh
    Satoya
    Sawamatsu
    Sawamura
    Sayuki
    Segawa
    Sekigawa
    Sekine
    Sekozawa
    Sen
    Senmatsu
    Seo
    Serizawa
    Shiba
    Shibaguchi
    Shibanuma
    Shibasaki
    Shibasawa
    Shibata
    Shibukji
    Shichirobei
    Shidehara
    Shiga
    Shiganori
    Shige
    Shigeki
    Shigemitsu
    Shigi
    Shikitei
    Shikuk
    Shima
    Shimada
    Shimakage
    Shimamura
    Shimanouchi
    Shimaoka
    Shimazaki
    Shimazu
    Shimedzu
    Shimizu
    Shimohira
    Shimon
    Shimura
    Shimuzu
    Shinko
    Shinozaki
    Shinozuka
    Shintaro
    Shiokawa
    Shiomi
    Shiomiya
    Shionoya
    Shiotani
    Shioya
    Shirahata
    Shirai
    Shiraishi
    Shirane
    Shirasu
    Shiratori
    Shirokawa
    Shiroyama
    Shiskikura
    Shizuma
    Shobo
    Shoda
    Shunji
    Shunsen
    Siagyo
    Soga
    Sohda
    Soho
    Soma
    Someya
    Sone
    Sonoda
    Soseki
    Sotomura
    Suenami
    Sugai
    Sugase
    Sugawara
    Sugihara
    Sugimura
    Sugisata
    Sugita
    Sugitani
    Sugiyama
    Sumitimo
    Sunada
    Suzambo
    Suzuki
    Tabuchi
    Tadeshi
    Tagawa
    Taguchi
    Taira
    Taka
    Takabe
    Takagaki
    Takagawa
    Takagi
    Takahama
    Takahashi
    Takaki
    Takamura
    Takano
    Takaoka
    Takara
    Takarabe
    Takashi
    Takashita
    Takasu
    Takasugi
    Takayama
    Takecare
    Takeda
    Takei
    Takekawa
    Takemago
    Takemitsu
    Takemura
    Takenouchi
    Takeshita
    Taketomo
    Takeuchi
    Takewaki
    Takimoto
    Takishida
    Takishita
    Takizawa
    Taku
    Takudo
    Takudome
    Tamazaki
    Tamura
    Tamuro
    Tanaka
    Tange
    Tani
    Taniguchi
    Tanizaki
    Tankoshitsu
    Tansho
    Tanuma
    Tarumi
    Tatenaka
    Tatsuko
    Tatsuno
    Tatsuya
    Tawaraya
    Tayama
    Temko
    Tenshin
    Terada
    Terajima
    Terakado
    Terauchi
    Teshigahara
    Teshima
    Tochikura
    Togo
    Tojo
    Tokaji
    Tokuda
    Tokudome
    Tokuoka
    Tomika
    Tomimoto
    Tomioka
    Tommii
    Tomonaga
    Tomori
    Tono
    Torii
    Torisei
    Toru
    Toshishai
    Toshitala
    Toshusai
    Toyama
    Toyoda
    Toyoshima
    Toyota
    Toyotomi
    Tsubouchi
    Tsucgimoto
    Tsuchie
    Tsuda
    Tsuji
    Tsujimoto
    Tsujimura
    Tsukada
    Tsukade
    Tsukahara
    Tsukamoto
    Tsukatani
    Tsukawaki
    Tsukehara
    Tsukioka
    Tsumemasa
    Tsumura
    Tsunoda
    Tsurimi
    Tsuruga
    Tsuruya
    Tsushima
    Tsutaya
    Tsutomu
    Uboshita
    Uchida
    Uchiyama
    Ueda
    Uehara
    Uemura
    Ueshima
    Uesugi
    Uetake
    Ugaki
    Ui
    Ukiyo
    Umari
    Umehara
    Umeki
    Uno
    Uoya
    Urogataya
    Usami
    Ushiba
    Utagawa
    Wakai
    Wakatsuki
    Watabe
    Watanabe
    Watari
    Watnabe
    Watoga
    Yakuta
    Yamabe
    Yamada
    Yamagata
    Yamaguchi
    Yamaguchiya
    Yamaha
    Yamahata
    Yamakage
    Yamakawa
    Yamakazi
    Yamamoto
    Yamamura
    Yamana
    Yamanaka
    Yamanouchi
    Yamanoue
    Yamaoka
    Yamashita
    Yamato
    Yamawaki
    Yamazaki
    Yamhata
    Yamura
    Yanagawa
    Yanagi
    Yanagimoto
    Yanagita
    Yano
    Yasuda
    Yasuhiro
    Yasui
    Yasujiro
    Yasukawa
    Yasutake
    Yoemon
    Yokokawa
    Yokoyama
    Yonai
    Yosano
    Yoshida
    Yoshifumi
    Yoshihara
    Yoshikawa
    Yoshimatsu
    Yoshinobu
    Yoshioka
    Yoshitomi
    Yoshizaki
    Yoshizawa
    Yuasa
    Yuhara
    Yunokawa
  • Konoe
    Takashi
    Kujo
    Ichijo
    Gojo
    Aburakoji
    Anenokoji
    Asukai
    Daigo
    Hirohata
    Imaidegawa
    Inokuma
    Jimyoin
    Kajuji
    Kaoin
    Karasuma
    Kawashi
    Konjo
    Kuga
    Masachika
    Matsuki
    Minase
    Nakayama
    Nanba
    Nomiya
    Oimikado
    Rakujochigusa
    Reizei
    Saioji
    Sanjo
    Shigenoi
    Shijo
    Shimizudani
    Tokudaiji
    Washio
    Yamashina

    Asai
    Askikaga
    Chosokabe
    Date
    Fukushima
    Genji
    Hachisuka
    Hattori
    Heike
    Hojo
    Honda
    Hosokawa
    Ishida
    Kaga
    Kato
    Kuki
    Kuroda
    Maeda
    Matsudaira
    Miyamoto
    Mori
    Murakami
    Oda
    Okamoto
    Okubo
    Ooka
    Saito
    Shibata
    Shimazu
    Suwa
    Takeda
    Takigawa
    Tanuma
    Tokugawa
    Ukita
    Watanabe


    (Sorry for posting too much in sequence, the list is too long)
  • I'd totally do that, but how exactly can I do it?

    I can see the names are listed there, but how can I get their meaning?
  • Either you could try looking up the individual characters for their meaning and put things together, or you could get some information at one of the top three links from this Google search (Japanorama might be most useful):
    http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1152&bih=542&q="japanese+surnames"+"meanings"&aq=f&aqi=g1g-m1&aql=&oq=&fp=caff78e1231c840c

    Oh, here's another page I found:
    http://www.wa-pedia.com/language/japanese_surnames.shtml
  • I know the japanese surname, i.e satou what is the meaning of satou.

    http://www.learnjapanesefree.com/
  • Their "meanings" if you want to break them down would depend largely on the kanji being used in the name.

    Names often have their own pronunciation rules for characters which differ from "normal readings", and you could have 20 different ways to "spell" the same sound. Some characters may also be defunct characters, no longer used by modern Japanese. So a name isn't necessarily a "real" word. Sometimes Japanese even have to ask each other how to pronounce names.

    With given names, the parents can get pretty creative with spellings/meanings, even if in pronunciation it sounds like just a common given name.

    So any meanings attributed to the list of romanized names given would largely provide homonyms, and you may just have to ask the person whose name it is how they interpret it themselves.

    Even with kanji included there may still be a few different interpretations of some names.



    brad12 , "Satou" if spelled commonly as 佐藤, I would *guess* would extremely roughly break down as [person+left] + [Wisteria] (a flower). (A person's left-side flower?) Which seems like gibberish.

    A simpler name like Yamada spelled "山田" could break down as [mountain] + [rice paddy/field]. (Mountainpaddy?)

    But another Yamada spelled "山多" would break down like [mountain] + [many]. (Manymountains?)


    If you just say "satou" as a word, it *usually* would mean sugar. (砂糖)
  • With "ancient" meanings of some characters no longer used in Japanese, or original Chinese meanings (not necessarily modern Chinese), along with government simplification of some characters which clumped several into one, deciphering names can be extremely complex.

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