Most Uncommon Japanese Last Names (2020)

Japanese names consist of a surname and a name following it, and, as a rule, are written in hieroglyphs. However, parents sometimes use the Japanese syllable alphabet of hiragana and katakana to write down the names of their children. Furthermore, in 1985 the list of officially allowed characters was expanded for writing names. Now you can use Latin characters (romanzi), hentayganu, manyogana (syllabic alphabets), as well as special characters and symbols. These are some unique Japanese Last Names.

  • Hayashi – forest
  • Maki – Genuine/real
  • Tachibana – Orange/ tangerine
  • Tsukuda – Cultivated rice field
  • Moto – Base/ root/ origin
  • Nakajima – Middle island
  • Abe – peace
  • Akiyama – Aki means autumn and Yama means hill
  • Sasaki – sa  means aid and saki means tree
  • Ueno – ue means above/top/upper and no field/wildness

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