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Japan’s most common family names list

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According to the Japan times, Japan has  more than 100,000 family names now in use in today.   That is more than the 200 in Korea and comparable to the the few thousands in China but still behind the US which has around million surnames.

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Can you guess which are the most common family names in Japan?  Here are the top 100 most common Japanese family names these days

  1. Sato
  2. Suzuki
  3. Takahashi
  4. Tanaka
  5. Watanabe
  6. Ito
  7. Yamamoto
  8. Nakamura
  9. Kobayashi
  10. Kato
  11. Yoshida
  12. Yamada
  13. Sasaki
  14. Yamaguchi

Posted on Sunday, November 8th, 2009
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Common and Popular Japanese names A-F

Here are some common and popular Japanese boys and girls FIRST names beginning A-F
Names G-L here, M-Z here.

The gender of a person can normally be guessed by the ending of his/her first name. First names ending with -ro, -shi, -ya, or -o are typically male whilest names ending in -ko, -mi, -e and -yo are typically female.

AI female, means “love”

AIKO female, means “love child”

AIMI female, means “love beauty”

AKANE female, means “brilliant red”

AKEMI female, means “bright and beautiful”

AKI female and male, means either “autumn” or “bright”

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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Common and Popular Japanese names G-L

Here are some common and popular Japanese boys and girls FIRST names beginning G-E.

Names A-F here, M-Z here.
The gender of a person can normally be guessed by the ending of his/her first name. First names ending with -ro, -shi, -ya, or -o are typically male whilest names ending in -ko, -mi, -e and -yo are typically female.

GA female means “silver”

GORO male, means “fifth son”

HACHIRO male, means “eighth son”

HANA female, “favourite” or “flower”

HANAKO female, means “flower child”

HARUKA female, means “far off”

HARUKO female, means “sprg child” or “sunny child”

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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Common and Popular Japanese names M-Z

Here are some common and popular Japanese boys and girls FIRST names beginning M-Z.

Names A-F here, G-L here.

The gender of a person can normally be guessed by the ending of his/her first name. First names ending with -ro, -shi, -ya, or -o are typically male whilest names ending in -ko, -mi, -e and -yo are typically female.

MAI female, means “dance”

MAKOTO male and female, means “scerity”

MAMI female, means “true beauty”

MANAMI female, means “love beauty”

MARIKO female, means “true reason child”

MASAMI male and female, means “grace and beauty”

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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Write your country name in Japanese

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Here’s a handy list if you’re learning Japanese and want to know your country’s name in Japanese characters. This will impress your Japanese friends when you are chatting to them online and the Japanese immigration officer if you can write your country’s name on the arrival form!

亜細亜 – Asia

Kanji Version Katakana Version English
阿富汗 or
阿富汗斯
アフガニスタン Afghanistan
阿拉伯首長国連邦 アラブ首長国連邦 United Arab Emirates
也門 イエメン Yemen
以色列 イスラエル Israel
伊拉克 イラク Iraq
伊蘭
or 義蘭
イラン Iran
印度 インド India

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
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