Appendix:Japanese surnames

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This list of Japanese surnames is meant to complement the contents of Category:Japanese surnames. Surnames without disambiguation pages or articles will be red-links.

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Name Rank Regions/Prefectures Place of origin
Romaji Kanji (or Kana) 2014 (Forebears) 2010 (University of Shizuoka) 2008 (Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, National Last Name Investigation)
Sato 佐藤 1 1 1 Hokkaido and Tohoku (especially Akita Prefecture)
Suzuki 鈴木 2 2 2 Aichi Prefecture (especially Mikawa), Shizuoka Prefecture, south Kanto, and Tohoku Kainan, Wakayama Prefecture
Tanaka 田中 3 5 4
  • Nationwide, but mostly in western Japan
  • Osaka Prefecture, San'in region, Fukuoka Prefecture, Kanto Region (especially Iruma ang Hiki, both in Saitama Prefecture), and Hokkaido
Takahashi 高橋 4 3 3 Tohoku (especially Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture) and central Shikoku
Watanabe 渡辺 5 4 5
  • Nationwide
  • southern part of eastern Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Nagoya (Chukyo) area, Kyushu (especially Oita Prefecture)
Chuo Ward, Osaka
Nakamura 中村 6 8 7 West Japan (especially Kansai (Kinki) and Kyushu regions)
Yamamoto 山本 7 7 9 West Japan (especially Hokuriku and San'yo regions), Saitama Prefecture, and Shizuoka Prefecture
Kobayashi 小林 8 9 8 Kanto, Shin'etsu (Nagano Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture), Kansai (Kinki), and Chugoku regions
Ito 伊藤 9 6 6
Yamada 山田 10 13 12
Saito 斎藤, 斉藤 11 10 20, 21
Kato 加藤 12 11 10
Yoshida 吉田 13 12 11
Inoue 井上 14 17 16
Hayashi 15 19 19

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