Top 20 Japanese Surnames

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Ever wondered what the Japanese equivalent of "Smith" is? Here is the list of the top 20 most common Japanese surnames. It is said that more than a hundred thousand different surnames exist in Japanese, but roughly speaking one out of every ten Japanese has a surname that is listed here.

Top 20 Japanese Surnames

  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
  15. Saito
  16. Matsumoto
  17. Inoue
  18. Kimura
  19. Hayashi
  20. Shimizu