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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Japanese mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Japanese

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Jap`a*nese"
Of or pertaining to Japan, or its inhabitants.
noun Jap`a*nese"
  1. A native or inhabitant of Japan; collectively, the people of Japan.
  2. sing.The language of the people of Japan, called in the Japanese language nihongo.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
  2. A native or inhabitant of Japan
  3. Of or relating to or characteristic of Japan or its people or their culture or language ("the Japanese Emperor" and "Japanese cars")

From Japan +‎ -ese.

  1. The main language spoken in Japan.
    I’ve been studying for three years, and I still can’t order pizza in Tokyo!
  2. A person living in or coming from Japan, or of Japanese ancestry.
    A will typically have black hair, brown eyes, and pale skin.
  3. (uncountable) Japanese food.
    Let’s go out to eat. I’m in the mood for .

Notable Persons With the Last Name Japanese

He passed away in 1557.


Fun Facts about the name Japanese

  • When was the first name Japanese first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Japanese is Tuesday, October 11th, 1898.
  • How unique is the name Japanese? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Japanese. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Japanese: Your name in reverse order is Esenapaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aasenjpe. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Japanese born Sep 1, 1928

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ukraine approximately on 800. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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