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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

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Origin and Meaning of Tanaka

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  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe origin and means "Handsome, Beautiful, Good, Kind.".
  • According to a user from Ohio, United States, the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe origin and means "We are now perfect. We are beautiful.".
  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe origin and means "We are beautiful.".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Tanaka is of African origin and means "Beautiful".
  • According to a user from Zimbabwe, the name Tanaka is of Unknown origin and means "Kind person".
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  1. A surname​.

Tanaka was also found in the following language(s): Japanese

Notable Persons Named Tanaka

Tanaka Giichi was a Prime Minister of Japan. He was most active from 1927 to 1929. Tanaka was born on June 22nd, 1864 in Hagi, Yamaguchi. He died on September 29th, 1929.


Tanaka was born on October 16th, 1799 in Kurume, Fukuoka. He died on November 7th, 1881.


Tanaka is a comics character.


Tanaka was born in 1861 in Tokyo. He breathed his last breath in 1939.


Tanaka Isson was a in the field of painting. Tanaka was given the name Tanaka Jun on July 22nd, 1908 in Tochigi, Tochigi. He left this life on September 11th, 1977.


Tanaka Chikao is a shingeki playwright, director, dramatist, and poet. Tanaka was born in Nagasaki, Japan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tanaka

Dean Cain is an actor, producer, writer, director, and tv host. He has been prominent since 1976. Dean was given the name Dean George Tanaka on July 31st, 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.


Yasuko was given the name Yasuko Tanaka on February 2nd, 1949. She breathed her last breath on May 11th, 1996.


Mayumi Tanaka is a voice acting in japan and voice actress. Her career lasted from 1978 to 1978. Mayumi was given the name Mayumi Abe on January 15th, 1955 in Tokyo.


Masahiro Tanaka is a baseball player for the New York Yankees. Masahiro was born on November 1st, 1988 in Itami, Hyōgo, Japan.


Rie Tanaka is a singing, voice acting in japan, singer, and voice actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1997. Rie was born on January 3rd, 1979 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.


Masato Tanaka is a wrestler. Masato was born on February 28th, 1973 in Wakayama, Wakayama.


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Popularity of Tanaka as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tanaka U.S.
  White 9.38% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 77.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 9.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.80% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tanaka

People with the last name Tanaka are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Tanaka

  • How Popular is the name Tanaka? Tanaka is the 31,898th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tanaka was the 4,439th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tanaka have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 139 babies born with the first name Tanaka in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tanaka to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tanaka? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Tanaka born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tanaka was in 1978 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Tanaka: Your name in reverse order is Akanat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Katana. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tanaka? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,994 people with the last name Tanaka.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tanaka? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Tanaka as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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