Meaning and Origin of: Tanaka

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Japanese : Dweller

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Japanese : usually written with characters meaning ‘center of the rice paddy’. One of the ten most common surnames, it is particularly frequent around the city of Ōsaka, and is also found in the Ryūkyū Islands. It is listed in the Shinsen shōjiroku, but the surname is borne by many unrelated families.