Tanaka name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tanaka mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Tanaka

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe origin and means "Handsome, Beautiful, Good, Kind".
  2. A submission from South Africa says the name Tanaka means "anything that is beautiful, perfect and well" and is of African origin.
  3. A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe origin and means "We are now perfect. We are beautiful".
  4. 3 people from the United Kingdom agree the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe / Shona origin and means "Beautiful".
  5. 2 submissions from the United Kingdom and South Africa agree the name Tanaka means "We are beautiful" and is of Zimbabwe origin.
  6. A user from Zimbabwe says the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe origin and means "We're good/ fine/ content".
  7. A user from South Africa says the name Tanaka is of Shona origin and means "We are whole/complete/good".
  8. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Tanaka is of Japanese origin and means "Dweller in the rice fields".
  9. A submission from South Africa says the name Tanaka means "We are good" and is of Zimbabwe origin.
  10. A user from Zimbabwe says the name Tanaka is of Zimbabwe origin and means "All is well".
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Borrowed from Japanese 田中 (Tanaka).

  1. A surname​.

Tanaka was also found in the following language(s): Japanese, Portuguese, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Tanaka

Notable Persons Named Tanaka

Tanaka Giichi

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 Hisashige

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


Tanaka is a comics character.

Tanaka Chigaku

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

Tanaka Isson

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

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


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tanaka

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tanaka

Dean Cain

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 Namba

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

Mayumi Tanaka

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

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

Rie Tanaka

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

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

  • Kakuei Tanaka
    Prime Minister of Japan
  • Pat Tanaka
  • Minoru Tanaka
  • Shizuichi Tanaka
    Military Person
  • Reina Tanaka
  • Marcus Tulio Tanaka
    Soccer Player
  • Hiromichi Tanaka
    Video Game Producer
  • Atomu Tanaka
    Soccer Player
  • Keiji Tanaka
  • Junya Tanaka
    Soccer Player
  • Kinuyo Tanaka
  • Janis Tanaka
  • Sho Tanaka
  • Makiko Tanaka
    Minister of Education

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 32,853rd 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 2019, 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: The name spelled backwards is Akanat. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Kanata. 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.
  • Tanaka name meaning

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