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Takahashi in brushed Kanji
Takahashi is the 3nd most common Japanese surname.
The surname Takahashi is derived from the place name “Takahashi” in various parts of the country. “Takahashi” means “the edge of a hill” or “a high bridge”, and it was named as a place name in such a place.
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Ranked by surname (family name) in Japan.

Ranking Surname approximate number of persons
1st Sato 1,853,000
2nd Suzuki 1,786,000
3rd Takahashi 1,399,000
4th Tanaka 1,326,000
5th Ito 1,065,000
6th Watanabe 1,055,000
7th Yamamoto 1,041,000
8th Nakamura 1,037,000
9th Kobayashi 1,021,000
10th Kato 882,000
11th Yoshida 823,000
12th Yamada 808,000
13th Sasaki 665,000
14th Yamaguchi 638,000
15th Matsumoto 622,000
16th Inoue 610,000
17th Kimura 571,000
18th Hayashi 541,000
19th Saito 538,000
20th Shimizu 529,000