Tanaka is also a name. Pronounced: Ta-knock-ka. It is often a last name to families of Japanese or Hawaiian decent.
Today, Tanaka is also a female first name.
The meaning of the name Tanaka is, “one who lives in or near a rice field.”
This was written with the assistance of my niece, Tanaka. She is 1/4th Japanese. Her grandmother’s last name was Tanaka. In her honor and memory, my niece is now named Tanaka. Truly a special child – as unique as her name. =)
Below is the great wisdom from my 11-year old niece, Tanaka:
“The most important thing in life is to be yourself – and if people make fun of you, screw `em!”