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MeaningOn the well
Region of originJapan

Inoue (kanji: 井上, historical kana orthography: ゐのうへ Winouhe) is the 16th most common Japanese surname.[1] Historically, it was also romanized as Inouye, and many Japanese-descended people outside of Japan still retain this spelling. A less common variant is 井之上. Notable people with the surname include:

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Chisato Inoue (井上 千里), a character in the anime series Vampire Princess Miyu
  • Kanbei Inoue (井上 勘兵衛), a character in the film Azumi
  • Mayuko Inoue (井上 真由子), a character in the manga series Ushio and Tora
  • Orihime (井上 織姫) and Sora Inoue (井上 昊), characters in the manga series Bleach
  • Toro Inoue (井上 トロ), an anthropomorphized cat created by Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Yolei Inoue or Miyako Inoue (井ノ上 京), a character in the anime series Digimon Adventure 02


  1. ^ "明治安田生命 全国同姓調査 [Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company - National same family name investigation]" (PDF) (Press release). Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2019-09-27.