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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. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Akio Inoue (井上 秋緒), Japanese lyricist
  • Akira Inoue (film director) (井上 昭, born 1928), Japanese film director
  • Akira Inoue (musician) (井上 鑑, born 1953), Japanese keyboardist, composer and producer
  • Alice Inoue (born 1964), American astrologer and writer
  • Arisa Inoue (井上 愛里沙, born 1995), Japanese volleyball player
  • Asahi Inoue (井上 あさひ, born 1981), Japanese announcer
  • Atsuo Inoue (井上 篤夫, born 1947), Japanese writer and translator
  • Atsushi Inoue (井上 敦史, born 1977), Japanese footballer
  • Azumi Inoue (井上 あずみ, born 1965), Japanese singer
  • Daisuke Inoue (井上 大佑, born 1940), Japanese businessman and inventor
  • Daisuke Inoue (rugby union) (井上 大介, born 1989), Japanese rugby union player
  • Daniel Inouye (1924–2012), American politician and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Egan Inoue (born 1965), American jiu-jitsu practitioner, mixed martial artist and racquetball player
  • Enson Inoue (born 1967), American mixed martial artist
  • Inoue Enryō (井上 円了, 1858–1919), Japanese founder of Toyo University, educator and philosopher
  • Etsuko Inoue (井上 悦子, born 1964), Japanese tennis player
  • Inoue Genzaburō (井上 源三郎, 1829–1868), Shinsengumi
  • Haruka Inoue (井上 青香, born 1977), Japanese tennis player
  • Harumi Inoue (井上 晴美, born 1974), Japanese actress and model
  • Haruo Inoue (井上 春生, born 1963), Japanese film director
  • Hideko Inouye (井上 秀子, 1875–1963), Japanese educator and first female president of Japan Women's University
  • Hideto Inoue (井上 秀人, born 1982), Japanese footballer
  • Inoue Hikaru (井上 光, 1851–1908), Japanese general
  • Hiromitsu Inoue (born 1974), Japanese entomologist
  • Hiroshi Inoue (井上 浩, 1932–1989), Japanese bryologist and subject of the standard botanical author abbreviation "Inoue"
  • Hiroshi Inoue (entomologist) (井上 寬, born c. 1917), Japanese entomologist
  • Hiroto Inoue (井上 大仁, born 1993), Japanese long-distance runner
  • Hisashi Inoue (井上 ひさし, 1934–2010), Japanese writer and playwright
  • Hisashi Inoue (historian) (井上 久士, born 1950), Japanese historian
  • Honoka Inoue (井上 ほの花, born 1998), Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Ibuki Inoue (井上 歩紀, born 1999), Japanese footballer
  • Jo Inoue (井上 丈, born 1994), Japanese footballer
  • Joe Inoue (井上 ジョー, born 1985), American musician
  • Jun Inoue (井上 順, born 1947), Japanese television personality, singer, actor and comedian
  • Junichi Inoue (井上 純一, born 1971), Japanese speed skater
  • Junnosuke Inoue (井上 準之助, 1869–1932), Japanese businessman and banker
  • Junya Inoue (井上 淳哉, born 1971), Japanese manga artist
  • Kaori Inoue (井上 香織, born 1982), Japanese volleyball player
  • Inoue Kaoru (井上 馨, 1836–1915), Japanese politician
  • Katsunosuke Inoue (井上 勝之助, 1861–1929), Japanese diplomat
  • Kazuhiko Inoue (井上 和彦, born 1954), Japanese voice actor and singer
  • Kazuhiro Inoue (born 1973), Japanese mixed martial artist
  • Kazuki Inoue (井上 一樹, born 1971), Japanese baseball player
  • Kazuma Inoue (井上 和馬, born 1990), Japanese footballer
  • Kazuo Inoue (井上 和郎, born 1981), Japanese cyclist
  • Kazurou Inoue (井上 和郎, born 1972), Japanese manga artist
  • Keita Inoue (井上 慶太, born 1964), Japanese shogi player
  • Kenji Inoue (井上 謙二, born 1976), Japanese sport wrestler
  • Inoue Kenkabō (井上 剣花坊, 1870–1934), Japanese journalist and writer
  • Kiichi Inoue (井上 喜一, 1932–2010), Japanese politician
  • Kikuko Inoue (井上 喜久子, born 1964), Japanese singer and voice actress
  • Kiyonobu Inoue (井上 清信, born 1970), better known as Inoran, Japanese musician
  • Kōsei Inoue (井上 康生, born 1978), Japanese judoka
  • Kotoe Inoue (井上 琴絵, born 1990), Japanese volleyball player
  • Inoue Kowashi (井上 毅, 1844–1895), Japanese statesman
  • Lorraine Inouye (born 1940), American politician
  • Makio Inoue (井上 真樹夫, born 1938), Japanese voice actor
  • Makoto Inoue (井上 信, born 1974), Japanese golfer
  • Mao Inoue (井上 真央, born 1987), Japanese actress
  • Marina Inoue (井上 麻里奈, born 1985), Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Inoue Masaharu (井上 正春, 1805–1847), Japanese daimyō
  • Masahiro Inoue (井上 正大, born 1989), Japanese actor and martial artist
  • Inoue Masamoto (井上 正甫, 1778–1858), Japanese daimyō
  • Inoue Masanao (井上 正直, 1837–1904), Japanese daimyō
  • Masao Inoue (actor) (井上 正夫, 1881–1950), Japanese actor and film director
  • Inoue Masaoto (井上 正巳, 1856–1921), Japanese daimyō
  • Inoue Masaru (bureaucrat) (井上 勝, 1843–1910), Japanese government official
  • Inoue Masasada (井上 正定, 1754–1786), Japanese daimyō
  • Inoue Masashige (井上 政重, 1585–1661), Japanese daimyō
  • Inoue Masatsune (井上 正経, 1725–1766), Japanese daimyō
  • Naoya Inoue (井上 尚弥, born 1993), Japanese boxer
  • Noriaki Inoue (井上 鑑昭, 1902–1994), Japanese aikidoka
  • Norihiro Inoue (井上 倫宏, born 1958), Japanese actor and voice actor
  • Osamu Inoue (井上 治, born 1932), Japanese long-distance runner
  • Rena Inoue (井上 怜奈, born 1976), Japanese-born American figure skater
  • Ryoki Inoue (born 1946), Brazilian writer
  • Ryota Inoue (井上 亮太, born 1990), Japanese footballer
  • Ryota Inoue (井上 涼太, born 1988), better known as Kazunoko, Japanese fighting games player
  • Santa Inoue (井上 三太, born 1968), Japanese manga artist
  • Seiryū Inoue (井上 青龍, 1931–1988), Japanese photographer
  • Shigeyoshi Inoue (井上 成美, 1889–1975), Imperial Japanese Navy admiral
  • Shinya Inoué (井上 信也, 1921–2019), Japanese-born American biophysicist and cell biologist
  • Takehiko Inoue (井上 雄彦, born 1967), Japanese manga artist
  • Taki Inoue (born 1963), Japanese racing driver
  • Takuya Inoue (いのうえ たくや), Japanese manga artist
  • Tetsu Inoue, American music producer
  • Inoue Tetsujirō (井上 哲次郎, 1855–1944), Japanese philosopher
  • Toshiaki Inoue (井上 敏明, born 1951), Japanese triple jumper
  • Waka Inoue (井上 和香, born 1980), Japanese idol, television personality and actress
  • Wayne Inouye (born 1953), American businessman
  • Yasushi Inoue (井上 靖, 1907–1991), Japanese poet and writer
  • Yō Inoue (井上 瑤, 1946–2003), Japanese voice actress
  • Inoue Yoshika (井上 良馨, 1845–1929), Imperial Japanese Navy officer
  • Yōsui Inoue (井上 陽水, born 1948), Japanese singer-songwriter
  • Yuki Inoue (井上 雄幾, born 1977), Japanese footballer

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  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.