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Gender: Male Meaning of Kazuo: "first son or harmonious man" Origin of Kazuo: Japanese

The name Kazuo is a boy's name of Japanese origin meaning "first son or harmonious man". Kazuo and is often added to lists like Names That Mean New Beginnings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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Kazuo is a boys' name well-used in Japan though not well-known in the U.S. Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. The emphasis is on the first syllable.

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Famous People Named Kazuo

Kazuo Ishiguro, Japanese-British novelist
Kazuo Koike, Japanese manga writer
Kazuo Aoki, Japanese government minister during the Second Sino-Japanese War, and into World War II
Kazuo Chiba (born 1940), aikido
Kazuo Harada (died 1998), anime producer, audio director, and sound effects director
Kazuo Hirai (平井一夫, born 1964), President/CEO of Sony Computer
Kazuo Hashimoto, late Japanese inventor of Caller ID and the telephone answering machine, including the ansafone.
Kazuo Hirotsu (1891–1968), Japanese novelist and literary critic active in the Showa period of Japan
Kazuo Ichinohe (born 1941), Japanese voice actor (stage name Shin Aomori)
Kazuo Inamori (born 1932), Japanese businessman
Kazuo Kitagawa (北側一雄, born 1953), Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Japanese Cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi
Kazuo Komizu (born 1946), Japanese film director
Kazuo Kubokawa (窪川一雄, 1903–1943), astronomer
Kazuo Matsui (松井稼頭央, born 1975), baseball player
Kazuo Misaki (born 1976), Japanese professional mixed martial arts fighter and former judoka
Kazuo Miyagawa (宮川一夫, 1908–1999), cinematographer
Kazuo Mizutani (水谷和夫), Chief of Staff of Japanese Imperial Guard during the close of World War II
Kazuo Nakanishi (1922–2003), briefly the leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza syndicate in the chaotic years of the Yama-Ichi War
Kazuo Ohno (1906–2010), Japanese dancer associated with Butoh
Kazuo Oka (born 1948), Japanese voice actor
Kazuo Sakamaki (酒巻和男, 1918–1999), first prisoner of war held by the USA in World War II
Kazuo Sakurada (born 1948), known as Mr. Sakurada) retired Japanese professional wrestler.
Kazuo Taoka (田岡一雄, 1913–1981), Godfather of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza syndicate
Kazuo Umezu (楳図かずお, born 1936), horror manga author
Kazuo Watanabe (渡辺和郎, born 1955), astronomer
Kazuo Yamada (1912–1991), Japanese conductor

Pop Culture References for the name Kazuo

Kazuo Sakurai, character from "Ajin: Demi-Human"
Kazuo Kiriyama, character in book/film Battle Royale
Kazuo Nakano, character in manga series Kinnikuman
Kazuo Saki, brother of Shredder in animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kazuo Uzuki, fictional baseball player that Topps created as an April Fools' Day hoax