Ito (pr. ee-toe) is a Japanese unisex name (though more popular for females than males) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- ito 糸 “thread”
- ito 絃 “string, cord”
- i 愛 “love, affection” + to 都 “metropolis, capital”
- i 依 “rely, depending on” + to 都 “metropolis, capital”
- I 以 “before; compared to; by means of; than” + to 登 “ascend, climb up”
There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s いと.
Ito is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 伊藤 (this, that one + wisteria), 伊都 (this, that one +metropolis, capital), 伊東 (this, that one + east), or with the hiragana いとう. It can also be written as Itō or Itou.
Meaning: various depending on the kanji used