Baby Name Meanings: Meanings For 50 Japanese Name Ideas

The combinations for Japanese baby names seem virtually endless. Perhaps in no other language can parents be so creative with their naming process.

The Japanese language is composed of three main systems of writings:kanji, hiragana, and katakana.All three systems consist of sets of characters instead of letters.Kanji reigns as the most popular and most widely used of the three, and hence the majority of Japanese names are created using this system.Thousands of different kanji characters exist, and as a result, one name can often be written using a variety of these kanji characters.The process of choosing a name for your baby can be overwhelming, especially when selecting from thousands of choices like you must do with Japanese names.The task becomes much easier, however, if you are familiar with what the characters and the names themselves mean.

Because different kanji characters have different meanings, the possibilities of names for Japanese children are virtually endless.While some parents give their children more traditional names, many parents in fact come up with their own names based on a variety of factors.First, babies can be named after a natural image such as the moon, or another image like a color or precious stone.Parents often name their children based on a wish they have for their baby such as intelligence or prosperity.Sounds form the basis of some names.Many characters represent historical or famous people, while others represent the results of a fortune telling.Finally, there may be a particular kanji character that the parents really like and they then create a name from the characters.

Up until the 1970's Japanese names reflected a common trend.The past couple of decades, however, have seen parents become more and more creative with their names.Although there exists quite a wide variety of Japanese names, some patterns can be seen with many of the names.For example, "ka" and "na" are popular endings for female names.In fact, names ending with these characters comprise 25 percent of the recent top 100 most popular Japanese girls' names.Another 25 percent include the characters of "mi" or "yuu".Some of the most common characters for boys' names consist of "shi" or "ta", along with "umi" and "ki".

Some of the most popular names for girls and their meanings are as follows:

Akina:spring flower



Hana:flower, blossom

Kohana:little flower

Mika:new moon


Taka:tall, honorable




Mika:new moon


Naomi:above all, beauty


Sumi:clear, refined


If you would like something a little more unique, one of these options might appeal to you:




Iva: God's great gift




Popular Japanese boys' names and their meanings include:





Taro:firstborn son


Umi:plum blossom

Rinji:peaceful forest




Yoshi:better, best


Kisho:one who knows his own mind

For some slightly more distinctive choices, the following offer neat alternative names for boys:

Haru:born in the spring

Kanaye:zealous one


Raidon:thunder god


Yasuo:peaceful one

Yukio:gets what he wants



Rafu:a net

Shima:island dweller

The combinations for Japanese baby names seem virtually endless.Perhaps in no other language can parents be so creative with their naming process.The above choices present only a small selection of the hundreds, if not thousands, of names possible.If tradition suits you, then by all means take a more traditional path.Choosing a popular name works well also.But if you would really like your baby to have a more unique name, branch out a little and come up with something that is especially meaningful to you the parents.If the name conveys a particular significance for you, then that's all that really matters.Your child will one day appreciate the love and thought you put into creating a name picked especially just for him.

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