Japanese names - Baby names with the origin Japanese
Japanese is the spoken language of Japan. Related to the Altaic languages, Japanese is typically written in Kanji, and sometimes must be expressed with Hiragana. Chinese characters, called Kanji, are often used in representation for Japanese which most likely derived from in the 5th century from Buddhist monks entering Japan. Many different kanjis can have the same readings (pronunciations) and many pronunciations can be attributed to the same kanji. A nanori is a kanji are special pronunciations for names. Japanese can also be expressed in writing with Katakana, Hiragana, and the Latin alphabet, Romaji, in addition to Kanji. Hiragana is most commonly used when a word or name can’t be expressed in Kanji. A few Japanese names, the majority female, use Hiragana rather than Kanji in writing. Another Japanese writing system, Katakana, is mostly used for representing words from foreign languages. Japanese Names Full names is Japanese include a surname, followed by a given name. Often, in Western translations, the Japanese name is reversed contributing to confusion regarding which are the first and last names. There aren’t any middle names in Japanese naming customs. A given Japanese name can be composed of one or several combined kanjis creating a plethora of possible names with numerous different meanings. Japanese names may be represented by either the logographic, syllabic, or alphabetic writing systems. Logographic = word (ex. Kanji) Syllabic = syllable (ex. Katakana, Hiragana) Alphabetic = sound (ex. Latin alphabet) A logographic system, like Kanji, uses symbols to stand for words. Syllabic systems, like the Hiragana, use symbols to stand for syllables. The Japanese katakana & hiragana systems, as well as the Maya hieroglyphics, are syllabaries. An alphabetic system, like the Latin alphabet (derived from the Greek alphabet), uses symbols to stand for individual sounds. Problems With Saying & Spelling Names Japanese names which are used in Japan will have different meanings based upon which characters are chosen as well as which writing system is used in the naming. Yuuki is a unisex name which can mean different things depending upon the gender the name’s used for and the characters. The two elements in this particular name are yuu and ki. Yuu can mean "distant, leisurely" or "superiority, gentleness", and ki can mean "hope", "life", or "radiance". It’s obvious how easily one could misinterpret a Japanese name’s intended meaning or designation without additional information. This multi-system usage typical in Japanese naming customs presents a practical dilemma. Pronunciation can’t be derived from its spelling, and spelling can’t be figured out from the pronunciation. There aren’t any special rule which would enable us to better interpret Japanese names. Occasionally, small hiragana characters called furigana, are included above the written name to aid in pronunciation, similar to the English dictionary. Similar to African names, Japanese given male names are commonly indicative for birth order. Examples include, Ichiro (1st son) and Jiro (2nd son). For baby girls in Japan, use for the common Kanji -ko "child" (ex. Yoshiko, Akiko, Kiko) had a popular run for a few decades, but recently has fizzled in the East. Here’s an abbreviated list featuring some common Japanese name elements which can be used to create new, unusual names with very specific meanings. Kanji- name element m/f meaning ake f bright aki f sparkle, bright / autumn ai f love / affection asu m/f tomorrow astu f warm / cordial, kind / honest aya f color / design ayu m walk chi m/f wisdom, intellect / earth, land / thousand / scatter chou f butterfly dai m large, great hachi m eight hana f flower haru f clear up / sun, sunlight / far off, distant haya m falcon hide m excellent / esteem hico m boy / prince hiro m prosperous / large, great hoshi f star ichi m/f one (1) ka f petal, flower/perfume, smell / good, fine / increase kazu m harmony ken m healthy, strong / study ki m/f radiance, life / valuable, noble / tree ko f child mi f beautiful ku m/f sky / long time kuo m/f peace or light / happiness ji m/f two (2) jun m/f obedient / pure, genuine ma f real, true / dance / full of na m/f vegetables, greens ne m/f sound no m/f of o m husband / male / hero, manly ri f jasmine / pear rou m son ryou m good / clear / cool, refreshing ryuu m dragon / noble, prosperous sa m/f small sacuro f cherry blossom sato m wise, setsu m/f occasion, period / melody shi m/f four (4) shichi m/f seven (7) shizu m/f quiet suke m help / forerunner, herald sou m/f suddenly / smoothly sumi f clear ta m/f thick, big / many(f) taka m valuable, noble to m person / soar, fly tomi m/f wealth, abundance tomo m/f friend / intellect, wisdom tsuki (zuki) m/f moon wa f harmony yo f generations / world yoshi m/f fragrant / joy / good Far East Mythological Sources For Modern Names Buddhism & Shitoism are the religious origins for Japan’s legendary mythological characters composed of animals, men, spirits, and gods. Japanese myths provide a creative collection for given names. Combining 2 or more name elements is common for interesting meanings. As in, Amaterasu (shining over heaven) who was the Japanese goddess of the sun who ruled over the heavens, Izanagi (inviting man) traveled to ‘hell’ to retrieve his dead wife, Izanami (inviting woman) was the creator goddess who died in childbirth delivering, Kagututi (thefire god). Jimmu (divine warrior) who according to Japanese legend was the first emperor, around the 7th century BC, and Raijin (thunder spirit) or Raiden (variant for the Japanese god of thunder) are 3 more Japanese names taken from the ancient myths. Raiden has gained Western popularity in the last decade and is ranked in the top 500 U.S. baby names. Aizen-Myoo is an interesting Japanese god. The Love god, he’s worshipped by singers, musicians, and prostitutes. Despite his scary depiction (3rd eye and lion’s head in his hair), legend tells this god helps mankind by changing their carnal love into desirable enlightenment.
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Adds a place of resting.
Light and hope
Three arrows, Temple; Princess
Bird of victory. A short form of Victoria, victory.
Lily child or village of birth
Blessed, beautiful child
Add a man's strength.
Joyours; Governs peacefully.
Born in the spring time.
Pretty, Adored, Beloved.
Generous, Person from Hiroshima.
Little Loved One
"Night rain" in Japanese.
American version of ,
Joyful, righthanded; an old Samurai name
Mirror, Reflection, Looks like her mother.
One who is near and dear, Beloved.
God is supreme (Nigerian)
True or straight and benefit or reason
Plum blossoms child, Patience.