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  1. #6
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    I've always wanted to have two cats named Sakura and Anouk, Sakura being a pretty popular Japanese name meaning blossom.
    Hana also means flower in Japanese.

    To find meaningful names in Japanese I'd either a) google translate certain attributes or words such as sky (Sora), sweet (Amai) and raven (Karasu) or b) look to Japanese films and books. For latter I'd suggest any Studio Ghibli film or Haruki Murakami novel!

    Haruki Murakami characters:
    Sumire (Violet)
    Miu
    Momoko "Momo" (something to do with peaches I think)
    Reiko
    Eri
    Mari
    Kumiko (Miko, Mika)

    Toru


    Studio Ghibli:
    Ponyo
    Kaya (Princess Mononoke)
    Chihiro (Spritied Away)
    Sen
    Rin
    Setsuko
    Jiji
    Taeko

    Haku (Sprited Away)
    Seita (Grave of the Fireflies)
    Totoro

    To add to these there's Yoko and Yayoi (check out the artist Yayoi Kusama, she is absolutely awesome) and as for personal taste, I like the names Akira and Kenzo for boys, and Aiko and Kasumi (mist) for girls. For a pair, and I know it's pretty cheesy, but Wabi and Sabi would be extremely aborable. Not to mention meaningful.
    And I mean they're pets so there's no harm in going silly with names
    Last edited by minisia; October 28th, 2012 at 09:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust_and_diamonds View Post
    Kyoko
    Akira
    Haruki
    Jiro
    Ren
    I really like Akira and Haruki!

    Quote Originally Posted by minisia View Post
    I've always wanted to have two cats named Sakura and Anouk, Sakura being a pretty popular Japanese name meaning blossom.
    Hana also means flower in Japanese.

    To find meaningful names in Japanese I'd either a) google translate certain attributes or words such as sky (Sora), sweet (Amai) and raven (Karasu) or b) look to Japanese films and books. For latter I'd suggest any Studio Ghibli film or Haruki Murakami novel!

    Haruki Murakami characters:
    Sumire (Violet)
    Miu
    Momoko "Momo" (something to do with peaches I think)
    Reiko
    Eri
    Mari
    Kumiko (Miko, Mika)

    Toru


    Studio Ghibli:
    Ponyo
    Kaya (Princess Mononoke)
    Chihiro (Spritied Away)
    Sen
    Rin
    Setsuko
    Jiji
    Taeko

    Haku (Sprited Away)
    Seita (Grave of the Fireflies)
    Totoro

    To add to these there's Yoko and Yayoi (check out the artist Yayoi Kusama, she is absolutely awesome). As for personal taste, I like the names Akira and Kenzo for boys, and Aiko and Kasumi (mist) for girls. For a pair, and I know it's pretty cheesy, but Wabi and Sabi would be extremely aborable. Not to mention meaningful.
    And I mean they're pets so there's no harm in going silly with names
    I love the suggestion of looking at films/books, hadn't thought of that. Sakura is so lovely, but I think it's just a little too obvious for me. I adore Miu, Kumiko, Ponyo, Chihiro, Rin, Totoro and Kasumi Wabi and Sabi are so sweet haha, but I think it would cause a bit too much confusion if I was calling their names!
    Last edited by genevie; October 28th, 2012 at 09:21 AM.
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  3. #10
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    Some of my favorites:
    Yuki - snow
    Yukina
    Sakura - cherry tree
    Sayuri
    Ichigo - strawberry
    Zakuro - pomegranate
    Hitomi
    Usagi - rabbit
    Setsuna
    Mitsuki

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    Quote Originally Posted by catloverd View Post
    Some of my favorites:
    Yuki - snow
    Yukina
    Sakura - cherry tree
    Sayuri
    Ichigo - strawberry
    Zakuro - pomegranate
    Hitomi
    Usagi - rabbit
    Setsuna
    Mitsuki

    Hatori
    Yuki (can be boy or girl)
    Katsuya
    Kureno
    Takuto
    Izumi
    I quite like Ichigo, Usagi, Mitsuki, Katsuya and Izumi, thank you
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    May Tallulah Verity ♀ Lucia Ottilie June♀ Rosa Elowen Chloë

    Ivo Valentine Fox ♂ Shiloh Atlas Grey ♂ Leo Elijah Bram
    Maben Isaac Poe ♂ Emrys Casper Gabriel ♂ Kit Auberon Xavier

  5. #14
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    Oh fun! I give so many of my own pets Japanese names, so this will be exciting. It's really neat that you're getting tanuki, as I didn't know they made good pets.

    Anyway, names:

    Girls:
    Haruka (from one of my favorite Japanese songs Haruka Kanata by Asian Kung-Fu Generation... it also means "distance" so depending on how far the little tanukis are traveling to get to you, it could be a perfect name!)
    Kaede (I like this for a boy as well. It means maple, and I wanted so much to use it in the middle place for my first son, but husband says it's too weird for an American boy)
    Mei (Pronounced like May/Mae. While not overly Japanese sounding, it is the name of the adorable little girl from My Neighbor Totoro)
    Nana (another name that's on my "Names I Love But Don't Work" list as everyone would say nana as in "banana" instead of "Nahna"

    Boys:
    Akira (another one of those "obvious" ones, but my love for Akira Toriyama wouldn't let me not mention it.)
    Ken'ichi (maybe a bit much for a tanuki, but, again, I love Japanese actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama)
    Tatsuo (Tatsuo Hasegawa... most of my boy suggestions are always based on real people)
    Takeshi (I actually just like the sound of this one. Takeshi Obata was the artist for the popular manga Death Note)

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