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October 31st, 2011 03:28 AM #1Senior Member
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I really like Japanese names but have no ties to the culture so I would hesitate to use them but I found some that I think would work without being hard to pronounce or seeming too crazy, what do you think? Do you have any to add? Feel free to correct my pronunciations if I'm wrong
Satomi (SAH toh mee) "beauty and wisdom" 'wise beauty" has more meanings according to other sites but they all pertain to beauty.
Manami (MAH nah mee) "love, affection" "beautiful love"
Sayuri (SAH yu ree) "small lily"
*Momoko - (MOH moh koh means "peach child) )I wouldnt use this but I know a Japanese girl with this name, it's so cuteJosephine Athénaïs - Josephine Ivy - Myriam Athénaïs - Vivienne Josephine
Athena Beatrice - Beatrice Cecile - Eleanor Anne-Sophie -Myriam Beatrice - Meredith ElizabethAmbrose Aristide - Ulysses Aristide
Girls: Bérangère, Bérénice, Honorine, Mazarine Boys: Augustin, Emeric, Hugo, Lambert, Lucien, Maxence, Yves
October 31st, 2011 03:58 AM #3Junior Member
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November 5th, 2011 06:41 PM #5Senior Member
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You do seem to have selected some with a minimum of pronunciation issues: no R, no E ending (which English speakers may not know isn't silent), no successive vowels (which English speakers may not know are usually not blended, and if they are, paired vowels are often the most problematic to pronounce). I wouldn't be quite so cautious myself...
A person with a Japanese name will get two assumptions. If they don't show visible Asian ancestry, they will get "Japanophile", which nowadays normally means "otaku". As an otaku myself, I admit I make those assumptions... though they are statistically supported.
Examination of US naming statistics shows that most Japanese-Americans don't have Japanese first names; there aren't nearly enough given to make up for the proportion of the population that's Japanese. This fits with the names of most Asian-Americans I know of. Even of the number that are given, I have to wonder how many are actually used by Japanese. The obvious outliers aren't. Raiden - which to my knowledge isn't used as a personal name in Japan, unlike Thor in Scandinavia - and Amaya are likely being used by parents who don't know their origin or at least don't care. (Raiden isn't even said like Aiden, but like rider with an N!) Akira, used mainly on girls in the US, presumably dates to the movie of that name. I believe Akira is unisex in Japanese, but the US use is odd considering the eponymous hero of Akira is male. Off the top 1000, the relatively strong showing by Sayuri suggests the influence of Memoirs of a Geisha. I have no idea how common Sakura is in its home country - it's certainly common in fiction, but it looks like the sort of name that might appeal more to writers than parents. Naturally, it does relatively well in English, because it's Japan's most familiar flower and thus something one might hope other English speakers could recognize.
Naturally, I have some attraction to Japanese names. Part of it is the sound: vowel-heavy but maintaining strong consonants, and they don't automatically stress the first syllable.
My first test for a Japanese name is "Do I only think of one person when I hear it?"
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November 5th, 2011 08:18 PM #7
I'll give you girls and boy names. I love the sound of Japanese names too. ^_^ These are some I love (though there aren't as many good ones for boys)
Akemi - bright beautiful
Akira - bright clear
Asami - morning beauty
Atsuko - kind child
Emiko - beautiful blessing child
Hana - flower
Haruka - spring flower
Hiro - generous
Kamiko - superior child
Katsumi - victorious beauty
Kimiko - empress child
Michiko - beautiful wise child
Naomi - honest beautiful
Ren - lotus
Sakura - cherry blossom
Tamiko - child of many beauties
Akira - bright
Haru - spring
Hiro - generous
Junichi - obedient
Kenichi - strong, healthy
Ren - lotus
Riku - land
Sora - sky (though this is very Kingdom Hearts right now)
Takashi - prosperous
Takeshi - fierce warrior
November 6th, 2011 10:08 PM #9Senior Member
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Sora on a boy? I've only seen it on girls.
I looked through SSA data for Japanese names. However, I can't tell if some names are Japanese or not. Some Hawaiian, Finnish, Nigerian, other African, Hebrew, Russian... etc. names can look Japanese if you don't know. So, which of these are really Japanese and which aren't? Many I know are, many I can't remember seeing on anyone Japanese or in any Japanese source (which doesn't necessarily mean they're not). I know it's entirely possible that names that look the same exist in more than one language. Just to show how hard it can be, I left in a few of the definitely non-Japanese ones.
(Makari - Russian/Greek)
Yuki - I see Yuki ("snow") more often on girls, though I have seen it sometimes as a boy's name. In the US, it seems to be equally common on both.
Hiro - one of the most familiar Japanese names.
Sekou, Takeo, Aki, Akio
Takai - This is one of those cases where I can't be sure if it's Japanese or Hawaiian/other Pacific island origin.
Keiji, Ryo, Taiyo, Hiroto, Jiro, Koji, Neiko, Taiki, Kato, Keoki, Makoto, Rei, Sakai
(Tabari - Arabic?)
Akari, Sekai, Keita
Maika - I'll guess this one isn't
Takeru, Haruki, Hiroki, Kiyoshi, Ryota, Shinji, Yoshi, Hikaru, Hiroshi, Kaori, Keitaro
Kairi (more common on girls)
Komari, Kumari - These two are suspect.
(Kojo - Ghanaian)
Kotaro, Sasuke, Seiji, Taishi, Tomoki, Kaiyu, Kamuri, Keigo, Kosuke, Naoki, Naoto, Shotaro, Sotero, Sourya, Hiroyuki
Ichigo - I've seen this as the word for "strawberry". Sounds slightly odd to an English speaker, particularly as a boy's name.
(Iniko - Nigerian)
Kenyi - Good chance this isn't.
Ryusei, Ryuu, Satori, Takari, Taki, Takuto, Tomoya, Yuji
After Akira, Sakura, Sayuri and Yuri, Aiko is the commonest in the US.
Sarayu, Akemi, Sakina - Particularly the second looks Japanese, but I expect none are because I can't recall seeing what would be some of the commonest Japanese names if they were.
Midori - "green"
Kimi, Kimiko, Saori
Suki - though some may be from its use as a nickname for Susannah, this is definitely a Japanese name
Yuki, Tamika, Sakari, Yui
Momoka - I'll assume it's related to Momoko "peach girl", another of their fruit names.
Takara, Akiya, Haruka
Marika - Yes, this could be a form of Mary. I still suspect it's Japanese, because I've seen Mari and Mariko.
Takia, Aimi, Keiko, Yukari, Akane, Ayame, Asuka
(Maika on this side too - what language is it?)
Shiori, Hikari, Keiri, Minami, Misaki
(I guess Miyani isn't.)
(Takoda's probably Native American.)
Akaya - or is it Hebrew?
Aoi - "blue"
Harumi, Hiromi, Kyomi, Mariko, Mayumi
Mieke - I've seen this claimed as Dutch several times, but also at least once as Japanese. It's possible it's like Naomi, a coincidentally duplicated name. The pronunciation wouldn't be the same in Dutch and Japanese.
Miku, Miyoko, Mizuki, Oyuki, Rei, Reika, Rin, Saima, Shiza, Yumiko, Ayo
Kimori, Kumari - again suspect
(Mairi - Scottish, Miiaka - guess Finnish?)
(Shiri - Hebrew)
Yasuri, Yuzuki, Chika, Hanaki, Hidaya, Izumi, Kayori
Kenji - which I only knew of as a male name
Kiyoko, Maka, Michiko, Miyako, Momo, Natori, Rikiya, Riko, Sahori, Sakira, Ayano, Chiyo, Kumiko, Maki, Manami, Miko, Miniya, Miriya, Miu, Miyari, Nanako, Natsumi, Nishika, Nozomi, Sairi, Saiyuri, Sakara, Seiko, Yori
Yujin - I'm sure I've seen this name/word in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, so I'm not sure in which case it's a female given name.
Yori, Aki, Ayako, Haruna
(Kaimi - Finnish. The most deceptively Japanese-looking of Finnish names, to the point I expect it might exist independently in Japanese.)
Kaomi, Koharu, Mako, Reiko, Rui, Rumi, Sumayo, Sumire, Sumiya, Yuriko
Yoshi - Another I only know of on boys. In general, names low on the SSA list show a significant number on the opposite gender, and I don't know if this data is correct.
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April 14th, 2012 10:01 PM #11Junior Member
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I've always liked the name Momoko, i think its so cute!!! ^_^
April 15th, 2012 06:38 AM #13
(@triplicate - As far as I know Sora is unisex, but is far more common for girls.)
Sayuri is so pretty, my favourite from your list, and Momoko is completely adorable. Japanese names always have such lovely meanings.
When you say an "R" it is a strange mixture of the standard English "R" sound, an "L" and a "D". Kind of like a really light R, or at least a heavy L that sounds kind of like an R, kind of like a D. If you're interested there are a lot of videos on YouTube that teach you how to make the sound.
Here are some Japanese names I think might work for the English speaker:
Misaki (mee-sah-kee, one of my favourites but very common in Japan)
Akemi (ah-keh-mee, kind of like ahk-Amy)
Shiori (shee-oh-ree, one of my absolute favourites because it means "bookmark" .)
Ryo or Ryou (kind of like "r'yoh", or "ree-oh" but smushed into one syllable. Rhymes with Jo)
Sho or Shou (shoh, also rhymes with Jo)
Kenta (kehn-tah. There's also Ken, "kehn", but people will probably just think that's short for Kenneth or Kennedy)
Akio (ah-kee-oh)Delilah Celeste ∥ Aveline Ruth ∥ Winter Fay ≶ Silas Alaric ∥ Fabian Seth ∥ Lucian Ezra
Archetypal name-obsessed teenager here. Avatar is the blue knight from Castle Crashers, a game produced by The Behemoth. Credit goes to their artist/s.