Hanako

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Gender: F Meaning of Hanako: "flower child" Origin of Hanako: Japanese

Hanako has a delicate sound and quaint meaning -- but there's a catch. According to widespread urban legend in Japan, Hanako is the name of the ghost of a little girl who haunts school bathrooms, who sometimes answers if you call her name.

The so-called "Hanako of the Toilet" has been the subject of countless fictional adaptations since the rumor started to circulate in the 1950s. Hanako was once such a common name that it was used in the Japanese equivalent of "Jane Doe," but it's gotten much less popular as the legend of Hanako-san has spread.

Famous People Named Hanako

Hanako, Princess Hitachi, wife of Prince Hitachi of Japan
Hanako Muraoka, Japanese translator

Pop Culture References for the name Hanako

Hanako Yamada, 9th rival in the video game Yandere Simulator

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