Gender: Female Meaning of Kaori: "smell, fragrance" Origin of Kaori: Japanese

Kaori Origin and Meaning

The name Kaori is a girl's name of Japanese origin meaning "smell, fragrance".

Kaori is a Japanese girls' name once largely unknown but brought into the spotlight by celebrity couple Eniko and Kevin Hart, who gave it to their daughter in 2020. Kaori is easily translated in the Western World; it's got a rhythmic sound and a familiar feel, maybe since it's similar to Maori, the name of the people and language of New Zealand. But the correct pronunciation is kow-ree.

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Pucko Says:


agh the tears from your lie in april are coming back

SimoneKadele Says:


I thought this had three syllables....

Nooshi Says:


Ditto this, pretty much. I don't speak much Japanese, but a lot of my family is Japanese, and I've heard them speak enough to know that it is sort of a cross between the Spanish rolled 'r' and an 'l' sound, with the mouth more in an 'o' shape, and the tongue flicking against the back of the lower teeth. That probably doesn't make any sense though.

KelseyAmberGray Says:


Ah, yes, Lu, that is correct! I also am a Japanese speaker, and I do know that the R/L sound is like a flicking of the tongue. I was merely simplifying it for English speakers. Sometimes, it's tricky for those who don't speak a language to know how to make certain sounds (sort of like rolling the letter R in Spanish?), so I was trying to make it easier. :) It would technically be neither Kow-REE or Ka-Oh-DEE, but I feel the former is a bit closer.

Lu Says:


"The Japanese 'r' is different from the English 'r'. The sound is sort of between the English 'r and 'l'. To make 'r' sound, start to say 'l', but make your tongue stop short of the roof of your mouth, almost in the English 'd' position. It is more like the Spanish 'r'."

Here is a Japanese pronunciation of the r sound:

Here is a Japanese pronunciation of Kaori:

I've studied Japanese, and the R sound in Japanese is not the same as the English R. While the Japanese R isn't exactly rolled, it seems to me that it occasionally sounds a bit like a D or an L. So I could be wrong, but I think there is some room for variation in the pronunciation of this name, depending on whether you are an English-speaker or a Japanese-speaker.

KelseyAmberGray Says:


...No. No they are not, Dani. The letters L and R are interchangeable, and both sound like R. I'm not even sure where you thought that R sounds like the letter D. It would be pronounced Ka-oh-ree.

dani Says:


"Kow-ree" is not the correct pronunciation. It's pronounced ka-oh-dee, because r's are pronounced like d's in Japanese.