Japan Announces New Top Baby Names
Himari — A nature name, Himari means “sunflower.” Omamori Himari is a Japanese manga series in which Himari, a cat spirit in human girl form, is one of the main characters.
Yua — Means “to bind with affection”, Yua is also a genus of plant related to the grapevine.
An — Derived from the Chinese ?n, meaning “peace” or “quiet”, An is also used in China and Vietnam.
Ren — Depending on the kanji used, Ren can be considered to mean “lotus” or “love.” It’s one of the few Japanese names to rank in the US Top 1000. This is perhaps in part due to familiarity via characters Ren MacCormack from Footloose or Ren Hoek from Ren and Stimpy.
Haruto — Haruto has many kanji combinations. One possible meaning is “a person born in the Spring“. Haruto is also related to a Chinese constellation, making it a celestial name. Haruto K? was a 20th century Japanese poet.
Arata — Means “new” or “fresh.” It’s also a surname in both Italy and Japan, where the kanji used often give it the meaning “uncultivated field.”
Minato — The Japanese word for “harbor.” As such, it’s used in many Japanese place names. Minato City is a neighborhood in Tokyo.
Japanese Baby Names in the US
Below are 28 Japanese names that easily translate for a child growing up in Western culture. None of these are currently common in the US. But be warned: Choices like Mika, Rumi, and Zen are heating up.
What do you think of the top names in Japan? Would or did you ever consider a Japanese name for your child?