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Jinmeiyo Kanji, or "kanji for personal names," refers to the list of kanji characters designated for use in personal names in Japan. This list is determined by the Ministry of Justice through the "Jinmeiyo Kanji List," which currently includes 861 designated characters. These characters consist not only of those found in the list of Jōyō Kanji (commonly used kanji), but also include characters in old-style orthography and those with unique readings.
Jinmeiyo Kanji are typically used when naming a person, and according to Japanese family register law, only these designated characters are allowed for use in registered names. However, in practice, there are instances where kanji characters outside the Jinmeiyo Kanji list may be used for naming. In such cases, the use of non-Jinmeiyo Kanji characters is subject to the judgment of the family register law and local government guidelines, and these characters can be used only if approved.
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Sort by Most Kanji Variations
This is the order of names with many variations of kanji.
Basically, names with more variations are more common and familiar to the Japanese.
Sort by Most Viewed
The names are sorted by the number of times they have been viewed on this site. This ranking is based on the behavior of users around the world, including Japan, so it does not mean that the names are commonly viewed by Japanese people only.
Please note that just because a name has been viewed more times does not mean it is a famous name in Japan.
What is Hiragana?
Hiragana is a syllabary used in written Japanese, which originated from the cursive style of Kanji.
What is Katakana?
Katakana is also a Japanese syllabary. Basically, the characters don't have any meaning by themselves, they only represent the sounds.
Japanese try to express the words came from foreign languages with the most similar sounds in Japanese using Katakana.
The names are sorted by the number of Japanese households where the surname is used.
The more households there are, the more famous and common the surname is.
About this site's data of last names