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Today I want to introduce some common Japanese first names. The most common baby names in Japan are tracked every year by several organizations and they analyze the name trends of each year.
In the past year 2017, one of the trends was that names of famous Japanese sport teams that were successful and outstanding in the year were very popular.
For example, the girl name “Sakura” ranked top in the popular pronunciation ranking due to the brilliant women’s hockey team Sakura Japan that made it to the World Cup.
Here are the lists of the most common Japanese first names for 2017! (According to a survey conducted by Meiji Yasuda Simei, a Japanese major insurance company.)
Most kanji characters have several different pronunciations, so the name can be pronounced in several different ways.
Along with the kanji, I’ve listed the meanings of the kanji and a few possible pronunciations.
permanence, calm + truth
Pronunciations: Yuma, Haruma
permanence, calm + human
Pronunciations: Yuto, Haruto
the Sun, yang (in contrast to yin) + soar
Pronunciations: Haruto, Akito
Pronunciations: Minato, So
bond, tie + greens
Pronunciations: Yuna, Yuina
blossom + goodness
Pronunciations: Sakura, Sara
the Sun, yang (in contrast to yin) + hollyhock plant
Pronunciations: Himari, Hina
white jasmine + child
sprout, bud + due to, therefore
Here are the most popular pronunciations. Each of these pronunciations can be represented (symbolized) by so many different kanji combinations. I’ve listed a few possible kanji combinations.
spring (as in season) + samurai, warrior
wave + flow, stream + city
permanence, calm + human (Mentioned above. This combination is the most popular lately.)
play (the instruments) + many
refreshing + big
blue, green + large
kind, gentle + human
brave + samurai, warrior
friend + music sound
clear (the weather) + joy
far away, long ago + shine
spring (as in season) + tree (This is the kanji combination for the internationally renowned writer Haruki Murakami.)
land + eternity
dragon + sky, space
lapis lazuli + come, future
sand + eternity + silk
(This is Sakura in hiragana and it’s common as well. Hiragana is a set of alphabets.)
dream + clothes
help, rescue + live
only + love
bright, clear + village
scarlet + plum
love + splendor, beauty, flower + white jasmine
(This is Akari in hiragana and it’s common as well.)
flower + beauty, splendor
glory, prosperity + big tree
feathers + summer
dream + due to, therefore
blessings + goodness
sprout, bud + due to, therefore (Mentioned above. This combination is the most popular lately.)
This is Mei in katakana. Katakana is another set of alphabets. By the way, Mei, the character in the globally popular animation My Neighbor Totoro is written in katakana. “Mei” is the Japanese pronunciation for “May (the month)” and “Satsuki” means “May” in Japanese.
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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