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Japanese names that sound good internationally

Japanese names that sound good internationally
Japanese names that sound good internationally

As the world is becoming smaller and international names are becoming more popular around the world. I’m happy to see that Japanese names are beginning to be used in the West.

And I know that many people are looking for Japanese names that sound good internationally. Did you know that there are many of them?

I’m introducing some beautiful Japanese names that also sound Western and would work internationally.


Boy names

Ken (as Ken)

Ken is probably the most common Japanese name that sounds good internationally!
Many cool kanji can represent the sound “Ken.”

Possible kanji: 賢 wise; 憲 constitution.

Ken – boy(male) name meanings | Japanese Names .info

Kento (as Kent)

Kento sounds so smart and sophisticated in Japanese, and works internationally.

Possible kanji: 健人 healthy + human; 研人 study + human.

Kento

Kai (as Kai)

Such a beautiful and exotic multi-cultural name! It has cool meanings in many languages such as “ocean” in Hawaiian and “rejoice” in Swedish.
It’s a popular name in Eastern Europe and China, and is becoming popular in Japan, too.

Possible kanji: 海 Sea; 開 open.

Kai

Dan (as Dan)

Dan sounds almost the same as the Western Dan. In Japanese Dan sounds masculine and brave.

Possible kanji: 暖 warm; 壇 stage.

Dan

Riki (as Ricky)

Riki sounds a little like Ricky. Riki has a strong and brilliant feel.

Possible kanji: 力 power; 利喜 benefit + joy.

Riki

Joji (as George)

Jo(u)ji sounds like George, and it’s a common name in Japan. Jo (as Joe) is common, too.

Possible kanji: 城治 castle + govern; 譲二 grant + two.

Jouji

Yujin (as Eugene)

Yu(u)jin sounds beautifully mysterious. It’s very chic and becoming popular in Japan.

Possible kanji: 悠仁 everlasting + mercy; 祐尽 help + give.

Yuujin

Jin (as Gene or Jean)

Jin is a common name, and it sounds both masculine and graceful in Japanese.

Possible kanji: 仁 mercy; 進 progress.

Jin

Girl names

Hana (as Hanna or Hannah)

The sound “hana” means flower in Japanese. A very lovely and charming name.

Possible kanji: 花 flower; 葉奈 leaf + big tree.

Hana

Karen (as Karen)

Karen sounds gorgeous in Japanese and can be represented by gorgeous kanji as well!

Possible kanji: 華恋 beauty, splendor + romantic love; 歌蓮 song + lotus.

Karen

Maya (as Maya or Mia)

A name known in many cultures. Maya sounds mysterious in Japanese. It’s probably because it reminds you of the Maya civilization.

Possible kanji: 真矢truth + arrow; 摩弥 polish + more and more, a long time.

Maya

Anna (as Anna)

I’m sure Anna sounds feminine and beautiful in almost every culture. It’s the same in Japanese.

Possible kanji: 安奈 peace + big tree; 杏菜 apricot + greens.

Anna

Mei (as May)

Mei can easily be pronounced internationally.
Mei has a joyful feel. Names with an international flair are becoming popular in Japan, so some parents name their May-born girl Mei.

Possible kanji: 萌衣 sprout + dress; 夢唯 dream + only.

Mei

Erika (as Erika or Erica)

It’s very interesting that Japanese Erika and Erika of Old Norse origin sound almost the same!
This enchanting name Erika is usually made up of three kanji. It would be so fun to come up with a lovely combination.

Possible kanji: 恵理香 blessings + reason + scent; 江梨花 bay, creek + pear + flower.

Erika

Sara (as Sarah or Sara)

Although it sounds a bit different from the English Sarah, it’s close enough and many chic kanji can be used for Sara.

Possible kanji: 紗良 silk + goodness; 沙楽 sand + fun.

Sara

Unisex names

Naomi (as Naomi)

It sounds a bit different from the Hebrew Naomi, but again, it’s close enough.
Naomi is a very common name in Japan. It’s mainly used by females, but it’s a unisex name.

Possible kanji for boys: 直己 right + self.

Naomi

Possible kanji for girls: 尚美 wish + beauty.

Naomi

Kei (as Kay)

Another very common unisex name in Japan. I’m sure Kei sounds very good in any culture.

Possible kanji for boys: 啓 teach, illuminate.

Kei

Possible kanji for girls: 景 light, view.

Kei

Jun (as June)

Jun has always been a popular name. As with the case with Mei (as May) some parents name their June-born boy or girl Jun.

Possible kanji for boys: 純 pure.

Jun

Possible kanji for girls: 潤 abundance.

Jun

Rei (as Ray)

Rei sounds cool and mysterious, and can be represented by many elegant kanji.

Possible kanji for boys: 礼 gratitude.

Rei

Possible kanji for girls: 麗 beautiful, graceful.

Rei

 

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