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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.
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.
Kento sounds so smart and sophisticated in Japanese, and works internationally.
Possible kanji: 健人 healthy + human; 研人 study + human.
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.
Dan sounds almost the same as the Western Dan. In Japanese Dan sounds masculine and brave.
Possible kanji: 暖 warm; 壇 stage.
Riki sounds a little like Ricky. Riki has a strong and brilliant feel.
Possible kanji: 力 power; 利喜 benefit + joy.
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.
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.
Jin is a common name, and it sounds both masculine and graceful in Japanese.
Possible kanji: 仁 mercy; 進 progress.
The sound “hana” means flower in Japanese. A very lovely and charming name.
Possible kanji: 花 flower; 葉奈 leaf + big tree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Possible kanji for girls: 尚美 wish + beauty.
Another very common unisex name in Japan. I’m sure Kei sounds very good in any culture.
Possible kanji for boys: 啓 teach, illuminate.
Possible kanji for girls: 景 light, view.
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.
Possible kanji for girls: 潤 abundance.
Rei sounds cool and mysterious, and can be represented by many elegant kanji.
Possible kanji for boys: 礼 gratitude.
Possible kanji for girls: 麗 beautiful, graceful.
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This is the order of names with many variations of kanji.
Basically, names with more variations are more common and familiar to the Japanese.
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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.
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The more households there are, the more famous and common the surname is.
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