50 Japanese Baby Names

50 Japanese Baby Names

Japan is known as “The Land of the Rising Sun” and is one of the fastest-growing Asian countries. In recent years, new anime and movie releases have made Japanese names more popular. These names commonly have ties to nature or references to family and loyalty, so you’ll want to choose the name that best embodies the values you like. While these names are often written with kanji characters, they also have western pronunciations and can be spelled using the Western alphabet.

If you’re looking for names that embody values that you enjoy, you may like the name Ai which means “love”. While it’s less common in the US, it’s one of the top names for girls in Japan. For boys, one of the most popular Japanese names is Osamu, which means “discipline and study”.

Several Japanese names also reference nature rather than values. Among these is Mitsuki, a girl’s name which means “beautiful moon”. A popular Japanese boy’s name with ties to nature is Ren, which means “lotus”. The lotus flower has great cultural significance for many Asian cultures, known as the flower of enlightenment. There are also lots of unisex names available, such as Sora, which means “sky”.

If you’re looking for a name to help your child embrace their Japanese roots, or you want them to grow up with a great appreciation for Japanese culture, you can take a look at our list of baby names for inspiration. These unique names are an easy way to help your child stand out while making sure they grow up with Japanese culture as a part of their identity.

Akemi

Meaning: Beautiful sunrise/dawn
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Akeno

Meaning: In the morning, bright shining field, beautiful sunrise/dawn
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Akihiko

Meaning: Bright boy
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Akihito

Meaning: Bright
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Akiko

Meaning: Iris, light and bright
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Anda

Meaning: Meet at the field
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Aneko

Meaning: Older sister
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Benjiro

Meaning: Peaceful, enjoy peace
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Bishamon

Meaning: The Japanese god of war
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Botan

Meaning: Long life
Origin: Japanese
Gender:

Chiko

Meaning: Arrow or pledge
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Chiyo

Meaning: Thousand years, eternal
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Chokichi

Meaning: Good fortune
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Dai

Meaning: Large, generation
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Danno

Meaning: Field gathering
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Eriko

Meaning: Child with a collar
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Hana

Meaning: Flower
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Hoshi

Meaning: Star
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Jiro

Meaning: Second son
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Joben

Meaning: Enjoy cleanness
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Jomei

Meaning: Spread light
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Juro

Meaning: Tenth son, best wishes, longevity
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kaemon

Meaning: Joyful, righthanded
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kameko

Meaning: Child of the tortoise
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Kami

Meaning: Lord
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Kane

Meaning: Putting together, money
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kano

Meaning: One’s masculine power, capability
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kaori

Meaning: Add a man’s strength
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kaya

Meaning: Adds a place of resting
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Keiji

Meaning: Governs with discretion
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Keitaro

Meaning: Blessed
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Ken

Meaning: Strong, physically healthy
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kenji

Meaning: Intelligent second son, strong and vigorous
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kenjiro

Meaning: Second son who sees with insight
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kentaro

Meaning: Sharp, big boy
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Kumiko

Meaning: Companion child, drawing together
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Kyoko

Meaning: Mirror
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Maeko

Meaning: Truth child
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Maemi

Meaning: Smile of truth
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Maiya

Meaning: Rice valley
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Makoto

Meaning: Good
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Manzo

Meaning: Ten thousand-fold-strong third son
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Mareo

Meaning: Rare, uncommon
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Mariko

Meaning: Ball, circle
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Matsuko

Meaning: Pine tree child
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Michie

Meaning: Gateway, gracefully drooping flower
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl

Rai

Meaning: Trust, lightning, thunder
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Saniiro

Meaning: Praise, admirable
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Tadao

Meaning: Complacent, satisfied
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Usagi

Meaning: Rabbit
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Girl