Meaningful Japanese Baby Names for Boys and Girls

Valorie Delp
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Japanese families give great consideration to the meaning that a name might hold for their baby, and thus take great care in choosing the perfect Japanese name. Many Japanese baby names have origins which are steeped in history, religion, and nature.

Japanese Names and Their Meanings

In Japanese, the name meanings vary depending on the kanji used and each kanji picture can mean several things. Consequently, the name meanings below are but one interpretation of a name.

100 Japanese Names for Girls

Popular names for girls reflect a love of nature and flowers, in particular.

  1. Aiko Little loved one
  2. Akari Red plum
  3. Akina Spring flower
  4. Amaya Night rain
  5. Amida Name of Buddha
  6. Aoi Beyond the inside
  7. Ayame Iris
  8. Chika Near
  9. Chizu Thousand storks
  10. Dai Great
  11. Etsu Delight
  12. Hana One love
  13. Haruko Born in spring
  14. Haruto Good fight
  15. Haya Quick and light
  16. Himari Good hollyhock
  17. Hina Good vegetables
  18. Hinata Ray of warmth
  19. Hiroko Generous
  20. Hisa Long-lasting
  21. Ichika Best and excellent
  22. Izanami She who invites
  23. Ima Now, the present
  24. Kiaria Fortunate
  25. Kaemon Joyful
  26. Kaiya Forgiveness
  27. Kameko Tortoise child
  28. Kanna Strong calm
  29. Kei Reverence
  30. Keiko Adored one
  31. Kichi Fortunate
  32. Kiku Chrysanthemum
  33. Kin Golden

  34. Kiyoko Clear

  35. Kohana Little flower

  36. Kyoko Mirror

  37. Leiko Arrogant

  38. Machiko Fortunate

  39. Maiko Dance child

  40. Makiko Precious and true child

  41. Mariko Ten thousand miles

  42. Masa Good and straightforward

  43. Michiko Beautiful wise child

  44. Midori Green

  45. Mika The new moon

  46. Miki Stem

  47. Minako Beautiful child

  48. Misako Beautiful blossom child

  49. Mitsuko Child of light

  50. Cute Japanese baby girl

    Miyoko Beautiful generations child

  51. Momoko Peach child

  52. Mura From the village

  53. Nami Wave

  54. Namiko Child of the waves

  55. Nanako Child of the greens (or apple tree),

  56. Naoko Obedient or honest child

  57. Natsuko Summer child

  58. Niko Red child
  59. Noriko Child of ceremony
  60. Nozomi Hope
  61. Nyoko Gem or treasure
  62. Rai Trust
  63. Rini Little bunny
  64. Ruri Emerald
  65. Ryoko Good or helpful child
  66. Sachi Joy
  67. Sachiko Child of happiness and blessing
  68. Saeko Serene child
  69. Sakiko Blossom child
  70. Sakura Cherry blossom
  71. Sana Helpful calm
  72. Sara Good fortune
  73. Satoko Wise or enlightened child
  74. Sayoko Evening child
  75. Shika Deer
  76. Shina Virtue, good
  77. Shoko Child of good fortune and happiness
  78. Sumi The refined one
  79. Takako Pious child
  80. Tamiko Child of the people
  81. Tani From the valley
  82. Taya Valley field
  83. Tokiko Sharp child
  84. Tomi Red
  85. Tomiko Child of wealth or abundance
  86. Tori Bird
  87. Umeko Child of the plum blossom
  88. Usagi Moon
  89. Yachi Eight thousand
  90. Yasu Tranquil
  91. Yoko Positive
  92. Yori Trustworthy
  93. Yoshi Good
  94. Yoshiko Fragrant child
  95. Yua Connected love
  96. Yui Helpful fountain
  97. Yukiko Snow child
  98. Yumi Beauty
  99. Yumiko Arrow child
  100. Yuriko Lily child

100 Japanese Names for Boys

Boys names reflect both the ideas of strength and beauty.

  1. Ai Love
  2. Anzu An apricot
  3. Akira Intelligent
  4. Akiro Bright boy
  5. Asahi Ray of light on the shore
  6. Assa Morning
  7. Aysha Healer
  8. Benjiro Enjoys peace
  9. Botan Long life
  10. Chibi Small child
  11. Cho Butterfly
  12. Fuji Dweller near the river
  13. Gin Silvery
  14. Haru Spring moon
  15. Haruto Best warmth
  16. Hide Outstanding
  17. Hikaru Light or radiance
  18. Hiromitsu Extensive radiance
  19. Hiroshi Generous
  20. Hiroto Big flight
  21. Hisahito Virtuous
  22. Hoshi Star
  23. Iku Nourishing
  24. Ishi Stone
  25. Itsuki Go my way
  26. Jiro Second son
  27. Junpei Innocent and pure
  28. Kaede Maple leaf
  29. Kaito Most supportive
  30. Kano Masculine power, capable
  31. Kazuo Son of harmonious man
  32. Kenji Strong and vigorous
  33. Kenzo Strong and healthy
  34. Kin Golden
  35. Kioko Meets world with happiness
  36. Kisho One who knows his mind
  37. Kita North

  38. Kiyoshi Quiet one

  39. Kuma Bear

  40. Kumi Braid

  41. Machi Ten thousand

  42. Mai Brightness

  43. Maki True

  44. Mamoru Earth

  45. Mareo Rare

  46. Maro Myself

  47. Masakatsu Patient

  48. Masako Proper child

  49. Masaru Victory

  50. Cute Japanese baby boy

    Matsu A pine tree

  51. Michi Righteous

  52. Minato Harbor
  53. Mine Absolute protector

  54. Nao Honest

  55. Noboru Triumphant

  56. Nori Doctrine

  57. Orino Workman's meadow

  58. Ozuru Big stork

  59. Raidon Thunder God

  60. Rei Gratitude

  61. Reiko Pretty child

  62. Ren Lotus
  63. Reo Wise center
  64. Riku Clever tiger
  65. Ronin Samurai without a master

  66. Ruka Bright blue flower

  67. Ryuichi First son of the dragon

  68. Saburo Brightness

  69. Sanjiro Admired or praised

  70. Seiichi Sincere one

  71. Seiji Lawful and just

  72. Seiko Truth

  73. Shima Island dweller

  74. Shin Genuine

  75. Shinichi True one

  76. Shino Bamboo

  77. Sho Thriving

  78. Shuichi Studious

  79. Sora Big sky
  80. Suki Beloved one
  81. Taka Tall or honorable

  82. Takara A treasure

  83. Takeo Strong as bamboo

  84. Tama A jewel

  85. Tanaka Dweller

  86. Taro Big boy

  87. Tohru Transparent

  88. Tomichi Wealthy

  89. Tora A tiger

  90. Toshi Mirror image

  91. Touma Winter truth
  92. Toyo Plentiful

  93. Tsukiya White moon

  94. Wakato Young

  95. Wakiki Tree

  96. Yasuo Peaceful

  97. Yuki Snow

  98. Yukio Gets what he wants, God will nourish

  99. Yuma Calm truth
  100. Yuuto Helpful

Name Traditions

Birth order names used to be common in previous generations for boys, but are not typically used today. These types of names would list certain terms as suffixes. They include:

  • -taro (first)
  • -jiro (second)
  • -saburo (third)
  • -shiro (fourth)
  • -goro (fifth)

So if a boy's name was Daijiro (Dai meaning Great), the name would translate as Great Second Son. Girls names in past generations often had a suffix of -ko added to their name, which meant 'child.' This practice stemmed from women in the imperial family having names ending in -ko. Other common suffixes for girls' names included -mi (beauty), -na (plant), and -ki (tree).

Choose a Beautiful Name

Regardless of what name you choose, make sure that your baby's Japanese name both reflect beauty in meaning as well as strong characters. You want it to both sound nice and also be reflective of what you hope for your child when it's written in Japanese.

Meaningful Japanese Baby Names for Boys and Girls