The Meaning of Japanese Girl Names: What It Is and How To Use It

Have you ever wondered about what common Japanese girl names mean? Read on to learn the many meanings of Japanese girl names.

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Have you ever heard a beautiful Japanese name and wondered what it meant? This article will provide all of the information you need on Japanese girls’ names and give you an idea of some Japanese boys’ names, too. Finally, it will cover the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in Japan in recent years. So, keep reading to become an expert on Japanese names! 

What Do Japanese Girl Names Mean?

What’s in a name? For some people, a name is everything! Baby names are very important to many people because they will call their child that name forever. For many, the most important elements of a name are the sound and the meaning. 

Do you want your child’s name to sound majestic and elegant or strong and bold? Do you care about alliteration with your last name, or do you prefer to use a family name? Does the meaning of a baby name matter the most, or do you care more about the sound of a name? These are all important questions to ask yourself when naming a child.

If you’re about to have a baby girl of Japanese heritage, you might want to consider giving her a Japanese name! Japanese names are beautiful in both Japanese and English, and many have very deep meanings connected to spirituality, nature, and more.

Examples of Japanese Girl Names

If you are looking for a name for a Japanese bundle of joy, look no further than this list of Japanese girls’ names and their meanings! 

Perhaps you want your child’s name to mean something related to nature or spirituality. Or maybe you care more about the sound and amount of syllables but still want to make sure you like the name’s meaning.

No matter your preference for naming your child, this list is sure to provide you with names you’ll love. Are you currently considering any of the below names for your child? Are you building a list of names for your future child?

Japanese Baby Names: A to H

If you’re looking for a Japanese name toward the beginning of the alphabet, check out some of these names from Thought Catalog!

  • Ahmya: black rain
  •  Aiko: love child
  •  Aimi: beautiful love
  •  Aina: view
  •  Akane: brilliant red
  •  Akari: brightness
  •  Aki: sparkle
  •  Akiko: clear and bright
  •  Akira: bright and intelligent
  •  Ami: friend
  •  Anzu: apricot
  •  Asami: morning beauty
  •  Asuka: the fragrance of tomorrow
  •  Aya: angel who knows magic
  •  Aya: colorful
  •  Ayaka: colorful flower
  •  Ayaka: scented colored flower
  •  Ayako: cute baby
  •  Ayame: flower (iris)
  •  Chiaki: sparkling light
  •  Chiasa: one thousand mornings
  •  Chihiro: seeker
  •  Chika: filled with wisdom
  •  Chika: scattered flowers
  •  Chinami: one thousand waves
  •  Chiyo: thousand generations
  •  Chiyoko: thousand generations
  •  Chizue: durability
  •  Cho: butterfly
  •  Emi: beautiful smile
  •  Emiko: prosperous and beautiful child
  •  Etsuko: joyful child
  •  Fuji: prosperous opinion
  •  Fumiko: intellectual
  •  Hana: flower, blossom
  •  Hanae: blossom
  •  Hanako: blossom
  •  Haru: springtime
  •  Harue: sunshine
  •  Haruko: spring child
  •  Hikari: this means light
  •  Hina: this means sun
  •  Hinata: this means sunny place
  •  Hiro: this means abundant
  •  Hiroko: rich child
  •  Hoshi: star
  •  Hoshiko: this means star
  •  Hotaru: blossom

Japanese Baby Names: I to Z

Are you looking for alliteration with your last name that starts with a letter between I and Z? Keep reading to learn what these names mean!

  • Izumi: fountain, spring
  •  Junko: obedient child
  •  Kaede: maple leaf
  •  Kairi: ocean village
  •  Kairy: sea
  •  Kana: powerful one
  •  Kaori: fragrance
  •  Kasumi: mist
  •  Kazue: branch
  •  Kazuko: harmonious/peaceful child
  •  Kei: blessing
  •  Keiko: respected child
  •  Kimi: beautiful story
  •  Kimi: honorable
  •  Kokoro: soul
  •  Kumiko: companion child
  •  Mai: person who dances with great grace
  •  Manami: affectionate beauty
  •  Mayumi: true beauty
  •  Megumi: blessing
  •  Michi: the upright path
  •  Mio: beautiful cherry blossom
  •  Misaki: beautiful newly grown flower
  •  Miyako: beautiful child
  •  Miyoko: beautiful child
  •  Moriko: forest child
  •  Nozomi: dependable
  •  Ren: love of the lotus
  •  Rin: severe and dignified person
  •  Sachiko: child of good luck
  •  Sakura: cherry blossom
  •  Sora: sky
  •  Sumiko: beautiful child of goodness
  •  Takara: jewel
  •  Yui: gentle

Japanese Boy Names

If you don’t know the sex of your baby, or if you want to have a backup name just in case, take a look at these Japanese boy names!

Japanese Boy Names: A to G

Want your child’s name to be called first in class? Check out these names beginning with the letters A through G.

  • Aito (アイト)
  • Akiara (アキアラ)
  • Akio (秋尾)
  • Akito (アキト)
  • Aoi (あおい)
  • Arata (あらた)
  • Asahi (朝日)
  • Asas (と同じように)
  • Benjiro (ベンジロ)
  • Chibi (ちび)
  • Chiharu (千春)
  • Chikafusa (ちかふさ)
  • Chikao (ちかお)
  • Chiko (ちこ)
  • Chimon (チモン)
  • Daichi (だいち)
  • Daido ( 大同)
  • Daiki (だいき)
  • Daisuke (大輔)
  • Danno (ダンノ)
  • Danuja (ダヌジャ)
  • Denji (電士)
  • Doi (土井)
  • Eito (えいと)
  • Enmei (えめい)
  • Fumihiro (ふみひろ)
  • Genkei (元気)
  • Giichi (ぎち)
  • Gin (ジン)
  • Ginjiro (銀次郎)
  • Gou (ゴウ)

Names H to Z

Several Japanese boy names begin with the letter H! How many of these do you like?

  • Habiki (はびき)
  • Hachi (ハチ)
  • Hachirou (八郎郎)
  • Hakaku (はくく)
  • Haku (はく)
  • Hansuke (はんすけ)
  • Haru (春)
  • Harue (春江)
  • Haruki (春樹)
  • Haruko
  • Haruto (ハルト)
  • Hayate
  • Hekima
  • Hibiki
  • Hideaki
  • Hideki
  • Hideo
  • Hideyoshi
  • Hikaru
  • Hinata (日向)
  • Hiroaki
  • Hirohito
  • Hiroki
  • Hiromichi
  • Hiromitsu
  • Hironori
  • Hiroshi
  • Hiroto (ヒロト)
  • Hiroyuki
  • Hiryur
  • Hisahito
  • Hisao
  • Hisashi
  • Hisato
  • Hisoki
  • Hitomu
  • Hitoshi
  • Hoshi
  • Hyousuke
  • Itsuki (五月)
  • Japana
  • Jin
  • Jiro
  • Joben
  • Jobon
  • Jomei
  • Jona
  • Jun
  • Junichiro
  • Kaito ( 怪盗)
  • Kanna
  • Kei (けい)
  • Minato (港区)
  • Niko
  • Ren (レン)
  • Riku
  • Sana
  • Souta ( 南部)
  • Touma
  • Yamato (やまと)
  • Youta (ようだ)
  • Yuuma (ゆうま)
  • Yuuto (ゆうと)

The Most Common Japanese Names

Nippon lists the most popular Japanese boy and girl names from 2020 below! Do you prefer popular names or rare, unique ones?

Most Popular Boys’ Names

  • Aoi
  • Haruto
  • Sōta
  • Haruki
  • Yūto
  • Riku 
  • Aoto
  • Minato
  • Yuito
  • Hinata

Most Popular Girls’ Names

  • Honoka 
  • Mei 
  • Aoi 
  • Yui 
  • Akari 
  • Mio 
  • Ema 
  • Ichika 
  • Tsumugi 
  • Himari


If you are about to give birth to a Japanese baby girl, you might want to consider a Japanese name. For many, name meaning is very important, so it’s awesome that you’re doing your research!


  1. 466 Japanese Girl Names | Thought Catalog
  2. 150 Japanese Baby Names (with Meanings) | Parade 
  3. Haruto and Honoka: Japan’s Top 2020 Baby Names | Nippon