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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Top 50 most frequent feminine names. List from 1994 (according to Learner's Kanji Dictionary by Mark Spahn and Wolfgang Hadamitszky):

Misaki
Ai
Moe
Aimi
Haruka (3 kanji combo variants)
Chinatsu
Ayaka (5)
Aoi
Mai (3)
Momoko
Rina
Chihiro
Aya
Anna (An-na)
Narumi
Shiori (2)
Akane
Ayano (2)
Misato
Saki
Miho
Asuka
Kana
Mirai
Kaeda
Natsumi
Yui
Nanami
Kei
Haruna (2)
Nana
Reina
Natsuki
Tomomi
Hitomi
Rina
Mami
Risa
Yuka

Now this dictionary is only for kanji so hiragana and katakana names aren't counted, but you get the idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

WOW thats a lot of names for japanese girls.....

Me i only know 2 japanese girls from highschool, one is Misa Tanaka and the other girl is Ayami<---i think thats how it spelled...

Haven't read that many Manga to know whats the common name used for a the female character sorry......
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

ive only been in japan a couple years now but it seems that just like in other countries, the popularity of names follows the flow of generations.
common names for women in their 30s --> keiko, yoko, misaki, haruka
students in college and high school --> yumi, ayumi, yuuka
ellementary and junior high students --> yuki, aya[/img]
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

niko2x wrote:
not all JPN names have kanji's.

Your comment makes it sound as if it is impossible to write some names in kanji. Not true. What kanji to use, or whether to use kanji at all, is the parents' stylistic choice.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:53 pm    Post subject: The meaning of Saori...???? Reply with quote Back to top

Could somebody tell me the meaning of this name "Saori" ??.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:27 am    Post subject: Re: The meaning of Saori...???? Reply with quote Back to top

imontero wrote:
Could somebody tell me the meaning of this name "Saori" ??.


Depends what Kanji the Parents decided to use. While the officially allowed Kanji for use in Names is limited, there are still (iirc) several thousand to choose from each with multiple readings and meanings.

Some examples for Saori might be:
沙織
佐織
佐緒里

Those are just the choices my Kanji input program gives me(and I'm not sure the first two would be used as names), but I have the feeling a creative parent could make up some other Kanji combos with the same reading of "Saori"

Some combos might make no sense. Like that last one(which looks like a name to me), whose Kanji seperately can have the meanings of:
佐 help
緒 string
里 village

boggle Nut

I have a friend named Rika 利花(beneficial? flower) who will often sign her name 梨花(pear blossom/flower), because the characters are so similar but have a nicer(more feminine?) feel in her mind than the name her parents gave her. And there are many more Kanji combos she could use instead.

And I have friends whose parents gave them no Kanji for their name and instead use Hiragana, even though there are Kanji combos that could have been used for their name.

If the "Saori" in your case is a Hiragana name, then it doesn't really have a "meaning" and is just a name.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

what about Noriko? I heard that name a lot when I was visiting Japan
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hmmm...Michiko was my ex-gfs name. I always liked it, but I couldn't figure out exactly what it meant.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:48 pm    Post subject: Sayuri Reply with quote Back to top

well actually there's a ton of ways to write Sayuri in Kanji:

佐由里
小有里
小由里
小百合
小百里
早由利
早百合
沙由梨
沙由理
沙由里
佐有里
佐由利
佐百合
小由利
左有里
左由利
左百合
早友里
沙友里
沙有里
沙由利
沙百合
砂有里
砂由利
砂百合
紗有里
紗由利
紗百合

It's just that using hiragana only gives it a more "soft" touch.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

kitakaze wrote:
Hmmm...Michiko was my ex-gfs name. I always liked it, but I couldn't figure out exactly what it meant.


Michi: way, street
Ko : child


I'm partial to the name 'akiko' which means 'chapter child' I think some names just sound pretty... Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Akiko depending on how you write it can mean almost anything:

Akiko (u)
杙 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亨子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
享子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亮子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
呆子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
哲子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
堯子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
寧子 [あきこ] friendly child

Akiko (f)
彬子 [あきこ] gentle, refined child

Akiko (f)
彰子 [あきこ] shadow child

Akiko (f)
愛子 [あきこ] love(d) child

Akiko (f)
昌子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明子 [あきこ] bright, shining child

Akiko (f)
映子 [あきこ] reflecting child (?)

Akiko (f)
昭子 [あきこ] bright, shining child

Akiko (f)
晃子 [あきこ] clear child

Akiko (f)
晧子 [あきこ] bright, pure child

Akiko (f)
晨子 [あきこ] morning, early child

Akiko (f)
晶子 [あきこ] sparkling, clear, crystal child

Akiko (f)
暁子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
暎子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
曄子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
曙子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
朗子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
朱子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
淳子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
照子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
爽子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
玲子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
現子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
璃子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
璋子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
祥子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
秋子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
章子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
聡子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
諒子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
鑑子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
陽子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
韶子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
顕子 [あきこ]

Akiko (g)
晶児 [あきこ]

Akiko (g)
盟句 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
位攣 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
全子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
叡子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
尭子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
広子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
彩子 [あきこ] colorful child

Akiko (u)
敞子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
旭子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
旺子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
昂子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
晋子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
晟子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
景子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
晰子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
暉子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
曉子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
朋子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
梓郢 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
燦子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
瑛子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
瑩子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
皓子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
紹子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
聰子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
英子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
覚子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
詔子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
あき子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜喜子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜季子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜木子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜来子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜樹子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜紀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜規子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜記子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜貴子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
亜輝子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾喜子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾季子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾木子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾樹子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾紀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾記子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
吾貴子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
和貴子 [あきこ] harmonious & precious child

Akiko (f)
安喜子 [あきこ] calm & rejoicing child

Akiko (f)
安希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
安紀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
安規子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
愛季子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明喜子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明季子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明木子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明樹子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明紀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明記子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
明貴子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
晶紀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
秋希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
綾希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
阿希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
阿幾子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
阿綺子 [あきこ]

Akiko (f)
麻季子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
亜妃子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
亜揮子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
光明子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
吾木香 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
安妃子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
安季子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
安己子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
安气子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
安芸子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
安貴子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
彩希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
愛基子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
愛希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
明輝子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
晃貴子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
晏気子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
暁生子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
有希子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
有紀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
朱貴子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
秋季子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
綾稀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
英企子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
阿嬉子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
阿紀子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
阿規子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
阿貴子 [あきこ]

Akiko (u)
麻紀子 [あきこ]

phew it goes on and on. Basically you make almost any name mean anything in Japan depending on what characters you choose. Because with names you can even choose characters and read them as you please.

So, someone actually (no joke) called his son ユニバース (universe) but the name is written 宇宙 (uchuu, the Japanese word for universe). Of course nobody could read this correctly, but they still do things like that.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

arglborps wrote:
Akiko depending on how you write it can mean almost anything:

phew it goes on and on. Basically you make almost any name mean anything in Japan depending on what characters you choose. Because with names you can even choose characters and read them as you please.

So, someone actually (no joke) called his son ユニバース (universe) but the name is written 宇宙 (uchuu, the Japanese word for universe). Of course nobody could read this correctly, but they still do things like that.


heh I think I'll name my child Universe just for fun Smile

I'm thinking the reason for being able to read a name so many ways is because there is a limited number of sounds in Japanese, yet a multitude of kanji which represent those sounds. Japanese is so confusing... but I love it.

I also thought it was interesting that my friend, Akiko, had the kanji for the 'chapter' in her name. She didn't understand why either. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I always liked the Aki combinations, like Aki, Akiko, Chiaki, etc, also Takako or Tomoko, and Mayumi, Megumi, etc.

I'm going to name my daughters Ryoko, Takako and Midori (or Megumi, or Akiko for the third, not sure yet)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Toranaga wrote:
I always liked the Aki combinations, like Aki, Akiko, Chiaki, etc, also Takako or Tomoko, and Mayumi, Megumi, etc.

I'm going to name my daughters Ryoko, Takako and Midori (or Megumi, or Akiko for the third, not sure yet)
you MIGHT wanna run that by the wife first. Rolly
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well... I don't think she'd have problems with it, considering that she would be Japanese after all Nut
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

i think it Yuki or Yumi or Kaoru...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Miyabi is a very nice name. It may sound weird, but I really like those M****i names, Miyabi, Megumi, Mayumi, etc etc etc... I'll stop before I go bonkers...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2005 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

a good name i could think of the bat right now is chiaki, yamada or mamimi. later person
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Sayuri, Miyu, Mayu, Ai, Aya and Aki are very popular names. But what about Momoko?
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