Japanese girls names?

(79 Posts)
AmandaHE Sat 08-Feb-14 22:45:57

Hello... been really struggling to make the short list for our girl due in a few weeks. With a few ideas I've been worried are either too overused or a couple that are really rare (dad was born in Kenya so we have a few African names we're considering) we've just had an odd twist to the day. My husband has been sat at his nanas death bed this weekend - she was adopted and we've never known where she was from...but have known she didn't look totally English. The family have managed to dig out info while she's been so poorly and we have found out today that her father was a Jananese man. Its amazing to finally know what that streak of heritage is that we couldn't ever place and I'm really keen to see if there are any pretty names that we could use knowing this... but I'm unfamiliar with most of the names I've just googled and don't know how to say them properly! (after 5 mins of research!) Like Emiko a lot (but I once met a really nice one so dont have any other association other than that)

AmandaHE Tue 18-Feb-14 16:05:10

Thank you - and it is all just research and food for thought at the moment. We're not a 'typically english' family, by looks, and there are other siblings with meanings and stories behind their names too... so she wouldn't be alone- not that I would choose something totally impossible to pronounce and not phonetic in english (I don't think!) For us, its the significance of finding this out just before she was born - as oppose to it making up a huge part of her heritage... as the others have reasons for their name relating to things going on in our lives when we were expecting them... and they've always enjoyed those reasons and stories. But the use of the syllables and not wanting to make a huge mistake if it were to be used in symbols is certainly something I would be really careful with! I've not studied Japanese but worked a bit with ancient Hebrew and know you can make a big mistake very easily when you don't know what you're doing!

CommunistLegoBloc Fri 14-Feb-14 09:59:15

So you'll have a Holly and another girl with a Japanese name? Because their great grandmother was half Japanese, which makes them at best 1/16th Japanese? Sorry but I think you need to consider this very carefully. She'll be answering questions for the rest of her life. I say this as someone with a very unusual name (foreign parents) but who looks and sounds very English. The juxtaposition between having your DD1 with a very English name and then one with a Japanese one may just look odd. Maybe honour the heritage with a middle name?

volvocowgirl Fri 14-Feb-14 02:55:27

Hena is pretty.

olidusUrsus Fri 14-Feb-14 02:26:53

Amanda I would put some proper research into how Japanese naming convention works - it's all very well picking some beautiful sounding syllables but truth is there's a lot more to it than that - and as a westerner you simply won't be able to tell what names won't suit unless you do some research.

I think it would be foolish to pick a name from another culture without considering the culture itself, especially which character form you choose to write the name in (eg, will you use kanji or kana).

Of course, if you're simply using a Japanese-esque name as a homage to your late family member and not actually planning to be immersed in Japanese culture, I doubt it really matters.

Best of luck with name picking & the birth!

Mutteroo Fri 14-Feb-14 02:06:37

We had a delightful 2 Japanese students stay years ago named Satomi & Yuki. Thanks OP for the thread as its been lovely reminiscing about those times & the delightful students we had live with us. Good luck with the right name for your DC.

exexpat Fri 14-Feb-14 00:03:31

Strawberry is ichigo not ishigo. It's pronounced Itchy-go (go with a short o like the start of goth). Cute, but in the UK would stand the risk of being called Itchy as a nickname, I suspect.

dimdommilpot Thu 13-Feb-14 23:21:24

OH has randomly suggested Ishigo for DD2. Apparently it means strawberry in japanese... I have no idea how true this is or why he has suggested we name our dayghter this!

Floggingmolly Thu 13-Feb-14 13:56:24

A Japanese couple I know (neighbours) called their daughter Caroline!

Zermatt Thu 13-Feb-14 13:52:16

Izanami

StarsAbove Thu 13-Feb-14 13:46:45

Sakura is lovely!

Nataleejah Wed 12-Feb-14 20:16:21

Acouple i know -- Japanese-American, have a baby girl Ayaka. Very beautiful girl

NannyPeach Tue 11-Feb-14 22:44:40

Kana
Nyah

evertonmint Tue 11-Feb-14 16:14:17

DH and I love Suki and has the advantage of working in English due to Sukey (which I think is a pet name for Susan).

I worked with a Kyoko which I always thought was lovely. She was about 40 though so fits with the idea that -ko names are a bit old fashioned.

lambinapram Tue 11-Feb-14 14:55:34

Tamiko - easy to pronounce

bigbadbarry Tue 11-Feb-14 14:49:56

My DD's middle name is Sakura (cherry blossom) because she was born in Japan when the cherry blossom was in full bloom smile If you can hang on another month you might time it right...

truthvoyager Tue 11-Feb-14 14:46:31

More:

Aira
Anzu*
Azusa
Emiri
Hikaru
Hinata
Honoka
Hotaru*
Iroha
Kana
Kanon
Kasumi*
Kokone
Koume
Kurumi*
Mashiro
Michiyo
Misaki
Misora
Miyabi*
Natsuki
Reina
Rin
Sakura
Sayuri
Shizuku*
Sumire
Suzuka
Yuzuki*

truthvoyager Tue 11-Feb-14 14:18:33

Akari
Erika
Hana
Jun
Kaho
Karen
Koharu*
Luna (Runa)
Manami
Maya*
Noa
Rion*
Sayaka
Shiori*

tigrou Tue 11-Feb-14 08:22:41

Also love Mei

tigrou Tue 11-Feb-14 08:22:08

Here's are some of the Japanese girl's names at my DD's school:
Leyna
Mana
Toko
Mio
Miu
Hanaé
Kimié
Noémie
Lin
Amané

and some of the mums :
Mamiko
Tomoko
Reiko
Hiroko
Yumi
Kyoko
Naomi

canyourearme Mon 10-Feb-14 23:08:49

Love Suki and goes well with Holly ie put the kettle on. I know its polly but we adapt as biast.

Lottiedoubtie Mon 10-Feb-14 23:04:57

Mizuki?

MissYamabuki Mon 10-Feb-14 23:03:55

Midori
Akane

CocktailQueen Mon 10-Feb-14 22:58:35

Amika - dd's best friend, age 10
Kiyono

telsa Mon 10-Feb-14 22:54:13

Honami is lovely.

squoosh Mon 10-Feb-14 17:30:32

I love Suki and Kiko.

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