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Japanese Names That Work In The UK?

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Charlotteee123 Tue 23-Aug-16 13:51:49

Hi, I'm half-Japanese (grew up in the UK) and DH is Japanese (grew up in Japan). We are looking for names that work in both countries/languages.

For a boy smile

dailymaillazyjournos Tue 23-Aug-16 17:43:32

The only half Japanese half English boy I know is called Ken. Think it might be Kensuke in full but he was always known as Ken by his family.

GetAHaircutCarl Tue 23-Aug-16 17:47:06

Akira, Hiro, Kenji, Takashi.

GetAHaircutCarl Tue 23-Aug-16 17:48:35


Chiliprepper Tue 23-Aug-16 17:49:52

There is a little Kai at our nursery which seems simple enough? Or Hiro?

overthehillandroundthemountain Tue 23-Aug-16 17:50:19

I have a relative whose boys are Kou and Nori. Most Japanese boys' names work pretty well in English, but just check that they don't have other meanings or connotations:

Hideo - sounds a bit strange, like hidey-hole!
Fumio - sounds like a Harry Potter smoke spell grin
Taro - sounds like it should be Tarot

I adore Hiroki, Isao and know a Kenji, which I think sounds pretty cool!

bookbook Tue 23-Aug-16 17:52:38

I know a couple - one English/one Japanese that named their boy Neo, but not sure if that is a Japanese name.

BoBo90 Tue 23-Aug-16 19:09:30

I love Hatori

I think most Japanese names work in the uk! Just watch out for names that sound similar to English words (like the examples in a post above) smile

It's also probably easier for you both to come up with names you like and then ask if they are ok smile as we might suggest things that wouldn't work because they remind you of something else in Japan (like Naruto/Sasuke - nice names but I instantly think of the anime) 😄

NorseFrench Tue 23-Aug-16 21:23:22


I would probably avoid names like Shinsuke because English speakers might struggle with the correct pronounciation of the -suke ending

ScrambledSmegs Tue 23-Aug-16 21:24:26

I know someone called Tomoki, obviously shortened to Tom. I've always liked it

WanttoStartAgain Wed 24-Aug-16 03:14:40


TanteRose Wed 24-Aug-16 03:32:28

I have a Gen, and friends' boys are names like Dan, Den, Kaz (Kazuki), Sean (Shun), Riki, Kai, Yoshi, Leo (Reo)...etc.

splendide Wed 24-Aug-16 11:39:09


TanteRose Wed 24-Aug-16 11:43:47

Hana is a girl's name

splendide Wed 24-Aug-16 11:44:23

In Japan? Sorry, ignore me in that case.

drspouse Wed 24-Aug-16 11:58:00

I know a Miko from an English speaking family and I think that's a Japanese name too? But I have no idea if for a boy!

Laquila Wed 24-Aug-16 12:00:49

Matsuri works well - Mat or Matty for short

Laquila Wed 24-Aug-16 21:25:05

Sorry, just seen spelling mistake - should have been Matsuro!

Kitchenaide Wed 24-Aug-16 21:27:12

Kei is better than Kai which has been ruined by the Rooneys!

ThomasHardyPerennial Wed 24-Aug-16 21:32:19

Miho. The Miho I know is the nicest person ever!

ThomasHardyPerennial Wed 24-Aug-16 21:33:37

Whoops, got carried away. Miho is a girl's name blushgrin!

badtime Thu 25-Aug-16 10:34:13

I used to know a chap called Ryo, but when he introduced himself he pronounced it more like Rio. If you don't mind dodgy pronunciation, that might work.

frequentlyhappy Thu 25-Aug-16 10:41:26

I like Akiko

Bolshybookworm Thu 25-Aug-16 10:46:06


FlyDragonfly1 Thu 25-Aug-16 11:07:34

I love the name Kyo for a boy. It might be worth looking at some Japanese manga for some inspiration for names.

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