Who is this Japanese girl

The 60 most beautiful Japanese girl names

The land of the rising sun has always fascinated people. The mountainous national parks and the magnificent temples on one side. The densely populated cities like Osaka or Tokyo with their skyscrapers on the other side. The cultural peculiarities, the millennia-old traditions and customs, the modern pop culture in the cities: Japan is a country of strong contrasts. Japanese first names are also strong and multifaceted. And: They have wonderful meanings.

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Japanese names are shown in characters. They usually consist of one or two (sometimes several) Kanji. Each of these kanji has its own meaning. Depending on the spelling and combination, these meanings can differ. Therefore, there are also different German translations for many first names. Japanese girls' names can usually be interpreted differently.

We have listed the most beautiful Japanese girls' names below - including their most common meanings.

The peculiarity of Japanese girls' names

When choosing a name, Japanese parents don't just pay attention to the sound. The look also plays a major role. Because: Japanese first names should not only be melodious and meaningful - they should also look particularly beautiful in the Japanese Kanji writing system.

The meaning of the name also plays an important role in Japan. Children are often named after certain moments in life. As an example: Sakura means cherry blossom and is given based on the cherry blossom season. Names like Yoko (= sun) or Taki (= waterfall) are also extremely popular. Japanese names (almost) always have a beautiful and deeper meaning.

This is what you should pay attention to when choosing a Japanese girl name

Since Japanese girls' names can have different meanings depending on the Kanji, you should know all of their meanings before you decide on a name. At best, you should ask a native speaker whether a name may have negative connotations in any way.

In addition, when choosing a name, you should make sure that the first name harmonizes well with the last name. This is not always the case with a combination of a Japanese maiden name and a German surname.

A small disadvantage also arises from the fact that with Japanese first names it is often not obvious at first glance whether it is a boy's or a girl's name. Whereas German girls' names often end in “a” and boy names end in a consonant, there are only vague “tendencies” in Japanese. Japanese girls' names often end with “ko”, “mi” or “ka” and boy names with “o”, but there are numerous exceptions.

All in all, a Japanese first name is a nice choice because it has a profound meaning and is rare and therefore special in this country. Nonetheless, you should think twice about whether a Japanese name does not contrast too much with your family name and whether it sounds somehow "strange".

You should also be sure of the meaning of the name as well as the pronunciation and intonation.

Which Japanese girl name do you like best? Are you missing a name on our list? We appreciate your comments!


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About the author: Patrick has been the father and founder of Babelli.de for 4 years. He can understand the challenges young families face in Germany, because he dedicates his work and personal experiences to them on this portal. As editor-in-chief, he is responsible for finding topics, editorial processes, structuring and quality assurance of the content.