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Good japanese names.
Link | by Cloud on 2007-01-30 01:56:41
I don't know how to start. I like japan. So, i like japanese names. Especially, 'strong' name. Can anyone tell me that kind of name?
If i have a child (i'm still 20 though), i want to give him/her a japanese name.
Please recommend some good name for me (really great if you can give me the meaning of the name too), both boy and girl. Thanks alot!

Then i want to ask, can i choose any japanese family names? Or should i undergo a complicated prosedure for that matter? Recommend some good family names if it's allowed. Thanks again!


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by The loyal Servant of the Moon Goddess on 2007-01-30 02:17:26
Chiaki <----heard that name somewhere....think it sounds mega cool


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Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by sai on 2007-01-30 02:46:52
Strong name! Hmm... But then it wouldn't fit for a girl... I think names like tatsuya or shindou sounds cool... Or anything that has any "dragon" kanji in the name would sound strong... like Ryuuji or Ryuutarou... At least to me it sounds good :P

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by on 2007-01-30 02:53:40 (edited 2007-01-30 03:08:08)
Well "Sakura" (Cherry Blossom) was voted one year as the most popular name for girls...

Personally i like: FOR GIRLS

YURI (Lily)

AYAKA (colorful flower/fragrant/summer)

RYOKO (a good/bright woman)

*note* the name really has no meaning but the Chinese kanji translate to the above. Or you can use the "Tenchi Muyo!" translation "Bringer of Demons" O_O!

HARUKA (Feathers/Perfume/Flower of Eternity)

*note* has many kanji meanings

FOR GUYS:

TENCHI (Heaven & Earth)

KAORU (Fragrance)

*EDIT* Okay so some of these names aren't really "strong" names...i guess RYOKO is the strongest name on my list.


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by r3ck0rd on 2007-01-30 03:43:48
I don't get it. What do you mean by "strong"?

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Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by Eiko on 2007-01-30 16:07:50
Boys:
Kazuo - traditional name for first born son
Kenji - traditional name for second born son
Shogo
Jitsuo
Eikichi (my grandfather, Eiko is the girl version, It means prosperity)
Noburo (Climber)

Girls:
Nadeshiko (dianthus flowers or pinks, considered to be the epitome of Japanese woman, pretty, fragile looking, yet survives and thrives in the harshest conditions - NOT a common name)
Nobuko (Climber)
Seiko (successful)
Gin (gold)
Kin (silver) (Gin and Kin were names of famous identical female twins in Japan)

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by Cloud on 2007-02-02 00:52:23
What i mean by 'strong' is...when you heard / call her/him by name, you know that she/he is not a weak person. She/he is not spoiled, n she/he can always (majorly) solve her/his own problem, or more, other people's problem.

I heard that a name has effect on a person's characteristic, and if it's true, i want at least my child to be 'strong'.

Thanks everybody. But what about the family name?
I like Akodo from the Legend of the Five Ring. Akodo Toturi. Is it cool? Or strong? Or...


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by Eiko on 2007-02-02 16:44:14
Look for "Strong" names in Japanese mythology. Boys are common like Kintaro. Momotaro is another one but few boys these days care to be called Peach boy. Any boys' names with "taro" at the end are considered very old fashioned right now. There are lots of other myths and legends that you can draw inspiration from.

And while names MAY have an effect on one's character it's not a guarantee of it. And if you aren't around Japanese speaking people, who is going to know what the name refers to?

Birth order names are very indicative of the importance one has in the family. Kazuo will always have more responsibilities than Kenji and be trusted more because of the cultural understanding of the name.

Girls aren't supposed to be strong in Japanese culture. That's why common names for girls are often flowers and plants, times of day or year. They are meant to be decorative and protected, for the most part.

Are you planning on giving your child a different family name than yours? If you're worried about names affecting your child's character, this is a big one. Kids often have a very hard time when their family names does not match their parents. Being Japanese, I honestly wouldn't feel right offering family names for your consideration. There's no law or anything (that I know of)against it, but it seems disrespectful to the families that carry the name.

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by redberrie on 2007-02-04 04:24:19
hmms, luffy, i agree with eiko ehh. dont change off the surname. just let it remain as it is. even a translation seems kind of.. i dont know. not so good, i feel. your kid's name can be japanese. [im gonna give my kid a japanese name too!] but keep the original surname.


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by Cloud on 2007-02-04 21:07:04
Thanks everybody.

my friend (from japan) told me that it's necessary to change your family name if you want to go to japan (live there).
Her name is vivi novita and then she changed it into bibi nobita?
Is it true?
Japanese people won't accept if you stay by the name vivi novita? At least that's what i heard. Thanks for the info.


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by MissMin on 2007-02-04 21:29:32
Personally, I think a name doesn't really define a person. I know I don't fit my name at all. Just choose a name you think your child would like.
This is a list of the Japanese names I like, some of which are stronger than others.
hikari- light
ryuu- dragon
kimiko-noble child
kaori-fragrance
tsuki-moon
mai-dance (apricot blossom in vietnamese)
naomi-above all/beauty
natsuki-summer hope
aimi-love, beauty
If you're looking for a name, I recommend www.babynames.com or something similar. They usually have a search bar where you can search names by nationality, gender, or meaning. I use this a lot when I'm looking for character names.

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by Eiko on 2007-02-05 16:06:41
Luffy, your friend didn't change her name at all, she's just saying it with a Japanese accent.

You do NOT have to change your name to live in Japan.

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by on 2007-02-05 16:35:02
Yeah. That's right. She didn't change her name: Bs and Vs are phonetically the same in Japanese. ^__^ lol I don't know what to tell you about name reccomendations. I usually pick some of my favourite English words and see what the translated word is.


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by skYe on 2007-02-06 06:57:39
Only a few I could think of at the moment;

boy: Yuuki (courage, brave), Daichi (ground or earth), Daiji (important, precious), Kouhei (justice), Makoto (true, sincere, sincerity, devotion),
Ryou (quite a few meanings: understanding, skill, endure). That's a roughly good set...

Girl: Hanabi (fireworks), Aoko (if she's born in September, it's perfect..it translates to Blue Child, based on her birth stone), Umi (sea), Bara(-chan ^^ means rose), Emi (smile), Koori (ice), Yuuhi (setting sun), Akiko (child of fall/autumn), Yukiko (snow child, I think)

(For future reference...Gin is silver, and Kin is gold. Its a bit easy to confuse them tho...lol. ^^; I used to all the time...)

hope that was somewhat good...the girl names were kinda tough...really...you want 'strong' but it's hard to come out with one really good one fit for that description...
later!! (but really, thinking about your first child already.. I'm thinking right now about still passing exams!! lol ^^)


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by SHINJO on 2007-02-08 20:07:01
Shintaro is a cool name

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by tenshireike on 2007-05-08 15:10:44
I think the best name is Motoko, the problem is that its just an Anime name, or atleast Ive been told by a few Jap. friends.

Haruko is <3

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by r3ck0rd on 2007-05-09 06:43:59
Kusanagi Motoko from Koukaku Kidoutai eh? ^^

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Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by on 2007-05-09 07:51:19
hmm kotarou or kaoru (like mine) but if you prever other, i suggest Kenta or keiichi, or others


Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by on 2007-05-15 09:38:55
I personaly Like Sakura or Yuki for girls and Tenchi and Hikari

Zyakku

Re: Good japanese names.
Link | by Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket on 2007-05-15 10:02:35 (edited 2007-05-15 10:02:51)
you want a strong name? How about Yukari Saotome, Saotome being the family name for a girl! That name sounds really fierce and strong! Though I don't know what they mean.

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