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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Akari

Akari is a name of Japanese origin that means ‘bright village,’ ‘vermillion/crimson’ or ‘white jasmine’ according to the kanji used in writing the word. For instance, Aka written as 明 means ‘bright,’ and 朱 means ‘vermillion red’ or ‘crimson.’ Ri, written as 里, means ‘village,’ and 莉 means ‘jasmine.’ In some kanji, it might also mean ‘red plum,’ ‘sun,’ ‘moon,’ ‘ray,’ ‘star,’ ‘brilliance,’ or ‘color’ using different kanji. Akari also means ‘the queen’ in Burmese.

Though Akari is traditionally a feminine name in Japan, it is used as a unisex name in the US. Its variant Akira is also quite popular. With the surge of anime, this name has recently gained a lot of traction. While Akari for girls is considered a light, hopeful name, it lends an extra edginess as a boy’s name.

Akari was almost unknown in the US in the earlier centuries. In the 19th century and the early 20th century, the name was scarce. In the 1970s and 1980s, the name Akari slowly caught on, mainly as a girl’s name. By the early 1990s, however, the name had attracted the attention of many parents for its unique pronunciation rooted in Japanese culture. While the name was popular for girls over these years, Akari as a boy’s name caught on only after the turn of the century. After 2000, several boy baby parents started giving the name to their little ones.

There are many variations of Akari, the most common ones being Aarik, Kiara, and Raika. You can also use several nicknames for Akari, such as Aki, Ari, and Kari. The name Akari is present in several manga series, such as Akari Akaza in ‘YuruYuri’ and Akari Mizunashi in ‘Aria.’ It is also used in various anime series, including Akari Hinomoto in ‘Digimon Fusion,’ Akari Fujisaki in ‘Hikaru no Go,’ and Akari Tsukumo in ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.’ Akari Ichijou is one of the most playable characters in the video game ‘The Last Blade.’


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How To Pronounce Akari?


Famous People With The Name Akari

  • Akari EndoDominican actress, known for her role in the movie ‘Cristo Rey’
  • Akari FujinamiJapanese freestyle wrestler, won 111 straight bouts since 2017
  • Akari HayamiJapanese actress, model, and former idol singer, former member of the female musical group ‘Momoiro Clover Z’
  • Akari YoshidaJapanese model and influencer and a former member of Japanese idol girl group ‘NMB48’
  • Akari OgataJapanese judoka who has won silver at the Asian Games

Akari On The Popularity Chart

The graphs below depict the name’s performance in terms of rankings and popularity over the years.

Popularity Over Time

In the 1990s, the name Akari was relatively unknown. Only 5 babies per million were named Akari in 1990. However, after 2000, the usage gradually improved with 63 babies per million being given this name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

In 1999, the ranking of the name Akari was at an all-time low of 14,458. However, its rank showed a gradual improvement over the next two decades.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Akari

Akari is a quirky name. Here are some names that sound similar to Akari though they may have different meanings.

Names With Similar Meaning As Akari

Akari has a pleasant meaning. Here is a list of some names that have the same meaning as Akari.

Name Numerology For Akari

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