566 Japanese Baby Names With Meanings

Japan, one of the most developed countries in Asia, does not just have a long and enchanting history. It also has a slew of adorable names to boot.

Japanese names do not just embody ancient Japanese beliefs, but also echo their artistic forms like gardening haiku poetry, architecture, and the noble lifestyles such as the Samurai Bushido Code. Some names also reflect the birth order. Taro, for instance, means ‘the first-born male’. But whether you select a traditional Japanese name or a modern one, its meaning in Japanese is a lot likely to be complex. That’s because one Japanese name can have a plethora of meanings.

Another important thing to note is that in Japan, a baby is given an informal name six days after the birth. When the child turns 16, he’s given a formal name, carried out in a proper naming ceremony.

Below, is MomJunction's list of hundreds of Japanese baby names along with their meanings. Browse the tool to shortlist your most favorite names and create your baby name list.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
Akari (あかり)Light; BrightnessGirl
Aoi (あおい)Holly flowerUnisex
Asahi (朝日)Morning SunBoy
Emica (エミカ)this name means charming or blessed and beautiful.Girl
HanaArabic for "happiness," and Japanese for "flower," Korean for "One, First, Consistency," and Hawaiian for "workGirl
Haru (春)Born In The Spring; Clear Up; Sun; SunlightBoy
Haruto (ハルト)Spring; Sunny; Clear Up Radiance; Sunshine; SunlightBoy
Hinata (日向)Japanese - Sunflower; Facing the sun; Sunny PlaceBoy
Hiroto (ヒロト)Fly far; Big FlightBoy
Itsuki (五月)Timber treeBoy
Kaito ( 怪盗)Kaito means Sea, OceanBoy
Kana (仮名)Kana means The One who Has the Power, PowerfulGirl
KannaOne of many childhood names of Lord Krishna; A pet name of Lord KrishnaBoy
Kei (けい)Kei name means Square Jewel, Blessing, WiseUnisex
Koharu (こはる)Koharu means Late SummerGirl
Kokoro (ココロ)Heart, Mind, Emotions, FeelingsGirl
Minato (港区)Harbour or PortBoy
Mio (ミオ)A beautiful cherry blossom, or a beautiful threadGirl
NikoConquest of the nation.Boy
Nozomi (のぞみ)Reliable, dependable, trust worthy.Girl
Ren (レン)The love of the lotusUnisex
RikuGerman - Powerful Ruler; A variant of RichardBoy
SanaBrilliance; exceptional talent or intelligence towards thingsUnisex
SaraPrincessGirl
Sora (そら)She is like the skyGirl
Souta ( 南部)A sudden sound of the windBoy
ToumaAssyrian form of Thomas. It means twin.Boy
Tsumugi (つむぎ)Pongee a soft cloth made from threads of silk, Spinning, Request, BeseechGirl
Yamato (やまと)Great harmonyBoy
Youta (ようだ)Great sunlightBoy
Yuuma (ゆうま)Gentle, Truthful, HonestBoy
Yuuto (ゆうと)Gentleness or Tender personBoy
Ahmya (アーミア)In Japanese it means black rain. In Spanish it means higher groundGirl
Ailove, affectionGirl
Aia (ああ)One who is famous, ruler of the houseGirl
Aika (あいか)love songGirl
Aiko (愛子)love, affectionGirl
AinaBeautiful Eyed WomanGirl
Ainu (アイヌ)Goddess of Fertility; Human like;Girl
Aito (アイト)sea, ocean combined with æ - - (to) that refers to a Chinesee constellation, or ç¿" (to) meaning "soar, fly"Boy
Akane (あかね)Madder; red dyeGirl
Aki (あき)Japanese - Sparkle; Autumn; Bright; Clear; Morning Sun; Smart; A Short Form of name AkiraGirl
Akiara (アキアラ)A bright personUnisex
Akiko (アキコ)Clear, crystal or bright; sparkling and beautiful autumn seasonGirl
Akio (秋尾)Bright Man, Manly, HeroBoy
Akira (アキラ)Bright, Clear and intelligent beingGirl
Akito (アキト)Bright person; who is like autumn seasonUnisex
AmayaThe beautiful night rainGirl
AmiHebrew - Lord of my people; It is a variant of name AmielBoy
AnekoAn older sister who is versatile and spontaneousGirl
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