565 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.

MikanA Japanese word that means Orange or tangerine.Girl
MikasaA Nara Word that means three hats of Bamboo. Also means "to resolve"Girl
MikiA Japanese name that means a tree.Boy
MikuA beautiful sky, also means a beautiful time.Girl
MinakoA beautiful child, an apple treeGirl
MinamiThe one who lived in the south region, one who is from SouthGirl
Minato (港区)Harbour or PortBoy
MineA will or a desire to protectGirl
MinoruThe process of a tree when it bears fruit, when fruit grown on a treeBoy
Mio (ミオ)A beautiful cherry blossom, or a beautiful threadGirl
MiraiThe future, the time that yet to comeGirl
MisaA beautiful bud or a beautiful sandGirl
MisakiThe beautiful newly-grown flowerGirl
MisakoA fascinating child, beautiful sea or sandGirl
MitsuA shiny reflection, a reflection of a shineGirl
MitsueA shining light, a bright rayGirl
MitsukiThe gracious moon, the beauty of moonGirl
MiuA beautiful featherGirl
MiwaA beauty or harmony, also means three ringsGirl
MiyaA sacred house, a beautiful templeGirl
MiyahIn French it means the pregnant virgin. In Japanese it means a sacred templeGirl
MiyoA Beautiful and charming childUnisex
MiyokoA beautiful child of a beautiful generationUnisex
MiyuA beautiful truth, or a beautiful gentlenessGirl
MizukiThe beautiful and pleasant moon, an auspicious hopeGirl
MoeIt is a German reference to "Mother Mary"; the holy virgin, an unmarried girl.Girl
MomijiRed leaves, also referred to the maple treeGirl
MomokaHundreds of flowersGirl
MomokoNumerous children, or hundreds of peachesGirl
MorieLatin - Swarthy; Dark Skinned; Moor; A variant of name MorrisBoy
MorikaA fragrance of the forestGirl
MorikoA child that hails from the forestGirl
NagiA calm or a lull personGirl
NamieBlessings or little helpGirl
NamikoA child of the waves or a surfing childBoy
NanaIn Hawaiian it is the name of a spring month. In Japanese it means fresh or green vegetables. In Africa it signifies the status of a monarch.Unisex
NanakoThe child of the greensGirl
NanamiSeven seas or beautiful green vegetablesGirl
NaoAn honest person, who never lieBoy
NaokiTruthful and open tree.Boy
NaokoRespectful and submissive child.Girl
NaoyukiStraightforward and glee.Boy
NaozumiFrank and cheerfulness.Boy
NaraExtraordinary blossom from paradise, superior floret from dreamland.Girl
NarikoA Gentle or soft childGirl
NatsuVery warm season of the year.Unisex
NatsukiGreen color fruits or plants or vegetables or bright moon.Girl
NatsukoThe one who was born in summer time.Girl
NatsumiThe one who makes summer season as pretty.Girl
NatsuoThe one who came to this world during summer season.Boy
NeSound or a musical instrumentGirl
NikaioWho belongs to Daimyo, JapanGirl
NikoConquest of the nation.Boy
NisbettReliable, dependable, trust worthy.Girl
NishiGrowing stronger and strongerGirl
NoaUndertaking or wave program or indication.Unisex
NoboruIncrease or rise or triumphant.Boy
NoburuGetting wider or bigger.Boy
NoriThe person who is resembling good moralities and principalities.Girl
NorikoCommandments, instructions, rules, regulations.Girl
NoritaTradition, law, act, decree.Girl
NoritakaCommandment and devoted virtue.Boy
NotinOne whic is round and nothing lessBoy
Nozomi (のぞみ)Reliable, dependable, trust worthy.Girl
NyokoCombination of two Sanskrit words "Moha" means infatuation and "Mad" means intoxicated. Thus, it means intoxicated in infatuation.Girl
OdaAn assister of the religion or faith. One who assists in spreading the faith.Girl
OhtaThis name has two meanings, one is the eyes of the Almighty God, other one is free from dirt or impuritiesUnisex
OishiAn Arabic word that means a noble, respected man. An excellent personality.Girl
OkemiaA variant of Cornelia that means a war horn. Also the mercy or pity.Girl
OkiThe Champion in all the fields, a masterGirl
OkimiThe bright shining lightGirl
OrochiBig snakeBoy
OshinA Japanese name from a famous television seriesBoy
RadenGod of thunderBoy
RaedenThunder GodBoy
RaiThunder and lightningBoy
RaidonGod of thunderBoy
RaijinA spirit of thunderBoy
RanAn orchid flowerGirl
ReiA beautiful and lovely bellGirl
ReijiCourteous Child; A well mannered baby; Kind and well behavedBoy
ReikiA practice of healing the spiritUnisex
ReikoThe thankful childUnisex
ReinaThe Queen of peopleGirl
Ren (レン)The love of the lotusUnisex
RenzoThe third son in the familyBoy
RieJapanese - Blessing; Value; A variant form of RiaGirl
RiekoJapanese - Blessed Benefit Child;Girl
RikaA woman who is going to stay strong foreverGirl
RikiA man of power and strenghtBoy
RikkaJapanese - Dominant Ruler; Rich Powerful RulerGirl
RikkuJapanese - Dominant Ruler; Rich Powerful RulerGirl
RikoA daughter of the JasmineGirl
RikuGerman - Powerful Ruler; A variant of RichardBoy
RikutoA person of the landBoy
RinA cold, severe and dignified personUnisex
RingoOne who is like an appleBoy
RiniOne who is like a little sweet bunnyGirl
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