Jiraiya is a Japanese baby boy’s name with an intricate meaning. It means “child, boy, or oneself” + “arrival or lightning” + “to be”. Jiraiya is a name from Japanese folklore but it is probably better known by Western audiences as a character from the popular anime and manga “Naruto”.

Meaning of the name Jiraiya:

Japanese: child, boy, or oneself + arrival or lightning, thunder + to be

Origin of the name Jiraiya:

Jiraiya is a baby boy’s name of Japanese origin. Jiraiya can be broken into three name elements. Ji means “child, boy” or “oneself”. Rai means “arrival” or “lightning, thunder”. Ya means “to be”.

Symbolism of the name Jiraiya:

Jiraiya is a name from Japanese folklore. The figure is a shapechanging ninja who used magic to change into animals such as a gigantic frog. He fell in love with a beautiful woman who could change into a slug and his rival was a man who could change into a serpent.

Style of the name Jiraiya:


Gender of the name Jiraiya:

Jiraiya is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Jiraiya:


Number of syllables in the name Jiraiya:


Emotion evoked from the name Jiraiya:

Jiraiya evokes feelings of strength and honor.

Alternative spellings for the name Jiraiya:

Jiraya, Jeeraiya, Jeraiya

Nicknames for the name Jiraiya:

  • Jir
  • Rai
  • Jirya

Popularity of the name Jiraiya:

According to the Social Security Administration, Jiraiya is an uncommon baby name. Jiraiya has never appeared in the top 1000 baby names list.

Related names for the name Jiraiya:

  • Jin
  • Nobunaga
  • Shingen
  • Raiden
  • Tetsuya
  • Yukito
  • Akira
  • Shigure

Great middle names for the name Jiraiya and their meanings:

  • Arata (fresh, new)
  • Daisuke (big blessed, big assist)
  • Gogo (englightened son)
  • Hideki (excellence, tree)
  • Itsuki (that one moon)
  • Haruki (the spring child)
  • Jiro (second son)
  • Chikao (clever, wise)

Famous people with the name Jiraiya:

  • Jiraiya (Japanese artist)
  • Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Australian author)

Jiraiya in popular culture:

  • Jiraiya Monogatari (literature, “Jiraiya Monogatari”)
  • JiraiyaMonogatari (folklore/literature, “Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari / The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya”)
  • Jiraiya (comics/television, “Naruto”)
  • Jiraiya (television, “Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya”)
  • Jiraiya (film, “The Magic Serpent”)