Having a little girl? You'll likely want to give her name that's rich in meaning and symbolism. Here is a list of 26 Japanese girl names that will conjure images of beauty and love while adding a global flair that she'll appreciate throughout her life.
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- Aimi Aimi (Ah-EE-mee) is a feminine Japanese name that translates into “favorite”, “affection”, or “love”.
- Akiko Akiko is a Japanese girl name. The name means “autumn child” and is pronounced AH-kee-ko.
- Arisa Although it can mean “fish” in Japanese, the feminine name Arisa (Ah-REE-sah) can translate to “cherry blossom light”, “think deeply; luck”, “help someone bloom”, “to have fortune”, “love blooms”, and “bright morning”.
- Ayumi Ayumi is a commonly-used feminine Japanese name with multiple meanings. “Sweet fish”, “walk/stroll”, and “pleasure” can all be meanings dependent on the kanji configuration. Actress and singer Ayumi Hamasaki has popularized the name since the 1990s.
- Chikako The Japanese feminine name Chikako commonly translates to “friendly parent”. “Chi” means “thousand”, “ka” means “perfume/fragrance/smell”, and “ko” means “child.” Another translation can be “the child of wisdom”.
- Eiko While it can be masculinized as Eikoh or Eikou, Eiko is a feminine name in Japan. It means “flourishing” or “prosperous”.
- Hana“Hana” is the Japanese word for “flower” and is also a commonly-used feminine name. It can mean “bud” or “blossom” as well as “flower”.
- Haruka Haruka is a feminine Japanese name from the words “Haru” (“spring” or “clear weather”) and “ka” (“flower/blossom” or “fragrance”). It can be translated as “distant” or “remote” as well.
- Hiromi Although it is a gender-neutral name, Hiromi is much more common for girls. It means “beautiful”, “broad”, or “abundant”. For boys, the meaning changes to “hope” or “rich”.
- Izumi “Fountain spring” is the meaning for the name Izumi (E-ZOO-mee). This can also be used as a Japanese surname.
- Junko Junko translates to “genuine”, “pure”, and “obedient” and is typically assigned to girls. It can mean “obedient child”.
- KaiyaKaiya is a Japanese name with some Hawaiian inspiration with “kai” meaning “sea”. In Japanese, the kanji can be combined to take on multiple meanings, such as “forgiving woman”.
- Katana In Japan, a katana is a curved, single-edged blade with a long grip made for two-handed use. It can be used as a girl’s name in Japan and has Persian origin (as a masculine name). It essentially translates to “honorable” or “sword”. It was popularized in Western culture by the Mortal Kombat video games.
- Kumiko Kumiko is a feminine Japanese name that means “beautiful” or “long time”. It can also mean “beautiful child”. It was popularized in the West in the movie The Karate Kid II and its TV-show spin-off Cobra Kai.
- Maeko As a feminine Japanese name, Maeko (MYE-ee-koh) is a combination of “true”, “blessed”, and “child”.
- Mika Mika is a name with origins in Japanese, Hungarian, and Russian. It translates to “beautiful fragrance” and is popular in Japan.
- Nara Rooted in Celtic, Hindi, and Japanese, Nara means “happy”. It is also the capital city of Nara Prefecture, Japan, and can be used as a surname.
- Oki Primarily used for females in Japan, the name Oki means “ocean-centered.” It is also the name of a set of islands north of Shimane Prefecture.
- Reika Reika (RAY-ee-kuh) is a feminine Japanese name that means “fresh flower” or “lovely petal”. Werstler and idol Reika Saiki is one Japanese celebrity with this increasingly popular name.
- Sakura In Japanese, cherry blossoms are called “Sakura”. While this is also a surname, it is popularly used as a girl’s given name.
- Satsuki Satsuki can be used for either sex, but it is more widely used for girls in Japan. It translates as “fifth moon” or “five months”, referring to the month of May.
- Takako Takako is a feminine name that can mean “beautiful” or “dutiful” as well as “noble child”.
- Tsubaki – Tsubaki is a name that means “camellia”, which is a type of flowering plant. Camellia japonica is a species of camellia flower called “Tsubaki” in Japan.
- Ume Ume (OOH-may) is the Japanese word for plum blossoms. Plum blossoms symbolize devotion.
- Wakana Wakana comes from the words “wa” (“harmony/peace”) and “kana” (“play music” or “complete”). Therefore, it can mean “playing peaceful music”.
- Yuzuki Although rare, the name Yuzuki is used for Japanese girls. It means “small citrus fruit”.
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