100 Classic Female Japanese Names

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From traditional to kawaii (cute), find the perfect Japanese girl name with our curated top 100 list.

Looking for an amazing Japanese girl name that’s traditional, trendy, cute, or unique for your new baby girl? We’ve collected 100 of the most beautiful Japanese names for girls for you to choose from.

Learn their meanings, pronunciation, popularity, and a little more about each one in our list to follow.


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100 Beautiful Japanese Girl Names

Japanese girl names sound incredible and can mean different things depending on what “kanji” they are paired with. Kanji are the unique characters and symbols used to write Japanese names.

Now onto the names, any of which would be a beautiful gift to your new baby girl.

Ahmya

The name Ahmya is a traditional Japanese girl name and is popular in Japan. It is also a name used in Spain for girls – the Spanish translation being “higher ground.” Parents looking for a unique, Japanese-inspired name for their baby girl may find this name an attractive option to choose.

  • Origin: Japan, Spain
  • Meaning: Black Rain
  • Pronunciation: Uh-MY-Uh
  • Variations: Aahmyaa, Ahhmya, Ahmia
  • Popularity: Ahmya is a unique name with only 504 people registered with the name in the US.
Pretty, Traditional

Ai

Ai is a trendy Japanese girl’s name considered wholesome, natural, and traditional. It is often used as a refined, delicate name to depict love and affection.

  • Origin: Japan, Chinese
  • Meaning: Love, affection
  • Pronunciation: A-EE
  • Variations: ‘Ai
  • Namesakes: Chinese Emperor Ai Zuo 904-907. Ai Shibata, Gold Olympic medalist in freestyle swimming. Ai Iwamura, a Japanese actress, is best known as Mai in the movie Battle Royale.
  • Popularity: Ai was a well-known name in the 1970s and 1980s. The name made it to the top 10 names of 1978 and peaked as number 1 in 1983. It also stayed on top until 1990.
Pretty, Traditional, Classic

Aika

The use of Aika in Japan and worldwide is quite common, making this a very popular female Japanese name. Many regard it as a chic, classy name used primarily for girls. Many also use the name Aika in Finland, Hawaii, and the region of Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Origin: Japanese, Finnish, Tanzania, Hawaiian
  • Meaning: In the Japanese kanji, the name means love, affection, love song
  • Pronunciation: AH-EE-KAH
  • Variations: Ayika
  • Popularity: In the US in 2018, Aika ranked 9.1 out of 10 in popularity as a name for girls. It increased in popularity, ranking 9.9 in 2019!
Pretty, Traditional, Popular

Airi

While used throughout the world, Airi is most famous as a Japanese girl’s name within Japan. There, Airi is a delicate, classic girl’s name that speaks of love and affection.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Jasmine, pear, love, affection
  • Pronunciation: A-EE-REE
  • Namesakes: Airi Suzuki, a member of the Japanese pop group Cute and Buona!
  • Popularity: Very rare name.
Traditional, Classic, Modern

Aoi

As a popular Japanese girl name, Aoi is considered feminine and delicate. According to traditional Japanese culture, many people use the name Aoi as a pretty, refined, and classic name.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Hollyhock, wild ginger, green-blue, blue
  • Pronunciation: A-O-EE
  • Namesakes: Aoi Enomoto, an outfielder who plays for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. Aoi, the stage name for the second guitarist in the Japanese band, Gazetto.
  • Popularity: The name Aoi has been prevalent in Japan since the mid-1990s, entering the top 10 in 1994. It was number 1 in 2002, 2007, 2015, and 2016.
Traditional, Natural, Classic, Popular

Akari

Akari is a traditional Japanese girl’s name regarded as a classic and famous name. This pretty name is perfect for a bright new baby who is the light of your life.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Lights, bright, vermillion red
  • Pronunciation: A-KA-REE
  • Namesakes: Akari Ogata, a Japanese judoka, won her first bronze medal at World Judo Championships in 2010. Akari Yamada, renowned Japanese actress and model.
  • Popularity: Akari was rated number 2 as the most famous Japanese girl name in 2018.
Classic, Traditional, Pretty

Akemi

Akemi is a popular girl’s name in Japan, memorable as an expression of beauty and brightness. It continues to be a popular traditional name that is still commonly used throughout Japan.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright, beautiful, red beauty
  • Pronunciation: A-KEH-MEE
  • Namesakes: Akemi Matsuno, a retired marathon runner. Akemi Homura, the main character in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, an anime series.
  • Popularity: Akemi became famous for being a name that did not end in -ko. It rose to popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, ranking within the top 10 in Japan in 1957. It was number 1 in 1965.
Cool, Trendy, Classic

Anzu

Anzu is a feminine Japanese name that symbolizes a type of apricot called Prunus armeniaca, also known as the Ansu or Tibetan apricot. 12 different kanji symbols can be used to write Anzu, each one with a different meaning. Anzu can mean “forest surrounding the shrine,” “citrus fruit,” “fruit,” and “kindness.” It is also the name of Mesopotamian theology. This pretty name is not only sweet and versatile but trendy.

  • Origin: Japanese, Mesopotamia
  • Meaning: Apricot, symbolizing ripeness, “mighty cloud” in Mesopotamian
  • Pronunciation: AN-ZOO
  • Namesakes: Anzu Nagai, a well-known Japanese actress.
Modern, Trendy

Aya

Aya is a beautiful female Japanese name. Many parents adore it as it is short and easy to say. With only three letters, it sounds like a whisper of breath – dainty and straightforward.

  • Origin: Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Danish
  • Meaning: Colorful, bird, sign
  • Namesakes: Aya Koren, a famous actress. Aya Terakawa, bronze Olympic medalist in swimming. Aya Nakamura, a pop singer.
  • Popularity: Aya is not very popular, with people using the name 270 times in 2014 and 341 times in 2020.
Unique, Unusual, Simple

Aimi

Aimi is a beautiful traditional Japanese girl’s name that flows beautifully. It is a modern name that most appeals to new generation parents.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Love, affection, beautiful
  • Pronunciation: A-EE-MEE
  • Variations: Manami
  • Namesakes: Aimi MacDonald, a Scottish actress famous for her role in the comedic show “The Lovely.”
  • Popularity: Aimi made the top 10 best girl names in 1987 at number 2 and remained in the top 10 until 2006. In America, ten girls were named Aimi in 2016.
Modern, Pretty
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Airi

Airi is one of the more unique and unusual female Japanese names. It is not commonly used worldwide but is considered a pretty name for a girl in Japan.

  • Origin: Japanese, Finnish
  • Meaning: Love, affection, white jasmine, pear
  • Pronunciation: A-EE-REE
  • Namesakes: Airi Ishihara, daughter of Miyavi Ishihara from Unbroken. Airi Suzuki, a Japanese pop singer and actress.
  • Popularity: Only 12 baby girls were named Airi in the USA in 2015.
Classic, Pretty, Unique

Amaya

Although not a traditional Japanese first name, Amaya is a unique and beautiful name. Amaya has become trendy among modern Japanese parents and has been filtering onto American names lists for the past decade.

  • Origin: Japanese, Spanish, Basque
  • Meaning: Mother city, the end, night rain
  • Pronunciation: a-MA-ya
  • Variations: Amaia, Amiyah
  • Namesakes: Actress Mariska Hargitay, from Law and Order SUV, named her daughter Amaya.
  • Popularity: Since first used in 1999, the name has increasingly become popular. In 2020, it succeeded in becoming one of the top 200 names worldwide, making this a pretty popular name.
Modern

Asa

Asa is unusual to use as a female Japanese name. Although not very popular, it is novel and may become more trendy with time. Asa may be a good choice for Christian families who love the meaning and are looking for an exotic name for their new baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese, Scandinavian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: (Born in the) morning, of the gods, healer
  • Pronunciation: a-sa, as-a
  • Variations: Ase, Asah, Aza
  • Namesakes: Asa Butterfield, the actress who starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016). Asa Griggs Candler founded the Coca-Cola Company in 1892.
Modern, Unusual

Ayame

Ayame is a light soft name that sounds beautiful and classic. The name Ayame depicts an Iris, which signifies glad tidings and loyalty. The use of flowers in a Japanese name is called Hanakotoba and is considered a way of expressing emotions through flowers. There are several variations of kanji symbols that can be used to write the name Ayame in Japanese.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Iris (flower)
  • Pronunciation: A-YA-MEH
  • Namesakes: Ayame Goriki, a well-known actress and model who was born in 1992 in Yokohama.
  • Popularity: Although not a common name these days, it was popular from 1918 to 1990. These days, less than 5 girls per year are named Ayame.
Traditional, Classic

Ayano

As Ayano is not a commonly used name, you’ll find it to be unique and fresh. It is also a pretty name, full of color and brightness due to its meaning.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Color
  • Pronunciation: A-YA-NO
  • Namesakes: Ayano Shibuki, an Olympic gold medalist in volleyball. Ayano Egami, an Olympic silver medalist in synchronized swimming.
  • Popularity: Ayano was in the top 10 in 1998 and 2009. In 2018, Ayano was number 95 in the most popular Japanese girls’ names for that year.
Classic, Unique

Bashira

Bashira is a rare and unusual name that has its origins in Japanese culture. A short version of the name is Shira which is a sweet and pretty nickname. It is a happy-sounding Japanese girl’s name and, because of its meaning, can be a good choice for families who value seeking out the happier moments in life.

  • Origin: Japanese, Arabic
  • Meaning: Joyful, a predictor of good news
  • Pronunciation: Ba-shi-ra
  • Variations: Bashiri, Bashir, Bashir
  • Popularity: Bashira is an unusual Japanese girl’s name that’s not often used. It has surfaced in Indonesia, Armenia, Korea, and France but is still quite rare.
Unique

Chiaki

Chiaki is a unique first name for Japanese girls. Its origins in Japanese culture and the different kanji characters available to write it mean it can have different meanings. It can mean thousand, light; thousand crystal balls; wisdom, and shining.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: One thousand autumns, light, sparkle, shining, thousands of crystals
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-AH-REE
  • Variations: Chiharu, Chinatsu
  • Namesakes: Chiaki Hayashi is a successful Japanese businesswoman. Chiaki Kon is a Japanese anime director. Both are well known and highly respected in Japan, thus raising the name’s popularity.
  • Popularity: Chiaki is rarely used as it is not in the top 1000 names. It is a unisex name mainly given to girls, and sometimes it is used as a last name. Chiaki is a popular name used for manga and anime characters.
Unusual, Unique

Chiasa

Chiasa has Japanese origins but is rarely used to name Japanese baby girls these days. There are kanji choices often added to the word to make it unique to a Japanese girl. This name has a beautiful sentiment as you imagine your little girl rising to greet the new day.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: One thousand mornings
  • Pronunciation: Chee-ah-sah
  • Popularity: Although originating in Japan, Chiasa is now more often used in Indonesia, the US, and Finland. The new generations of Japanese are using this name less and less.
Unusual, Unique

Chie

Chie is a distinctive name for a Japanese baby girl. Its origins lie with Japanese and Asian families, but it is no longer in trend these days. If you want a unique name with a profound meaning, Chie might be a good choice.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand, blessed with wisdom
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-EH
  • Namesakes: Chie Matsuura, a Japanese voice actress famous for being the voice of the character Plankton in Spongebob Square Pants.
  • Popularity: Not very popular, with less than 5% of babies being named Chie.
Traditional

Chieko

Chieko is a rarely used name these days for Japanese baby girls. It’s a unique and pretty name depicting intelligence and wisdom.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Blessed with wisdom
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-E-KO
  • Namesakes: Chieko Kawabe, known as Chieko Ochi, is a singer, actor, and model.
  • Popularity: The name Chieko was popular in the 1920s-1930s. Since then, it has dropped in favor, with less than five baby girls being named Chieko.
Traditional
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Chiharu

Chiharu is a traditional and popular Japanese baby name. It commonly depicts goodness and freshness in Japan and other Asian countries. With different kanji characters, it can mean “thousand,” “sunny weather,” “wisdom,” and “spring.”

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A thousand springtimes
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-HA-ROO, CH-IY-HHaa-Ruw
  • Variations: Chiaki, Chinatsu
  • Namesakes: Chiharu Nakamura, a player in the Japanese women’s national rugby team. Chiharu Watabe, the actress from the film Forget Me Not.
  • Popularity: Although Chiharu is a female Japanese name, occasionally, it is used by men. Chiharu is often used for manga and anime characters.
Traditional, Popular

Chihiro

Chihiro is a neutral name, but it is most commonly used for Japanese baby girls. When used in Western culture, the name is considered cute and cool. For a classic and traditional choice that has a unique element, Chihiro is a good choice.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand, fathom, a thousand questions
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-KHEE-RO
  • Namesakes: Chihiro, the heroine in the 2002 movie Spirited Away.
  • Popularity: Chihiro was a trendy name in the 1990’s ranking in the top 10, but it has started to decline since then.
Classic, Traditional

Chika

Chika is a cute, trendy name for Japanese baby girls. It sounds light and modern. It can be versatile, with many kanji character combinations available, giving a unique take on the classic name.

  • Origin: Japanese, Western Africa, Igbo
  • Meaning: Flower, scatter, thousand, intellect, good, beautiful
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-KA
  • Namesakes: Jane Chika Oranika, a professional American rapper.
  • Popularity: Chika was a trendy name in the late ’70s and early 2000s. However, the name’s popularity waned, and in 2021, less than 5% of Japanese girls were named Chika.
Modern, Classic

Chinami

The name Chinami is distinctive and unique. Chinami is not often heard or used these days, but you’ll hear it most in Japan and Hong Kong. It is an unusual name in the US and has a variety of beautiful meanings depending on how you write it in kanji. This name is a lovely combination of wisdom and beauty, making it a wonderful name for a baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Korean
  • Meaning: Thousand, wisdom, one-thousand waves, knowledge, beautiful
  • Pronunciation: Chi-nami
  • Variations: Chinaka, Chinarah, Chinara
  • Namesakes: Chinami Nishimura is a renowned Japanese voice actress. Chinami Tokunaga is a member of the popular J-pop group Hello! Project.
  • Popularity: Chinami is a very rare name. It is estimated that less than 0.001% of the population has this name.
Unique, Rare

Chinatsu

Chinatsu is an easy-to-pronounce Japanese name that exudes femininity and class. It is a Japanese female first name used both in Japan and the US. Occasionally the name is given to men, but this is exceptionally rare. With the use of different kanji characters, the meaning of Chinatsu can mean wise summer, intellect, or vegetable.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand, summer
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-NA-TSOO
  • Variations: Chihara,Chiaki
  • Namesakes: Chinatsu Akasaki is a well-known voice actress in Japan.
  • Popularity: It is suggested that Chinatsu is used less than 5 times per year, making this a very rare name.
Traditional, Classic

Chiyo

Chiyo is a cute name, easy to pronounce with a link to generations past. When used to name a baby girl, it is a traditional reminder of the importance of family ties and family history.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand generations, eternal
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-YO
  • Namesakes: Chiyo, Miyako, the oldest living woman, who died in 2018 aged 117 years old.
  • Popularity: Chiyo was the number 1 most popular girl’s name in Japan in 1912 and 1915, most common during the Edo period (1603-1867).
Traditional, Classic

Chiyoko

Chiyoko is a unique, unusual, and historical name still used today. Chiyoko was the second most popular name during the 1920-1930s. It is a classic, delicate name with a profound meaning that would be wonderful for a baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand generations, child of forever
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-YO-KO
  • Namesakes: Chiyoko Shumakura, the Goddess of Enka.
  • Popularity: Chiyoko was most popular in 1930, giving this name a rich history.
Traditional

Chizue

Baby girls named Chizue will have a unique name that makes people think of eagerness and earnestness. The meaning of long life and endurance add a sprinkle of history and culture to the great name. There are 6 different kanji characters that can be used with Chizue, changing its meaning to “river” or “blessed.”

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand, storks, long life, endurance
  • Pronunciation: Ch-izue
  • Variations: Chizzy, Chizuko
  • Namesakes: Chizuko Yoshida is a Japanese artist, considered a modernist whose work reflects the development of Japanese art after World War II.
  • Popularity: Chizue is infrequently used, and it is not listed in the top 1000 names. This is a common name used in the Shinto religion.
Traditional, Classic, Unique

Cho

Although a pretty Japanese name, Cho is a rare name anywhere else in the world. Cho is also a Burmese name meaning “sweet.” Chō is used as a unit of measure of area in Japan and an ancient unit of Japanese length. The youth in Japan sometimes use the phrase “cho kawaii,” which means super cute or very cute. Just like your little bundle is bound to be!

  • Origin: Japanese, Korean
  • Meaning: Butterfly
  • Pronunciation: CHO
  • Variations: Chou
  • Namesakes: Cho-Cho San, the main character in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
  • Popularity: Cho is more common as a surname in Japan. It is yet to become a trendy name in the modern world.
Traditional, Classic

Chuya

Chuya has a lovely meaning with origins rooted in Japan. But, it is a rare name in Japan among traditional cultural families. If the name is used in Japan, it’s usually by Japanese families with Christian beliefs.

  • Origin: Japanese, Indian
  • Meaning: Pure and transparent like water
  • Pronunciation: CH-UW-AH
  • Variations: Chiyo
  • Popularity: Rarely used as a first name but has historically been used as a surname and can even be traced back to Ireland and Britain. Chuya is often used in China and Turkey.
Traditional, Classic
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Dai

Dai is a rare and unique Japanese girl’s name. It’s fun, short, and easy to pronounce. It’s a kawaii – meaning cute – name and chosen by families who want a snappy and cute name for their baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese, Welsh, Vietnamese, Chinese
  • Meaning: Great, large, generation
  • Pronunciation: Day
  • Variations: Dae, Dai, Day
  • Namesakes: Dai Lu Wa, a popular Chinese movie and television actress. Dai Fujikura was a Japanese classical composer. Dai Nagao was a Japanese composer, musician, and producer.
  • Popularity: Dai was a trendy name since its origins until 2010 when it became less common. It has been a popular name for anime and manga characters.
Classic

Danuja

Trendy in Sri Lanka and India, Danuja is a unique name for a Japanese girl to have. The meaning of Danuja implies a strong personality due to its translation. It is a cool vintage name to have, especially for American babies.

  • Origin: Japanese, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Knight, a successful ruler, born of Danu
  • Pronunciation: Da-Nu-ja
  • Variations: Danujaa, Dhanuja
Unique

Den

Den is a classic, unique name for a girl. If you’re looking for a Japanese girl’s name that’s ultra modern-sounding, Den may be a good choice. It would also be pretty cool to be named after a Pharoah!

  • Origin: Japanese, Greek
  • Meaning: Shelter, follower of Dionysius
  • Pronunciation: Den
  • Variations: Denn
  • Namesakes: Den, also known as Hor-Den and Dewen, Egyptian Pharaoh. He was one of the best pharaohs known so far. Den was also the “King of Upper and Lower Egypt.”
  • Popularity: The name Den was popular from 1942 to 1958.
Classic

Doi

Doi is the English pronunciation of three popular Japanese family names. However, it is also a popular forename and can also be a Japanese name for boys. Because the name translates to “mountain” and “earth,” it is a great choice for families who love the outdoors or value nature.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Mountain, earth
  • Pronunciation: Doy
  • Namesakes: Ichitarō Doi, a professional shogi player who achieved 8-dan, the highest rank in his time. He was also the first president of the Japan Shogi Association. Misaki Doi, a famous Japanese professional tennis player.
Traditional

Eiji

Eiji can be used for boys and girls. It is a modern, unique name that sounds elegant and chic. This name also has a melodic quality to it. Unlike most Japanese names for girls, Eiji is bold. It is trendy among young Japanese families and is a good choice for Japanese Americans where the meaning of the name is attractive.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Cheerful, excellent, successful
  • Pronunciation: Eh-ee-jee
  • Namesakes: Eiji Aonuma, a celebrated Japanese video game designer, director, and producer whose most famous creation is The Legend of Zelda series by Nintendo.
  • Popularity: Eiji is a popular name in Japan.
Trendy, Popular

Emi

Emi is a Japanese female name occasionally used as a surname. Depending on the kanji characters used to write Emi, the meanings can change. Nevertheless, it is a lovely choice in every sense, especially when you consider its translation of “beautiful smile.”

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful smile, blessed
  • Pronunciation: E-mi
  • Namesakes: Emi Wakui, a famous Japanese actress with three Japanese Academy Awards.
  • Popularity: Emi started becoming popular after 1968 and has seen only an increase in use since.
Modern

Emiko

Emiko can be written in Japanese seven ways with different kanji characters. The meaning varies each time, but the theme stays the same. Literally, Emiko means “blessed” (Emi) + “child” (ko). It is a classic Japanese female name symbolizing abundance and beauty. Parents who feel their baby girl is a blessing may find this an attractive name choice.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Prosperous, beautiful child, blessed with child
  • Pronunciation: E-mi-ko
  • Variations: Emico
  • Popularity: Emiko was very popular after 1916 but dipped in popularity around 1970. Recently, it started trending up and is being used more.
Classic

Emica

Emica is a classic Japanese girl’s name. It is a pretty and unique name that is rare in the modern-day world. The name is light and fun to pronounce. Thus, although not too familiar and not the most popular, it has its charm. Little girls named Emica can also use the nickname “Emi.”

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Charming, blessed
  • Pronunciation: E-mi-ka
  • Variations: Emika
  • Popularity: A rare name.
Classic, Upbeat

Ena

Ena is a unique and classic Japanese girl’s name. It is short and sweet, with namesakes spread not only across Japan and Asia but all around the world.

  • Origin: Japanese, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift from God, renewer
  • Pronunciation: E-na
  • Variations: Ina
  • Namesakes: Ena Noël, an advocate for children’s education and literature in Australia. She also promoted library services for children.
  • Popularity: Ena was a trendy name in the 1800s but is seldom used today.
Classic

Eri

Eri is a classic name that has been popular at different times in history and across cultures. Eri is a beautiful word that is easy to pronounce and pairs well with any surname. If you’re looking for a cute, short, and punchy name for your baby girl, this might be it.

  • Origin: Japanese, Irish
  • Meaning: Blessed prize, my awoken one
  • Pronunciation: E-ri
  • Variations: Ery
  • Namesakes: Eri, the original legendary king of the Igbo people of Africa.
  • Popularity: After 2019, the name Eri suddenly regained its popularity. It is now one of the most chosen names for girls worldwide.
Modern, Classic
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Eshima

Eshima is a classic neutral name adored by parents for its simplicity. It is a lovely traditional name with a musical quality to it. It is rare today, making it unique and special for baby girls in the US. Little girls with the name Eshima can be called Eshi for short.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: True intention
  • Pronunciation: E-shee-ma
  • Namesakes: Shinji Takane Eshima, a Japanese-American musician and composer who received the Stanford Humanities Awards in 1977.
  • Popularity: It was a popular name in Japan in the 1900s but hasn’t hit the ranking charts in the USA, making this a rare name there.
Vintage

Etsu

Etsu is a kawaii, a short Japanese girl’s name with a light and fun meaning. Yet still uncommon, the name is unique and trendy, perfect for modern-day families worldwide. Due to the translation of the name, families that are delighted by the birth of their new baby girl might enjoy this name.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Delight
  • Pronunciation: Ee-t-soo
Trendy

Etsudo

Etsudo is one of the rare Japanese girls’ names. However, it can be for both boys and girls. Etsudo is a unique and unusual female Japanese name with a beautiful meaning. Despite its uniqueness, this name is not popular in Japan. The main reason is that another version of this name, Etsuko, is more popular simply based on the sound of the name and is primarily chosen by parents who want a traditional name with a unique element.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Joyful child
  • Popularity: It is a rare name.
Vintage

Etsuko

Etsuko is a trendy Japanese girl’s name. It is musical, cute, and has a classic vintage feel. Following its meaning, Etsuko spreads joy and affection. This is an adorable name that will suit any child.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Joyful child
  • Pronunciation: E-tsu-ko, et-suko
  • Namesakes: Etsuko Yakushimaru, a Japanese singer, producer, composer, lyricist, arranger, and artist.
  • Popularity: Etsuko is a popular girl’s name in Japan.
Classic

Fuji

The name Fuji honors Mount Fuji in Japan. While Fuji is a name for boys and girls, it is still a classic name for Japanese girls. Fuji is a serene and beautiful name that does justice to its meaning.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Prosperous opinion
  • Pronunciation: Fu-jee
  • Namesakes: Ari Fuji, the first Japanese female pilot in command. She also became the first female flight instructor in Japan.
  • Popularity: This is a rare name.
Cool, Modern

Fumiko

Fumiko is a classic Japanese girl name. Fumiko stays true to its elegant roots by sounding classy and effortless. Fumiko brings a touch of beauty and somberness that brings forth the intelligence of the name bearer.

  • Origin: Japanese.
  • Meaning: Intellectual
  • Pronunciation: FOO-Mee-koh
  • Namesakes: Fumiko Orikasa, a Japanese television and voice actress behind the popular anime character Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Popularity: Fumiko used to be a prevalent name in the early 1900s. However, it is not that popular now and is a rare name for baby girls.
Classic

Fuyuko

The name Fuyuko is a modern take on more traditional names. Like the meaning, Fuyuko is a crisp, chic, and cool name. It’s the perfect name to capture the edgy, trendy side of Japanese culture.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Winter child
  • Pronunciation: FOO-YOO-KO
  • Namesakes: Fuyuko Matsui, a Japanese artist known for her Nihonga paintings and unique way of capturing emotions on paper.
Modern, Cool, Trendy

Gen

Gen is a unique, fresh Japanese name for a next-generation baby girl. It is short, sweet, and very kawaii. While the origin relates to nature, the name Gen represents the vibrant energy of youth and modernism.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese
  • Meaning: Spring, root, the lady of the congregation
  • Pronunciation: Jen
  • Variations: Genn, Jen, Jenn
  • Popularity: The popularity of the name Gen rose after 2015. In 2021, 8,336 babies were named Gen.
Vintage, Cool

Gina

Gina is the embodiment of a soft, feminine name. It became a popular name worldwide after the Italian actress of the same name became popular in the mid-1900s. The allure of this pretty name persists still. It is also not an uncommon name in the US and Canada.

  • Origin: Japanese, Filipino, Greek, Indian
  • Meaning: Silvery, queen, well-born
  • Pronunciation: Gi-na
  • Variations: Zina
  • Namesakes: Gina Lollobrigida, a famous Italian actress often called “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”
Classic, Vintage

Haia

Haia is a beautiful name, sounding just as rich as its cultural background. Its variation, Haya, is popular in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Middle East. In Japan, it is used as Haia and is an equally beloved name. The name sounds poetic and modern at the same time.

  • Origin: Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic
  • Meaning: Nimble, quick, heartily, happy, shy
  • Pronunciation: Ha-ia, hai-a
  • Variations: Haya
  • Namesakes: Princess Haya bint Hussein, a world-renowned humanitarian worker.
Cool, Trendy
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Hana

Hana is a pretty floral name that symbolizes fresh and blissful beauty across the many cultures from which it originates. It is a perfect name for a blessed baby girl whose birth is welcomed and celebrated.

  • Origin: Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, Slavic
  • Meaning: Bliss, flower, blossom, the grace of God
  • Pronunciation: hah-NAH
  • Variations: Hannah, Hanna, Johana
  • Namesakes: Hana Mandlikova, tennis player. Hana Hatae, American actor.
  • Popularity: Hana is a unique variant of Hannah, a common name used in many English-speaking countries.
Upbeat, Vintage, Popular

Hanako

Hanako is a Japanese girl’s name embedded throughout Japanese culture. It is perfect as a sweet and quaint name for a beautiful baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese, Christian
  • Meaning: Flower child
  • Pronunciation: Hah-Nah-Koh
  • Variations: Hana, Hanae
  • Namesakes: Hanako, Princess Hitachi, wife of Prince Hitachi of Japan. Hanako Yamada, 9th rival in the video game Yandere Simulator.
  • Popularity: Hanako is a long alternative for its more famous variant, Hana. It is rising in popularity as more people want a unique name.
Traditional, Classic, Vintage

Haruka

Haruka is a sweet, free-spirited name in the Japanese language. Its aesthetic writing combined with its meaning is reminiscent of the soothing beauty of spring as flowers bloom into their prime.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Far off, distant, spring fragrance
  • Pronunciation: HAH-roo-kah
  • Namesakes: Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese voice actress and singer. Haruka Imal, an accomplished Japanese former figure skater.
  • Popularity: Beyond its country of origin, Haruka is most commonly used in the US as a girl’s name, followed by the UK.
Cool, Pretty, Unique

Hayami

Hayami is a serene, almost holy word used to describe innocent, pure and selfless beauty. It is the perfect name symbolizing eternal beauty that comes from within.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Rare and unusual beauty
  • Pronunciation: HA-ya-mee
  • Namesakes: Yuji Hayami, science fiction and fantasy writer.
  • Popularity: Hayami is a well-heard name but uncommon. Although a handful of its namesakes are popular, it still has to make its way to fame in Japan and globally.
Unusual, Unique

Himari

Himari has vibrant and lively roots in Japanese culture. The name gives off a positive and happy vibe, perfect for a blessed newly-born baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sunshine, sunflower
  • Pronunciation: Khee-mar-ree
  • Variations: Himawari, Haruka, Hinata
  • Namesakes: Himari Noihara, a fictional character in the manga series Omamori Himari.
  • Popularity: The name Himari shined in the 1990s. In 2007, it reached the global top 100 Japanese names.
Modern, Pretty, Unique

Hina

Described in Indian and Japanese culture with nature-centered words and poetic greenery, Hina is a gentle and nurturing Japanese girl’s name.

  • Origin: Indian, Japanese, Pacific Islander
  • Meaning: Myrtle vine, daylight, greenery
  • Pronunciation: HEE-nah
  • Variations: Hinna, Hinaa, Hena
  • Popularity: Hina is a popular name in Japan.
Pretty, Cool, Popular

Hiroko

Hiroko, through its Japanese roots, means and symbolizes a kind and giving nature. Hiroko is a wishful female Japanese name for abundance and prosperity in the culture.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Magnanimous, generous child
  • Pronunciation: HEE-roh-koh
  • Variations: Yuko, Yuuko
  • Namesakes: Hiroko Hagakure, from Danganronpa Another Episode. Hiroko Suzuki, a female professional wrestler.
  • Popularity: Hiroko is a familiar name within its country of origin, Japan. In 2014, Hiroko was the 12th most used first name in Japan.
Classic, Vintage, Unique

Isako

Isako is a fantastic and upbeat name that is still special and one-of-a-kind. It started to surface as a boy’s name, freshly reinvented as a trendy name for girls.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sand, child
  • Pronunciation: Ee-sah-koh, IY-Saa-Kow
  • Namesakes: Isako Washio, a Japanese actress, starring in Bloom in the Moonlight. Isako Saneyoshi, an actor who starred in Kamikaze Taxi.
Cool, Upbeat, Unique

Ichika

Ichika is a nature-centered name that symbolizes beauty born out of calm and harmony. It is a perfect name with a flowy and harmonious spirit.

  • Origin: Japanese, English, Mayan
  • Meaning: One thousand flowers, harmony, peace, serenity
  • Pronunciation: EE-CHEE-KAH
  • Variations: Echika, Ishika
  • Popularity: In 2020, Ichika was one of the top 5 most popular Japanese names globally. It became a popular name when many of its namesakes became famous in movies and television.
Traditional, Cool, Pretty

Kanna

Kanna is an endearing and affectionate name for a baby girl. The name has a feeling of lightness and breeziness like waves in the ocean, symbolizing innocent beauty.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese, Icelandic
  • Meaning: Wise, caring, summer waves
  • Pronunciation: KAAN-ah
  • Variations: Kana, Kanna, Kona
  • Namesakes: Kanna Hashimoto, a J-pop musician. Kanna Kamui, from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.
  • Popularity: Kanna is a name used in many cultures. Although often fancied by Asians, many Europeans like the name as well.
Cool, Pretty, Trendy
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Kaori

Kaori is a sweet name for a sweet and lovely baby girl. The name radiates everlasting beauty and positivity.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Fragrant, sweet child
  • Pronunciation: KAH-o-ree
  • Variations: Kaoru
  • Namesakes: Kaori Momoi, actress. Kaori Ekuni, novelist. Kaori, name of a character in Sailor Moon.
  • Popularity: Kaori was once an unusual name. It became trendy worldwide when celebrity couple Eniko and Kevin Hart named their daughter Kaori when they welcomed her in 2020.
Vintage, Pretty

Kazuko

Kazuko is a serene name symbolizing the alignment of mind, body, and soul into one person destined for great things and happiness.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: One, harmony, child of peace
  • Pronunciation: Kaa-ZUW-Kow
  • Namesakes: Kazuko Fujita, manga artist. Kazuko Hara, a Japanese opera composer.
  • Popularity: Kazuko is a name written in history and adored for its long cultural roots. One historical namesake is Kazuko, Princess Taka, the third daughter of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun.
Traditional, Unique, Badass

Kei

Kei is a wholesome and refined name. It is a delicate Japanese baby girl’s name that exudes class and style. With so many beautiful meanings, Kei is definitely a winner if you’re looking for a short name.

  • Origin: Japanese, Korean, Chinese
  • Meaning: Intelligent, blessed, respectful, joyous
  • Pronunciation: KEH-iy, Key
  • Variations: Kyo, Hye (Korean), Hui (Chinese)
  • Namesakes: Kei Nijimura, main character’s sister in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Jojolion. Kei Nishikori, Japanese Olympic medalist (tennis).
  • Popularity: Kei is famous both as a first name and nickname in many countries. Although it originated from Asia, Kei is common in Africa and the US as well.
Classic, Pretty, Trendy

Keiko

Keiko is a simple, graceful name for a baby girl. It expresses lightness, a perfect name to wish your baby a life filled with blessings and happiness.

  • Origin: Japanese, Korean
  • Meaning: Blessed, fortunate, joyous child
  • Pronunciation: KAY-koh
  • Variations: Kaiko, Keike
  • Namesakes: Emperor Keiko, Japanese emperor (c. 71-130). (Christine) Keiko Agena, American actress. Keiko Fuji, a 1960s Japanese singer and actress.
  • Popularity: Keiko is a moderately popular Japanese name, especially in Nordic countries where many Japanese reside.
Classic, Pretty

Keina

Keina is a culturally rich name with namesakes all around the world. Keina is a colorful classic Japanese name that exudes positivity and goodwill. It radiates in pure friendliness and kindness.

  • Origin: Japanese, African, Europe
  • Meaning: Sunshine, prosperity, rich with blessings
  • Pronunciation: Kay-na, KEE-na
  • Variations: Keyna, Kina, Kana, Kanna
  • Popularity: Keina is both a popular and widespread name used across cultures. Historians are still in conflict over its original roots.
Classic, Popular, Upbeat

Kiyo

Kiyo is a name with a rich history and even a more prosperous future. The name is a wish-like gift of innocence and purity to your baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Clean, pure, holy
  • Pronunciation: KIY-Yow
  • Variations: Kiyohime
  • Popularity: The popularity of Kiyo as a name began in the Edo period (1603-1867) and continued through the 21st century. At the beginning of the 1900s, Kiyo made it into the top 10 most popular Japanese names.
Traditional, Popular

Koharu

Koharu is a happy name, perfect as a wishful name for a baby girl. The name is reminiscent of the breezy and carefree spring in Japan.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Late summer, small spring
  • Namesakes: Koharu Sugawara, dancer, choreographer, and model. Koharu Kusumi, a J-pop singer in Hello! Project.
  • Popularity: The name became a globally heard name when a namesake, Koharu Sugawara, excelled as an international choreographer featured in Urban Dance Camp.
Classic, Popular, Upbeat

Kokoro

Kokoro is an uncommon Japanese name that gives a vibe of a blanket-like lightness and protection. Kokoro’s root word describes the oneness of heart, mind, and soul – considered one entity in Japanese culture.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Tender, receive love
  • Pronunciation: KO-ko-roh
  • Namesakes: Hata no Kokoro, from Touhou Project. Kokoro, a character in the fangame Super Danganronpa Another 2. Kokoro, the shapeshifter in ‘Soullessly.’
Modern, Trendy, Unique

Kumiko

Kumiko is an ageless name, perfect to signify eternal love and affection.

  • Origin: Japanese, Christian
  • Meaning: Eternal, beautiful, long-lived child
  • Pronunciation: KOO-MEE-ko
  • Variations: Yumiko
  • Namesakes: Kumiko, a character in the manga/comic, Megatokyo. Kumiko Albertson, a manga artist character in The Simpsons.
  • Popularity: Kumiko is one of the most popular Japanese girls’ names, ranking in the top 10 in 1949 and 1982. Its popularity peaked in 1962 and 1975, ranking #1 in both years.
Classic, Popular, Unique

Kyouko

Kyouko, in Japanese, symbolizes simplicity, finesse, and politeness. It is a perfect Japanese baby girl’s name that exudes love, loyalty, and harmony.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Respectful, polite child
  • Pronunciation: KYO-koh
  • Variations: Kyoko, Kyuko, Kiyoko, Kiyuko
  • Popularity: Kyouko and its variations are widely-used names within Japan but rarely beyond the culture. Within the culture, a variation of the word, Kyoko, has famous namesakes in entertainment (Kyoko Yoshine, actress), sports (Kyoko Iwasaki, swimmer), and martial arts (Kyoko Kimura, wrestler).
Modern, Trendy
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Maeko

Maeko is a historically rich name that symbolizes the natural virtuousness of a newborn baby. It is perfect as a one-of-a-kind name, second to none, and makes for a unique name for girls inside and outside of Japan.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Honest, genuine, blessed child
  • Pronunciation: MAH-eh-koh
  • Variations: Maiko, Maeca, Maemo, Maekiko, Maekiyo
  • Popularity: Maeko is a less common name than its popular variation, Maiko. This makes Maeko perfect as a memorable name with no name-alikes.
Traditional, Classic, Unique

Maemi

Rooted in stories filled with abundance and countless blessings, Maemi is a gifted child’s name. It symbolizes a life of harmony rooted in honesty and loyalty. It is a perfect name for a baby girl sculpted with a good heart and a solemn mind.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Smile of truth, kind child
  • Pronunciation: MAH-eh-mee
  • Variations: Maemy, Maema, Maeko
  • Popularity: Uncommon, Maemi is a striking name, almost like no other.
Classic, Pretty

Mai

Mai has similar roots to three Asian cultures. Combined, Mai is reminiscent of the gentleness of spring and the elegance of flowers that dance with the wind. It is perfect as a new and joyous name for a new baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese
  • Meaning: Brightness, spring, dance
  • Variations: Maie, May, Mae
  • Namesakes: Mai Nguyen-Kim, German chemist and television presenter. Mai Shiraishi, Japanese idol group Nogizaka46 member.
Traditional, Upbeat

Mami

Mami is a classical name with a modern twist. In modern Japan, Mami infers modest youthfulness and delicateness. It is a perfect classy name for a blessed baby girl with genuine beauty and softness.

  • Origin: Japanese, Christian
  • Meaning: Real, genuine, beautiful, pearl
  • Pronunciation: MAH-mee
  • Variations: Mamiko, Asami
  • Popularity: Mami is a popular name in Asian-speaking Christian countries. They adore its shortness, having only four letters and two syllables.
Modern, Unusual

Manami

From Japanese mana, meaning affection combined with mi, meaning beauty or ocean, Manami symbolizes a natural beauty, sensitivity, and delicateness. Manami is a name used in various countries, in both Europe and North America.

  • Origin: Japanese, Hindu
  • Meaning: Love, affection, beauty, sea, ocean
  • Pronunciation: MAH-nah-mee
  • Variations: Aimi
  • Namesakes: Manami Nakano, female football player. Manami Oku, a Japanese idol and fashion model. Manami Toyota, a female professional wrestler.
Unique, Vintage

Mayumi

Mayumi is a traditional name in many cultures and is beautiful and gentle. The various meanings of Mayumi are beautiful and contain beloved human qualities: pure truth, sincerity, and loyalty.

  • Origin: Japanese, Filipino, Buddhism
  • Meaning: Truth, reason, beautiful
  • Pronunciation: MAH-yoo-mee
  • Variations: Yumi
  • Namesakes: Mayumi Aoki, Olympic gold medalist (swimming). Mayumi Azuma, a Japanese manga artist.
  • Popularity: Mayumi is a dominantly used multi-cultural name. From the Americas to South East Asia to Europe (UK and Germany), Mayumi is a popular, beautiful, and gentle name.
Traditional, Vintage

Megumi

Megumi is a classic name with a colorful history. It symbolizes purity and unconditional love like no other, a mirror to a baby’s innocence.

  • Origin: Japanese, Christianity
  • Meaning: Blessing, grace, love
  • Pronunciation: Meh-GOO-mee
  • Namesakes: Megumi Takase, Olympic athlete (football). Megumi Han, a Japanese actress.
Classic, Pretty

Mio

Mio, in Japanese, symbolizes the free spirit. It is a perfect name to wish for a life filled with love, compassion, and braveness.

  • Origin: Japanese, Spanish
  • Meaning: Beautiful, firebird
  • Pronunciation: MEE-oh
  • Variations: Miou
  • Namesakes: MIQ, female Japanese pop and anime-themed-song vocal artist who first used MIO as her name.
  • Popularity: Mio is a popular name across cultures. From Japan to Denmark (Michael Mio Nelsen, footballer) to Albania (Vangjush Mio, painter).
Cool, Popular

Mirai

Mirai is a jovial baby name that radiates positivity and happiness. It symbolizes a wishful life of beauty and greatness.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese, Korean
  • Meaning: Future, wait
  • Pronunciation: Mee-rah-ee
  • Variations: Mirae
  • Namesakes: Marai Nagasu, Olympic athlete (US figure skating).
  • Popularity: The Japanese word for future, Mirai became a popular name in the 1980s when a bearer, Mirai Nagasu, bagged the championship at the US figure skating competition.
Modern, Popular, Upbeat

Misaki

Misaki is an everlasting Japanese girl’s name that transcends youth and innocence. It symbolizes how beauty can be godly, withstanding all heavy wind and storms.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful bloom or blossom
  • Pronunciation: MIY-Saa-Kiy
  • Variations: Mizaki, Kenzaki, Kensaki
  • Namesakes: Misaki, the collective term for Japanese spirits (i.e., gods, demons, etc.). Misaki Iwasa, Japanese AKB48 idol group member, and enka (modern ballad) singer.
  • Popularity: Only 105 people are named Misaki worldwide. Unlike flowers, they are hard to find – so special. The name may not be popular, but certainly unforgettable.
Pretty, Cool
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Mitsuki

Mitsuki is a beautiful name to give for good luck and bountiful flow into a baby’s life and years on forward. Mitsuki is cute but elegant, short but sweet. It is a rare name, treated like a jewel by its namesakes and those who adore manga.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Radiant moon, water moon
  • Pronunciation: Mit-SOO-kee
  • Variations: Mitsueki, Mitsuko, Mitsuaki
  • Namesakes: Mitsuki Endo, Japanese singer (former Ramen Rider Girls).
  • Popularity: Only around 5,000 persons worldwide are named Mitsuki making this a rare name.
Classic, Vintage

Miyoko

Miyoko is a descriptive name given to children of the third generation in Japanese culture. The name exudes a radiant and youthful vibrational energy.

  • Origin: Japanese, Judaism
  • Meaning: Beautiful third-generation child
  • Pronunciation: MIY-Yow-Kow
  • Variations: Miyoka
  • Namesakes: Miyoko Asada, Japanese actress and former pop idol. Miyoko Karami, Japanese road cyclist.
  • Popularity: Miyoko is a rare name globally, with only 576 people named this in the last century. But there is one place where it’s not so rare – Hawaii. In Hawaii, 1928, 17 Hawaiian babies were born with the same name, making it a top Hawaiian girl name.
Unique, Modern

Nagi

Nagi is a Japanese spiritual word. It expresses harmony and serenity. Nagi, as a baby name, symbolizes friendliness, calmness, and spirituality.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese, Arabic
  • Meaning: Calm, harmony, peace, concord, serenity (sea)
  • Pronunciation: Nah-GEE
  • Variations: Naji, Nageia, Nagisa
  • Namesakes: Nagi Yanagi, J-Pop singer, songwriter, and lyricist.
  • Popularity: Nagi took a leap in popularity from its humble beginnings when two people named Nagi grew massive fanbases of J-Pop lovers during their prime years – Nagi Noda and Nagi Yanagi.
Traditional, Cool

Namie

Namie is a soft and gentle name perfect for an adorable baby girl. The personification of freeing waves also symbolizes freedom and happiness. Namie would be an awesome name for families who love travel and exploration.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese, Korea
  • Meaning: Wandering, waves, unrestrained
  • Pronunciation: NAH-mee-AY
  • Variations: Nami, Nanie
  • Namesakes: Namie Amuro, Queen of J-Pop.
  • Popularity: Namie is an ultra-rare name. It ranks as the top 78,292 most famous first names, with only 11 people named Namie worldwide for the last 100 years.
Cool, Vintage, Unique

Nanami

The direct translation of Nanami is seven seas. Number seven is essential in Buddhism and is considered lucky. The name Nanami symbolizes the same luck and wishes for your beautiful new baby.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese
  • Meaning: Seven seas, ripple, beautiful
  • Pronunciation: NAH-nah-mee
  • Namesakes: Nanami Sukuraba, actress and gravure idol. Nanami Kitamura, footballer for Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies.
  • Popularity: Nanami is a very uncommon and different name in the US. The number of babies born with the name peaked in 2008 at only 19 babies.
Traditional, Pretty

Natsuki

The Japanese symbolism of the word Natsuki is bounty, abundance, and blessings. It is an excellent name as a gesture or token of good luck for your new baby girl’s life.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Vegetables, greens, summer
  • Pronunciation: NAT-soo-kee
  • Variations: Narana
  • Namesakes: Natsuki Takaya, manga artist.
  • Popularity: Natsuki ranks dropped 204 places to rank 8,783rd as the most popular baby name in the US, making this a rare name.
Modern, Trendy

Niko

Niko is light and jolly as a baby girl’s name. Niko niko shi-masu, a closely related phrase, also means to smile.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese
  • Meaning: Daylight, peace, harmony, soft
  • Pronunciation: Neek-oh
  • Variations: Nikko, Nico, Nicco
  • Namesakes: Niko Nicotera, an actor known for his roles in The Purge: Anarchy and Good Girls. Niko Pepaj, TV actor.
  • Popularity: The name Niko is trendy in the US.
Cool, Modern, Trendy

Nozomi

Nozomi is a light and gentle name, fitting for a fresh, beautiful baby girl. It is rare in the US, perfect as a one-of-a-kind name.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese
  • Meaning: Wish, desire, hope
  • Pronunciation: Naw-zaw-MEE
  • Variations: Nozomea, Nozomee, Nozomey, Nozomie, Nozomy
  • Namesakes: Nozomi Sasaki, Japanese glamour and fashion model. Nozomi Tsuji, Japanese singer.
  • Popularity: Only 250 people in the US are named Nozomi, making it a rare name. It is a perfect name choice for individuality.
Pretty, Upbeat, Badass

Rei

Rei is a short but unique name for a girl, perfect as a stand-alone and exudes class and grace. You can think of your new baby girl as your little ray of sunshine.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese
  • Meaning: Graceful, exquisite, lead
  • Pronunciation: REH
  • Variations: Ray
  • Namesakes: Rei Kawakubo, Japanese fashion designer. Marina Rei, dance-pop, soul music, and pop-rock singer.
  • Popularity: Rei is a popular name not only in Japan but in Italy. It is a sought-after name and nickname due to its shortness and ease of pronouncing a 3-letter word.
Popular, Vintage

Rin

Rin is a classic laid-back name that exudes confidence, grace, and virtue. In Japan, Rin is famous as a name for girls, with several actresses and models bearing this name.

  • Origin: Japanese, South Korea
  • Meaning: Honorable and dignified companion
  • Variations: Ren, Rein
  • Namesakes: Rin Asuka, Japanese actress. Ishiga Rin, Japanese poet. Rin Honoka, a Japanese actress and model.
  • Popularity: Rin is a rare name in the US, with only 622 babies ever given the name.
Traditional, Classic, Cool
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Sachiko

Sachiko is a joyous and blissful name, perfect for a youthful baby girl but also a name she can grow into. The name is symbolic of good fortune and bountifulness for a child’s glorious life.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Happiness, good luck, child of joy
  • Variations: Sachi (short form)
  • Namesakes: Sachiko Katsumata
  • Popularity: Sachiko was one of the first Japanese names popularized in the US when famous 1950s actress Shirley Maclaine named her daughter the shorter form, Sachi.
Upbeat, Trendy

Saeko

Saeko is an endearing and soothing Japanese girl name. Its meaning, which depicts innocence, is reminiscent of a vintage form of cuteness.

  • Origin: Japan, Thailand, Indonesia
  • Meaning: Serene, angelic child
  • Pronunciation: SAA-eh-Kow
  • Variations: Saeka
  • Namesakes: Saeko, actress, model, and TV personality. Saeko Himuro, novelist, essayist, and playwright.
  • Popularity: Saeko is an uncommon name in the US. It is a name only shared by 282 people.
Unusual, Vintage

Sakura

Sakura is a popular word for most non-Japanese indicating the cherry blossom tree. But, the cherry blossom is also a symbol of goodness, virtuousness, and respect in Japanese culture. If you love the beauty of cherry blossoms, this name may be a great one to add to your list.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Cherry blossom, natural, refined
  • Pronunciation: SAH-koo-rah
  • Namesakes: Sakura Miyawaki, HKT48 singer, actress, and model. Sakura Ando, Japanese actress.
  • Popularity: Sakura is a one-of-a-kind name, with only 368 babies having the name in the US.
Pretty, Upbeat

Sara

Sara is a modernized classic name. It is famous for its symbolism of innocence and grace. If you’re looking for a Japanese-inspired name that is easy to spell, say, and remember, this is a great one.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Japanese
  • Meaning: Princess, a noblewoman
  • Pronunciation: SEH-ruh
  • Variations: Sarah, Sala, Shala
  • Namesakes: Sara Bareilles, American singer-songwriter. Sara Gilbert, American actress who starred in Roseanne.
  • Popularity: Sara is an ageless name with a centuries-old history. But, it rose to popularity in the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, reaching its peak in 1981 as The Top 26 female name.
Modern, Popular, Upbeat

Setsuko

Setsuko is a charming name that symbolizes calm and serenity. It is a unique name ideal for a baby born in winter due to its meaning “snow child.”

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Melodious child of the season, the snow child
  • Pronunciation: SEHT-Suw-Kow
  • Variations: Sets’ko
  • Namesakes: Matsudaira Setsuko (Princess Chichibu), Japanese royalty. Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima bombing survivor and politician.
  • Popularity: Only 347 babies were born with the name Setsuko from 1880-2019, making this a rare name.
Trendy, Cool, Badass

Shizuko

Shizuko is a unique name, but not an unheard one. One of its namesakes, Shizuko Kasagi, is beloved as the Queen of Boogie-Woogie in Japan (which is amusing as this name means “quiet child”). This is a great strong name Japanese girl name if you are looking for something less common.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Quiet and calm child
  • Pronunciation: SHIY-Zuw-Kow
  • Variations: Shizu, Shizuka
  • Namesakes: Shizuko Kasagi, Japanese jazz singer and actress. Shizuko Hoshi, American actress and theatre director.
  • Popularity: Shizuko is a rare name with only 1,123 people to have ever had it.
Classic, Cool

Taka

Taka is the Japanese word for falcon, which symbolizes freedom and flight. A historical namesake is Princess Taka, the Japanese princess known for her strength and braveness as a royal and a lady.

  • Origin: Japanese, African
  • Meaning: Honorable, obedient
  • Pronunciation: TAH-kah
  • Variations: Tacka, Takah, Takka
  • Namesakes: Princess Taka Kazuko, Japanese princess.
  • Popularity: Taka is exceptionally unique, with only less than five (5) baby girls named Taka in the US every year.
Unusual, Traditional, Badass

Tomoko

Tomoko is a scholarly name with a vintage touch. It symbolizes youthful curiosity and adventurism. Tomoko is a great name if you’d like your daughter to be inspired by knowledgeable women gone before her.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Friendly, wise, and poetic child
  • Pronunciation: TOH-moh-koh
  • Namesakes: Tomoko Masuzawa, philosopher. Tomoko Ohta, the geneticist who pioneered the Nearly Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution.
  • Popularity: As the 34,080th most popular name of all time, Tomoko is a rare name with only 3,359 people in the US who have it.
Classic, Vintage, Badass

Yoshiko

Yoshiko is a culturally-inspired name that symbolizes ageless purity and beauty. A few Japanese royals had the same name, including the treasured daughters of Emperor Saga, Emperor Toba, and Emperor Reigen.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Good, joyful, and beautiful child
  • Pronunciation: YOW-SHiy-Kow
  • Namesakes: Yoshiko, daughter of Emperor Saga (786-842). Yoshiko Uchida, award-winning Japanese-American writer.
  • Popularity: Yoshiko is not in any US top-name charts and is considered a rare name.
Unique, Pretty

Yui

Yui is a delicate but spiritually strong Japanese girl’s name. It depicts and exudes a gentle but independent aura. It is a simple, confident name for a free-spirited baby girl.

  • Origin: Japanese, Korean
  • Meaning: Elegant cloth, excellence, superiority, gentleness
  • Pronunciation: YOO-EE
  • Variations: Yue, Yeo
  • Namesakes: Yui Tomori, former Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher.
  • Popularity: Yui is a popular name worldwide, ranking as the #1 most used name in Japan in 2018.
Classic, Traditional, Trendy, Pretty
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Jayme Wium

Jayme is a qualified communication and relationship counselor, nutritionist, professional ghostwriter, and editor with 11 years of experience. When she isn't researching the deeper meanings of names, she's devouring books and creating engaging content for the financial, mental health, gardening, and self-help niches. She lives in the UK with her partner and two scruffy dogs.
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