Top 10 Most Popular Japanese Names for Boys and Girls

Last Updated on 29.07.2021 by Coto Academy

Choosing a Japanese Name

The Japanese language has a unique naming system. When naming their children, pronunciation and the meaning of the kanji are the main considerations.
Usually, one Japanese name can be written in different kanji.
For example, the boy’s name “かいと”(Kaito) can be written as 海斗, 快斗,魁人 and so on.
Due to this unique feature of the Japanese naming system, many Japanese names sound the same but are expressed in different Kanji.

Top 10 most popular Japanese names and pronunciations for boys and girls born in 2018.

top 10 most popular Japanese names for boys and girls

Top 10 Japanese names for boys and girls in 2018


Boy’s / Men’s Japanese names:

– Persistent:(れん Ren)
– Unite people together:(みなと Minato)
大翔 – Big heart:(そらSora)、(おうが Ouga)、(たいが Taiga)、(たいし Taishi)、(ひろと Hiroto)
大和Big heart:(だいと Daito)、(だいや Daiya)、(なごみ Nagomi)、(ひろと Hiroto)、(やまと Yamato) 
陽翔Shine like the Sun and fly high:(あきと Akito)、(はると Haruto)、(はるひ Haruhi)、(ひかる Hikaru)、(ひなた Hinata)
悠真Grow healthy and positively:(ゆま Yuma)、(はるま Haruma)、(ゆうま Yuuma)、(ゆうしん Yuushin)
Full-filled with vitality:(みき Miki)、(いつき Itsuki)、(いずき Izuki)、(たつき Tatsuki)
陽太Bring hope to the others like the Sun:(ようた Youta)、(はるた Haruta)、(はると Haruto)、(ひなた Hinata)
朝陽Morning Sun:(あさひ Asahi)
悠人A calm person:(ゆうと Yuuto)、(はると Haruto)、(ひさと Hisato)、(はるひと Haruhito)


Girl’s / Women’s Japanese names:

結月 – Bring good fortune:(ゆず Yuzu) 、(ゆいる Yuiru)、(ゆずき Yuzuki)、(ゆつき Yutsuki)、(ゆづき Yuzuki)
結愛 – Foster good loveship:(ゆあ Yua)、(ゆい Yui)、(ゆな Yuna)、(ゆの Yuno)、(ゆめ Yume)
結菜 – Achieve  great  results:(ゆな Yuna)、(ゆいな Yuina)、(ゆうな Yuuna)
杏 – Helpful:(あん An)、(こう Kou)、(もも Momo)、(あんず Anzu)、(あんな Anna)
さくら – Beautiful like the cherry blossom :(さくら Sakura)
凛 – Be tightened, motivated:(りん Rin)
芽依 – Beloved:(めい Mei)
葵 – Honest, respectful:(あお Ao)、(めい Mei)、(あおい Aoi)、(ひまり Himari ) 
紬 – Gorgeous:(つむぎ Tsumugi)
莉子 – Cuteness:(りこ Riko) 
As one name can possibly have multiple pronunciations, let’s take a look at the top 10 most popular pronunciations for boy’s name as well as girl’s name!
top 10 most popular japanese names for boys and girls - pronunciations
Recently, to make their child stand out from the crowd, some young parents name their child with rarely used kanji or unusual pronunciations which convey other meanings.
For example,  「皇帝」(しいざあ shiizaa) sounds like the English word “Caesar”.
Moreover, the Kanji word “皇帝” means emperor. Such names are called “Kira Kira Names” “(shiny, sparkly names)”.
Click here for more interesting Kira Kira Names!
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