What is your name in Japanese? – Name Generator, Katakana Chart

How to say What is your name in Japanese

In Japanese to ask someone their name – or to say, “What is your name?”  – you can say
Onamae wa nan desu ka?
What is your name?
Literally translated it means – Name is what?
You may think – why don’t you say – “Anata no namae wa nan desu ka?” – and the reason why, is that in Japanese, you often omit words if they are clearly interpreted through context.
In this instance, if you are speaking directly to someone – you don’t need to use the word for “your” – as it can be interpreted clearly.

Finding how to write your name in Japanese

Japanese has two alphabets and one pictorial writing system based on Chinese characters.
The writing systems in Japanese are:

  • Kanji (Chinese Characters)
  • Hiragana (Japanese Phoenetic Alphabet)
  • Katakana (Japanese Phoenetic Alphabet used for words of foreign origin)

Because you are not Japanese – Japanese people would write your name in Katakana.
Below you can see a katakana chart.

Some sounds in Japanese don’t directly transfer from English.  For example – v is not a sound that naturally occurs in Japanese.
The pronunciation sounds similar to bee in english when transliterated to katakana.
So for example – the name  David – becomes, デービッド. “De- bi do”.
In reality there are no set ways of writing english names in Katakana.  There are more popular ways of doing it.
For example – the name Samuel can be written as サミュエル samyu e ru  – or can also be written as サムエル
You can use the above chart to create your own name!
Or – if you don’t know what you’re doing – you can also use a Japanese name generator

Japanese Name Generator (Make your name in Japanese)

If you want a more lazy way of finding out how to write your name in Japanese you can also use a katakana name generator – below we have linked to a few that you can use:
Both of these can be used to generate your new Japanese name!
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