What is Your Name in Japanese? Name Generator and Katakana Chart

Last Updated on 17.11.2021 by Coto Academy

What’s a better way to dip your toes into Japanese language besides with claiming a Japanese name?

Luckily, building a Japanese name is easy. In fact, you don’t need a name generator — just basic knowledge of hiragana and katakana.

How to say “What is your name?” in Japanese

In Japanese to ask someone their name, you can say these:

Onamae wa nan desu ka?
What is your name?

Here’s a quick question: Why don’t we say “あなたの名前は何ですか?”

The reason is that Japanese 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.

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)

If you’re new to learning Japanese, don’t worry. We have a free 30-day hiragana challenge to speed up the process and motivate you. 

Japanese people have their names written in Kanji. If you’re a foreigner, you’ll mostly have to write your name in katakana. Below you can see a katakana chart.

Some sounds in Japanese don’t directly transfer from English.  For example, the “v” is not a sound that naturally occurs in Japanese. The pronunciation sounds similar to bee in english when transliterated to katakana.

For example, if your name is David, it becomes “デービッド or De-biddo.

In reality, there are no set ways of writing english names in Katakana, but there are more popular ways of doing it.

For example, the name Samuel can be written as “サミュエル” or 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 new name in Japanese you can also use a katakana name generator, we have linked to a few that you can use:


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