Yes, I do mean Madori and not Midori. I was told by my mother that it means 'angel of the sky.' I haven't found anything on this, however. In my research, I only found that it could be a variation of Midori and would therefore have the same meaning, but even that was only a guess.

Does anyone have any idea what my name could mean or was it just made up? I have come across many people with Madori as a last name, but never a first. Any help would be appreciated,thank you!


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I've never heard of the name Madori, but according to some Japanese baby names websites (e.g. 1, 2) it can be a Japanese female given name. A(n incomplete) list of various kanji representations is given in the ENAMDICT database (via jisho.org).

In any case, given the rōmaji transcription of a Japanese name (e.g. "Madori") it's usually impossible to say whether a "meaning" is correct. This is because names can be written with many different kanji (Chinese characters) and these determine the "meaning".

(Sometimes parts of the name are standard, which makes it possible to make a reasonable guess on its meaning. For example, -ko in Akiko, Mariko, Yōko, etc. should be 子 "child".)

Some names also use kanji, which are likely used for sound rather than meaning:


This is likely a phonetic kanji representation of Madori, the individual characters meaning "hemp", "metropolis" and "Japanese pear".

Others, like 万鳥 "a thousand birds" (actually 10,000), are probably intended to carry more meaning.

I don't know which characters were used to derive the meaning "angel of the sky"; I can't even make a far-fetched guess. In any case, without the kanji representation, it's not possible to say anything definitive about the "meaning" of a name.

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    By the way it may be worth mentioning that まどり is rare as a person name. It never sounds that weird, but I'm not aware of any person (either in reality and in fiction) whose name is まどり.
    – naruto
    Jun 15, 2016 at 5:15
  • This seems to be a good example of just how rare some of the entries of ENAMDICT are.
    – Earthliŋ
    Jun 15, 2016 at 5:49
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    Actually, I guess now we all know one person (in virtual life) called Madori.
    – Earthliŋ
    Jun 15, 2016 at 9:02
  • Indeed. I have too come across many "unorthodox" names, for example, Sarina, Takato ( but its Kanji means "a flying boy" ), Tumugi ( Wht does that mean??? ) Today's trend is a bit chaotic.
    – user7644
    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:06

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