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I know the name has common spellings like 秀吉 or 英義 but when I type ひでよし on my laptop I once got 秀代志 as an option as well. Would it work? And why/why not?

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    If you google 秀代志 you get results linking to facebook pages among others... – 永劫回帰 Nov 28 '16 at 19:26
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Yes you can, this reference for example.

  • The page you linked is a machine-generated list of names made by a fortune teller. 秀代志 works perfectly as a name, but it should be relatively rare and I doubt there are real people for all the combinations in the link. – naruto Nov 29 '16 at 1:23
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Yes, it would work.

As long as there is even the most tenuous logic to how the characters are pronounced a Japanese-style name can be made.

Why 秀代志 works:

  • 秀 - ひで ⇒ from the word 秀{ひい}でる
  • 代 - ⇒ is the kun-yomi for this character
  • 志 - ⇒ is the on-yomi for this character

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