I am attempting to make a name for a character and decided on these 4 kanji. My question is, can this be considered a name in Japanese, if so, how would it be pronounced?

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    Where does it come from? Especially the 黄米 part, why 黄米?
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Mar 2, 2022 at 18:59
  • No other reason than I wanted to include the kanji for rice, adding 黄 was just for a bit of decoration. The character is from a farming family, and when I looked up 黄米 it was associated with millet. Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 6:08
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    黄米 is not a surname that seems to occur, though both 黄 as first element and 米 as second definitely happen. Not really sure what the reading would be (maybe a really fancy way to spell こめ, using bound form of 黄 and man'yogana reading for 米). However, 来夏 is definitely known as a female name. Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 16:55
  • @AlexanderZ. I agree. I asked OP why they chose that word 黄米 also because I don't think that's a word in Japanese. OP seems to have Chinese and Japanese words mixed up
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 17:08
  • @EddieKal But in Chinese, millet is 小米 not 黄米...
    – dvx2718
    Commented Dec 25, 2023 at 16:00

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This might be an interesting read for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinmeiy%C5%8D_kanji (Note that this list is supplementary, but that there are laws regarding what people can and cannot name their children.)

My dictionary lists 来夏 as being a female name with the pronunciations of こなつ, らいか, らいな, and らな. No hits on the first two kanji.


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