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In my native language, Persian, there is a name meaning "like the moon", As in "beautiful like the moon". I wanna know if there is any single word in Japanese like this.

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  • Do you want a human name?
    – Chance
    Feb 4, 2023 at 8:35
  • In Persian we use it as a human name, but it's ok if the word in japanese is not one. Feb 4, 2023 at 18:20
  • It's hard for something like that ("XXX-like") to be one word in Japanese. If it exists, it would be a word of Chinese origin (or a word coined in Japan using Chinese characters). As far as the meanings of the individual characters go, 如月 could be interpreted as "like the moon" but it's never used in that sense. It means February and its Japanese reading is "kisaragi". I think the first character was used in the sense of "to approach" or something in the original Chinese word, which also meant February, and the second is obviously for "month".
    – aguijonazo
    Feb 5, 2023 at 2:55
  • Thanks for the thorough explanation Feb 5, 2023 at 20:27

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月状 (getsu-jō) means lunate, and 月状骨 (getsu-jō-kotsu) refers to lunate bone (骨 = bone). But it has nothing to do with the beauty of the moon, and it's not used as a person name, either.

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If it's a name there's names in Japanese names that use moon like 結月 but I can't think of any Japanese names that use the form "like " so maybe there isn't an equivalent to what you have in Persian.

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  • Thanks for the thought. Does 結月 have a meaning? Feb 4, 2023 at 18:29
  • It's the name of someone I know. We're not on ask each other name meaning terms. Sometimes names are chosen based on the look and sound of the characters, and also sometimes because of the stroke count
    – Uso Dayo
    Feb 5, 2023 at 15:48
  • Thanks anyway 🙏🏻 Feb 5, 2023 at 20:26
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Yes, and the word is 月の如{ごと}く. Technically this is not a single word as it consists of 月(moon) and 如く(like, similar). The expression Xの如く means "like X" or "similar to X", but sounds quite literary. The word 如く itself is a pretty literary word and not common in daily speech. If you want, you can remove the の and any Japanese person should understand 月如く without any problems.

For a more common, less literary version, you'd want to use 月のよう. Xのよう means "like X" or "in the way of X" as well. Note that it's a な adjective so to attach it to a noun, you'd have to say 月のような人, and to make it an adverb it's 月のように光る

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    しかしどちらも人名っぽくなさそうですね(タイトルなるあり得ますが)
    – Angelos
    Feb 4, 2023 at 17:35
  • でも人の名前じゃなきゃなんて言っていませんよ。ただその意味を持ってる言葉を探しているんじゃないですか。
    – dvx2718
    Feb 4, 2023 at 17:38
  • I'm not specifically looking for a human name, it'd be nice if it's one though Feb 4, 2023 at 18:26
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I am reminded of the famous manga/anime character Sailor Moon, whose "true identity" name is 月{つき}野{の} うさぎ (Tsukino Usagi). So her family name 月野 literally means "moon field", but it also sounds like 月{つき}の which would mean "of the moon" or "from the moon".

This is not exactly which you asked for, which was something that means "beautiful like the moon". But perhaps it is close enough. After all, something that is "of the moon" might also be beautiful like the moon. And certainly, the surname 月野 is associated with the well-known Sailor Moon character, who is a beautiful girl character. After all, the series is called 美{び}少{しょう}女{じょ}戦{せん}士{し}セーラームーン, which translates as "Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon".

In the spirit of creating names to have a certain meaning, you might also consider making up your own name. I don't know what purpose you want this word for, but Japanese given names are often created to have a certain meaning. Like how Tsukino Usagi was invented for the Sailor Moon character.

You could alter 月野 by adding the 美{び} character which means beauty to give a connotation of beautiful. For example, you could use the み reading of 美, as in the name 恵{めぐ}美{み} (Megumi), and create 月{つき}美{み} (Tsukimi). This could mean "moon beauty" or "beautiful like the moon".

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    [美月]{みつき}さんって女の子なら知り合いにいますけどね。[月美]{つきみ}さんってのはあんまりって気がしますが
    – chocolate
    Jul 5, 2023 at 0:22
  • 確かに、美月さんの方が本物っぽい!
    – peacetype
    Jul 12, 2023 at 4:07

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