In a recent Asahi article about changes to laws governing Japanese names, this sentence appeared:


When the war broke out, "?" and "?" were used.


Other names listed in the article are









Unfortunately, none of these names appear with their readings, and the entry for just the first name on jisho.org is quite long:


How are these names commonly pronounced?


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These are just educated guesses because you should never assume you can read someone's name!

These two are most likely [「勝」]{まさる} and [「進」]{すすむ}. But my confidence level varies with the rest of these:









  • 2
    萌 could be もえ I guess
    – Uso Dayo
    Feb 6, 2023 at 23:09
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    I know a person whose name is 寿 (ひさし).
    – aguijonazo
    Feb 7, 2023 at 0:23

This article started out as a description of common names (蒼, 凪, 陽葵), but at some point, it turned into a description of common kanji used in names. In particular, 麻 is almost never used as a name by itself, and I don't know how to read it naturally as a name (the author also says 自然にまつわる漢字が目立ち始めた).

Most of these kanji are typically used as part of longer names (e.g, 麻美【まみ】, 勝久【かつひさ】, 愛結【あゆ】). 千代 can be used on its own, but it's also used as a component (八千代【やちよ】, 竹千代【たけちよ】). Of course, each kanji has multiple readings, so you cannot assign a single furigana in this context.

But when used as a one-kanji name, these are typically read as follows:

千代: ちよ, 久: ひさし, 寿: ことぶき(female)/ひさし(male), 愛: あい/まな, 結: ゆい, 麻: ???, 葵: あおい, 萌: もえ.

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