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名称. Names in Japanese, including how to use them and how to write them.

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Foreign name writing in Katakana

I was trying to figure out how the name "Saoirse" (pronounced as /Sur-sha/) would be written in Katakana characters. I was just a bit confused, although I know that Katakana bases on the ...
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What is the difference between 五大 and 五行?

Furthermore, is there a sensible way to combine either of the above with 龍 or 竜 to form a plausible given name (one that a native speaker would not find out of place) with a meaning akin to "...
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How does last name-kun compare to 1st name-san?

Let's say the person is John Smith, first name John, last Smith. Comparing the following pairs is easy. The latter is more formal than the former. John-kun vs John-san Smith-kun vs Smith-san John-kun ...
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What's up with males named Miyuki?

Edit 1: It's like A Boy Named Sue or something. Edit 2: Should I split this question into 2 posts so I can accept both answers? Huhuhu. I think I'll just accept 1 and bounty the other. It's a ...
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I'm making a paint and using Japanese names for characters, Are the honorific/royal titles redundant?

Disclaimer: I'm learning Japanese language but my level is really low I took painting as a hobby and I want to use the characters names using Katakana and Kanji. The character I'm painting is Bowsette ...
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When writing out my name in katakana, what should I do with the vowels that don't exist

I'm learning how to write my name in katakana and I want to learn to do it without using a translator. I tried making my name by looking at katakana charts but my name being Andrew, I don't know what ...
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Does "Mira" mean anything as a Japanese name?

English Wikipedia on Mira (given name) says it's a Japanese name, but no real-life Japanese person with known written format for their name in Japanese is shown. All Japanese examples are fictional ...
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How do you pronounce the name 直

In the given audio https://voca.ro/135zSkjYsgDP the girl is saying もう直ちゃん言い方 to 直ちゃん. It is about the 05:49 mark from 聲の形 if you watch it from the Bluray. If I understand correctly the ちゃん shouldnt ...
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「来夏」Can I use this for a boy's name?

Is it acceptable to use「来夏」as a boy's name? I am currently making a character and am still choosing a name. Can this name be read as らいが? If so, would it make this name more masculine?
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「黄米来夏」 Can this be considered a name?

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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Is it weird to use a common given name as a last name?

I have a Chinese name, 藍奕超, which I would like to convert into Japanese. My last name is apparently a common Japanese feminine first name but I am a male. I was wondering: a) Is it weird for my last ...
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How to pronounce a name in a book?

The following pilot's name appears on page 12 of the book ── いつまでも、いつまでも お元気で ── ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-4794216205 安原 正文 24歳【さい】 大尉【だいい】 There are apparently many possible readings of the captain's name; ...
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is the name Vincent in Japanese ヴィンセント or ビンセント? [duplicate]

I've seen different answers and I am relatively new to learning Japanese, I never knew they had V characters, and would spelling vincent like ヴィンセント change the pronunciation or would it still be with ...
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Don't 不吉, 富士通 sound alike? [closed]

Isn't it an issue that 不吉, 富士通 sound alike? At least for non-Japanese speakers. For Western companies, they would avoid any even slight associations with something negative.
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Is the name Takahashi no Kaedemaro 高橋 楓麻呂 realistic for a seventh century man?

I’m writing a short novel set in Seventh-century China (Tang Dynasty). One of the characters is a Japanese musician who travels to the Tang Empire in 653, and I desperately need a historically-...
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Is "Shinya" gender-neutral name? Would it be too weird as female name? [closed]

I'm creating a female character. I really like that name but afraid that it's too weird for a woman, as every character or person I seen with that name were male.
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Can I use this name since it is the same?

My name is Annaka. There is a city in Japan called 安中 (Annaka) spelled and sounds the exact same way. Can I use “安中” to refer to myself? If not, what variation could I use?
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I Want To Give My Children Japanese Names, As I Will Naturalize Myself Soon, Can I Use Jinmeiyō Kanji To Create ANY Name?

For example, we like the names Ren (蓮/廉) & Touka (藤香). Could we create the name, Rentouka, combining the two?
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Help deciphering this Japanese artist's signature [closed]

I know this is a long shot but I came across this Japanese artist's signature and I was wondering if anyone could help. Unfortunately I do not know the full name of the artist. The rightmost ...
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What do the names 不二夫 and 不二雄 mean?

I am from Hong Kong. I know Chinese language. I know very little about Japnanese language. My question is - What do the names 不二夫 and 不二雄 mean? Do they mean "loyal man/hero"? Links to ...
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Understanding the subject when it's referred to by name

I know in Japanese it's possible to refer to people by name when speaking with them, using the name instead of a pronoun. I'm trying to understand what in the sentence, if anything, makes it clear ...
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How should I write my name - Shivam Mukherjee - in Katakana? [closed]

I'm being asked to fill my name in Katakana in an application form for a language school in Japan. I'm currently going with シワム・ムカージ since: The ワ sound is closest to the inflection on the -v sound so ...
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Why is 苑 a particularly popular word for naming Yakiniku shops?

スタミナ苑, 清月苑, 叙苑, 京城苑, etc. are all real yakiniku places in Japan. I don't see the character 苑 in the names of any other type of cuisine there.
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How to Convert my Chinese name into Japanese? [duplicate]

I am Chinese. I want to know how to convert my Chinese name into Japanese. My Chinese is 蓝正吉.
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Katakana Surnames

When my son was born, katakana surnames were not permitted. At some point, this law seems to have been changed, and children born now may be registered with a katakana "western" surname. ...
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Can I use my Chinese name as a Japanese name?

my name is 黃湞鈺 (Huáng Zhēn Yù) with 黃/Huáng as my surname and 湞鈺/Zhēn Yù as my given name, and I'm wondering is it possible to "translate" my Chinese name to a Japanese one? I'm well aware ...
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Translation of an English nickname into Japanese (and connotations of the translation)

I don't actually know Japanese at all, so I'm piecing the following together as best I can--if someone has a resource for this kind of translation, I would appreciate it as well as a specific answer, ...
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Why is 江風 being translated to Kawakaze even though there's no Kawa in the kanji?

I am studying Japanese and I am also a bit of an Azur Lane fan (a gacha game). One of my favorite characters is called Kawakaze, based on the real-life IJN Kawakaze (a Shiratsuyu-class destroyer). The ...
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What means お before person's name and how to read kanji after お? [duplicate]

I'm reading Kidou Okamoto's Japanese novel right now. It was written in 1950 and its title is "半七捕物帳 01 お文の魂". I noticed that in this novel there are lots of female names that starts with お. ...
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Are there any websites that not only list Japanese names in kanji, but also lists them in hiragana or romaji? [closed]

Anyone who has spent time translating between Japanese and English will know how difficult it is to translate Japanese names into English. Not all Japanese names are hard to translate. If you're lucky,...
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Using nicknames or first name with high school peers

I have a story set in Japan with Japanese high schoolers (around the ages 17-18). One of them is called Kiwatamura (family name) Ryuko (first name). He is Japanese and lived there as a kid but he ...
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How can I write my name Nicole in Japanese? [closed]

How can I write my name Nicole in Japanese?
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Readings for 安 as しずか (Surname)

Is it possible to read 安 as しずか shizuka? Kanshudo.com has this pronunciation as an additional reading for a surname: https://www.kanshudo.com/name/%E5%AE%89 I wanted to do some research before asking ...
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Chinese Name into Japanese [closed]

I was wondering if it was possible to use my Chinese name 安曜輪 Ān Yàolún as a basis for a Japanese name? The only other option is to use katakana to transcribe my western name, which is one of those ...
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Why the name 海未 has the 未 and not just 海?

I've seen Love Live recently and I liked the name UMI. I learned that Ocean was 海 only but when I watch her name closely she had a 海未... I just want to understand what does the 未 mean
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Is 直美 a traditional Japanese name?

I was surprised to learn that 直美 isn't spelled out using katakana and, according to Wikipedia: Naomi (なおみ, ナオミ), pronounced [naomi] is a Japanese name. Though it is a unisex name, it is primarily ...
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Translating my name into kanji [closed]

so my first and second name means "peaceful valley", while my surname means "flowers". So all in all my name means "peaceful valley of flowers", "flowers in a ...
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Can "Yutaka Umeda" (name of a Japanese mayor) be read as "Jo Baiden"?

I've recently read some curious news. Apparently, the mayor of a small Japanese town, Yutaka Umeda, has unexpectedly become somewhat of a celebrity after the recent US elections, because his name can ...
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Why is 噌 a Jinmeiyō kanji despite being used in 味噌?

Jisho.org lists 噌 as a Jinmeiyō kanji. By my understanding this means that the Kanji is permitted to be used for names, but is not considered commonly used for normal words. But the word 味噌 (Miso) is ...
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Seeking a japanese native sounding name from chinese name 陳翔榮(陈翔荣)(Chén Xíangróng)

Can you change my chinese name 陳翔榮(陈翔荣)(Chén Xíangróng) to a japanese name sounding like a native japanese? Many people said it would be Chin Shōei by using a method to read chinese word. I prefer to ...
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How do I convert my Chinese name into Japanese and furigana?

My Chinese name is 葉志軒 and I tried a lot of ways to convert it but it seems impossible. Can anyone help me?
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Kanji for Midori [duplicate]

Please, if someone could help me... My grandfather was japanese, and he named me as Midori, since I was the youngest of 4 girls, he said that the meaning of Midori was little flower sprout, since I ...
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i wanted to name myself a Japanese name,(first-last) but i wanted to know if it was okay to do so

Can someone please answer my question somehow? I would like to respect and honor the means of Japanese people/culture. I did not want to name myself a Japanese name without permission from the ...
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When is 笛 read as もにか?

I read that 笛 can be interpreted as もにか, I was wondering if that's only used for names and if that reading is common/would be understood? Or is it more of a "kirakira" name? Thank you for ...
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What does the following mean?

What does this mean in english if you translate it straight from japanese アントン . Im trying to write my name in japanese (Amy name is Anton) with japanese sign.
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How would my Chinese name be translated into Japanese? [duplicate]

My name in chinese is 金辰 (pronounced Jin Chen in mandarin),would I be able to use it properly in Japanese? I know a lot of Chinese names don't work at all, but I'm pretty sure the kanji for mine ...
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What is the first Kanji in this image?

~口先生 Nothing comes to mind when I look at the first Kanji. I searched for Surnames with 口 in them but nothing seems to match. Here are all the surnames matching ~口
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Why do the readings change?

Forgive my title as I don’t really have a good one at the top of my head. I’ve always been into word play when it comes to naming characters, but when it comes to Japanese it’s kinda difficult for me. ...
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Would a square logo/sign be read like a name seal or like a western sign, if the characters lined up?

Say I had a sign that read 中華料理, but I wanted to fit it into a square for a shop sign, or maybe a t-shirt. Would it be better to use left-to-right, top-to-bottom: 中華 料理 or top-to-bottom, right-to-...
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How to say someone's (possessive) home in Japanese?

The romantic phrase "you're my home," I was wondering how you would translate that into Japanese using someone's name? More specifically, how to say "Mya's home" & "Nathan'...
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