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Questions tagged [names]

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

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How does Japanese indicate a contextual scope changes like the internet vs. the Internet?

In english, word capitalization can indicate that meaning word has transitioned into different context and/or scope. For example: The internet is down. vs. The Internet is down. Batman searched ...
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What does nushi means in japanese?

Nushi can be written using katakana or kanji in Japanese. I wanted to understand the exact meaning of this. And can it be used as someone's name? I named my daughter nushi (It means sweet in Hindi) ...
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Why would parents ever want to name their daughters with the following names?

During my studying via Kanji Study app I came across the kanji for the word, pardon my French, vagina. Of course, I was curious whether the names with the kanji existed. "Nah," I thought. "There is no ...
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Pronuncation of r in Japanese name [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I was wondering how one would pronounce the Japanese name Reita when speaking English. Should it be [leːtə], [reːtə], or something else? For ...
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Would Painful Death Place be an appropriate translation for 痛死名地

So, I am writing a story where the MC, while native born in Japan, has a foreign mother and surname, which is Tusinachi. I understand that typically this would make his surname in Katakana, but I ...
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Why are some names pronounced differently from their on-yomi and kun-yomi?

I'm learning how Japanese names work for a story I'm writing and creating names is one of the most fun things I've done in some time. However, it comes with a share of frustrations. One for me is that ...
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How to read the names 勲 and 房子 [closed]

Do any of you know which names these 2 kanji are in rōmaji?
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Possible bad meaning of サル (Saru)?

Good day everybody, My name is Salva, which in katakana is written サルバ (saruba) However, the japanese word for Monkey is SARU, written in kanji as 猿, but it is also very common to see it written in ...
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When is it appropriate to begin referring to 明仁 as 平成天皇?

The upcoming abdication of the Chrysanthemum Throne, the enthronement of [徳仁]{なるひと} and the start of the [令和]{れいわ}[時代]{じだい} presents a specific and unusual conundrum: It has become customary to refer ...
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Should spaces be used when writing foreign names in katakana?

I can imagine if someone is not familiar with the foreign name, it may be difficult to tell where the given name ends and the surname begins. Perhaps then it's better to write foreign names with ...
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How do I translate my Chinese name into Japanese?

I am a Chinese, and I was wondering how do I translate my name into Japanese. My Chinese name is 徐煜恒, and is pronounced as "Su Yu Heng" in English. The "徐/Su" is my surname, and "煜恒/Yu Heng" is my ...
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How do I pronounce/Translate this last name: マッキェネン into english?

I'm translating this book, and the character's full name pops up as " クロウディア=マッキェネン". I managed to translate the first name as Claudia, but I don't know if I should use McCunnen, McCullen, or some ...
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What does the letter 'P' at the end of an author's pseudonym mean?

There are many authors on YouTube and NicoNico whose names end with the letter 'P', for example: 鼻そうめんP, 無力P, etc. What does this 'P' stand for? Why do they all use it?
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When I go to Japan to study abroad, can I write my name in kanji?

I am planning to study abroad in Japan in two years through my college for a year at a Japanese speaking university. I also have goals/aspirations to one day work/live in Japan. Is it weird/acceptable ...
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Meaning of the name Moki [closed]

Can someone please tell me what the name Moki means in English? And is it a boy's or girl's name? Thank you
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Why is the Japanese word for Brunei ブルネイ and not ブルナイ?

The English pronunciation of Brunei is /bɹuːˈnaɪ/ and the Brunei Malay pronunciation ends in something like /ai/, as far as I can tell (I'm not totally sure about this, but here's the Sultan and the ...
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Is my name, Yurishiko, a Japanese name?

I am Filipino with Japanese blood and ancestry. I don't know how much Japanese is in my blood but when I was born, my mother named me Yurishiko. I just wanted to know if my name is Japanese as it ...
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How can I tell if a name is meant to be masculine? [duplicate]

Would Kōsui be considered a male’s name?
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Is that how I write my name?

SO my name is Janosch (a German name). I'm not really sure how to write it. Is "ヤノシ" right?
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What are the common practices for writing Korean names?

Some manga made by Korean writers and illustrators write their names entirely with kanji (especially without any clue as to how to pronounce them), while credits in anime write Korean staffers' names ...
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What are the common practice of reading names of modern Chinese people?

From what I've seen from the Japanese Wikipedia, names of communist figures (Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Xi Jinping) seem to be read with on'yomi (Mou Takutou, Tou Shouhei, Shuu Kinpei). On the other ...
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How to create a personal name with kanji

For personal names, is it right to use kanji to describe its meaning? For example: one of the meanings of the name Vincent is "defeat the evil". Instead of using Katakana for Vincent, is it the ...
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Naming suffix -氏 (-し) used by an otaku character in anime

In the anime Steins;Gate 0, the male otaku-character Hashida Itaru calls female characters with suffix -し. For example: Makise Kurisu - Makise-shi Kiryuu Moeka - Kiryuu-shi What does this ...
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How should I write my name with an American first name and Japanese last name?

I generally understand that proper Japanese uses Hiragana and Katakana is for slang/foreign words. Given that, my first name is super American but my last name is Japanese. Would I then make my first ...
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How to construct a name for fictional Kami?

I'm trying to create a name for a fictional 'kami' or spirit for a story and I am struggling with developing it's name. I don't want to create a name for it and then have it mean something totally ...
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Literal meaning of 去場 (Saruba) [closed]

There is a place in Hokkaidō called Saruba 去場 (さるば) What can be the literal meaning of this place name??
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Foreign names in Kanji. On'yomi, Kun'yomi or a mix of readings?

It is known that Japanese names often have multiple readings depending on what reading (on'yomi, kun'yomi, nanori ...) is applied to each kanji. But my question is about foreign names written in ...
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Translate German name “Markus” to Japanese

I'm trying to translate my German name Markus to Japanese, which seems quite difficult. My first approach was just to transcribe it. Ma → ma → マ r → ru → ル ku → ku → ク s → su → ス giving ...
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What does “ニセサマ” (nisesama) mean? It was in Chuunibyou

I was watching Chuunibyou and noticed this writing on Nibutani's back: "ニセサマ". I looked up what that meant and found nothing, so my question is what does ニセサマ translate to? Note: I know kana very ...
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Usage of 目黒 outside of 目黒区

I am wondering if 目黒 can be used as a noun outside of its usage as a district name. Examining each character, 目 eye, vision, sight, etc. 黒 black, guilt, etc. provides a couple of interesting ...
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Does 上鳴 mean shut up?

Does 上鳴 mean shut up? I didn't find a good meaning of this in the dictionary.
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What was the process by which 有職読み applied to personal names?

In premodern Japanese, it was traditional for a prestigious or extremely honorable man whose name was read with kun'yomi to have the reading of his personal name changed to on'yomi in certain ...
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Use hiragana for name that I only know in romaji [duplicate]

Suppose I have seen the name of a Japanese person only in romaji because all communications has been in English so far. When I want to address this person in Japanese, is it okay to write their name ...
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Does 'yuki' really mean happiness?

Besides the obvious 'snow', someone listed the name Yuki on a name website as also meaning happiness, blessing, or good fortune using the characters 幸き. Dictionaries list that 幸 can become こ / さき / さし ...
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The use of Joyo Kanji in names

I know that Jinmeiyo Kanji are used in names, but can some Joyo Kanji be used as well? For example, on Jisho, I found 夜{ゆみ} being used as a name though it is not a Jinmeiyo Kanji, although it is a ...
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How would you write/pronounce the Japanese version of the following Chinese name?

This is the name: 陳威穎 (Chen Wei-Ying). I've always been curious about this topic because Japanese names are written in Kanji. However, they usually have 4 characters. So I wonder how would that ...
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When do you use your own name to refer to yourself?

I searched for "referring to yourself in third person" and other similar phrases , but found only these: Q1, Q2. All searches in google also lead to similar discussions. But I already know that ...
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how to write a Indian name 'Agrawal' in Japanese language?

how to write a Indian name 'Agrawal' in Japanese language? Any help will be appreciated. Is it same as "アグラワル "? Thanks.
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How do I write sounds that don't exist in Japanese?

Yesterday I was practising katakana by writing my classmates' names down, but some of the names were harder than I expected. I have a classmate named Väinö, but neither the ä or ö sounds exists in ...
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Question about name rules

Is 靜目 夏樹 a valid name in Japan? Also, I am just curious, but how do you generally check the validity of a Japanese name?
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Female names containing “black” and “white”

What are the most common Japanese names with the word black and white? According to google "white" = shiro and "black" = kuro. For example white and black princess: Shirohime, Kurohime. I'm not sure ...
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Same person, two kanji spellings for the name - why?

Is there a reason two different kanji sets might be used for the name of the same person? While trying to translate a little, and maybe improve my Japanese, I found two spellings for the name Ranmaru, ...
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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name?

Im Chinese and my name is 陈依仁 (Chén Yī Rén). Can I use this as my Japanese name, and if so how do I read it in Japanese? Or would it be better to use the Katakana version of my English name which is ...
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Combining two words into a name [closed]

I've noticed that Japanese names are often made up of different words meaning different things, creating a combination of the meaning of the Japanese name. Is it possible if I could combine two ...
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How exactly is a foreign name written on a hanko?

Is it best to simply use only the first name (in my cousin's case, Rochelle/ロシイル), only the last name Stout (スタウト, I believe?)), or some sort of variation of initials? And if initials are okay, what ...
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Why concatenate three names into “PiPoPa”?

[copied from Anime SE at moderator's suggestion] There is a 2008 anime-original series called Net Ghost PiPoPa. (For some reason, the version streaming on Crunchyroll is called "Web Ghosts PiPoPa", ...
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What does the name “Ashido” mean?

I keep searching around for what it means, since I want to use the name as one of my characters. But the closest I've ever gotten to a translation was Mina Ashido's name being a pun on meaning Acid. ...
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一代 pronounced as かずよ?

I saw the following example sentence on WaniKani: あそこに立っている外人の男の人のとなりにいる女の人があのゆう名なまつい一代さんです。 The lady next to the foreign guy standing over there is THE famous Kazuyo Matsui. The part I'm confused ...
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How do you refer to Japanese people with the same last name in English writing?

For context, I'm writing an essay in English on a Japanese movie about a particular family that goes by the name of Sasaki. In the movie, the characters are mostly referred to by their family name. ...
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Are surnames only written with kanji?

I wondered about this. I know the first name can be written in Hiragana, Katakata, Kanji (and maybe a mix of it?) but how is it with family names? I think I've never seen one which was mixed, Hiragana ...