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

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Use of ママ as suffix to a name?

I've seen ママ used as as sort suffix to names before. Like here: https://more.hpplus.jp/odekake/o-news/43298/1/ 彼ママと初対面 What I'm asking here is: Can I add ママ after any name and that will mean I'm ...
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Translating Names [closed]

how do you spell the names Joshua and Kate in Japanese? I have looked up and there are so many different translations some using Kanji and others Katakana. I am not sure which one is more appropriate ...
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Adopting a Japanese Name

すみません, I am trying to adopt a Japanese name. I have a Chinese name written as 吳虎威。 In modern standard Japanese orthography, it would be written as 呉 虎威. I understand that typically, Chinese names are ...
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How to write Hanief (my name) in Japanese?

I'm Indonesian and am still learning Japanese. I'm curious how to write my name Hanief (Haniif or usually just Hanif). It's from the Arabic word (حنيف) and means righteous upright or true believer ...
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Pitch Accent for Honorifics

I have been studying pitch accent for a few months now, primarily from the NHK Accent Dictionary. My Japanese is not terribly strong, so it took me a while to muddle through the explanations and ...
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What is the middle character in Todd (Katakana) [duplicate]

While learning Katakana, I was instructed to try and translate my name Todd. I ended up with トド. When I look it up online, I see トッド everywhere. ッ appears to be 'tsu'. I think I am missing something ...
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Which reading does Google Translate use for kanji words?

I used a web service to emulate the name "Siavosh" in Kanji. First, you select your name parts from a table of kana and then it gives you a combination of kanji with pronunciation of each kanji ...
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How would a Japanese woman hyphenate her last name?

Women frequently hyphenate their last names like Sarah Huckabee-Sanders. How would a Japanese woman with a Japanese maiden and married name added, hyphenate her last name?
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Correct method for writing full name in English and Japanese? [duplicate]

First name in English, then Japanese; followed by Last name in English, then Japanese: Lucas 「ルーカス」Ramage「ラメージ」 First and last name in English, followed by first and last name in Japanese: ...
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can 炎也 and/or 炎羅 be used as a name?

both with the on'yomi reading, so either enya or enra. i know very little about japanese and am looking for a name for a character i'm making and, after doing a bit of research, thought i liked these. ...
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Do Kanji characters ever have different pronunciations in Kansaiben?

Do Kanji characters ever have different pronunciations when Kansaiben is used?
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Looking to understand a fantasy name

This is related to Beyblade, regarding a team exclusive to a game that didn't get translated to English. Each blader has their own holy beast to command and I'm not getting the name of one of them. ...
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Are personal names spelled in hiragana or katakana if the kanji isn't known? [duplicate]

I understand that a foreigners name is spelled in katakana, but wanted to know the appropriate way of spelling a Japanese persons name. Would hiragana be preferred? Would a choice be made between a ...
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can nagareru or utsukushi be name?

I want to know if Nagareru or ustukushi can be name. Cuz i read article talk about japanese name cannot be certain things like this. Just want to know, can nagareru be name. I names my character this ...
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Statistics on common readings for Japanese names

I am looking for statistics (raw data) on the most common readings for kanji used in names (family name or first name) and the most common gender for a name. Existing dictionaries tend to just spit ...
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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 ...