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

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Historical naming conventions of Japanese first names? Modern interpretation of first names?

My understanding is that the kanji in Japanese women's first names are most likely to have a 訓読み reading, then a 名乗り reading, and least frequently an 音読み reading. Historically, they were likely to end ...
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Loaned female first names

Are Japanese first names Erika, Emiri, Marie etc. loaned from gai(koku)jin languages?
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田 pronounced as “た” or “だ” in people's surname?

Is 田 usually pronounced as "た" or "だ" in Japanese people's last name? Or is it pretty much 50/50?
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What are the most and least common kana in Japanese people's last name?

There are 104 kana in Japanese. Literally all of them can be used to spell people's last names. However, some are used more often than others. For example, "た", "だ", "とう", because 田 and 藤 are common ...
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Trying to create a name but something is strange

I'm trying to create a name for my fictional character and I was trying to translate something like "wolf of the snow" in Japanese. I was using Jisho.org and Google translate (just because it reads ...
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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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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 “yi” in katakana

I'm trying to write the name of a Chinese friend, Ying. I know that the sounds "yi" and "ye" don't exist any more except for the deprecated hiragana characters, and katakana doesn't have either of ...
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How can I tell if a Japanese person's given name is male or female?

I am hoping that there may be some particular kanji and/or sounds used in determining if a persons given name is male or female.
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the Japanese meaning of the name “Kakka”?

I'm looking for the popularity of the name Kakka in respect to Japanese culture. As a white American, who speaks Spanish, the enunciation of "Kakka" (via subtitles) seems to be very similar to a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Address someone by their first name, or their last name?

When addressing John Doe, would you say "John-さん", or "Doe-さん"? Does it depend on how polite or formal you're being? Does it also depend on whether the person is a nihonjin, a kankokujin (who have ...
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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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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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Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?

What is the most complex kanji (in terms of number of strokes), whether or not it's actually used often?
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Why is Danny written & pronounced ダニー and not ダニ?

In Japanese, using Katakana, why is the name Danny written and pronounced ダニー. Why not just ダニ? I'm not sure why the i is being extended when this doesn't really happen in english.
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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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Why are Japanese personal names pronounced the same but written differently?

For example, Michiko can be written several different ways. Last names can also be spelled differently.
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Help identifying low-res kanji (and perhaps words) on a low-res album cover

Listening to an ancient rip of Escaflowne soundtrack, I wanted to add artist information to one file. I managed to identify some things from context and matching guesses to dictionary entries, but not ...
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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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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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