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Names in Japanese make beautiful works of art. Whether you are searching for art suitable for your home or office - or more personally as a Japanese tattoo design - we have thousands of original designs by Master Takase each meticulously translated and documented and beautifully brushed. We also give you all the information to verify the translations for yourself: We want you to be as happy with the translation as you are with the beautiful art.

This is a list of over eleven thousand names and their meanings meticulously translated to Japanese. The name translations are a phonetic translation to katakana which is the correct way names are translated to Japanese and is the way non-Japanese names appear in dictionaries, newspapers, and encyclopedias.

When possible we also include literal translation to kanji which translates the original meaning of the name. The literal translation works especially well for names like Faith and Joy where the name has a clear meaning. For more information on how names can be translated to Japanese read Eri Takase's article How to Write Names in Japanese which first appeared in her monthly column in Martial Arts Insiders Magazine.

Note that a name can have several pronunciation and may even have different meanings depending on the derivation. A common example is the name "Jan" which can be pronounced JAN or YAHN. Because of space limitations we do not show the pronunciation in this list, however, if you click on the name you can find this information along with other important details about the translation.

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Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Meaning (Reading)
Aadolf a-dorufu   Majestic Wolf
Aaliyah ari-ya   Ascend
Aamir a-miru Prince (ouji)
Aamu a-mu Morning (asa)
Aapeli a-peri Breath (ibuki)
Aapo a-po   Father of a Nation
Aappo a-ppo   Father of a Nation
Aarika a-rika Eternal King (eiou)
Aarne a-rune Eagle (washi)
Aarni a-runi    
Aarno a-runo    
Aaro a-ro   Mountain of Strength
Aaron a-ron High Mountain (kouzan)
Aarre a-rre    
Aarto a-ruto    
Aaryn a-rin   Mountain of Strength
Aashish ashishu    
Aashish a-shishu    
Aasif a-shifu    
Aatami a-tami Earth (chikyuu)
Aatos a-tosu   Thought
Aatto a-tto   Majestic Wolf
Aban aban    
Abba aba Father (chichi)
Abbas abbasu    
Abbe abi- Priest (shinpu)
Abbey abi- Priest (shinpu)
Abbie abi- Priest (shinpu)
Abbot abotto Priest (shinpu)
Abbott abotto Priest (shinpu)
Abbs abusu    
Abby abi- Priest (shinpu)
Abdallah abudara   God's Servant
Abdelkader abuderukade-ru    
Abdul abuduru Servant of (shimobe)
Abdul abudaru    
Abdullah abudura   God's Servant
Abe eibu Father (chichi)
Abel eiberu Breath (ibuki)
Abel aberu Breath (ibuki)
Abel a-beru Breath (ibuki)
Abela abera Beautiful (bi)
Abelardo aberarudo   Noble Strength
Abell aberu Breath (ibuki)
Abella abeja    
Abella abe-ya    
Abhijit abijitto    
Abhishek abisheku   Anointing
Abhuit abitto    
Abi abi-    
Abid abiddo   Worship (reihai)
Abida abida    
Abigail abigeiru Exalted Father (kifu)
Able eiberu Breath (ibuki)
Abner abuna-   Father of Light
Abra abura   Tuesday (kayoubi)
Abraham eiburahamu   Father of a Nation
Abraham aburahamu   Father of a Nation
Abram eiburamu Exalted Father (kifu)
Abramo abura-mo   Father of a Nation
Abrams eiburamusu    
Abrams eiburamuzu    
Abril aburiru    
Absalom abusaromu   Father is Peace
Abuzar abuza-    
Ace e-su Number One (ichiban)
Acee eishi-    
Achille akki-re    
Achille ashiru    
Achilleas akireasu    
Achim ahimu    
Ada eida   Adornment
Adah eida   Adornment
Adaija adaija    
Adalbert a-daruberuto Noble (kouki)
Adalbert adaruberuto Noble (kouki)
Adalbert adaruba-to Noble (kouki)
Adalberto adaruberuto Noble (kouki)
Adalina adarina    
Adalina adari-na    
Adaline adari-n Noble (kouki)
Adaline adarain Noble (kouki)
Adalyn adarin Noble (kouki)
Adam adamu Earth (chikyuu)
Adama adama    
Adan adan Flame (honoo)
Addie adi- Noble (kouki)
Addison adison    
Addy adi Noble (kouki)
Addyson adison    
Adeeb adi-bu    
Adel aderu    
Adela adera Noble (kouki)
Adelaida aderaida Exalted (kouki)
Adelaide adere-do Exalted (kouki)
Adelaide adereido Exalted (kouki)
Adelbert a-deruberuto Noble (kouki)
Adelbert aderuba-to Noble (kouki)
Adelbert aderuberuto Noble (kouki)
Adele aderu Noble (kouki)
Adele ade-re    
Adelheid a-deruhaido Noble (kouki)
Adelia aderia Exalted (kouki)
Adelina adari-na Noble (kouki)
Adeline aderain Noble (kouki)
Adelita aderita Noble (kouki)
Adell aderu Noble (kouki)
Adella adera Exalted (kouki)
Adelle aderu Noble (kouki)
Adelmira aderumira    
Aden eiden Flame (honoo)
Aden eden Paradise (rakuen)
Adena adena Exalted (kouki)
Adewale adowe-ru    
Adewale adewe-ru    
Adewale adoweiru    
Adham adamu    
Adhemar adema-ru   Noted Fighter
Adi adi Jewel (houseki)
Adiel adi-ru    
Adilson adiruson    
Adin adin Beautiful (bi)
Adina adina Exalted (kouki)
Adina adi-na Exalted (kouki)
Adinia adinia    
Aditya aditiya    
Adiva adiva Grace (megumi)
Adler adora- Eagle (washi)
Adnan adonan    
Adolf adorufu   Majestic Wolf
Adolfo adorufo   Majestic Wolf
Adolph adorufu   Majestic Wolf
Adolphe adorufu   Majestic Wolf
Adolpho adorufo    
Adolphus adorufasu   Majestic Wolf ( )
Adonai adonai Lord (joutei)
Adonal adonaru    
Adoncia adonshia    
Adoni adoni    
Adora adora    
Adoracion adorashion    
Adoria adoria    
Adoriano adoria-no    
Adria eidoria Wealthy (fugou)
Adria adoria Wealthy (fugou)
Adrian eidorian   From Adria
Adrian adorian    
Adrian edorian    
Adriana eidoriana   From Adria
Adriana adoriana    
Adriana adoria-na    
Adriane eidorian   From Adria
Adriane adoria-nu    
Adrianna eidoriana   From Adria
Adrianne eidorian   From Adria
Adriano adoria-no   From Adria
Adrien adorian   From Adria
Adrien eidorian    
Adriene eidorian   From Adria
Adrienne eidorian   From Adria
Adrienne adoriannu    
Adrienne adoriennu    
Adrina adorina    
Adrina adori-na    
Adysen adisen    
Aengus engasu    
Aerick erikku Eternal King (eiou)
Aeryn erin    
Aeryn earin    
Afanasii afanashi-    
Afdlin afudorin    
Afemo afemo    
Affif afifu    
Afida afida    
Afrita afuri-ta    
Afshan afushan    
Aftab a-futa-bu    
Afton afuton    
Agapeto agapeto    
Agapito agapi-to Beloved (saiai)
Agapito agapito Beloved (saiai)
Agata agata    
Agatha agasa Good (ryou)
Agathe aga-te Good (ryou)
Agathe agato Good (ryou)
Agathe agatto Good (ryou)
Agi agi    
Aglaia aguraia    
Agne agune    
Agnes agunesu Pure (junsui)
Agnese agunesu Holy (shinjin)
Agneta aguneta Holy (shinjin)
Agneta agunetta Holy (shinjin)
Agnus agunesu Pure (junsui)
Agostina agosuti-na Exalted (kouki)
Agostina agosutina Exalted (kouki)
Agostino agosuti-no Exalted (kouki)
Agota agota    
Agripina aguripina   Born Feet-First
Agrippina agurippina   Born Feet-First
Agueda agueda Good (ryou)
Agueda ageda Good (ryou)
Agung agun    
Agustin agusutin Exalted (kouki)
Agustina agusutina Exalted (kouki)
Ahad ahado   One
Aharon a-ron    
Ahava ahava Love (ai)
Ahlam afuramu    
Ahmad afumado Praise God (sanshu)
Ahmad a-maddo    
Ahmad a-mado    
Ahmed afumedo Praise God (sanshu)
Ahmed afumeddo    
Ahmed ahamedo    
Ahmed a-meddo    
Ahmed a-medo    
Ahmedjan afumejan    
Ahmet a-metto    
Ahn an    
Ahna a-na    
Ahney a-ni-    
Ahti ahati    
Ahto ahato    
Ahuv afu-vu Beloved (saiai)
Ahuva afuva Beloved (saiai)
Ahvo ahavo    
Ai ai Love (ai)
Aida ai-da    
Aidan eidan Flame (honoo)
Aide ai-de Exalted (kouki)
Aide aide    
Aiden eiden Flame (honoo)
Aija aiya    
Aiko aiko    
Aila aira    
Aileen airi-n Light (hikari)
Ailene airi-n Light (hikari)
Aili airi    
Ailyn airin Light (hikari)
Aimable ema-buru    
Aimee eimi- Beloved (saiai)
Aimee eme Beloved (saiai)
Aimo aimo   Generous Amount ( )
Aina aina   the only one
Aini aini    
Ainikki ainikki    
Aino aino    
Ainsley einzuri-   hermitage field
Ainslie einzuri-    
Aira aira    
Airi airi    
Aisha aisha Lively (kappatsu)
Aisha ai-sha Lively (kappatsu)
Aishwarya aishuwariya Wealth (fugou)
Aishwarya aishuwariya- Wealth (fugou)
Aislin aisurin    
Aisling aisuringu    
Aisling ashuringu Dream (yume)
Aislinn eisurin Dream (yume)
Aissa aissa    
Aitana aitana    
Aitor aitoru   Good Father
AJ e-je-    
AJ eijei    
Aja aja   Goat
Ajay ajai    
Ajay ajei    
Ajoy ajoi    
Akbar akuba-ru    
Akemi akemi    
Akhtar akuta- Star (hoshi)
Aki aki    
Akiko akiko    
Akilah akira   Intelligent
Akim eikimu    
Akio akio    
Akira akira    
Akiva akiva    
Akonio akonio    
Akosua ako-sua    
Akram akuramu    
Aksana akusana    
Akseli akuseri    
Akshat akushato    
Akshay akushei    
Aktan akutan    
Aku aku Exalted (kouki)
Akubar akubaru    
Al aru Noble (kouki)
Aladdin aradin    
Alain aran Precious (kichou)
Alaina areina Precious (kichou)
Alaine arein Precious (kichou)
Alaine are-n Precious (kichou)
Alaitz araitsu    
Alakina arakina    
Alan aran Precious (kichou)
Alana arana Precious (kichou)
Alana ara-na Precious (kichou)

Name not on list? See StockKanji - Names in Japanese for a list of all the names in the catalog

Or special order any first or last name at Special Order Name in Japanese

And we also offer Full Names in Japanese suitable for use on certificates or rank belts

Recommended Books/CD:

Learn Japanese Calligraphy by Eri Takase is a unique Japanese Calligraphy course on CD-ROM. With these CD's you can learn Japanese Calligraphy by actually seeing the characters being brushed by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. Japanese Calligraphy is all about movement and you simply cannot learn the proper movement from a book. These CD lessons actually shows videos of Master Takase brushing the characters - and you can learn proper technique by seeing it over and over again. We also show videos of common student errors and how to correct them. Along with the videos are samples with stroke order that can be printed as well as detailed step by step instructions. Learn Japanese Calligraphy is a great learning tool by itself or to complement your current studies.

The first CD includes topics on tool selection, posture, how to hold the brush as well as the basic strokes of the block font. Each lesson covers the stroke order with examples that can be printed. To learn more about these lessons visit Learn Japanese Calligraphy with Eri Takase.

Japanese Kanji & Kana Revised Edition: A Guide to the Japanese Writing System (Tuttle Language Library) by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn

This is an excellent reference and is perfect for learning the stroke order of kana and kanji.

This book shows all modern kanji along with the stroke order and direction. This is the perfect companion for the serious student.

The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary by John H. Haig, Andrew N. Nelson

For more advanced needs this is the best English Language Japanese-English kanji dictionary you can buy.


United States Census - 1990 - The top 2400 male and female names from this US government publication are covered in our list.

The Etymology of First Names - An excellent site for researching the meaning and pronunciations of given names.

StockKanji - Names in Japanese Calligraphy - Over 9000 names translated to Japanese. This is a searchable site giving much more information about each name than we show here. Many names also have original, hand-lettered designs for personal use like a tattoo and for professional use such as for wedding invitations or as part of a logo design.

Jeffrey's Japanese<->English Dictionary Server - An good online dictionary that does not require Japanese fonts. This dictionary can be terse so it is easy to misinterpret. Its value for name translations is limited as it does not give the pronunciation.

Goo Jiten - A good online English/Japanese dictionary. Japanese fonts are required.


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