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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)
Iain ian God's Grace (shinkei)
Ian ian God's Grace (shinkei)
Ian aian    
Ianka ianka    
Ib ibu    
Iben i-ben    
Ibrahim iburahimu    
Ibrahim iburaimu    
Ice aisu    
Ida aida Industrious (kinben)
Ida ida    
Ida i-da Industrious (kinben)
Idalia idaria Industrious (kinben)
Idalis idarisu Happy (yukai)
Idel aideru Industrious (kinben)
Idell ideru Industrious (kinben)
Idell aideru Industrious (kinben)
Idella aidera Industrious (kinben)
Idelle aideru Industrious (kinben)
Iden aiden    
Idil idiru    
Idina idina    
Ido ido-    
Idris aidorisu    
Idwig idovigu    
Ieda aii-da Industrious (kinben)
Ieroklis ierokurisu    
Iesha ai-sha Lively (kappatsu)
Iggie igi-    
Iggy igi-    
Ignacia igunashia    
Ignacio igunashio Flame (honoo)
Ignacy igunatsi Fire (hi)
Ignat iguna-to Fire (hi)
Ignatius iguneishasu Fire (hi)
Ignatius iguneishiasu Fire (hi)
Ignatius igunashiasu Fire (hi)
Ignatius igunatiusu Fire (hi)
Ignatovich iguna-tovichi Fire (hi)
Ignazio igunachio    
Igor igo-    
Igor igoru    
Igor igo-ru    
Ijkje ikuye    
Ike aiku Laughter (shousei)
Ila aira Earth (chikyuu)
Ilan iran    
Ilan i-ran    
Ilana irana   Tree
Ilaria iraria Cheerful (kaikatsu)
Ilda iruda   Battle
Ildar iridaru    
Ildarovich iridarovichi    
Ildebrando irudeburando    
Ildiko irudiko    
Ileana iriana   God Answers
Ileana ire-na    
Ileen airi-n Sunshine (nikkou)
Ilene airi-n Sunshine (nikkou)
Ilia iria    
Iliana iriana   God Answers
Ilja iriya    
Ilka iruka    
Ilke iruke    
Ilkka irukka    
Illeana ire-na    
Ilo iro    
Ilona irona Sunshine (nikkou)
Ilse iruze God's Oath (shinsei)
Ilya iriya   God is Lord
Ilze iruze    
Im imu    
Ima aima Mother (haha)
Imaad ima-do    
Iman iman    
Imelda imeruda   Universal Battle
Immanuel imanyueru   God is with us
Imogen imojen    
Imogene imojin Maiden (shoujo)
Imran imuran    
Imrat imuratto    
Ina i-na Mother (haha)
Ina aina    
Ina ina    
Indhira indira    
India india India (indo)
Indigo indigo   Indigo
Indira indira Beautiful (bi)
Indra indora    
Indus indasu    
Ines inesu Holy (shinjin)
Inez inesu Holy (shinjin)
Inga inga Beautiful (bi)
Inge inge Beautiful (bi)
Ingeborg ingeborugu Beautiful (bi)
Ingeborge ingebo-ga    
Ingela ingera    
Inger inga- Beautiful (bi)
Ingmar inguma-ru    
Ingrid inguriddo Beautiful (bi)
Ingrid inguri-to    
Ingvar inguva-ru    
Inigo ini-go    
Inna i-na Mother (haha)
Innochentij inokenti    
Innokenti inokenti    
Inocencia inosenshia   Innocent
Ioam yoamu    
Ioan yoan    
Ioanna ioanna    
Ioannis ioanisu God's Grace (shinkei)
Iola io-ra Violet (sumire)
Iona aiona Violet (sumire)
Iona iona    
Ione aioni- Violet (sumire)
Iphigenie ifijeni-    
Ira aira Watchful (keikai)
Irena irena Peace (heiwa)
Irena airi-na    
Irene airi-n Peace (heiwa)
Irene ire-ne    
Irene irene    
Irene ire-nu    
Irina iri-na Peace (heiwa)
Irina irina Peace (heiwa)
Iris airisu Iris (ayame)
Iris i-risu    
Irish airisshu Ireland (airurando)
Irka iruka    
Irm irumu    
Irma a-ma Whole (kanzen)
Irma iruma Whole (kanzen)
Irmelinda irumerinda    
Irmgard irumuga-do Whole (kanzen)
Irmina irumina Whole (kanzen)
Irrfan irufa-n    
Irshad irushaddo    
Irvin a-vin Fresh Water (kiyomizu)
Irvine a-vin Fresh Water (kiyomizu)
Irvine a-vain    
Irving a-vingu Fresh Water (kiyomizu)
Irwin a-win   Boar Friend
Isa aiza God's Oath (shinsei)
Isa isa    
Isa aisa    
Isa iza    
Isaac aizakku Laughter (shousei)
Isaac iza-ku    
Isaach iza-ku    
Isabel izaberu God's Oath (shinsei)
Isabela izabera God's Oath (shinsei)
Isabell izaberu God's Oath (shinsei)
Isabella izabera God's Oath (shinsei)
Isabelle izaberu God's Oath (shinsei)
Isacco izakko    
Isadora izadora God's Gift (shinzou)
Isaiah aizea God Saves (shinkyuu)
Isamo isamo    
Isamu isamu    
Isaura izaura   From Isauria
Isela isera    
Iseri iseri    
Isha isha-    
Ishani ishani   Goddess Durga
Ishmael ishumaeru   God Hears
Ishq ishuku    
Isiah aizaia God Saves (shinkyuu)
Isidra izadora    
Isidro ishidoro   Gift from Isis
Isim ishimu    
Isis aishisu   Goddess of Fertility
Iska isuka    
Isla isura   Island of Islay
Isla aira    
Ismael isumaeru   God Hears
Ismail isumairu    
Isobel isoberu God's Oath (shinsei)
Israel izuraeru   Struggles with God
Issac aizakku Laughter (shousei)
Istvan ishutovan    
Italia itaria    
Itzhak itsa-ku    
Iva i-va God's Grace (shinkei)
Ivalou ivaru-    
Ivan aivan God's Grace (shinkei)
Ivan ivan    
Ivan iwan    
Ivana ivana God's Grace (shinkei)
Ivana iwana    
Ivano iva-no    
Ivaylo iwairo Wolf (ookami)
Ivelisse aivarisu Ivy (tsuta)
Iveta ivetta Yew (ichii)
Ivette ivetto Yew (ichii)
Ivey aivi- Ivy (tsuta)
Ivo ivo-    
Ivonne ivonnu Yew (ichii)
Ivor aivo-    
Ivory aivori- Ivory (zouge)
Ivy aivi- Ivy (tsuta)
Izabella izabera God's Oath (shinsei)
Izak aizakku Laughter (shousei)

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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