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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.

Name not in our list? Special order any first or last name at Special Order Name in Japanese

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Select the first letter of the name:

Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Meaning (Reading)
Zac zakku Memory (kioku)
Zach zakku Memory (kioku)
Zachariah zakaraia Memory (kioku)
Zachary zakari- Memory (kioku)
Zachary zakkari- Memory (kioku)
Zachery zakari- Memory (kioku)
Zack zakku Memory (kioku)
Zackary zakari- Memory (kioku)
Zada zada Prosperity (han'ei)
Zadok zadoku Just (seitou)
Zadok zadokku Just (seitou)
Zafh zafu    
Zahava zahava Golden (ougon)
Zahavi zahavi Golden (ougon)
Zahid zahi-do Pious (keiken)
Zahra zafura    
Zahriah zaria   Who God Helps
Zaida zaida Prosperity (han'ei)
Zaide zaide    
Zainal zainaru    
Zak zakku Memory (kioku)
Zaka zaka Pure (junsui)
Zakes zeikusu    
Zaki zaki Pure (junsui)
Zakir zaki-ru    
Zakiya zakiya Pure (junsui)
Zakk zakku    
Zale zeiru    
Zamir zami-ru Song (uta)
Zana zana Lily (yuri)
Zandra zandora Protect (hogo)
Zane zein God's Grace (shinkei)
Zanna zanna Lily (yuri)
Zanna zana Lily (yuri)
Zara zara Princess (oujo)
Zarah zara Princess (oujo)
Zaria zaria   Radiance
Zariah zaria   Radiance
Zarina zarina Golden (ougon)
Zariza zariza Industrious (kinben)
Zarizah zariza Industrious (kinben)
Zaroh zaro    
Zayden zeiden    
Zayed zaido    
Zaylie zeiri-    
Zaza zaza    
Zbigniew zubiguniefu   Dispel Anger
Zbych subifu    
Zdislaw zujisuwafu Glory (eikou)
Zdzislaw zujisuwafu Glory (eikou)
Ze'ev ji-vu Wolf (ookami)
Zeb zebu God's Gift (shinzou)
Zebadiah zebadaia God's Gift (shinzou)
Zebedee zebedi- God's Gift (shinzou)
Zebulon zeburon Exalted (kouki)
Zebulun zeburan Exalted (kouki)
Zechariah zekaraia   God Remembers
Zechariah zekaria   God Remembers
Zechariah zekariya   God Remembers
Zeev ji-vu Wolf (ookami)
Zeeva ji-va Wolf (ookami)
Zeffie zefi-    
Zehara zehara Light (hikari)
Zehari zehari Light (hikari)
Zehava zehava Golden (ougon)
Zehavi zehavi Golden (ougon)
Zehavit zehavito Golden (ougon)
Zehra zera Flower (hana)
Zekiria zekiria    
Zelda zeruda Precious (kichou)
Zelig zerigu Blessed (onkei)
Zeljko zeruko    
Zella zera Warrior (senshi)
Zelma zeruma God Protects (kamimori)
Zemer zemeru Song (uta)
Zemira zemira Song (uta)
Zen zen    
Zena ji-na Great (idai)
Zena zena Great (idai)
Zenaida zenaida   Life of Zeus
Zenia ji-nia Guest (raikyaku)
Zenobia zenobia   Life of Zeus
Zenzele zenzeru    
Zenzo zenzo    
Zephyr zefi-ru   West Wind
Zeppo zeppo    
Zer zeru Crown (oukan)
Zero zero    
Zeta ze-ta   Olive
Zeta ji-ta   Olive
Zeta zeta   Olive
Zetta zetta Rose (bara)
Zeva zeva Virtue (toku)
Zeveljamz tseverujamutsu    
Zhao zao    
Zia jia    
Zienia ji-nia    
Zierra jiera    
Zina ji-na Great (idai)
Zinedine jinudi-nu    
Zion zaion Heaven (tengoku)
Zipora jipora Bird (tori)
Ziporah jipora Bird (tori)
Zisa ji-sa Sweet (kanbi)
Zissa ji-sa Sweet (kanbi)
Zita ji-ta Harvest (shuukaku)
Zitto jitto    
Ziv jivu    
Ziva ji-va    
Zlatko zuratoko    
Zoe zo-i Life (inochi)
Zoe zoe Life (inochi)
Zoe soe Life (inochi)
Zoe zo- Life (inochi)
Zoe zo-e    
Zoee zo-i Life (inochi)
Zoey zo-i Life (inochi)
Zofia zofia Wisdom (chie)
Zohar zoha- Light (hikari)
Zohara zohara Light (hikari)
Zoharah zohara Light (hikari)
Zohra zo-ra Dawn (akebono)
Zoie zo-i Life (inochi)
Zoila zoira Life (inochi)
Zola zora Earth (chikyuu)
Zoltan zorutan    
Zona zona Belt (obi)
Zonia zonia Wisdom (chie)
Zooey zo-i Life (inochi)
Zooey zu-i-    
Zophia zofia Wisdom (chie)
Zora zo-ra Dawn (akebono)
Zoraida zoraida   [Unknown]
Zori zori-    
Zouhir zui-ru    
Zoya zo-ya    
Zsuzsa juja    
Zubin zu-bin    
Zula zu-ra Peace (heiwa)
Zulay zurei    
Zuleika zureika    
Zuleikha zureika    
Zulema zure-ma Peace (heiwa)
Zully suri-    
Zulma zuruma Peace (heiwa)
Zurisaday zurisadei   Over the Earth
Zurisaday surisadai   Over the Earth
Zuzanna zuzanna Lily (yuri)
Zuzanna suzanna Lily (yuri)
Zygmunt jigumunto    
Zygmunt jikumunto    
Zygmunta jigumunta    
Zyon zaion Heaven (tengoku)
Zyon jion Heaven (tengoku)

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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