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165 Beautiful Japanese Girl Names and Their Meanings

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As with most other cultures, Japanese girl names are usually centered around positive traits, beauty, and flowers. You may notice this trend in names because of popular suffixes like ko (which means “child,” a very popular suffix among Japanese female names), mi (which can translate to “beauty” or “sea” in kanji), and ka (which means “fragrant”). Japanese names with these suffixes used to be incredibly popular among Japanese women’s names especially before the 1980s. However, the popularity of names with these suffixes have declined after the 80s, but they’re slowly becoming in fashion again.

Back in the day Japanese girls’ names would be ordinary Japanese words like peach (Momo), snow (Yuki), apricot (Anzu) and cherry blossom (Sakura). These names would often be chosen by parents because they are desirable traits or objects that are beautiful (as if to bestow the same traits or beauty on their female child). However, th later started to grow out of fashion, as these names would soon be deemed too common.

Afterwards, parents would add a suffix to these names to make their child stand out and to add more meaning to their names. Popular suffixes like ko, mi, and ka, can change the meaning of a name entirely. For instance, a name like Haru would mean “spring,” but adding ko would change it to Haruko, which means “child of spring.” Likewise a name like Nana means “seven” and adding mi would change it to Nanami, which can mean “seven seas.” However, keep in mind that the meaning would depend entirely on the way each character of a name is written in kanji.

These days, there’s a mix of Japanese names from the olden days with a singular meaning and Japanese names with the fashionable suffixes. You will find Yuki’s among Haruko’s all in the same age range. But aside from the medley of beautiful singular meaning names and names with fashionable suffixes, there is another popular trend in Japanese names for girls.

Recently there has been a rise in popularity for Japanese girl names that are very short such as Rei, Yui, Aoi, and Rio. Another trend, which is also popular in other cultures looking to make their children really stand out, is the surge of Japanese names that don’t really mean anything. Japanese parents would just assign any meaning to them by spelling them using different kanji or kanji that isn’t conventionally attached to that name. Thus, these names are modern and are free from any association with people from the past.

Below are 165 names of Japanese girls that you might like. Some are more popular in recent years, others were more popular in the previous decades (hence its prevalence among women of a certain age), and others are simply fashionable “modern” names that are only now becoming popular.



Ai means “love” or “indigo blue.” Ai is popular both as a stand-alone name and an added syllable to a name.

Airi means “love, affection + jasmine.” It’s one of the most popular names for Japanese baby girls in 2013.

Aoi means “hollyhock, althea.” Aoi was the most popular baby name for girls in 2016.

Aiko means “beloved; loving child”

Akane means “brilliant red”

Akari means “light” or “glimmer”

Akiko This name has many different meanings. Aki can be written in kanji as “sparkle,” bright,” and “autumn.” However, Akiko can be written as “Asia, queen, child,” peaceful, hope, child,” “bright child,” “provide, child,” or “superior, above, child.”

Amaya means “night rain”



Ami means “Asia, beauty,” “Asia, sea,” or “Asia, truth.”

Anzu means “apricot”

Asuka means “tomorrow.”

Atsuko means “sincere, kind, child,” “pure child,” “passion, heat, child,” “warm child,” or “honest child.”

Ayaka means “colorful flower”

Ayame means “iris”

Ayumi means “progress,” “walking, beauty,” or “peaceful, pleasure, sea.”

Chieko means “wise child”

Chika chi means “thousand” or “knowledge/wisdom” and ka means “summer,” “excellent,” “celebration,” “fragrance,” “flower,” or “fruit.” The meaning of these kanji characters may be combined to form the name Chika.

Chinami means “one-thousand waves”

Chiyoko means “a thousand generations”

Emiko means “prosperous, beauty, child,” “blessing, favor, beauty, child,” or “smiling child.”

Ena means “gift from God”

Eri means “blessing, reason,” “picture, reason,” “blessing, hometown,” or “love, clever,” among other meanings.

Etsuko means “joy, child.”

Fuji means “wealthy, intention” or “wisteria.”

Fumiko means “wealthy, beautiful child.”

Gen means “spring”

Gina means “silvery”

Hanako means “flower child; fair blossom”

Haru means “springtime,” “sun or sunlight,” or “clear up.”

Haruka means “far off”

Haruki means “shining brightly,” “radiant,” “shining life,” or “radiant spring.”

Hatsu means “firstborn”

Hayami means “rare unusual beauty”

Hibiki means “echo.””

Hikaru means “light” or “radiance.” A famous bearer of this name is Hikaru Utada, a Japanese-American singer.

Hiroko means “magnanimous; generous child”

Hina means “sun, day + greens.” Hina was one of the most popular baby names in 2016.

Hoshi means “star”

Humiya means “history; healthy”

Ima means “now”

Isamu means “vigorous, robust”

Jin means “tender”

Jun means “obedient”

Kaedé means “maple leaf.” It’s a very popular Japanese name for both the older and younger generation.

Kaiyo means “forgiveness”

Kameyo means “long lived; tortoise symbol”

Kano means “dexterity and skill”

Kaori means “scent, aroma” or “fabric, weave.”

Kasumi means “mist.” a popular bearer of this name is a female ninja character from the Dead or Alive video game series.

Katsumi means “overcome oneself,” “overcome, beauty,” “win over oneself,” “win beauty,” or “win substance.”

Kazashi means “hair ornament”

Kazue means “branch; first blessing”

Kazuko This name was popular in Japan in the 30s to 50s, which means many older ladies in Japan have this name. It’s usually written with the characters for “harmony.”

Kazumi means “harmonious beauty”

Keiko can mean “celebrate + child,” “respect + child,” or “blessed + child.” Keiko has been the most popular name in Japan from the 40s to the 60s.

Kichi means “fortunate ”

Kiko means “hope.” Kiko is the nickname of Princess Akishino of the Japanese imperial family.

Kimi means “beauty of the century”

Kioko means “happy child”

Kiyoko means “pure child; clarity”

Koemi means “smiling”

Koharu means “small” or “heart” + “spring.” Koharu is one of the most popular Japanese names for girls in 2013.

Koto means “beautiful harp”

Kukiko means “snow”

Kumi means “long time, beauty,” “long time, fruit,” “nine, beauty,” or “nine seas.”

Kura means “treasure house”

Madoka means “circle,” “circle + flower,” or “window + aroma.” Madoka is also a common surname in Japan.

Mai means “brightness; flower.” Mai is one of the more popular short names for Japanese girls.

Maiko means “dancing child”

Majime means “earnest one”

Mamiko means “hemp, beauty, child” or “true, beauty, child.”

Manami means “love, beauty” or “love, sea.”

Maru means “round”

Masako means “elegant, refined.” A popular bearer of this name is Crown Princess Masako of Japan. Another popular bearer of this name is Masako Katsura, the first woman to play in world billiards tournament.

Masumi means “increasing beauty; true purity”

Matsuko means “pine tree”

Michiko means “beautiful wise child,” “child of a thousand beauties,” “child of recognition,” or “child of morals.” A famous bearer of this name is Empress Michiko, the wife of Emperor Akihito.

Midori means “green; nature”

Miho means “truth, ear of grain,” “beauty, ear of grain,” “beauty, care,” “future step,” “beauty, sail,” or “beauty, walk.”

Miki means “flower stem”

Mikie means “main branch”

Miné means “peak; a resolute protector”

Minako means “beauty, apple tree, child,” “beauty, unknown, child,” or “beauty, vegetable, child.”

Mirai means “the future”

Misaki means “beauty bloom”

Misao means “fidelity”

Mitsu means “light”

Miyo means “beautiful generation”

Miyu means “beauty, assist,” “beauty, bind,” “beauty, dream,” “beauty, reason,” “deep tenderness,” “sea, reason,” or “light, reason” among other possible meanings when written in kanji.

Miyuki means “beautiful fortune,” “deep snow,” “beautiful reason for history,” or “happiness.” A popular bearer of this name is Miyuki Sawashiro, a Japanese voice actress.

Momo means “peach”

Mura means “from the village”

Namika means “flower of the wave”

Nana means “seven”

Nanami means “seven, sea,” “seven, beauty,” “seven fruit,” or “seven life.” Nanami is a very popular name among Japanese anime characters.

Nao means “honest”

Nara means “oak; a symbol for stability”

Narumi means “seed; beauty”

Natsuko means “summer, child,” “reminiscence, yearning, child,” or “stamp, child.”

Nori means “the law; tradition”

Nozomi means “hope ”

Nyoko means “gem; treasure”

Orino means “worker’s field”

Reiko means “gratitude.”

Riko means “lavender child.” It’s one of the most popular Japanese names for girls in 2015.

Rika means “true fragrance”

Rina means “park; a Japanese village”

Rin Shorter names are becoming more and more popular in Japan, so it’s no surprise that this name has gained fame. Add the fact that this name is unisex, which is also becoming popular. Rin is usually written to mean “dignified.”

Risa means “growing flowers at home”

Rio can mean “white jasmine,” “village,” and “center,” “thread,” or “cherry blossom.” It’s one of the most popular names for Japanese girls in 2013.

Ruri means “emerald”

Ryoko means “good child”

Sachiko means “child of bliss” or “happiness.” A famous bearer of this name is Sachiko, Princess Hisa the Japanese princess and daughter of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun.

Sadashi means “ambitious one”

Saki means “blossom + hope.” It’s one of the most popular names for Japanese girls, especially for the younger generation.

Sakae means “prosperous”

Sakiko means “blossom child”

Sakura means “cherry blossom.” Sakura was the most popular Japanese name for girls in 2015.

Sawako means “sweet child,” “refreshing child,” “brilliant child,” or “graceful child.”

Sango means “coral”

Satchiko means “lucky child”

Satoko means “wise child,” “village, child,” or “enlightened child.”

Satomi means “wise, beautiful,” “holy beauty,” or “hometown, beauty.”

Seijun means “pure; very clear one”

Seiko means “holy child,” “blue child,” “fine child,” or “clean child.”

Sen means “wood fairy”

Shiho means “will” and “sail.”

Shika means “gentle deer”

Shinobu means “to support”

Shiori means “bookmark or guide,” “lithe,” or “poem, weave.”

Shizu means “quiet, clear”

Sorano means “of the sky ”

Suki means “beloved.”

Sayuri means “small lily,” “early lily,” “assistant, reason, hometown,” or “small, hundred, hometown.” Popular bearers of this name include Sayuri (a J-pop artist and songwriter) and Sayuri Nitta/Sakamoto (the main character of the novel Memoirs of a Geisha).

Suzuë branch of little bells

Suzume means “sparrow”

Také means “bamboo”

Takako means “filial piety + child”

Takara means “treasure”

Taki means “plunging waterfall.”

Tamaki means “armlet, bracelet”

Tamane means “the sound of a necklace”

Tami means “blessed people”

Tamiko means “abundance child”

Tatsu means “dragon.” It’s the Old Japanese indigenous word for dragon, though today “Ryu” is used.

Toki means “time of opportunity”

Tokiwa means “eternally constant”

Tomiju means “wealth and longevity”

Tomoko This name was popular in Japan in the 60s to 70s, so many Gen X ladies have this name. It’s usually written with the character for “intellect, wisdom.”

Tora means “tiger”

Toshi means “mirror image”

Ume means “plum blossom”

Umi means “the ocean”

Utano means “field of songs”

Wattan means “homeland”

Yoko While popularized outside of Japan by Yoko Ono, the wife of the late John Lennon, Yoko was already popular in Japan before her rise to fame. It can mean “sunlight” or “ocean.”

Yori means “reliable; trustworthy”

Yuna means “gentle + heart,” “dream + summer,” or “dream.” Yuna is one of the most popular name for Japanese girls in 2013. Yuna is also the name of a popular character from the Final Fantasy series.

Yoshino means “good, fertile field”

Yuka means “fragrant; friendly blossom”

Yume means “dream”

Yumi means “excellent beauty”

Yui Shorter names are becoming more and more popular in Japan, so it’s no surprise that this name has gained fame. Yui is either written to mean “tie, bind, clothing” or “gentleness, superiority.” Yui was the most popular name for Japanese girls in 2012.

Yuina means “to tie the knot” or “vegetables.” It’s one of the most popular names for Japanese baby girls in 2013.

Yuri means “lily.” Yuri is a very popular Japanese name for girls of both the younger and older generations.

Which of these names appeal to you the most? Do you like it because of the way it sounds or does its meaning have something to do with why you like the name? Let us know some of the names on this list that you like the most!

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