With population exceeding 127 million, Japan is undoubtedly one of the densely populated countries in the world. With its profuse heritage, this island kingdom offers unique culture and language that has seen infinite millenniums and yet not witnessed the decline of etymology as a linguistic discipline. Whether you are writing a novel, developing a game, contemplating names for a movie or stage artist and stuck on the name of a character or trying to help pick your Japanese friends a name for their newborn, our tool will help you zero down on an authentic Japanese name without pondering too hard over it.
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Much like China, Japan uses the naming convention where the family surname is succeeded by the given name of the person. For example, if the family name is Abe and the given name is Arakan, the Japanese will write it as Abe Arakan and not the other way round. On top of that, it’s a standard custom in Japan to call people with their family name instead of their given name. Though that is not a tradition to fret on since Japan has over a hundred thousand distinctive surnames at present. You may call a close relative by their first name since there could be several people by the same last name but calling someone with their first name when they are not from your lineage or immediate family is considered discourteous and impolite.
The complex logographic writing system adopted from the Chinese characters is termed as Kanji. It is a character writing system that holds the essence of the spoken language. A single character can be used to transcribe different words and therefore has varied pronunciation. In conjunction to the Kanji characters, simplified Katakana and Hiragana alphabets are widely used depending on the pronunciation of the enunciated word. Since a majority of the Japanese people like to used the complex versions to stay close to their ancestry and linguistic uniqueness of the culture, Kanji characters are often given preference over the simplified versions. Harder to spell and pronounce names are held in high esteem by younger parents since 20th century because they symbolize the true spirit of the culture and their deep adulation for it.
Although westernization has taken over this far east country quite as much where a few Japanese names are inspired by American and European ones, the original cultural names with beautiful meanings have retained their charm. Names such as Emirii inspired from Emily have made a place for themselves with the growing influence of western culture although traditional names such as Hiroshi and Atsuya are still widely loved.
Most female names in Japan end with the syllable ‘ko’ meaning child or ‘mi’ that stands for beautiful like Masaomi. Often time,s male names end with the syllable ‘ro’ like in Kunihiro. Additionally, the syllables such as ‘hiko’ ‘suke’ reflect positive characteristics such as ‘brave’ and ‘win’. Call it the land of the courageous for its profound pedigree.
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