7 junio, 2024

The 223 Most Outstanding Japanese Male Names

The Japanese names they use words from their own language and have a meaning that is generally related to a quality that the person who wears it is expected to have, or to the history of the family to which it belongs.

Before the end of the 11th century, a tradition in Japan also ended: giving boys a child’s name that would name them from the sixth day of birth until they were 15 years old.

After that, they were given the name that would designate them until their death. Currently they are given a single name and their last name. A title such as san (sir or madam) or sensei (master) can then be added.

When choosing names, the Japanese tend to look at elements of internal or external nature, numbers, or ideas deeply rooted in their culture.

In the case of names related to ideas, they can allude to a single idea or several combined. Regarding their writing, it must be said that these names are generally written in kanji. It is the Japanese government that determines the kanji that can be used.

Male names in Japan usually end in:

-Rō, which means son.

-Ta, which means big.

-Ichi, if it is the first child.

-Kazu, also used for the first child.

-Ji, in case it’s the second child.

-Dai, to point out that it is big.

The most common Japanese names for men

Being inspired by nature or by ideas, Japanese names can be as numerous as the people of that country. Below are 215 Japanese male names with their respective meanings, where some features of that oriental culture are revealed:

TO

Aiko, which means child of love.
Akemi, which means beauty of the early morning.
Aki means two different things: autumn and shine.
Akio means brilliant person.
Akira means brilliant.
Akihiko, or shining prince.
Akihiro, means light that shines abroad.
Akiyama means mountain.
Amida is the name of Buddha.
Aoki means green tree.
Arata, which means man of fresh ideas.
Asahi, which means light of the rising sun.
Atsushi, a polite man with good manners.
Ayari, refers to purity and courage.
Ayummu which means walker.
Azumi, which means cloudy.

B.

Bishamon refers to the god of war in Japanese mythology.
Botan means flower of June.
Byacuya, which means white.

D.

Dai, u very dear man.
Daichi means big ground.
Daiki, or brave man.
Daisuke means outstanding man.

AND

Eiji, means man with qualities to govern.

F

Fudo, means god of fire and wisdom.
Fujita means field.
Fumio, or school-age child.

G.

Ganju, which means eagle.
Gô, which means heroic.
Goku means heaven.
Goro means fifth son.

h

Hachi literally means eight.
Hachiro means eighth son.
Haiden, refers to the god of thunder.
Hajime, it refers to the beginning of something.
Haku is a name that means pure.
Haru means born during spring.
Haruo means spring man.
Haruki means the brightness of the sun.
Haruto, refers to a light man.
Hayato, which means hawk.
Hideaki means honorable man.
Hideki, refers to a good opportunity.
Hideo, which means big-hearted man.
Hikari means light.
Hikaru means captivating man.
Hinata means facing the sun.
Hiro means wide.
Hiroaki means great shine.
Hiroki means big tree.
Hiromasa means analytical.
Hiromi means man with wide vision.
Hiroshi, which means generous man.
Hiroto, who flies in the heights.
Hiroyuki means smiling.
Hisao means man who will have a long life.
Hisoka means reserved.
Hitoshi means responsible man.
Homare, which means success.
Hotaka refers to a man who likes to do things slowly.
Hotaru, which literally means firefly.

Yo

Ibuki, which means leader.
Ichiro means first son.
Ichigo, which means guardian angel.
Ikki means the only one who shines.
Isamu means fighting man.
Isao means very hard-working man.
Isas, refers to merit.
Issei, refers to a long life.
Iwao means man of stone.
Izanagi, alludes to a god from Japanese mythology.

J

Jiro means second son.
Jo means man blessed by God.
Joji, which means farmer.
Khomei, which means luminous spear.
Jun, refers to an obedient man.
Jun’ichi, describes a man with discipline.
I swear, it means tenth son.

k

Kaede means maple tree.
Kai means sea.
Kaien means ocean.
Kaito, which means towards the sea.
Kaori, which refers to giving strength to a man.
Kanaye means jealous man.
Kane means golden.
Kano means water blessed by the gods.
Kanta, which means respectable.
Katashi means firm and serious man.
Katsu means victorious. It has a couple of variants: Katsuo and Katsuro.
Kazuhisa which means lasting peace.
Kazuhiko means prince full of harmony.
Kazuki, is a name with a double meaning: pleasant and shining peace.
Kazuma, which means harmonious.
Kazuo means attractive man.
Kazuya means harmonious.
Keiichi means respectful firstborn son.
Keiji means respectful second son.
Ken means strong man.
Kenichi means founder of the city.
Kenji means intelligent man.
Kenshin means modest truth.
Kenta means healthy man.
Kenzo is the name of one of the three sages in Japanese mythology.
Kichiro, or the lucky son.
Kimura, refers to a forest or place of trees.
Kioshi, which means peaceful man.
Kira means skillful.
Kisho means man with self-knowledge.
Kisuke, refers to consent.
Kohaku means amber.
Koj means second lucky son.
Koji, which means small.
Kojiro means beautiful.
Kuma, which means bear.
Kunio means country man.
Kuro means ninth son.
Kyo means approved.

L

Lori, refers to an intelligent leader.

m

Makoto means honest.
Mamoru, which means to protect.
Maro, which means myself.
Masahiko means correct prince.
Masahiro means good ruler.
Masaki, is a name that means correct record, and also means majestic tree.
Masao refers to a man who knows how to discern between good and evil.
Masaru is another way of saying smart or cunning man.
Masato means man with a sense of justice.
Masuyo literally means to increase the world.
Michi means way.
Michio refers to a very strong man.
Motoki means base or foundation.

No.

Nao, it means man with an honest heart.
Nana means apple.
Nagisa means tall.
Naoki: comes to say «honest tree».
Naoko: humble, modest, honest, trustworthy man.
Nobuo, means loyal man.
Nobuyuki, means faithful happiness.
Nori means good son.
Norio, refers to a man of principles.

EITHER

Ohara means «small field».
Osamu means man who dictates the rules.
Otani, refers to a wide valley.
Ozuru, comes to mean «big stork».

R.

Rafu, means network.
Raiden is the name of the storm god in Japanese mythology.
Raito is a name that means light.
Rei means effort.
Ren means lotus flower.
Renji, which means second love.
Renzo means third son.
Retsu means violent.
Riki, which means strength.
Rin is the name of a character from Chinese mythology that means unicorn.
Rokuro means sixth son.
Ronin means samurai who has no owner.
Ryota means stout man.
Ryuu means dragon or strong like a dragon.

S

Saburo means third son.
Sadao, is a name that means decisive man.
Saito means pure flower.
Samuru, which means his name is God.
Satoru means educated man.
Satoshi refers to a man who sees things clearly.
Sasuke, means supportive, who helps others.
Seiichi means first son.
Seiji, which means sincere.
Seiya means saint.
Shigeru means man of excellent qualities.
Shin means faith.
Shiro means fourth son.
Shoichi means very prosperous.
Shoda, which means open field.
Shoji, which means bright.
Shun, which means talented.
Shuuhei means soldier.
Sin’ichi means lucky man.
Sô literally means thought, but alludes to the fact that he will be a smart man.
Soichiro, which means firstborn.
Sora means heaven.
Sorato, which means to be heavenly.
Susumu means progressive man.

you

Tadao means man with a noble heart.
Tadashi, refers to a correct man.
Taiga means great.
Taishi, which refers to ambition.
Taji means yellow and silver.
Takahiro, is a name that is related to a noble lineage.
Takao, refers to a tall man.
Takashi means laudable.
Takayuki, which means happy.
Takeo, which means warrior.
Takeshi means inflexible like bamboo.
Takumi, which means craftsman.
Taiga means big river.
Taro, which means big boy.
Taroo, which means first male son.
Tenshô in a literal sense means to fly in the sky, but alludes to angels.
Tetsuya, which means wise.
Tomohisa, refers to an eternal friendship.
Tomoki, which means wise tree.
Torah means strong like a tiger.
Tousen means hermit from the east.
Tsubasa literally means wings, but figuratively it alludes to freedom.
Tzukasa means adorable leader.

OR

Umi, refers to the sea.
Usui means mortar.
Uchiha, comes to say «paper».

W

Washi is a tree, but it also means eagle.
Wataru, it comes to say navigation.

AND

Yamato, which means calm or great peace
Yasahiro, which means calm.
Yasuhiro, refers to a peace-loving man.
Yin means man of great virtues.
Yoshio means man of good intentions.
Yûdai, which means greatness.
Yuki, can mean happiness or snow.
Yukihisa, which means long happiness.
Yukio means nourished by God.
Yuri means man who listens to others.
Yûshi, means good will.
Yuu means superior.
Yuudai means great hero.
Yuuma means honest and kind man.
Yuuto means kind and romantic.

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