10 Cool Japanese Names For Boys!

10 Cool Japanese Names For Boys!

What’s your favorite Japanese name? Well, some of you might think that it is hard to pronounce Japanese names since our names often have some sounds that are unique to Japanese language. However, more and more names that are common in other countries have been used in Japan as well. Here I would like to introduce 10 cool Japanese names for boys that can also be used in English.



 

10 Cool Japanese Names For Boys!

 

1. Ren

Ren was nominated as the most popular boys’ name of the year in 2014. People usually use kanji “蓮” for Ren. The character originally means a lotus flower –which represents beauty and pureness as well as strength and nobleness. Many parents wish to have a boy who is like the lotus flower having these characteristics. Moreover, this name is relatively easier to pronounce for English speakers since it doesn’t have a lot of vowels and sounds that are unique to Japanese language. If you want to give a cool Japanese name to your kids, this is a great option!

 

2. Noa

Noa is popular name for boys in the United States, but Japanese people use the name both for boys and girls. Although some people say Noa sounds like very “girls”, I personally think this is very cool name. One of my friends who is named Noa uses the kanji “乃亜” while a famous TV talent named her daughter “希空” –so there aren’t any typical kanji for this name. You can choose whatever characters you want and/or would like to give your children.

 

3. George

You might think that George sounds like very American or European –but it is also typical Japanese name for boys! For instance, there is an Enka (traditional Japanese singing) singer called George Yamamoto (山本譲二) who was born more than 30 years ago. So it is not newer name and/or what is called “Bizarre baby name”. When in Japan, however, the pronunciation is more like “Jouji” and not emphasizing the “R” sound. Try saying it in a Japanese way!

 

4. Naomi

I have seen many boys and girls named Naomi both in Japan and other countries. Many people might assume that this is originally from Japan, it is not –Actually Naomi came from Christian and Jewish names. If you love this name, you don’t have to care about gender since Naomi would be great match for anyone.

 

5. Leo

For this name, various combinations of kanji are used –such as 伶央,伶音,玲央 and so on. It was very rare to use this name in Japan, but this has been getting more and more popular. With the similar combination of kanji, it is also possible to call Leon, or Leoto but I would prefer just “Leo” since it is pretty simple but cool!

 

 

6. Joe

Like George, although it sounds pretty much like American/European, this is also very typical and traditional Japanese name for boys. So when I first met a female friend called Joe, I was surprised since I assumed that this name was only for boys. There are various kanji that are suitable for this name such as 成,譲,丈 and so on –you can choose the best character for your kids depending on what kind of person you would like your children to be in the future.

 

7. Ken

This is one of the common but also cool Japanese boy’s names. Furthermore, Ken is often used in English textbooks in Japan. When you pronounce it, it doesn’t sound like American or European but it is relatively easier to say compared to other typical Japanese names. Using Ken, it is also popular to name kids Kentarou, Kensuke and so on. Just Ken is pretty cool but find your favorite combination of letters to Ken in order to find much cooler names!

 

8. Rui

Rui has been getting more and more popular and many people think that Rui is a very cool name. It sounds like British to me and sounds smart. I have a friend whose name is Rui using the kanji 塁 which is related to baseball. I heard a lot of boys who named Rui use the same kanji and many of their parents like baseball and/or would like their kids to play baseball. Not only baseball but also the kanji means protecting home and family from others –so you don’t have to be a big fan of baseballs to name your kids Rui. It would be wonderful to search for other kanji if you don’t like it.

 

9. Jun

This is also a typical Japanese boys name –and you can choose from a lot of kanji such as 順,純,淳 and so on. Moreover, it is also a good idea to put some letters and make new names like 純一,淳也,順太郎 if you would like to. Although there are also many girls named Jun including famous actress in Japan, it sounds very smart and cool.

 

10. Kai

Kai is not very typical Japanese name but sounds like Japanese and also is very cool. People often use 魁 or 快 –the former kanji means that having confidence and the latter shows happiness. You can use either kanji depending on your preference, or it would also be a great idea to look for another kanji. I have a friend whose name is Rui and his brother’s name is Kai –it is nice to have names that have similar sound to your siblings’ but have meanings that are unique to you!

 

Conclusion

There are a lot more cool boys’ names in Japan including 10 of them I mentioned here. Each name is different and has various meanings. As you can see, you don’t have to pay too much attention to names outside of Japan when looking for names that can be used both in Japan and abroad –but take a look at typical Japanese name and I hope you’ll find a great one for your kids!

 

10 Cool Japanese Names For Boys!

1. Ren
2. Noa
3. George
4. Naomi
5. Leo
6. Joe
7. Ken
8. Rui
9. Jun
10. Kai