10 Kanji Samples for “What is my name in Japanese”!

10 Kanji Samples for What is my name in Japanese

If you have learned Japanese, you know that you usually write non-Japanese names in Katakana alphabets. You may wonder, “why can’t I write my name in Kanji like Japanese people?” It is actually possible to write your name in Kanji characters. All you have to do is find Kanji characters that have the same sounds as your name. There are many websites that convert your name to Kanji characters. Usually you can choose from several Kanji characters. Many people choose the Kanji characters with the meaning they like. On the other hand, it is not always recommended to write your name in Kanji, because Japanese people might not know how to read your name when they are not familiar with Kanji you use. Today I will tell you 10 common Western names that can be written in Kanji that Japanese people are able to read.



 

10 Kanji Samples for “What is my name in Japanese”!

 

1. Erika 恵里香

Since the name “Erika” exists in Japanese, there is no reason why you can’t write it in Kanji like Japanese names. For the sound “E” you can use “恵” which means “blessing”, “絵” meaning “picture”, or “愛” meaning “love.” For the sound “Ri” you can choose “里 (hometown),” “理 (reason, truth),” “梨 (Japanese pear)” or “莉 (Arabian Jasmine).” At last, for the sound “Ka” you can choose from “香 (fragrance),” “花 (flower),”or “佳 (beautiful, good)”The most popular combinations of Kanji for “Erika” are: 恵里香, 恵梨香, 絵里香, 愛梨花.

 

2. Marina 麻里奈

The name “Marina” is also a common name in Japanese. For the sound “Ma” is usually written “麻 (hemp, linen),” “満 (whole)” or “万 (ten thousand, many).” For the sound “Ri” you can use “里 (hometown),” “理 (reason, truth),” “梨 (Japanese pear)” or “莉 (Arabian Jasmine).” For the sound “Na” there are “奈 (holy, stability)” or “菜 (greens, vegetables).”The most popular combinations are: 麻里奈, 満里奈, 麻理奈, 万里奈, 麻莉奈.

 

3. Lisa 理沙

Although it’s not common, there are some Japanese people who choose the name “Lisa” for girls. Therefore it can easily be written in Kanji.There are several choices of Kanji. The most common Kanji for “Lisa” would be “理沙” which is composed of Kanji “reason” and “sand.” The Kanji “梨紗” means “Japanese pears” and “silk.”Nowadays, many people try to choose Kanji that not many people usually associate with the name “Lisa”, such as “莉紗 (Arabian Jasmine and silk)” or “里咲 (Hometown and bloom).”

 

4. Sarah 沙羅

The name “Sarah” is a common Western name for girls. Although it’s not a very common Japanese name, it’s not so difficult to write it in Kanji because of the sound of the name. You can write it as “沙羅” which means “sand” and “silk”. You can also use the Kanji “紗良” which means “silk” and “goodness”.

 

5. Naomi 直美

The name “Naomi” is also a very common Japanese girl’s name. Therefore you can write it in Kanji. You can write it “直美” which means “straight” and “beauty.” There are also “奈穂美” which means “holy, stability,” “plant” and “beauty.” The Kanji “奈緒美” with the middle Kanji that means “beginning” is also a valid choice.

 

 

6. Ken 健

The name “Ken” is a common Japanese boy’s name. There are so many choices for writing this name with Kanji. “健” means “healthy or determined.” You can also write it as “謙” meaning “modesty.” Another example of Kanji for this name would be “堅” which means “strength.”

 

7. George 譲二

“George” is a very common English name. Surprisingly there are men whose name is “George” in Japan as well. As a result, you can write it in Kanji without any misunderstanding. There are several ways to write this name in Kanji: “譲二 (modesty and two)” “譲治 (modesty and reign) “丈治 (stature and reign)”

 

8. Tom 斗夢

Although the name “Tom” isn’t a common Japanese name, there are new parents who wish to choose this Western name for their son. They choose this name, because it’s easy to pronounce in Japanese. There are several choices of Kanji: “斗夢 (the stars Big Dipper and dream)” “冨夢 (wealth and dream)” “登夢 (climb and dream).”

 

9. Mike 舞空

There are some Japanese people choose the name “Mike” for boys these recent years. Even though it’s not easy to write it in Kanji, it’s not impossible. Some people choose the Kanji “舞空” which means “dance and sky.” It’s also possible to “麻郁” which means “hemp and cultural progress.”

 

10. Joe 譲

Some people choose a nickname to shorten their name. “Joe” is usually a nickname for “Joseph” or “Joel.” In fact, “Joe” can be a Japanese male name. You can write it as “譲” which means “modesty.” “城” means “castle.” Therefore if you have names such as “Joseph,” “Joel,” “Jonathan,” or “Joshua” you can choose to write your name in Kanji as “Joe.”

 

Conclusion

As I told you in the introduction, it’s difficult to write English names in Kanji while Japanese people are able to read your name correctly. Those names I have presented in this article are some of the examples of English name that can be written in Kanji. Unlike other English names, Japanese people would understand it and are capable of reading it. If you have one of the names listed above, you can start writing your name in Kanji from now on!

 

10 Kanji Samples for “What is my name in Japanese”!

1. Erika 恵里香
2. Marina 麻里奈
3. Lisa 理沙
4. Sarah 沙羅
5. Naomi 直美
6. Ken 健
7. George 譲二
8. Tom 斗夢
9. Mike 舞空
10. Joe 譲