Japanese Boy Names and Meanings

Japan has a special attraction. The magic that the land of the rising sun exerts on people can also be felt in this country. This is evidenced not only by the numerous manga and anime fans but also by the enormous crowds at events such as the Japan festival Berlin and Japan Day in Düsseldorf. Interest in the language and culture of the Japanese is huge. Japanese names are also finding their way into German children’s rooms with increasing frequency. We have listed the most beautiful Japanese boys’ names below.

The fascinating culture, the hospitality of the people, and the varied landscape attract numerous visitors to Japan year after year. The contrast of magnificent temples and imperial palaces on the one hand and densely populated cities with their skyscrapers on the other fascinates tourists from all over the world. The language also exerts a special fascination. At numerous adult education centers and universities, Japanese enthusiasts immerse themselves in the highly complex Japanese writing system.

The Japanese writing system includes the characters kanji as well as katakana and hiragana. Japanese first names are written as kanji. But don’t worry, Japanese first names can also be represented well in our Latin writing system.

First name meaning
Akatsuki dawn
Akeno bright shining field, sunrise, dawn
Akindo merchant
Akio happy/bright/brilliant child, child of love
Akira radiant, bright
Benjiro enjoy peace
Chiko arrow
Dai big
Daichi wide land
Daiki big shine, big glow
Daisuke great help
Davido Japanese variant of David; meaning: the beloved one
Fuji name of a mountain in Japan
gene of austerity
Goku heaven; Goku is also the name of a monkey king from an old Japanese fairy tale
Hachiko the eighth child; 8 is a lucky number in Japanese
Haru born in spring, sunlight
Haruki radiant, intelligent
Haruto flying high, flying
Hayate gentle as the wind, fresh breeze
Hayato hawk man
Hideaki smart, intelligent
Hinata facing the sun
Hiroki big tree
Hitoshi the calm, the balanced one
Ikuto the stormy one; Attention: sometimes also interpreted as “the violent one
Isamu bravery, courage, undaunted
Jiraiya young Thursday
Junichiro talented firstborn son
Kaito the one floating above the sea
Kami divine being, divine power
Kana influential, powerful
Kanaye the diligent, the eager one
Kano water god
Katsu the victor
Kazuki peace
Kenji healthy
Kenshin sword, heart, sword heart, also: humble truth
Kenta health
Kichiro happy son
Kikaru light
Kitai expectation, hope
Kiyoshi the pure, the clear, also: holy will
Koichi (first) light
Kouki hope, happiness
Makkuro black as the night
Makoto sincere, honest
Mamoru the protector
Masao righteous man
Masuyo enlarge the world
Miki tree trunk
Minato port
Naohito the virtuous, the direct, also: humanity
Naoki honorable/honest skin, straight tree
Naruto strong, hidden power
Nibori influential, powerful, superiority
Norikita law, method, rule
Raidon thunder god
Ren lotus
Riku earth, land
Ryo refreshing, cool
Ryota great endurance
Ryu dragon
Ryuga dragon claw, claw of the dragon
Ryujin Japanese sea dragon
Sasori scorpion
Satoru wisdom, enlightenment
Seishin pure heart, pure trust
Seki amazing
Shigeru flourish magnificently, grow luxuriantly
Shin truth, reality
Shouta flying high; note: depending on the kanji also “fat”, “obese
Sora sky
Sota sudden, smooth
Susumu rise, progress
Suzaku red bird
Tadashi righteous
Taiki great splendor
Takashi respect (to parents), great
Takaya honorable night
Takeo man of honor, hero
Takeru the warrior
Takeshi strong like a bamboo trunk
Taki waterfall
Takumi man of the ocean, craftsman, carpenter
Taro the firstborn
Teshi angel, wings
Toyo abundant
Tsuyoshi strong, robust
Yamato great harmony, great peace
Yasu, Yasuo peaceful, calm
Yoshi goodness, happiness
Yuki snow, snowflower
Yuma honesty, happiness
Yuri listening, listening
Yusei planet, changing star
Yuuki courage, luck, snow
Yuuto gentleness, superiority, endurance
Zuko enemy of darkness

Since each kanji has its meaning and first names usually consist of two (or more) kanji, this often results in different but beautiful and poetic meanings. Curious? We have listed the most beautiful Japanese boy names below.

The peculiarity of Japanese boy names
Japanese boy names are mostly represented in kanji. Kanji originate from China and comprise about 50,000 different characters. In everyday life “only” about 2000 characters are used.

Each Kanji has its meaning. By combining them into names, (several) new meanings are created. Japanese first names can therefore usually be interpreted and translated differently.

Japanese boys’ names are often associated with positive qualities such as “honorable” (Naoki), “intelligent” (Hideaki), or “peaceful” (Yasu). These qualities are meant to accompany the children throughout their lives. So when you choose a Japanese name, you’re giving your sweetheart a beautiful message along the way.

In addition, male Japanese first names often have a strong connection to Japanese mythology. Ryu, for example, means “dragon”, Raidon stands for “thunder god”. Japanese boy names generally have strong meanings.

Here’s what you should look for when choosing a Japanese boy’s name
Kanji usually have different meanings. Japanese names can also be interpreted in different ways. So before you decide on a name, you should research carefully to see if a name might have any negative connotations. It is best to ask a native speaker.

You should also keep in mind that with Japanese first names it is often not obvious at first glance whether it is a boy’s or a girl’s name. This could lead to misunderstandings.

In addition, when choosing a name, you should make sure that the first name harmonizes well with your (German) last name.

Which Japanese boy’s name do you like best? Do you miss a name on our list? We are looking forward to your comments!