What is my name in Japanese? How to translate your name. (2023)

Ah, finding out your Japanese name is magical, isn’t it?

It’s the rite of passage for any new learner.

The second you start learning the language, you want to know how to write and say your name in Japanese. You’ll also need it to be able to introduce yourself in Japanese. So, I hope, by this time, you already know your Japanese alphabet… and specifically Katakana. If not… you…

…Ah, screw it.

I’ll show you anyway. (But you should really learn Katakana here.)

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Want to know what your name is in Japanese?

  • If you’re just lazy, just LOOK BELOW for the list of common translated names.
  • If you’re ambitious… scroll all the WAY DOWNand theguide. It’ll take 3 or 4 minutes and you’ll be ready to use your Japanese name.

Also, be sure to leave a comment and say what your Japanese name is for practice!

Katakana Chart. You’ll Need This for Your Name in Japanese.

Just so you know…

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Your name will be written in Katakana. All foreign words and names are written in this writing system. Below’s a quick run through of the Katakana (alphabet).

Katakana – English First, Then Japanese.
The Ya, Yu, Yo Sounds

To make it easier, and so you can double-check your work, here are some common names translated into Japanese.

Common English Names Translated To Japanese For Lazy People

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If I don’t have yours, leave a comment below and I will add it!

So, hopefully I got your Japanese name in there. Now, you can start speaking basic Japanese and go introduce yourself as…

    • Hajimemashite, watashi no namae wa (name) desu.
    • はじめまして。私の名前は(name)です。
    • Nice to meet you. My name is (name).

Or you can just say the more casual way.

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    • (name) desu.
    • (name)です。
    • I’m (name).

If you got your name right, be sure to leave a comment and introduce yourself. If I missed your name, also leave a comment and we’ll get one for you! And now that you know your name and can introduce yourself, you should learn even more Japanese!

What is my name in Japanese? How to translate your name.

Want to learn how to write in Japanese? Download your free Japanese Alphabet worksheet here.

First, there are 9 rules that you need to know about finding out your Japanese name.

Don’t worry, they’re not scary. You’ll be fine after reading them.

(Video) Translating names in Japanese

And if you’re still confused, just leave a comment.

Or… proceed to the list below if now you’re feeling lazy.

  1. It must be written in Katakana as it’s a foreign name. Katakana is merely a version of the Japanese alphabet dedicated to foreign words that were adopted by Japanese.
  2. The spelling WILL depend on how you pronounce your name.Let’s say you have an uncommon name that may not sound how its spelled. For example, your name is Böb but it’s not pronounced as “Bob” but “Beaub.” Well, if you want most of your desired pronunciation to cross over into Japanese, you will need to go by sounds or phonetics. So, you won’t be a “Bobu ボブ” but perhaps “バーブ.”
    1. If you check the comments where people ask about their names, often the first question is… “well, how do you pronounce that?”
  3. There is no L. L becomes R. Sorry Larry, Linda, and Luke. Your names will start with the letter R from now on. There’s no L in the Japanese language and Japanese R is pretty unique, similar to the Russian/Spanish/Italian R where you slightly roll your tongue. So Larry, you are pretty much Rarry.
  4. There is no V. V becomes B. Sorry Vicky, you’re now Bikki.
  5. The Japanese Alphabet follows the this sound pattern. You’ll get a good idea of it after taking a look at the character chart below.
    1. Pronunciation: Ah (written as A)
    2. Pronunciation: Ee (written as I)
    3. Pronunciation: Oo (written as U)
    4. Pronunciation: Eh (Written as E)
    5. Pronunciation: Oh (Written as O)
      1. So, of course, there will be “ka, ki, ku, ke, ko” and “sa, shi, su, se, so” and so on.
  6. Most Japanese letters actually consist if 1 consonant and 1 vowel OR just 1 vowel.
    1. So, “Ka” is considered as one letter. So is “A.” And “De.”
    2. What does this mean? It means 2 things. If you have…
      1. Two consecutive consonants in your name like “Fr” in Fred or “Gl” in Glen, those two will now have vowels after the consonants. So, the Fr in Fred becomes “Fure” and the Gl in Glen becomes “Gure.”
        1. Rule:In two consecutive consonants, the first one follows an “U” sound. The second one will follow the vowel that’s already in your name.
      2. Or if your name ends in a consonant, like “D” in Ted, then that last consonant is doubled up and ends in an O or U. Ted actually becomes Teddo. Fred becomes Fureddo.
        1. This rule does not apply to names ending in “N.” N in Japanese is the only consonant can be counted as 1 letter. So, our friend Glen is Guren.
        2. This rule does not apply to names ending in “Y.” So, Ray becomes Rei. The letter I (イ) acts as that “iy” sound.
        3. Names ending in K, M or X take on the “U” ending. Jim is Jimu. Hank is Hanku. Sam is Samu. Max is Makkusu. Mark is Ma-ku.
  7. Japanese letters are pronounced with equal stress and time, unless noted by an elongation. Take the word “camera.” In English, camera is pronounced as “Caaamura,” right? There’s quite a bit of stress on the “Caaaaa.” In Japanese however, it is ka-me-ra where each letter, ka, me and ra, are said for equal amounts of time. This will help you understand rule #7 below.
  8. If a vowel in your name sounds like it receives stress, it will be an elongated vowel in Japanese. What do I mean? Take the name “Mary” or “Gary” for example. There’s quite a bit of emphasis on the letter A. It almost sounds like it’s pronounced as “Maaary” where the inflection on the A goes up. Same with Gary. In Japanese, these will become “Me-ri” and “Ge-ri”
  9. The Ya, Yu, Yo Sounds. Basically, any I sound, like Ki, Gi, Mi, Ji etc. can be combined with the Ya, Yu, Yo letters of a smaller version to produce sounds like…
    1. Gi: Gya, Gyu, Gyo
    2. Ji: Ja, Ju, Jo
    3. Ri: Rya, Ryu, Ryo
    4. And so, on. You’ll see more of these in the chart below.


Ok, now you’re ready to learn your Japanese name.

Below is a chart of the Katakana letters, providing you with the English first, Japanese character underneath, to help you find the character for your name. Here’s how you figure out your name:

    • Step 1: Refer to rule #4 for the proper pronunciation of A, I, U, E, O.
    • Step 2: If your name starts with a consonant and vowel, look for the ones that match you.
      • Mary will start with “Me-” or メー
      • Kevin will start with “Ke” or ケ
    • Or similary, if your name starts with a vowel, chose A, I, U, E, or O, depending on how your name sounds.
    • Step 3: Then piece your name together. Look for the next sound.
      • Mary will start with “Me-” or メー, and then we need “Ri” so find that character, リ, and add it in: メーリ
      • Kevin will start with “Ke” or ケ, and then we need “Bi” (remember no V in Japanese) and “N.” So, find “Bi” and “N” and you have “Kebin” or ケビン.
    • Step 4: Feeling lazy? Scroll down below this chart where I’ve translated common English names into Japanese.

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How do you answer what is your name in Japanese? ›

Squares obviously my name is which can be said like this in japanese watashi no namae wa. This

What is your name in Japanese translate? ›

おなまえは?” (o namae wa?)

How do you say my Japanese name is in Japanese? ›

So let's get learning you're a one-minute language lesson starts no today we're going to learn how

What is the meaning of Kimi no Na wa? ›

君の名は。 (kimi no na wa) = Your Name is? I've added a question mark because at the end of the film, this phrase is a question. It can be used to state a fact “Your name is David”. However, in the film, it is used as a casual way to ask someone's name.

How do you reply to Onamae WA? ›

watashi no namae wa – 私の名前は (わたしのなまえは) : a Japanese expression for “my name is”. It can be used to answer the question, “onamae wa nan desu ka?” onamae wo okiki shi te yoroshii deshou ka – お名前をお聞きしてよろしいでしょうか (おなまえをおききしてよろしいでしょうか) : a Japanese expression for 'may I ask your name? ' This is a very polite expression.

Can I change my name in Japan? ›

As you are not a Japanese citizen, you cannot legally change your name in Japan. Moreover, as you come from a country that does not use kanji characters, even if you changed your name to Suzuki Hanako (and you would HAVE to do it in your home country), you still could not use 鈴木花子 as your legal name in Japan.

What is my name in Korea? ›

성함이 어떻게 되세요? (dangsin-eun eotteohge doeseyo?)

This means, "What is Your Name in Korean?" Use this to ask the names of people who are older than you.

How do u do Japanese? ›

どうやってするんですか How do you do it? To ask how to do something, say "doo yatte," meaning "how," followed with a verb like "suru," (to do), and then "n desu ka."

Can guys say Watashi? ›

In formal or polite contexts, “watashi” is gender neutral. However, when it's used in informal or casual contexts, it is usually perceived as feminine. “Boku” is used by men and young boys.

How old are you Japanese? ›

It can be written with two different kanji: the traditional 歳 and the simplified and most commonly used 才. To ask someone "how old are you?," you can say: Nan sai desu ka (何歳ですか); Or in a more formal way, O ikutsu desu ka (おいくつですか).

How do you say I am Kira in Japanese? ›

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What is a cute Japanese name for a girl? ›

Popular Baby Names, origin japanese
Aikobeloved one, little loveFemale
Aimilove beautyFemale
Aiyabeautiful silkFemale
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What Japanese name means love? ›

Aiko. Aiko means love, affection, and child. Aiko was a trendy Japanese girls' name at the beginning of the 20th century.

Is Akira a boy name? ›

Akira is a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. This name has grown in popularity throughout the US in the 21st century and is sometimes used as a variation of “Kira”.

Will Your Name make you cry? ›

Your Name is a sad movie. It has a happy ending and there are funny moments, but it's sad. It's heartbreaking. It's absolutely devastating.

What Boku means? ›

boku – 僕 (ぼく) : a pronoun meaning 'I' in Japanese. Normally, this is used by boys and young males in casual situations.

Why did Taki wake up crying? ›

Taki, in the body of Mitsuha, unknowingly sacrifices his connection with Mitsuha and the random switching related to it; when obaa-chan awakens him (“Ah, Mitsuha, you're dreaming right now, aren't you?”), he bolts upright in bed, and the tears begin to flow.

What is Nannensei desu ka? ›

how old are you? 20 terms.

Is Nandesuka rude? ›

it's good. It's polite and simple.

What is Nan sai desu ka Japanese? ›

nan sai desu ka – 何歳ですか/何才ですか (なんさいですか) : a Japanese expression for 'how old are you?

Can I have a Japanese name if I'm not Japanese? ›

Non-Japanese Asians (and sometimes non-Japanese non-Asians) sometimes choose Japanese names — such as 山田太郎 YAMADA Tarō and 山田花子 YAMADA Hanako (which are like Japan's version of "John Smith and Jane Smith") — for business purposes and to avoid discrimination that's name based.

Can you get a Japanese name in Japan? ›

You need to obtain Japanese citizenship as you want to use Japanese name(Surname). Once you became Japanese citizen then you can choose your Japanese surname under registered Kanji. It's normally your original surname transformed into Kanji but you can choose sucu as Suzuki or Sato typical Japanese surname.

Do you need a Japanese name to live in Japan? ›

- there are also those who dread the idea of having to give up the name that ties them to their own family and ethnic heritage. The simple answer to this question is YES, you do need to take a Japanese name. The reality, however, is that a "Japanese name" is not necessarily what you are thinking.

How do you say BTS in Korean letters? ›

BTS (Korean: 방탄소년단; RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan), also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2010 and debuting in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment.

How do you write ABCD in Korean? ›

The Korean alphabet or Hangul consists of 24 basic letters: 14 consonants (ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ ㅁ ㅂ ㅅ ㅇ ㅈ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ) and 10 vowels (ㅏ ㅑ ㅓ ㅕ ㅗ ㅛ ㅜ ㅠ ㅡ ㅣ).

Is learning Japanese easy? ›

The Japanese language is considered one of the most difficult to learn by many English speakers. With three separate writing systems, an opposite sentence structure to English, and a complicated hierarchy of politeness, it's decidedly complex.

Do u Japanese? ›

Definition: 意味 Learn Japanese vocabulary: どう (dou). Meaning: how; in what way; how about​.

Can a girl use Boku? ›

BOKU is for males and KIMI is referring to a female and is equivalent to ANATA. However in some songs the girls use BOKU as you mentioned.

Is Boku rude? ›

Boku: Polite, Sophisticate, Humble You can use it among your friends but they may feel you are too polite. It is appropriate word to a person who you meet at the first time.

What does Boku wa means? ›

boku means "I" wa is topic marker. See a translation. 1 like.

How do I say 10 in Japanese? ›

Ten (10) is 十 (juu, pronounced "joo"). You can also use these kanji with the native Japanese system.

What is your phone number in Japan? ›

Telephone numbers in Japan
Country calling code+81
International call prefix010
Trunk prefix0
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Are you OK in Japanese casual? ›

大丈夫?(Daijōbu?): “Are You Okay?” in Casual Japanese

A casual way of asking someone if they are okay is to just say 大丈夫? (daijōbu?) with a raising intonation to turn it into a question. The English equivalent would be something like, “you okay?”.

Does Kira mean killer? ›

The closest is "kirakira", which means "shining" or "glittering". "Kira" is just the transliteration of the English word "killer", not a direct translation (and technically it should end in a double A). The word for killer/murderer is "hitogoroshi".

What does Kire mean in Japanese? ›

Meaning: pretty; lovely; beautiful. Type: Adjective, な-adjective.

What is Kira saying in her sleep? ›

Not only that, but K has been caught on more than one occasion mumbling Japanese in her sleep -- a phrase that translates to "I am the messenger of death," according to newly nice guy Theo.

What is the Japanese name for cute? ›

Kawaii (Japanese: かわいい or 可愛い, IPA: [kawaiꜜi]; 'lovely', 'loveable', 'cute', or 'adorable') is the culture of cuteness in Japan.

Is Yuki a girl name? ›

Yuki is a popular gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. While male and female versions of the name have different characters in Japanese, when translated to English without the vowel elongation, they are spelled the same.

Is Tokyo a girl name? ›

The name Tokyo is primarily a gender-neutral name of Japanese origin that means Eastern Capital'.

What is the luckiest name for a girl? ›

The Most Popular Lucky Baby Names for Girls
  • Iris – meaning 'rainbow', symbolising luck.
  • Evangeline – 'Bearer of good news' in Greek.
  • Beatrice – Latin meaning of 'she who brings happiness; blessed'
  • Jadie – stone transmitting wisdom and clarity.
  • Kiara – 'bright/light' in Italian.
  • Felicity – 'luck/good fortune' in Latin.
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What Japanese name means princess? ›

Hime (姫) is the Japanese word for princess or a lady of higher birth. Daughters of a monarch are actually referred to by other terms, e.g. Ōjo (王女), literally king's daughter, even though Hime can be used to address Ōjo.

What is a cool anime name? ›

What is a cool anime name?
  • Hiroshi. This name means “generous” and is borne by renowned voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya.
  • Michiko. A name for a “beautiful wise child,” Michiko Malandro is one of the powerful protagonists from Michiko & Hatchin.
  • Sakura. ...
  • Takashi. ...
  • Yuri.
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Is Kira a name? ›

Kira is one of several Anglicized forms of the Irish name Ciara, which in Irish means "dark haired". Kira also means "Strong Woman" in Slavonic. There is also a Japanese name, romanized as Kira, which is common in Japan, as both given name and family name (e.g. the Kira clan of Mikawa province).

What does Ryo mean in Japanese? ›

Origin:Japanese. Meaning:excellent, excel, succeed; distant; fact, reality; dragon. Ryo is a popular gender-neutral name of Japanese origin. It is the given name of numerous Japanese icons, including actors, athletes, musicians, and writers. Depending on the kanji used to write it, Ryo can have numerous meanings.

How do you introduce yourself in Japan? ›

The most common and simple way to introduce yourself in Japanese is the phrase "Watashi no namae wa ___ desu." (wah-TAH-shee no nah-MAH-eh wah ___ dess). It means "My name is ___." If you're using your full name, say your surname first.

Are you OK in Japanese casual? ›

大丈夫?(Daijōbu?): “Are You Okay?” in Casual Japanese

A casual way of asking someone if they are okay is to just say 大丈夫? (daijōbu?) with a raising intonation to turn it into a question. The English equivalent would be something like, “you okay?”.

How do you ask someone's name in Japanese? ›

How do you ask someone "what's your name" in Japanese? You say “O namae wa?” that has the literal meaning “Your name is …?” The pitch is decreasing.

Is Hajimemashite formal? ›

In Japan, there is always a clear understanding whether you're in a formal situation or a casual one. While “Hajimemashite” is reserved for casual situations, “Yoroshiku onegaishimasu” is of the formal variety.

Is it OK to wear red in Japan? ›

In fact, as far as fabrics are concerned, red is considered in Japan as the happiest color you can get.

Is eye contact rude in Japan? ›

In fact, in Japanese culture, people are taught not to maintain eye contact with others because too much eye contact is often considered disrespectful. For example, Japanese children are taught to look at others' necks because this way, the others' eyes still fall into their peripheral vision [28].

What is i in Japan? ›

Back to Basics: 私 (わたし) — Watashi

The Japanese word watashi is a genderless term that translates to “I” in English. Japanese language textbooks often suggest it as one of the best overall terms to use to describe yourself.

Does Hai mean okay? ›

Sometimes it's used as a sign of acknowledgement. Sometimes it's used as a delineating device to indicate a change in topic. Sometimes it's used as a way of saying “here you go”. Basically, hai has many different meanings and uses in Japanese beyond “yes”.

What is Wakata? ›

Wakatta and wakarimashita are both past tense and is more like "understood" or "I got it" where as wakatteru is more like "I get it" or "I understand". Helpful(6)

What is OK in Japan? ›

The best way to say “Okay” in Japanese to express your acknowledgement of something is to say わかった (wakatta). If you need to speak formally you can use わかりました (wakarimashita).

Can you call a boy Chan in Japanese? ›

Some of the more affectionate phrases are usually attached to one sex or the other. As a general rule, chan is attached to female names as a form of affection. For men's names, kun is more often used. As 'chan' means that someone feels fond of something, a lot of really cute things are chan.

What is kawaii desu? ›

The Japanese phrase kawaii desu ne (可愛いですね、かわいいですね) means “cute isn't it?”. The word kawaii means cute, pretty or adorable. Kawaii is one of the most popular words among young Japanese girls and women of all ages.

What do you call a stranger in Japan? ›

Addressing strangers in public
  • In most cases すみません is the go-to, I'd say. ...
  • I don't have a "complete" answer, but I've heard people addressed or called out simply with something like すみません, ちょっと伺いますが, or with things like お兄さん、お嬢さん, お客様, etc., depending on the situation.
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What is Moshi Mosh? ›

Moshi moshi, or もしもし, is a common Japanese phrase that Japanese people use when picking up the phone. It's a casual greeting used for friends and family, like a “hello”, but in fact means something entirely different!

Is it ohayo or Ohayou? ›

Ohayo (おはよう, ohayō) is a colloquial term meaning good morning in Japanese. Ohayo may also refer to: Good Morning (1959 film), 1959 Japanese comedy film by director Yasujirō Ozu.

What is Domo Japanese? ›

DOMO means "very". It's especially helpful when stressing appreciation or making an apology. When you buy something at a store, store clerk would say "DOMO ARIGATOU", meaning thank you "very much". You can also use DOMO as a greeting like "hello". And just saying DOMO can mean a casual way of "thank you" like thanks.


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