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Your Name In Japanese

Amanda
with the meaning Love (ai)

Names in Japanese make beautiful works of art. Whether art suitable for framing for your home or office - or more personally artwork on your body  - we have thousands of designs each meticulously translated and documented. We give you all the information so you can easily verify the translations for yourself so you can be as happy with the translation as you are with the beautiful art.

This is a catalog of over ten thousand names and meanings meticulously translated to beautiful Japanese Calligraphy: Each name carefully researched with hand-lettered designs by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase.

To begin, click on the first letter of the name you are looking for:
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On the right is a translation of the name Amanda (ah-man-dah, amanda) to Japanese katakana written horizontally which is just below the meaning of the name Amanda which is Love (ai).

How Can I Be Sure This Is Correct? This is an important question and we have gone to great lengths so you can be completely confident with our translations. We do this by providing links to several reliable and independent sources including dictionaries, popular foreign movie sites and when appropriate Japanese Wikipedia links.

Phonetic Translation To Katakana: If you visit Amanda (ah-man-dah, amanda) you will see links to an independent dictionary confirming the translation. We also show five celebrities using this translation and even include links to Japan's popular Foreign Movie Star Magazine (Japanese fonts required). These are completely independent resources that you can use to confirm our translation. But we don't stop here, we also give links to the popular site Movie Goo (Japanese fonts required) which show the translations they use - That is three independent and reliable sites that confirm our translation. See for yourself from this excerpt from StockKanji.com:

Translation Check: You can confirm the Japanese translation of Amanda using Jeffrey's J/E Dictionary at Amanda. People using this exact same translation are Amanda Bynes (), Amanda Crew (), Amanda De Cadenet (), Amanda Donohoe (), and Amanda Gronich (). The popular Japanese site Movie Goo also has a list of celebrities named Amanda translated to Japanese.

Literal Translation To Kanji: The other fact that we stated is that the name Amanda means Love. Many times people already know the meaning of their own name but we provide links to independent sites and book references where you can confirm the meaning of the name and much more. Here is the excerpt for Amanda from StockKanji.com:

The meaning of the name Amanda is from the Latin for "Love". Confirm the meaning for yourself at Amanda on Babynamer or Amanda on BehindTheName. Amanda's meaning can also be confirmed on page 296 in The Comprehensive Dictionary of English & Hebrew First Names by Alfred J. Kolatch - a book we highly recommend.

As you can see, we have gone to great lengths to provide accurate translations and we give you the resources to easily confirm the translation for yourself.

With My Order What Exactly Do I Get? To see, click on the design on the left. This is an actual design for Amanda with the meaning of Love. You will notice that this is a high resolution image of Eri Takase's hand-lettered artwork. The line art is vectorized so you can increase or decrease the size and the line art will remain crisp.

If you want to see more about what you can do with these designs visit How To Resize Eri Takase's Kanji Designs. These designs are so detailed people print the artwork on good paper and frame it! The uses of these designs are limitless! Though the usage is limited - we ask each design be use for a single impression only and not used for commercial purposes. These are in Adobe PDF Format and are password protected and so may not be edited but they can be easily resized to fit your needs. For commercial purposes we offer professional formats for almost all of our designs including 600 dpi JPG formats suitable for all printing needs.

If you are looking for your name in Japanese for crafts, for your business or marketing, or for something as important and lasting as a personal tattoo design, then you will find no better source anywhere. There is much more we want to explain about the designs, which we do below, but this is a good start.

For a list of names select the first letter of the name:
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Is your name not in our list? Special order any name at Special Order Name in Japanese
And should you have any questions please Contact Us


The name translations to Japanese use a phonetic translation to katakana which is the standard way names are translated to Japanese. This is the way non-Japanese names appear in dictionaries, newspapers, and encyclopedias.

We also include translations of the meaning of the names to kanji. We call this a literal translation and this works especially well for names like Faith and Joy and for names with well accepted meanings. For more information on how names can be translated to Japanese read Eri Takase's article How to Write Names in Japanese which first appeared in her monthly column in Martial Arts Insiders Magazine.

One word of caution though: A name can have several different pronunciations and it is essential to know which pronunciation is being translated. For a common example, the name "Jan" can be pronounced either jan or yahn. Because of space limitations we do not show the pronunciation in this list, however, if you click on the name you can find this along with other details about the name.

NOTE: You might notice that our file names show the name, the pronunciation, and the romaji. So Jan_yahn_yan refers to the name Jan pronounced yahn with the romaji yan. Once you get use to this, it is very useful information!

Each name in our list has a link to more information available on our sister site StockKanji - Names in Japanese Calligraphy which offers each name for sale in formats suitable for tattoos as well as for crafts and high resolution designs suitable for commercial applications. The tattoo designs are delivered as an Adobe PDF file and includes the line art that your tattoo artist needs to ink the design. Several names can be used in a design and all names in our catalog match and can be used together in the same design - and the designs can be immediately downloaded when you order - you can get your tattoo today!

For a tattoos or commercial Japanese calligraphy designs visit StockKanji - Japanese Calligraphy Designs

To begin, select the first letter of the name:
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Each entry includes the romaji, the katakana, the original meaning of the name, the translation to kanji and its reading.

Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Reading Meaning
Aaron a-ron kouzan High Mountain
Abbey abi- kifu Exalted Father

Romaji is how the name is pronounced in Japanese and is how the katakana is read. Japanese is a language of syllables and does not have all the sounds of other languages. So the romaji is needed to shows how the katakana is read. Katakana symbols have no meaning - they only represent a sound. Kanji are Japanese symbols that have meaning and they are used here to translate the meaning of the name. As mentioned above the literal translation to kanji is great for names like Faith and Joy:

Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Reading Meaning
Faith feisu shinkou Faith
Joy joi yorokobi Joy

The link on each name takes you to more detailed information and more translation options. Simply click on the name. Also, you will find designs that you can purchase and download. These are hand-lettered designs by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase and are suitable for personal use such as for body art, crafts, or for scrapbooking, or for commercial use such as for advertising, wedding invitations, newsletters, magazine and book illustrations. Below are examples for the name Abbey:

 
Abbey
Horizontal, Katakana

$8.95
  Abbey
Vertical, Katakana

$8.95

You Can Get an Accurate and Beautiful Translation of Your Name in Japanese

With the information available today one can expect accurate name translations that can be readily verified. And this was exactly our goal in creating this list. If you think about it, the Japanese media translates movie star names, names of people in the news, and famous people all the time. We use this information in our list so you know the translations are not only correct but also widely used in the media. In cross-checking the names, we provide the original pronunciation and show famous people that use the same translation we give. All this, along with beautiful Japanese Calligraphy names designs are at StockKanji - Names in Japanese.

Japanese Tattoo Designs
Hand-Lettered Japanese Symbols for Tattoos and Professional Design
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase


Names can be used by themselves or combined with other designs
Ideas include Love (ai) as shown above, or Life (inochi), or Best Friend (shin'yuu)

Thousands of Designs to Choose From / Ordering is Safe and Easy / Downloads Available Immediately

Is your name not in the Catalog? No problem, use Special Order Name In Japanese which has options in both katakana and hiragana and in a few days you will be emailed the design. This offer is only for first names only.

If you are looking for a completely custom design, use Custom Japanese Tattoo Design where you work directly with Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase to create a unique design that is just right for you.
 


Select the first letter of the name:
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Recommended Books/CD:

Learn Japanese Calligraphy Lessons 1 - 6 by Eri Takase

Learn Japanese Calligraphy by Eri Takase is a unique Japanese Calligraphy course on CD-ROM. With these CD's you can learn Japanese Calligraphy by actually seeing the characters being brushed by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. Japanese Calligraphy is all about movement and you simply cannot learn the proper movement from a book. These CD lessons actually shows videos of Master Takase brushing the characters - and you can learn proper technique by seeing it over and over again. We also show videos of common student errors and how to correct them. Along with the videos are samples with stroke order that can be printed as well as detailed step by step instructions. Learn Japanese Calligraphy is a great learning tool by itself or to complement your current studies.

The first CD includes topics on tool selection, posture, how to hold the brush as well as the basic strokes of the block font. Each lesson covers the stroke order with examples that can be printed. Combined with our Japanese Calligraphy Sets you will have all you need to begin your study of Japanese Calligraphy.

Or order directly from us and save at Shodokai - Learn Japanese Calligraphy with the first CD at $15.95 - you save over six dollars!
 

Japanese Kanji & Kana Revised Edition: A Guide to the Japanese Writing System (Tuttle Language Library) by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn

This is an excellent reference and is perfect for learning the stroke order of kana and kanji.

This book shows all modern kanji along with the stroke order and direction. This is the perfect companion for the serious student.

The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary by John H. Haig, Andrew N. Nelson

For more advanced needs this is the best English Language Japanese-English kanji dictionary you can buy.


References:

カタカナから引く外国人名綴り方字典 (Guide to Spellings of Foreigner's Names in Kana Orders) - Find the original non-Japanese name given the Japanese translation.

United States Census - 1990 - The top 2400 male and female names from this US government publication are covered in our list.

BabyNamer - Produced by Oxygen Media this is a good source for the meaning of names.

The Etymology of First Names - This site is our second choice when researching the meaning and pronunciations of given names.

StockKanji - Names in Japanese Calligraphy Over 9000 names translated to Japanese. This is a searchable site giving much more information about each name than we show here. Many names also have original, hand-lettered designs for personal use like a tattoo and for professional use such as for wedding invitations or as part of a logo design.

Jeffrey's Japanese<->English Dictionary Server - An on-line dictionary that does not require Japanese fonts. This dictionary is terse so it is easy to misinterpret. Its value for name translations is limited as it does not give the pronunciation.

Goo Jiten - A good on-line English/Japanese dictionary. Japanese fonts are required.



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