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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 original designs by Master Takase 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 list of over ten thousand names and their meanings meticulously translated to Japanese. The name translations are a phonetic translation to katakana which is the correct way names are translated to Japanese and is the way non-Japanese names appear in dictionaries, newspapers, and encyclopedias.

We also include literal translation to kanji which translates the original meaning of the name. The literal translation works especially well for names like Faith and Joy where the name has a clear meaning. 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.

Note that a name can have several pronunciation and may even have different meanings depending on the derivation. A common example is the name "Jan" which can be pronounced 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 important details about the translation.

Is your name not in our list? Special order any first or last name at Special Order Name in Japanese

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

For each name we have designs specifically suited for tattoos.
Each design may also be special ordered as hand-lettered art unframed or framed.

Michael is My Life Amanda is My Love Charles is My Soul Mate

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Note - We have recently updated the StockKanji website so many names were taken down. If the name you are looking for is missing please contact us and we will add the name to the list. We apologize for the inconvenience while the new site is being update.

Select the first letter of the name:

Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Meaning (Reading)
Kabir kabi-ru    
Kacey keishi- Vigilant (keikai)
Kaci keishi- Vigilant (keikai)
Kacie keishi- Vigilant (keikai)
Kacy keishi- Vigilant (keikai)
Kad kado    
Kada kada    
Kadda kada    
Kadee keidi-    
KaDee keidi    
Kadeem kadi-mu    
Kaden keiden Companion (tomo)
Kadence keidensu   Cadence
Kadia kadia    
Kadiri kadiri    
Kadisha kadisha   Holy
Kaelia keria    
Kaeshi kaeshi    
Kagiso kagiso Peace (heiwa)
Kahala kahara   Amberjack
Kahiry kahiri-    
Kahlil ka-riru Best Friend (shin'yuu)
Kai kai Sea (umi)
Kaiah kaia    
Kaiden kaiden    
Kaija kaiya    
Kailash kairashu    
Kaili kairi    
Kaili kairi-    
Kairi kairi-    
Kais kaisu    
Kaitlin keitorin Pure (junsui)
Kaitlyn keitorin Pure (junsui)
Kaiulani kaiurani    
Kaka kaka    
Kaki ka-ki-    
Kal karu    
Kala ka-ra    
Kalani karani Heaven (tengoku)
Kaleem kari-mu    
Kaleigh kari-    
Kaleigh keiri-   Slender
Kalel kareru    
Kalev karevu Faithful (chuujitsu)
Kaley keiri-   Slender
Kali kari   [Hindu Godess]
Kalina karina    
Kallie kari- Beautiful (bi)
Kallista kyarisuta Most Beautiful (saikoubi)
Kalpana karupana    
Kam kamu    
Kamal kamaru    
Kamali kamari    
Kami kami-    
Kamila kamira   Perfection
Kamilah kamira   Perfection
Kamilla kamira    
Kamille kami-ru   Priest's Assistant
Kamon kamon    
Kamryn kamurin    
Kanai kanai    
Kandace kyandasu   Clarity
Kandi kyandi Sweet (kanbi)
Kandice kyandisu   Clarity
Kandis kyandisu   Clarity
Kandy kyandi Sweet (kanbi)
Kane kein Wise (kenmei)
Kaneesha kanisha    
Kanesha kanisha    
Kaniesha kanisha    
Kanisha kanisha    
Kanon kanon    
Kara ka-ra Beloved (saiai)
Karan karan Pure (junsui)
Kareem kari-mu   Generous
Kareena kari-na    
Karel kareru    
Karen karen Pure (junsui)
Karey kyari- Love (ai)
Kari ka-ri    
Kari kari Pure (junsui)
Karie kyari- Love (ai)
Karim karimu    
Karin karin Pure (junsui)
Karin karan Pure (junsui)
Karina karina Pure (junsui)
Karina kari-na    
Karine kari-nu Maiden (shoujo)
Kario kario    
Karis karisu Grace (megumi)
Karisa karissa Kindness (shinsetsu)
Karishma karishuma Miracle (kiseki)
Karissa karissa Kindness (shinsetsu)
Karl ka-ru Freedom (jiyuu)
Karla ka-ra Freedom (jiyuu)
Karlheinz ka-ruhaintsu    
Karl-Heinz ka-ruhaintsu    
Karly ka-ri- Freedom (jiyuu)
Karlyn kyarorin Freedom (jiyuu)
Karm ka-mu Fate (unmei)
Karma karuma Karma (gou)
Karmen karumen Song (uta)
Karmin karumin    
Karol kyaroru Freedom (jiyuu)
Karole kyaroru Freedom (jiyuu)
Karolin karorin    
Karolina karori-na    
Karoline kyarorain Freedom (jiyuu)
Karoline karori-ne    
Karoly ka-roi    
Karolyn kyarorin Freedom (jiyuu)
Karon karon    
Karren karen Pure (junsui)
Karrie kyari- Love (ai)
Karron karon    
Karsh ka-shu Faith (shinkou)
Karsten ka-suten Christ (kirisuto)
Karsyn ka-shin    
Kartick karutikku    
Karyl kyaroru Freedom (jiyuu)
Karyn karin Pure (junsui)
Karys karisu Love (ai)
Kasan kazan    
Kasandra kasandora Prophetess (yogensha)
Kasey keishi- Vigilant (keikai)
Kashinath kashina-to    
Kasi keishi-    
Kasi kashi- Prophetess (yogensha)
Kasie kashi- Prophetess (yogensha)
Kason keison Pure (junsui)
Kassandra kasandora Prophetess (yogensha)
Kassie kashi- Prophetess (yogensha)
Kat katto Pure (junsui)
Kat kyatto Pure (junsui)
Katarina katari-na Pure (junsui)
Katarina katarina Pure (junsui)
Katarzyna katajina Pure (junsui)
Katarzyna katajina Pure (junsui)
Katarzyna kataji-na Pure (junsui)
Kate keito Pure (junsui)
Katelin keitorin Pure (junsui)
Katelyn keitorin Pure (junsui)
Kateri kateri Pure (junsui)
Katerina kateri-na Pure (junsui)
Kathalina kyasari-na Pure (junsui)
Katharina katari-na    
Katharine kyasarin Pure (junsui)
Katharyn kyasarin Pure (junsui)
Katharyna katarina Pure (junsui)
Katherin kyasarin Pure (junsui)
Katherine katori-nu Pure (junsui)
Katherine kyasarin Pure (junsui)
Katheryn kyasarin Pure (junsui)
Kathey kyashi- Pure (junsui)
Kathi kyashi- Pure (junsui)
Kathie kyashi- Pure (junsui)
Kathleen kyasurin    
Kathleen kyasuri-n Pure (junsui)
Kathlene kyasuri-n Pure (junsui)
Kathline kyasuri-n Pure (junsui)
Kathrin kyasurin Pure (junsui)
Kathrin katori-n Pure (junsui)
Kathrine kyasurin Pure (junsui)
Kathryn kyasurin Pure (junsui)
Kathryn kyasarin Pure (junsui)
Kathryne kyasurin Pure (junsui)
Kathy kyashi- Pure (junsui)
Kathy kati Pure (junsui)
Kathyrn kyasarin Pure (junsui)
Kati kati Pure (junsui)
Katia katia    
Katie keiti Pure (junsui)
Katija katiya Pure (junsui)
Katina kati-na Pure (junsui)
Katja ka-cha    
Katlyn keitorin Pure (junsui)
Kato kato    
Kato katou    
Katren katoren Pure (junsui)
Katriina katori-na Pure (junsui)
Katrin katorin Pure (junsui)
Katrin katori-n    
Katrina katori-na Pure (junsui)
Katrine katorin Pure (junsui)
Katt katto    
Kattie keiti Pure (junsui)
Katy kati Pure (junsui)
Katy keiti Pure (junsui)
Katya katia Pure (junsui)
Katya kacha Pure (junsui)
Kaushiki kaushiki    
Kavan kavan    
Kaven kaven   Handsome
Kavita kavi-ta Poem (shi)
Kay kei   Rejoice
Kayce keishi- Vigilant (keikai)
Kaycee keishi- Vigilant (keikai)
Kaye kei    
Kayla keira Lovely (suteki)
Kaylah keira Lovely (suteki)
Kaylee keiri-   Slender
Kayleigh keiri-   Slender
Kaylia keiria    
Kaylie keiri-   Slender
Kaylyn keirin Pure (junsui)
Kayne kein    
Kayte keito Pure (junsui)
Kaytie keiti Pure (junsui)
Kazimierz kajimieshu    
Kazuko kazuko   [Japanese]
Kea kia    
Keanu kianu    
Keaton ki-ton    
Keck kekku    
Keefe ki-fu   Handsome
Keegan ki-gan   Small Flame
Keel ki-ru    
Keeley ki-ri-    
Keelin ki-rin   Slim and Fair
Keen ki-n    
Keena ki-na Ancient (kodai)
Keenan ki-nan    
Keene ki-n   Battle
Keenen ki-nan Ancient (kodai)
Keerthi kiruti    
Kees ke-su    
Keesha ki-sha Lively (kappatsu)
Keiko keiko   [Japanese]
Keine kein    
Keine kain    
Keir kea    
Keir ki-a    
Keira ki-ra Black (kuro)
Keisha keisha    
Keisha ki-sha Lively (kappatsu)
Keith ki-su Forest (shinrin)
Keke kiki Pure (kiki)
Kel keru    
Keli keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kelila kerira Crown (oukan)
Kellan keran   Slim
Kelle keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kellee keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kelley keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kelli keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kelli keri    
Kellie keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kells keruzu    
Kelly keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kellye keri- Warrior (senshi)
Kelsey kerushi-   Victorious Ship
Kelsi kerushi-   Victorious Ship
Kelsie kerushi-   Victorious Ship
Kelvin keruvin   Friend of Ships
Kemp kenpu Warrior (senshi)
Ken ken    
Kena ki-na Champion (yuushou)
Kenan kenan    
Kenan ki-nan    
Kendahl kendaru   Kent River Valley
Kendal kendaru   Kent River Valley
Kendall kendaru   Kent River Valley
Kendra kendora    
Kendrick kendorikku Champion (yuushou)
Kene ki-n    
Kenem kenemu    
Keneth kenesu Fire Born (kasei)
Kenji kenji   [Japanese]
Kenneth kenesu Fire Born (kasei)
Kennith kenesu Fire Born (kasei)
Kenny keni- Fire Born (kasei)
Kent kento   Edge
Kente kente    
Kenton kenton   Royal Town
Kenya ki-nya    
Keone kioni-    
Keram keramu    
Kerem keremu    
Keren keren Light (hikari)
Keri keri- Black Hair (kurokami)
Kerim kerimu Great (idai)
Kerns ka-nzu    
Kerr ka-    
Kerri keri- Black Hair (kurokami)
Kerrie keri- Black Hair (kurokami)
Kerry keri- Black (kuro)
Kerwin ka-win    
Keryn kerin Pure (junsui)
Kesha ki-sha Lively (kappatsu)
Keshav keshavu    
Keshia ke-shia    
Keshia ki-sha Lively (kappatsu)
Kessarin ge-sarin    
Ketan ketan    
Keter ki-ta- Crown (oukan)
Kett ketto    
Keva keva Beloved (saiai)
Keven kevin Handsome (otokomae)
Kevin kuvan    
Kevin kevin Handsome (otokomae)
Kevork kevo-ku    
Kevyn kevin Handsome (otokomae)
Keziah kizaia    
Keziah kizaiya    
Khadijah kadija    
Khaled haredo    
Khalid kariddo    
Khalid harido Eternal (eien)
Khalifa karifa    
Khalil kariru Friend (tomo)
Khamnoth kamunotto    
Khan ka-n Ruler (ou)
Khandi kandi Sweet (kanbi)
Khari ka-ri King (ou)
Khleo kureo    
Khoi koi    
Kia kia    
Kiaki kiaki   [Japanese]
Kiami kiami    
Kian kian Ancient (kodai)
Kiana kiana Goddess (megami)
Kianna kiana Goddess (megami)
Kiara kiara Light (hikari)
Kick kikku    
Kid kiddo    
Kidd kiddo Strong (kyouryoku)
Kiefer ki-fa-   Barrel-Maker
Kien kien    
Kiera ki-ra Black (kuro)
Kieran ki-ran    
Kieren ki-ren Black-Hair (kurokami)
Kieron ki-ron    
Kierstein kirusutin    
Kiersten kirusuten    
Kieth ki-su Forest (shinrin)
Kika kika    
Killian kirian    
Kim kimu   Cyneburg's field
Kimber kinba-    
Kimberely kinbari-   Cyneburg's field
Kimberlee kinbari-   Cyneburg's field
Kimberley kinbari-    
Kimberli kinbari-   Cyneburg's field
Kimberlie kinbari-   Cyneburg's field
Kimberly kinbari-   Cyneburg's field
Kimiko kimiko   [Japanese]
Kimmi kimi-   Cyneburg's field
Kimmie kimi-   Cyneburg's field
Kimmy kimi-   Cyneburg's field
Kimora kimora    
King kingu King (ou)
Kingston kingusuton   King's Town
Kinka kinka    
Kip kippu    
Kippy kippi-    
Kira kira Lady (shukujo)
Kira kaira    
Kiran kiran    
Kirby ka-bi-    
Kiri kiri    
Kirk ka-ku   Church
Kiron kiron    
Kirsten kirusuten    
Kirsten ka-suten Christ (kirisuto)
Kirstie ka-suti Christ (kirisuto)
Kirstin kirusutin    
Kirsty ka-suti Christ (kirisuto)
Kirti kiruti    
Kisha ki-sha Lively (kappatsu)
Kishan kishan    
Kishore kishore-    
Kishori kisho-ri- Maiden (shoujo)
Kitra kitora Crown (oukan)
Kitron kitoron Crown (oukan)
Kittie kiti Pure (junsui)
Kitty kiti Pure (junsui)
Kitu kitu    
Kiyoko kiyoko   [Japanese]
Kiyoshi kiyoshi   [Japanese]
Kizito kijito    
Klara kurara Bright (ki)
Klarise kurarisu Bright (ki)
Klaus kurausu    
Klea kurea    
Klein kurain    
Knut kunu-to    
Knute nu-to    
Kobey kobi-    
Koby kobi-    
Kochav kochavu Star (hoshi)
Kochava kochava Star (hoshi)
Koda koda   [Japanese]
Kody ko-di Helper (joshu)
Koen ku-n   Brave Ruler
Koen ko-en   Brave Ruler
Koena ko-ena-    
Kohl ko-ru    
Koji kouji   [Japanese]
Koko ko-ko    
Koko koko    
Kolya ko-rya    
Komal ko-maru   Gracious
Komori komori   [Japanese]
Konkana konkana    
Konnor kona- Dog Lover (aikenka)
Konrad konra-to    
Konstantin konsutantin    
Konstantinos konsutantinosu Steadfast (fudoushin)
Koo ku-    
Kool ku-ru    
Korben ko-ben    
Kori kori-   [Unknown]
Korie kori-   [Unknown]
Kortney ko-toni- Courteous (teinei)
Kory kori-   [Unknown]
Kostas kosutasu    
Kotti kotti    
Kourtney ko-toni- Courteous (teinei)
Kraig kureigu Crag (iwa)
Kris kurisu Christ (kirisuto)
Kriss kurisu    
Krissy kurishi- Christ (kirisuto)
Krista kurisuta Christ (kirisuto)
Kristal kurisutaru Crystal (suishou)
Kristana kurisutana    
Kristanna kurisutana    
Kristeen kurisuti-n Christ (kirisuto)
Kristen kurisuten Christ (kirisuto)
Krister kurisutaru    
Kristi kurisuti Christ (kirisuto)
Kristian kurisuchan Christ (kirisuto)
Kristie kurisuti Christ (kirisuto)
Kristin kurisutin Christ (kirisuto)
Kristina kurisuti-na Christ (kirisuto)
Kristina kurisutina    
Kristine kurisuti-n Christ (kirisuto)
Kristine kurisutin    
Kristle kurisutaru Crystal (suishou)
Kristoffer kurisutofa-    
Kristopher kurisutofa-    
Kristy kurisuti Christ (kirisuto)
Kristyn kurisutin Christ (kirisuto)
Krum kurumu    
Krysta kurisuta Christ (kirisuto)
Krystal kurisutaru Crystal (suishou)
Krysten kurisuten Christ (kirisuto)
Krystin kurisutin Christ (kirisuto)
Krystina kurisutina    
Krystle kurisutaru Crystal (suishou)
Krystof kurishutofu    
Krystyna kurisutina    
Krystyna kurisuti-na Christ (kirisuto)
Krzysztof kushishutofu    
Krzysztof kurisutofu   Christ Carrier
Krzysztof kushishutofu   Christ Carrier
Kseniya kusenia    
Kulbhushan kurubu-shan    
Kumar kuma-ru    
Kunal kuna-ru    
Kunnakkudi kunnakkudi    
Kuno kuno   Clan/Family
Kura kura    
Kurt ka-to   Brave Ruler
Kurtis ka-tisu Courteous (teinei)
Kurtwood ka-touddo    
Kyla kaira    
Kylan kairan   Straights
Kyle kairu   Straights
Kylee kairi-    
Kyleigh kairi-    
Kylie kairi-    
Kym kimu   Cyneburg's field
Kymberley kinbari-   Cyneburg's field
Kymberly kinbari-   Cyneburg's field
Kyoko kyouko   [Japanese]
Kyra kaira Lady (shukujo)

Select the first letter of the name:

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.


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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