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Names in Japanese make beautiful works of art. Whether you are searching for art suitable for your home or office - or more personally as a Japanese tattoo design - we have thousands of original designs by Master Takase each meticulously translated and documented and beautifully brushed. We also give you all the information to verify the translations for yourself: We want you to be as happy with the translation as you are with the beautiful art.

This is a list of over eleven 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.

When possible 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 information along with other important details about the translation.

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

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Select the first letter of the name:

Name Romaji Katakana Kanji Meaning (Reading)
Yacef yasefu    
Yadid yadido Beloved (saiai)
Yadira yadira   [Unknown]
Yaeko yaeko    
Yael i-eru   Mountain Goat
Yakima yakima    
Yakov yakovu    
Yaku yaku    
Yaman yaman   Capable
Yamil yami-ru    
Yamila yamira    
Yan yan God's Grace (shinkei)
Yancey yanshi-    
Yancy yanshi-    
Yane ya-nu    
Yangzom yantsomu    
Yani yani    
Yanis yanisu God's Grace (shinkei)
Yann yan    
Yannick yanikku    
Yannik yanikku God's Grace (shinkei)
Yao yao    
Yaphet yafetto    
Yara yara Spring (haru)
Yasen yasen    
Yash yasshu    
Yasmin yasumin Jasmine (matsurika)
Yasmin jasumin Jasmine (matsurika)
Yasmine yasumin Jasmine (matsurika)
Yasuko yasuko    
Yasunaga yasunaga    
Yaya yaya    
Yazan yazan    
Yazbeck yazubekku    
Yeardley ya-dori-    
Yeasra isura    
Yee i-    
Yegor yego-ru    
Yehudi yu-di    
Yeira yeira Light (hikari)
Yeirah yeira Light (hikari)
Yekaterina ekateri-na    
Yelena yerena Sunshine (nikkou)
Yelena erena Sunshine (nikkou)
Yelizaveta erizave-ta    
Yella yera    
Yenny yeni-    
Yente yente   Rumor (uwasa)
Yesenia yesenia    
Yesim yeshimu    
Yessenia yesenia    
Yevgeni efuge-ni    
Yevgeni efugeni- Aristocrat (kizoku)
Yitzhak itsuhaku    
Ylva iruva Wolf (ookami)
Yma ima    
Yngve inguve    
Yoav yoavu   God is father
Yohana yoana    
Yoima yoima    
Yoko youko    
Yoko yo-ko    
Yolanda yoranda Violet (sumire)
Yolande yorando Violet (sumire)
Yolande yorande Violet (sumire)
Yolando yorando Violet (sumire)
Yolonda yoranda Violet (sumire)
Yolonda yoronda    
Yoon yun    
Yorgo yorugo    
Yorgos yorugosu    
Yori yori    
Yorick yorikku    
Yoshie yoshie    
Yoshihiro yoshihiro    
Yoshiko yoshiko    
Yossi yosshi    
Youlanda yoranda Violet (sumire)
Young yangu   Young
Youngblood yanguburaddo    
Yuen yun    
Yuki yuki    
Yukie yukie    
Yukiko yukiko    
Yuko yu-ko    
Yuko yuko    
Yul yuru    
Yumi yumi   [Japanese Name]
Yumiko yumiko    
Yung yangu    
Yurek yureku    
Yuri yu-ri    
Yuri yuri    
Yuriko yuriko    
Yvan ivan    
Yve ivu    
Yves ivu    
Yvette ivetto Yew (ichii)
Yvone ivon Yew (ichii)
Yvonna ivonna Yew (ichii)
Yvonne ivon Yew (ichii)
Yvonne ivonnu    

Name not on list? See StockKanji - Names in Japanese for a list of all the names in the catalog

Or special order any first or last name at Special Order Name in Japanese

And we also offer Full Names in Japanese suitable for use on certificates or rank belts

Recommended Books/CD:

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. To learn more about these lessons visit Learn Japanese Calligraphy with Eri Takase.

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.


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

The Etymology of First Names - An excellent site for 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 good online dictionary that does not require Japanese fonts. This dictionary can be 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 online English/Japanese dictionary. Japanese fonts are required.


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