For Japanese, a name is considered the first gift for a human being. A name is carefully chosen after combining some kanji with specific yomikata (reading of a kanji character), meaning, and filled with many hopes and prayers for the newborn baby. Here’s the list of popular baby girl names in Japan this year.
Ways of reading: Kokoro, Koharu, Kokoa, Shio, Shion, etc. Consists of “kokoro” (hearts) and “sakura” (cherry blossom) kanji, this is actually last year’s no. 2 popular name. Meaning: a girl who has a heart as big as a cherry blossom tree, or a kind girl who is loved just like a cherry blossom tree.
Ways of reading: Aoi, Sora, Himawari, etc. Originally means sunflower in Chinese character. Meaning: a girl who shines bright like a sunflower. This name can also be read as: Mamoru, means a girl who grows up while being protected by her loved ones.
Ways of reading: Koharu, Miharu, Kokoya, Konoha. Consists of a “heart” and a “bright” kanji. Meaning: a girl with a heart like a sun, making everyone around her feeling warm and bright.
Ways of reading: Aoi, Shion, Hikaru, Midori. Literally means blue in Chinese character. Meaning: A girl with a beautiful and crystal clear heart. Or a beautiful girl, calm but with a strong will (like aquamarine stone).
Ways of reading: Hina, Haruna, Hana, Hinata, Hinana, Hinano. This is also a name of a popular AKB48 member Kojima Haruna.” Hi” means bright, while “Na” means greens. Meaning: a girl who grows up bright, just like rapeseed blossom.
Ways of reading: Izuna, Miko, Yui, Yukko, Yuna, Yuyu. This is a name that didn’t make the list last year but became popular this year. Consists of kanji “connect” and “heart”. Meaning: a girl who conveys warm feelings to other and being a kind person who can connect people with others.
Ways of reading: Sakura, Otome, Sakuraa, Sakurana, Sara, Moa. Consists of “sakura” and “love” kanji. Meaning: a girl with who grows up like a cherry blossom tree, beautiful and loved by many people.
Ways of reading: Ichika, Ai, Yua, Yui, Yuima, Yuuna, Yumeru. Consists of “only one” and “love” kanji. Meaning: a girl who is raised with love, mama and papa’s only one, number one girl.
Ways of reading: Himawari, Sumire, Natari, Hibiki, Himari. Meaning: a girl like a sunflower that wont give up to the sun, a strong-willed girl who is bright and beautiful.
Ways of reading: Yururu, Yutsuki. Consists of “connect” and “moon”kanji. Meaning: a girl who can connect to other person beautifully, a girl who was born under beautiful moon.