Japanese name generator


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Male Name[1]

Kanji:原口秀伸

Hiragana:はらぐちひでのぶ

Katakana:ハラグチヒデノブ

Female Name[1]

Kanji:原口香七

Hiragana:はらぐちかな

Katakana:ハラグチカナ

Male Name[2]

Kanji:秋田秀信

Hiragana:あきたひでのぶ

Katakana:アキタヒデノブ

Female Name[2]

Kanji:秋田奏七

Hiragana:あきたかな

Katakana:アキタカナ

Male Name[3]

Kanji:秀則

Hiragana:ひでのり

Katakana:ヒデノリ

Female Name[3]

Kanji:香奈

Hiragana:かな

Katakana:カナ

Male Name[4]

Kanji:英範

Hiragana:ひでのり

Katakana:ヒデノリ

Female Name[4]

Kanji:河奈

Hiragana:かな

Katakana:カナ

Male Name[5]

Kanji:英治

Hiragana:ひではる

Katakana:ヒデハル

Female Name[5]

Kanji:香南

Hiragana:かな

Katakana:カナ


Japanese surnames generally consist of one to three kanji, and a few also have more than four kanji. The first name is usually composed of two words.

Ancient Japanese had no surnames, only first names. In 1870, in order to meet the needs of conscription, taxation, and the creation of family registers, Emperor Meiji issued the "Civilian Miao Character Permitting Order", which allowed all Japanese, including commoners who did not previously have a surname, to have a surname. However, Japanese civilians, who had become accustomed to having names and no surnames, were not enthusiastic about this, so the work of creating surnames was slow. Therefore, in 1875, Emperor Meiji issued the "Commoner Seedling Character Decree", which stipulated that all Japanese must use surnames. Since then, every household in Japan has had a surname.

After the Japanese get married, because the law prohibits the husband and wife from having different surnames, the wife usually changes to the husband's surname, and if it is a son-in-law, it is changed to the woman's surname.

The Japanese are the most surnamed ethnic group in the world. According to statistics, there are about 110,000 surnames in Japan, of which there are more than 400 of the most common.

The pronunciation of Japanese surnames is so complex that even Japanese people themselves cannot figure it out very thoroughly. The same pronunciation may correspond to dozens of Chinese characters, and the same set of Chinese characters may have several readings, or even no regularity at all. This may indirectly contribute to the Japanese society's heavy reliance on business cards: the public needs romanization or kana on business cards to accurately pronounce each other's names.

The order of Japanese surnames and given names is that the last name comes first and the first name comes last.


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