(Closed) Would you have trouble pronouncing any of these names?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 61
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Uhh ya, the only one I CAN pronounce is Luna.

Post # 62
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Having been big on anime back in the day, I recognise all these names as being normal Japanese names, and personally don’t have an issue with pronouncing them. I would however say that if you have to ask if people can pronounce it, maybe it’s not a good choice.

I’d say the best options here are Luna, Hana, and Hikari (BTW: Hikari is a beautiful name!) as well as Sora, Hiro and Hikaru (Hiro is my personal fave!).

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  ZebraPrintMe.
Post # 63
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Jabberwocky:  My Mom is Japanese and from experience, stay away from tsu. My Mom’s name has that letter combination and NO ONE can pronounce it. I would also stay away from any vowel-vowel combos like Kaede, since in English the a-e will be combined. I would pick something that is easy like Hana, Luna or something that can be shortened like Kenta into Ken. In fact we’ve choosen Kenzo as our male baby name. 

Post # 64
2455 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Missbliss:  I don’t think hardly anyone associates the name Hiro with Hiroshima.  Hiro means abundant, Hiroshima means “Wide Island.”  It would be much like associating the name “Al” with “Albatross.”


Jabberwocky:  They all look very pronounceable, but I have some manga/anime experience.  I’m going to liken names to food- it is ridiculous to discount a type of food as a valid food simply because your typical culture doesn’t eat it.

Post # 65
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

babeba:  Too bad you wont be there in Feb. There is an awesome festival in Sopporo. I went as a teenager and still think about it 30 years later. (you dont know how old I feel typing that sentence!) I would still visit Hokkaido–really good food!


Post # 67
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ve been studying Japanese for 5 years and have been to Japan, so all those names are easy for me. It’s hard for me to “Americanize” the names, so I can’t help with saying which ones will be hard, with the exception of Tsubasa because “tsu” is difficult to pronounce correctly. How about Sakura? That one is easy for the most part and more recognizable (sorry if someone mentioned it already).

Post # 71
3223 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Jabberwocky:  one thing I really like about Runa is that it definitely seems like a western girl’s name. I think that Hiro is a very common name for boys – especially with that tv show heroes, so that is also understandable straightaway.  I know i find it a lot easier when I deal with someone for work reasons if I know  whether they are male or female – when I am asking for someone on the phone the first time, or writing an email, it helps to picture them. That is very heteronormative of me, I know… But it is something that I find helps me to relate to a person. I absolutely dislike when people are named Pat or Jamie.

Post # 72
2509 posts
Sugar bee

Jabberwocky:  I didn’t know how to pronounce most just reading them, but I think they all seem simple enough that once you tell your family what the name is (like, they hear YOU say it) they won’t have any trouble.

For example, I didn’t know how to say Kaede by reading it, but if you introduced your child as Ka-ay-day I’d say it like that from then on and the spelling would make sense to me.

Post # 74
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Fort Lauderdale Beach

Jabberwocky:  Almost sounds like the name Kaida, which is Japanese and is pronounced Kay-duh. It means little dragon. 

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