Post # 91
- Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
I don’t think they’re hard to pronouce, but I’m half Japanese. But, if you like those names everyone else should learn how to pronounce them or have a nickname that’s easier. One of my relatives named her kid Megumi, which some people had a problem with so they just call her Meg.
Post # 92
- Wedding: December 2014 - Maui
I’m planning on giving my future children middle names on their American passport, but they won’t officially have a middle name in Japan. As far as I know their names on their other nationality’s passport don’t have to match up with their Japanese name. I have a good friend in the states who is half-Japanese half-American, and his name is completely Japanese on his Japanese passport (mother’s maiden name plus a Japanese first name) and completely English on the American one (father’s last name, English first name, Japanese middle name matches the first name on Japanese passport). My coworker is British, and he just registered his daughter with the British embassy with a middle name (his mother’s first name), although she doesn’t have one in Japan.
A “kirakira name” is kind of a new, made-up name that is untraditional and often sounds strange. It’s also generally hard to read because the parents choose non-traditional kanji characters. A lot of the names come from anime, manga, or games. Foreign words/names on Japanese kids could also sound like a kirakira name. Examples would be like Raimu (Lime), Kira (Killer), Raito (Light), Maazu (Mars), Taiga (Tiger), Raion (Lion), Safaiya (Sapphire), Naushika (after the Ghibli movie), etc. I don’t know why they are called kirakira (sparkle sparkle), maybe because they stand out so much?
Post # 93
I didn’t know the passport names didn’t have to match. That’s a perfect solution then.
Post # 94
I liked all of them, and could pronounce any of them. However, I also took several years of Japanese in college.
Post # 95
I could pronounce almost all of these correctly on the first try and think they’re intuitive, but I’m originally from Europe so my internal phonetics are different than an American’s. Sometimes I stress different syllables than the Japanese pronunciations on forvo, but that’s because I and have no experience with the language.
Having said that, I don’t think average native English speakers will intuitively get a lot of these. You might have to go with the more obvious ones. Luna, Hana, Hiro come to mind if you want them to be intuitive to an average American.
Go to http://www.forvo.com/
and search each name to see if there’s a Japanese pronuncation up.
Post # 96
I don’t mind so much if it just needs to be corrected once or twice. How they get mispronounced is what I’m thinking about now based on some of the responses.
So maybe I like the name Chihiro Beatrice enough to handle correcting people, but I don’t love Hotaru Serenity enough to possibly deal with her being called “hot tar.” Just examples since those middle names actually create terrible puns.
Post # 97
I would say Hana and Luna :-/
Post # 98
All of them.
I think they are beautiful though but as an american I would struggle. I love the name sora though! (Reminds me of kingdom hearts!!)
Post # 99
Jabberwocky: Chihiro– all I can think of is Churos, those delicious cinnamon things.
Runa/Luna- I love these
Kaede- can say it if it is Cade, but idk how I feel about it.
Akane- one of my fav amines used this name (Ranma 1/2)
Tsubasa- I can say this because I’ve seen the anime but this will be a nightmare for any child not living in Japan. In my opinion.
Eiji- the idea of “easy eiji” comes to mind so I don’t like it
Like the rest I didn’t leave a comment on.
Post # 100
Would one of you mind explaining about the kirakira vs kanji thing? It just sounds interesting based on koiocha’s post..
Also, now seeing how to pronounce it Kaede, it is beautiful! It gets my vote for sure.
Post # 101
These are all difficult for most to pronounce.
My dad’s family is Hungarian. My last name is long and foreign. My dad and brother have difficult names to spell/say.
I can’t think of a single time anyone has ever got any of them right.
Post # 103
Runa/Luna are great. I love the name Tadashi for a boy (i know thats not on the list).
Post # 104
Kirakira names are basically the Japanese equivalent of spelling Erica as Airwrecka. Here’s a link with some examples: http://akihabaranews.com/2013/08/12/article-en/kira-kira-names-shiny-names-kids-chagrin-many-japan-1701127852
I’m not sure how this thread got bumped right after I came back after disappearing for a year, but as a update, my daughter was born 6 weeks ago and we ended up not using any of the names in the OP.
Post # 105
I know Hiro because I watch Thomas and Friends with my nephew lol.
I would need help with prouncing most of these but thats alright. If your baby is Japanese or part Japanese I would encourage you to give them a name that connects them.
Im AA with strong Geechee ties and I refuse to name my baby a straight up Engish name . It will either stem from Africa or the bible.