Top 100 Japanese Boy Names With Meanings

100 Japanese Baby Boy Names With Meanings

Being a parent is a big responsibility. If you’ve recently given birth to a child, as a new parent, you’ll have enough responsibilities towards your bundle of joy, deciding an attractive name for him being one of them. Modern times call for modern names, and we know as a millennial parent, you’ll want a unique (and meaningful) name for your child. So how about selecting a name from a different culture? Pretty unique, right? We bring you a list of Japanese names to help you pick the best name for your kiddo! And trust us, whether or not you’re from Japan, you will like these Japanese names.

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List of Japanese Baby Boy Names With Their Meanings

Japanese people from time immemorial has always emphasized the meanings and characters used in the first name. Whether you pick a traditional or modern name, your baby will like it when he grows up.

Popular Japanese Baby Boy Names

Here are some rare Japanese boy names. Pick the one you like the most!

1. Aki

Bright and clear

2. Akihiko

A bright, intelligent child

3. Ankoku

A bright pioneering spirit

4. Botan

The peony flower, which is a symbol of honour and wealth

5. Dai

A traditional Japanese name for baby boy which means large

6. Fuji

Beautiful; this name is also given to boys to honour the majestic mountain

7. Haru

A person born in the spring; sunlight

8. Haruki

A person born during the spring season

9. Hiroshi

A traditional Japanese name which means generous

10. Issey

First-born child

11. Iwai

A stony wall or a well made of stones

12. Jiro

Second child

13. Juro

Best wishes, long life

14. Kane

A warrior

15. Kaneko

A golden child

16. Kai

This name in the Maori and Navajo Indian dialect refers to food and the willow tree

17. Kenji

Strong and vigorous; intelligent second child

18. Maro

Me or myself

19. Mei

Delicate and beautiful

20. Mieko

A beautiful, blessed child

21. Nishimura

A beautiful western village

22. Nobu

It means to have faith in something or to prolong a relationship

23. Oda

A great field

24. Oki

Female name that means ocean centred. 

25. Raidon

It means Japanese God of Thunder

26. Raijin

Japanese God of thunder and lightning

27. Ren

Gender a neutral name that means Lotus. 

28. Rio

A fragrant white flower like the cherry blossom or Jasmine

29. Seiji

Just and lawful

30. Shinjiro

True and pure

31. Suzuki

A bell shaped tree

32. Tora

This unisex name means tiger

33. Takashi


34. Yuuma

Male name of Japanese origin that means leisurely or true

35. Yukio

The name means snow-boy and is apt for boys born around the Christmas season. A variation of the name is Yuki.

Cute Japanese Names for Boys

Modern first names in modern Japan include Japanese boy names meaning fire, names that connote whether they are the first, second or third born like Ichiro meaning the firstborn son or Jiro meaning the second-born son. If you want a cute name for your son, take a look at the list given below.

1. Arata

Fresh and new

2. Aoi

Hollyhock flower or the colour blue

3. Aoki

Green tree

4. Akira

Clear and bright

5. Chikyu

Long time and green ground

6. Daku

Daku is a Japanese verb meaning “a long embrace”

7. Daiki

This name in Japanese means born for the great glory

8. Dosei

Nature’s soil

9. Eiji

A popular name for the second son, it means prosperity, peace, and eternity

10. Endo

This name is the ancient name of Lake Hamana of Japan. 

11. Eriko

A child

12. Goro/ Gorou

Fifth; this name is usually given to the fifth-born child

13. Hachirou

The eighth son

14. Hideo

A well-accomplished person

15. Iwao

It means rock

16. Katsu

Victorious; Katsuo, Katsumi and Katsuro are a few variations of this name

17. Kioshi

The name stands for purity

18. Makato

One who is true and sincere

19. Masaaki

A wise man

20. Michi

This name means the pathway

21. Naoki

An honest person

22. Osamu

A person who is logical and disciplined

23. Oshan

Creative or light headed

24. Raiden

Japanese God of thunder and lightning

25. Ryuu

This name invokes the dragon spirit

26. Satoshi

This popular name means the wise man blessed with wit and clarity of thoughts

27. Shin

This name has various meanings; it means a gentleman, belief, humble, advancing, new, true, etc.

28. Show/Sho

One who can fly or soar to great heights

29. Sora

The Japanese term for the sky and implies the vastness of positive thoughts

30. Tadao

The name means the loyal one or a great friend

31. Takeo

In Japanese, it means the valiant warrior

32. Takeshi

A warrior

33. Tsukiyomi

As per Japanese mythology amd Shinto religion, it is the name of the moon God. 

34. Umi

Mother or sea

35. Wakusei

Japanese term for planets

Unique Japanese Names for Baby Boy

If you are in search of some unique Japanese names for your baby boy, we’ve got that too. Check out the list below and take a pick. Your son will carry the name with him forever, so choose wisely.

1. Aito

A darling child

2. Asahi

Morning, sunlight

3. Akio

Similar to Akiro the name means the glorious one or the hero who brings glory

4. Anzhong

Creative, educated and confident

5. Daisuke

A great friend or a helper

6. Enkai

deep ocean water

7. Hajime

The beginning


9. Hikaru

Radiance, a blessed child.

10. Hisashi

The name means longevity in Japanese

11. Isamu


12. Isao

The name suggests great merit and honour to the bearer

13. Itsuki

A tree

14. Izanagi

In Japanese mythology it was the name of the creator Deity

15. Junichi

An obedient son

16. Kaede

The name is taken from the name of the maple tree in Japanese.

17. Katashi

This means firmness and is used across cultures to denote the disciplined one.

18. Ken

This name is used for a boy with the qualities of being studious, strong and healthy and modest.

19. Kazuhiko

The harmonious prince who is also prosperous

20. Kei/Kou

It means respect, lucky, excellence, and wise

21. Kenta

A boy who is big, strong, and healthy

22. Kin


23. Masaru

The victorious one

24. Matsumoto

Base of the pine tree

25. Minori/ Minoru

The term refers to the truth or the true one

26. Nichirin

ing of the sun or solar 

27. Saburo

The third son

28. Shohei


29. Takao

The name is meant to denote the hero who is both prosperous and noble-hearted

30. Takumi

This means the adroit and adept one who is skillful

These are some cute, modern, and unique Japanese names – discuss these names with your partner and select the perfect name for your child. You can also explore other names before you settle for one. If you have a child or are soon going to have one, we know you must be having dozens of names in your mind. But if you want a different name for your child, you should definitely consider the names from the above lists. Browse through our list of Japanese names for boys and go for a unique name for your kiddo!

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