The Japanese Character Name Generator

Create a Character Name and Personality

Writers! Are you naming a fictional character? Choose a realistic and socially accurate name with The Japanese Character Name Generator.

  1. Choose how to get your character name

  2. Choose your character name gender
   

About The Japanese Character Name Generator

About The Japanese Character Name Generator

Japan uses roughly the same naming convention as China – a family surname followed by a given name – although there is a much greater variety in Japan, with over 100,000 different Japanese surnames currently in use. Japan has only used this specific convention since the 19th Century, following the restoration under Emperor Meiji in 1868, and the three most common names now used in Japan are Takahashi, Suzuki and Sato. Japanese names are mainly written with the complex kanji written characters, but can also be written with the hiragana and katakana alphabets, depending on pronunciation. Many recent Japanese parents have specifically chosen names that are harder to spell and pronounce than the more common names, especially since the 1990s (for example, the name 'Hiroto' now often gets written and pronounced as 'Haruto', 'Masato' and 'Taito'). Japanese female names often end with the syllable 'ko', which is written with the kanji character that means 'child', or 'mi', which is written with the kanji character that means 'beautiful'.

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