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Popular Japanese Baby Names for 2008

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Popular Japanese Baby Names for 2008

I saw a survey of popular Japanese names for 2008. The top 5 names for boys are, "Hiroto," "Ren," and occupying third, fourth and fifth spot (each version spelt with a different combination of kanji characters), "Yuuto". The top 5 names for girls are, "Aoi," "Yui," "Hina," "Rin" and "Yua". Since Japanese names are usually written in kanji (sometime in hiragana), even the same name can be written in many different ways. There are many cute sounding girls' names today compared with the names of my generation. I found the name "Kokoa" at 17th in the rankings. It uses kanji characters, but it sounds like "cocoa". I never imagined "Kokoa" being used as a name, but I thought it is kind of cute.

Japanese Translation

2008年の人気の赤ちゃんの名前

2008年の赤ちゃんの名前ランキングが発表されました。男の子の名前上位5位は、"大翔(ひろと)" "蓮(れん)" "悠斗(ゆうと)" "悠人(ゆうと)" "優斗(ゆうと)" です。 女の子の名前は、"葵(あおい)" "結衣(ゆい)" "陽菜(ひな)" "凛(りん)" "結愛(ゆあ)" と続きます。日本人の名前は一般的に漢字で書かれるので(ひらがなの場合もあります)、同じ読み方の名前でも、いろいろな漢字の組み合わせで書くことができます。私の世代のときと比べて、今時の女の子の名前にはかわいい響きのものがたくさん見られます。ランクの17番目に、"心愛(ここあ)" という名前を見つけました。漢字で書かれてはいるものの、飲み物のココアみたいです。"ここあ" という名前が存在するなんて、思いもしませんでしたが、なんだかかわいい名前だなと思いました。

Romaji Translation

2008-nen no akachan no namae rankingu ga happyou saremashita. Otokonoko no namae joui goi wa, "Hiroto" "Ren" "Yuuto" desu. Onnanoko no namae wa, "Aoi" "Yui" "Hina" "Rin" "Yua" to tsuzukimasu. Nihonjin no namae wa ippantekini kanji de kakareru node (hiragana no baai mo arimasu), onaji yomikata no namae demo, iroirona kanji no kumiawase de kaku koto ga dekimasu. Watashi no sedai no toki to kurabete, imadoki no onnanoko no namae niwa kawaii hibiki no mono ga takusan arimasu. Ranku no juunana ban me ni, "Kokoa" to iu namae o mitsukemashita. Kanji de kakaretewa iru mono no, nomimono no kokoa mitai desu. "Kokoa" to iu namae ga sonzai suru nante, omoimo shimasen deshita ga, nandaka kawaii namae da na to omoimashita.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

Japanese names are usually written in kanji.

  • Nihonjin no namae wa ippantekini kanji de kakaremasu.

  • にほんじんの なまえは いっぱんてきに かんじで かかれます。

  • 日本人の名前は一般的に漢字で書かれます。

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