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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Chikao

Clever, Wise

Japanese

Yoshirou

Righteous Son

Japanese

Nobuhide

Faithfulness, Trust

Japanese

Natsu

Born in Summer

Japanese

Kairi

Unknown Meaning

Japanese

Shichiro

Seventh Son

Japanese

Yukia

Kindly, Gentle Tree

Japanese

Tomi

Rich

Japanese

Teiji

Righteous; well-governed

Japanese

Ryosuke

Clear, Evident

Japanese

Jurou

Tenth Son

Japanese

Yuta

One with many friends

Japanese

Kibou

Hope

Japanese

Riku

Land, Continent

Japanese

Tanjiro

High-valued second son

Japanese

Aoi

Hollyhock Flower

Japanese

Takumi

Artisan, Skilled

Japanese

Naoki

Honest, Straight

Japanese

Tatsuya

To achieve

Japanese

Sora

Sky

Japanese

Montaro

Big boy

Japanese

Michio

Man with strength of three thousand

Japanese

Yoshiki

Honor, Glory

Japanese

Hiraku

Expand, Open, Pioneer

Japanese

Chiko

Arrow; pledge

Japanese

Venture to the Land of the Rising Sun with Japanese boy names. Rich in history and meaning, these eastern picks are darling on a little one. Their styling is distinct, helping them stand apart from the sea of European picks that have dominated name charts around the world. Let’s dive into this fascinating pool of names and see what we can find together.

A perfect starting point in a search for Japanese boy names is history. Japan has a centuries-long past of powerful men to use as inspiration, from the legendary Prince Shotoku to samurai warriors like Minamoto no Yoritomo and Sakamoto Ryoma. Samurai names win over parents with their strength, as these men were known for fierce loyalty and courage. With an intricate web of past empires to explore, you’re in for a wide variety of handsome monikers.

Arguably the greatest parts of Japanese boy names are their incredible meanings. They don’t mince words and pack a lot of punch, as seen in Hideo’s “excellent man.” Akita means ‘bright and clear,” while Takumi has the enviable meaning of “skilled.” We’re big fans of sweet meanings too, so Yuichi’s “kind one” and Maemi’s “honest child” win big with us. Some Japanese boy names hide stunning imagery in their meanings like Nagisa’s “a calm beach,” Rinji’s “peaceful forest,” and Yoite’s “evening rain.” As you explore Japanese boy names, you’ll notice many reference birth order in their meaning, like Kuro’s “ninth son” and Daitaro’s “great firstborn son.” This is because birth order plays a substantial role in Japanese culture, with hierarchy and respect at its foundation.

Many Japanese boy names have entered the mainstream thanks in part to anime, a beautiful style of art and animation from the island nation beloved for its detailed characters and bold colors. The most recognizable anime name picks are Daisuke, Haruto, and Arata, though there are hundreds (if not thousands) of names dancing around the genre. We have a whole list of anime boy names for you to explore as well if they’re up your alley.

A lot of Japanese boy names are grand, but you can still find spunky options among them. Kenji comes to mind, as he has a spring to him that’s fun to say and conjures up images of an adventurous little boy. Kaito and Ryu are just as handsome, though, and we love the zest for life we get from them.

You can find names that lean western as well among Japanese boy names if you’d like, with Raiden, a rhyming cousin to the massively popular -aiden name boom. His meaning of “thunder and lightning” is super cool, too. Kota is another winner meaning “good fortune,” who feels right at home beside the popular picks Ezra and Luca. Lastly, there’s Kannon, a strong-man choice that’s similar in feel to Logan and Mason.

Japanese boy names emulate everything about the land from its cherry blossom fields to its soaring peaks. As you explore this mighty mix of contenders, take in the beauty of the land in baby name form.