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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Nagisa

A calm beach

Japanese

Yuuki

Gentle Hope

Japanese

Natsu

Born in Summer

Japanese

Yoshiki

Honor, Glory

Japanese

Ryu

Dragon

Japanese

Reiki

Japanese Spiritual Healing Practice

Japanese

Genkei

To be Honored

Japanese

Kano

One's masculine power, capability

Japanese

Maemi

Honest Child

Japanese

Renjiro

Clean, upright, honest

Japanese

Kaage

Shadow. Alternante Spelling: Kage.

Japanese

Kouki

Light, Happiness, Hope, Radience, Sunshine

Japanese

Akihiko

Bright Child

Japanese

Nobu

Prolong, Stretch

Japanese

Shinta

Lengthen, Cultivate, Develop

Japanese

Tomeo

Cautious man

Japanese

Yuichi

Kind One

Japanese

Ryuu

Dragon

Japanese

Satoshi

Intelligent history

Japanese

Takumi

Artisan, Skilled

Japanese

Minoru

Bear fruit

Japanese

Daishiro

Great Fourth-born Son

Japanese

Hotaka

Grain, Tall

Japanese

Kyosuke

Respectful

Japanese

Yasahiro

Serene

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.