Japanese Names for Boys

Being a parent is a big responsibility. If you’ve recently given birth to a child, as a new parent, you’ll have enough and more responsibilities towards your bundle of joy, deciding a 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.

List of Cool Japanese Baby Boy Names With Their Meanings

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

Popular Japanese Baby Boy Names

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

Name Meaning
Aki Bright and clear
Akihiko A bright, intelligent child
Botan The peony flower, which is a symbol of honour and wealth
Dai A traditional Japanese name for baby boy which means large
Fuji Beautiful; this name is also given to boys to honour the majestic mountain
Haru A person born in the spring; sunlight
Haruki A person born during the spring season
Hiroshi A traditional Japanese name which means generous
Issey First-born child
Jiro Second child
Juro Best wishes, long life
Kane A warrior
Kai This name in the Maori and Navajo Indian dialect refers to food and the willow tree
Kenji Strong and vigorous; intelligent second child
Maro Me or myself
Mieko A beautiful, blessed child
Nobu It means to have faith in something or to prolong a relationship
Oda A great field
Raidon It means Japanese God of Thunder
Rio A fragrant white flower like the cherry blossom or Jasmine
Seiji Just and lawful
Shinjiro True and pure
Tora This unisex name means tiger
Takashi Noble
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 Boy Names

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.

Name Meaning
Arata Fresh and new
Aoi Hollyhock flower or the colour blue
Akira Clear and bright
Daiki This name in Japanese means born for the great glory
Eiji A popular name for the second son, it means prosperity, peace, and eternity
Eriko A child
Goro/ Gorou Fifth; this name is usually given to the fifth-born child
Hachirou The eighth son
Hideo A well-accomplished person
Iwao It means rock
Katsu Victorious; Katsuo, Katsumi and Katsuro are a few variations of this name
Kioshi The name stands for purity
Makato One who is true and sincere
Masaaki A wise man
Michi This name means the pathway
Naoki An honest person
Osamu A person who is logical and disciplined
Ryuu This name invokes the dragon spirit
Satoshi This popular name means the wise man blessed with wit and clarity of thoughts
Shin This name has various meanings; it means a gentleman, belief, humble, advancing, new, true, etc.
Show/Sho One who can fly or soar to great heights
Sora The Japanese term for the sky and implies the vastness of positive thoughts
Tadao The name means the loyal one or a great friend
Takeo In Japanese, it means the valiant warrior
Takeshi A warrior

Unique Japanese Boy Names

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.

Name Meaning
Aito A darling child
Asahi Morning, sunlight
Akio Similar to Akiro the name means the glorious one or the hero who brings glory
Daisuke A great friend or a helper
Hajime The beginning
Hideaki/ Hideki Excellence
Hikaru Radiance, a blessed child.
Hisashi The name means longevity in Japanese
Isamu Courage
Isao The name suggests great merit and honour to the bearer
Itsuki A tree
Junichi An obedient son
Kaede The name is taken from the name of the maple tree in Japanese.
Katashi This means firmness and is used across cultures to denote the disciplined one.
Ken This name is used for a boy with the qualities of being studious, strong and healthy and modest.
Kazuhiko The harmonious prince who is also prosperous
Kei/Kou It means respect, lucky, excellence, and wise
Kenta A boy who is big, strong, and healthy
Kin Gold
Masaru The victorious one
Minori/ Minoru The term refers to the truth or the true one
Saburo The third son
Shohei Respect
Takao The name is meant to denote the hero who is both prosperous and noble-hearted
Takumi This means the adroit and adept one who is skilful

These are some cute, modern, and unique Japanese names – discuss these names with your partner and select the perfect name for your child.

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