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Thread poster: Mafalda d'Orey de Faria
Mafalda d'Orey de Faria  Identity Verified
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Jun 13, 2007

Hello everyone!
I was wondering if there is a way of knowing the gender of Japanese first names, i.e. a masculine or feminine?

Thanks in advance.

Mafalda


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Owen Davies
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Ko Jun 13, 2007

Hi Mafalda,
There's no sure fire way of knowing, but if the name ends in a KO, it's probably a woman, but that's not a guarantee!
If you tell me the name I can probably tell you if it's a man or a woman.
All the best,
Owen


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Owen Davies
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Reasonable list Jun 13, 2007

This is quite a good list of Japanese names, doesn't cover them all but it might help you out.
http://www.20000-names.com/male_japanese_names.htm


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Owen Davies
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Forget that last list Jun 13, 2007

This is what you want! They're all in here
http://www.gaminggeeks.org/Resources/KateMonk/Orient/Japan/index.htm


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Mafalda d'Orey de Faria  Identity Verified
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Thank you Jun 13, 2007

Thank you Owen.
What about Miho?

Could you help?

Thank you again

Mafalda


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casey
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Girl's name Jun 13, 2007

Mafalda d'Orey de Faria wrote:

Thank you Owen.
What about Miho?

Could you help?

Thank you again

Mafalda


I have a friend named Miho. Her kanji is 美保.


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casey
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Nice list Jun 13, 2007

Owen Davies wrote:

This is what you want! They're all in here
http://www.gaminggeeks.org/Resources/KateMonk/Orient/Japan/index.htm


Too bad it doesn't come with kanji.


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Owen Davies
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Kanji indeed! Jun 14, 2007

That was my first thought! Now that would be a very useful list.
Mind you, people are forever using new combinations of kanji for their kids, give them that individuality. It's a nice thing, but the risk of writing names wrong is always a worry. Friend of mine had a son a few years back and called him Jo - and used the Kanji from Matsumoto-jo! Nice.


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Nobuo Kameyama  Identity Verified
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Man or woman? Jun 14, 2007

casey wrote:

Owen Davies wrote:

This is what you want! They're all in here
http://www.gaminggeeks.org/Resources/KateMonk/Orient/Japan/index.htm


Too bad it doesn't come with kanji.


Yes, I agree with Casey. Kanji would help us a lot. Owen, please note that there are some Japanese first names both Japanese men and women use. Take for an example, "Kaoru." I know some Japanese women whose first name are "Kaoru" while one of my male calssmates' name is "Kaoru." He resembles New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui...;)


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michiko tsumura  Identity Verified
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Don't forget, Jun 14, 2007

Owen Davies wrote:

Hi Mafalda,
There's no sure fire way of knowing, but if the name ends in a KO, it's probably a woman, but that's not a guarantee!
If you tell me the name I can probably tell you if it's a man or a woman.
All the best,
Owen


There is "-hiko" for male name, as you said, nothing is a guarantee.

I've recently noticed that English names end with "a" are usually girl names. Am I right?


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Momoka  Identity Verified
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A list with kanjis Jun 14, 2007

http://www.geocities.jp/nekononamae_hitononamae/index.html

Enjoy!


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Owen Davies
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Great List Jun 14, 2007

Hi Momoka,
That's a great list, found my wifes name (美愛), she'll be happy!

Now I wonder is there a way to combine the English with the Japanese...
All the best
Owen


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lingomania
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Interesting Jun 19, 2007

I'm learning new things on Oriental languages. Thanks.

Rob


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lingomania
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Oh Jun 19, 2007

I was wondering if kanjis can be written vertically too. I'm a bit ignorant on the matter

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