450 Anime character names with meanings

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In this article, we will share a list of cute anime character names with their meanings. Perfect for you to choose a name for your pet or even your child, or know the meaning of the names of your favorite and popular characters. We will also teach you how to use apps and websites to help you find meaning in anime names.

At the beginning of the article, we aimed to choose the names of the most popular anime characters, with their surnames. We want to get the original ideograms of the name so you know the true meaning of the character's name, since in Japanese a single name can have several forms of writing with different meanings.

Maybe this article is not enough or it doesn't have the name of the anime you are looking for. For this reason we recommend that you also open our article: how to find out the meaning of japanese names.

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Anime character names and their meanings

To come up with this list about the meaning of anime character names, I did a survey to determine the most popular Japanese names among characters, I also tried to understand what the most popular anime characters are.

Boku no Hero Academia character names meaning

The meaning of the name Uraraka Ochako [麗日お茶子] is something bright and beautiful. The ideograms [麗日] mean glorious spring day, where only the [麗] means lovely, beautiful, graceful and resplendent. While the name Ochako [茶子] refers to tea [茶] and a child [子].

The meaning of the name Midoriya Izuku [緑谷出久] is a green valley [緑谷] where [緑] means green and [谷] means valley. Izuku's ideograms mean [出] go out, go outside and [久] long time. See other curiosities of Boku no Hero .

List of anime character names and their meanings

The meaning of Bleach character names

The meaning of the name Ichigo Kurosaki [一護黒崎] is not strawberry as some people think. Despite being a slight reference to fruit, Ichigo is written [一護] which means to protect [護] a [一] thing. Kurosaki [黒崎] means cloak [崎] black [黒]. Ichigo also remembers the number 15, so we can see 15 as an easter egg at different times in the work.

The meaning of Dragon Ball character names

The meaning of the name Gohan [悟飯] refers to "the one nourished by understanding" or "enlightenment that nourishes". The ideogram [悟] means to discern, perceive, understand, illuminate. While [飯] means boiled rice or meal.

The meaning of the name Goku [悟空] refers to "heavenly enlightenment" or "heavenly perception". The name has the ideogram of [空] which means heaven or emptiness. The surname Son [孫] of the characters Son Goku and Son Gohan means grandson or descendant.

List of anime character names and their meanings

The Meaning of Naruto Character Names

The meaning of the name Hinata Hyuuga [日向ヒナタ] from Anime Naruto can mean “place in the sun”, “sunny place” or “sunflower”. The names Hinata and Hyuuga are both written [日向] and have the same meaning, so Hinata is written in katakana.

The meaning of the name Sakura Haruno [サクラ春野] is also written in Katakana where Sakura means cherry tree and Haruno [春野] means spring [春] and plains or fields [野].

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How to Find the Name of an Anime Character?

You may not find the meaning of your favorite character's name in this article. Don't know how to spell? Or do you not even want to know the name of the character? Now we want to help you with these three questions.

How to find the name of a Character?

In this first situation, you have an image of the character, but you don't have his name. You can use something like Google's reverse image search to find the source of that image.

If you find the origin of the image, it is very likely that in the article or website in question, there is some indication of the name of that character. So search well, both in the title of the image and in the description or on the source page.

If you even know the name of the character, but don't know how to write it, maybe one option is to write it anyway with the name of the anime, in the hope that Google will correct the name.

Another way to find the name of an anime's characters is to Google the anime with the words characters. Usually sites like Wiki or Fandom have a list of all characters.

How to know the Japanese spelling of a Character's name?

If you know how to write the character's name, just Google it and some site like Wiki or Fandom will present its original Japanese writing.

Do not try to use the Japanese keyboard or some online translator to find out the spelling of an anime character name, as you will likely get the spelling wrong.

Japanese names have hundreds of different ways to be spelled, so we recommend having exact fonts referring to the anime character and not the generic name that can be spelled differently.

How to know the meaning of an anime character's name?

If you have the character's name written in Kanji at hand, you can find out the meaning of the name using dictionaries like jisho.org.

Just put ideogram by ideogram in the dictionary to get a sense of the meaning of the name. Also consider other meanings of other ideograms, it may be that the author highlights some hidden meanings.

We recommend the video on how to know the meaning of anime character names below:

Anime Name Meaning Apps

There are apps that show Japanese names and their meanings. Just go to your Store on iOS or Android and search for keywords like Japanese names or “japanese names”.

Another way to identify an anime character name is using dictionaries, some can be found online like the aforementioned Jisho, but there are mobile apps that make this process easier.

Search your store for apps named JIsho which means Japanese dictionary. You can also find apps from Reverse Image Search to discover character names from an image.

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Male Anime Character Names

The list below is extensive and covers thousands of common names that possibly appear in anime. It's not just anime names, but it fits in japanese names.

We'll start by looking at the names of male anime characters:

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KanjiNameMeaning
明宏AKIHIROgreat shine
昭夫AKIObrilliant man
ARATAnew fresh
敦司ATSUSHIindustrious director
歩夢AYUMUDream Walk, Vision
LOWER LEGtruth
SOgreat, big
恵子DAICHIgreat land
大輝/大貴DAIKIgreat glory / great nobility
大輔DAISUKEgreat help
永次EIJIorder of eternity
文雄SMOKEliterature, academic hero
噛るGAJEELgnaw
五郎GOROfifth child
八郎HACHIROeighth child
HAJIMEstarting
陽輝HARUKIbright sun
春男HARUOspring man
陽斗HARUTOsun flying
HAYATEsoft
隼人HAYATOhawk person
HIBIKIsound, echo
英明HIDEAKIexcellent bright, shiny
英樹HIDEKIexcellent wooden trees
英夫HIDEOexcellent husband man
秀良HIDEYOSHIgood excellence
広明Hirakiwide and spacious light
HIRAKUopen, expand
弘樹HIROKIvast wooden trees
博紀HIRONORICommand chronicle, esteem
HIROSHIgenerous
大斗HIROTOgreat big flight
宏行HIROYUKIgreat journey
寿夫HISAOlong living man husband
久司HISASHIlong-time director, ruler
人志HITOSHImotivated person
穂高HOTAKAtall grain
一郎ICHIROFirst son
ISAMUbrave, brave
ISAOmerit
ITSUKIwooden trees
二郎JIROsecond son
順一JUNICHIfirst obedient (son)
十郎SWEARtenth son
海斗KAITOocean flight
KATASHIcompany
KATSUvictory
勝雄KATSUOvictorious and heroic man
勝郎KATSUROvictorious son
和彦KAZUHIKOharmonious boy
和宏KAZUHIROgreat harmony
和希KAZUKIhope of harmony
和夫KAZUOharmony man
KENstrong, healthy
健一KENICHIfirst strong and healthy (son)
健太KENTAbig strong healthy
吉郎KICHIROlucky son
KIYOSHIpurity
光希KOUKIlight hope
康太KOUTAgreat peace
國男KUNIOcountry man
九郎KUROninth child
MAMORUprotector, guard
MANABUstudy, learn
良昭MASAAKInice glow
正彦MASAHIKOfair boy
昌宏MASAHIROgreat prosperity
昌樹MASAKIbig wooden tree
正則MASANORImodel of justice, justice
正男MASAOfair man
MASARUvictory
正志MASASHIrighteous aspiration
正人MASATOrighteous person
正義MASAYOSHIjust, honorable
正幸MASAYUKIrighteous blessing
道夫MICHIOman on a journey
幹夫MIKIOtree trunk man
MINORUtruth
光雄MITSUOshining hero
直樹NAOKIhonest wooden tree
NOBORUgo up, go up
NOBUextend
信夫NOBUOfaithful and trustworthy man
NOBURUexpand
信幸NOBUYUKItrue joy
NORIto rule
法男IN THE RIVERnice man
OSAMUdisciplined, studious
RIKUEarth
陸人RIKUTOearth person
六郎ROKUROsixth child
RYOrefreshing, cool
良一RYOICHIgood first (son)
涼太RYOTAgreat refreshment
RYUUimperial dragon
隆之介RYUUNOSUKEpredecessor of the noble
三郎SABUROthird child
貞雄SADAOvirtuous hero
SATORUwise, fast learner
SATOSHIwise, fast learner
精一SEIICHIrefined, pure first (son)
精二SEIJIrefined, second pure (son)
七郎SHICHIROseventh son
重夫SHIGEOheavy man
SHIGERUlush, well grown
真一SHINICHItrue first (child)
真二SHINJIsecond true (son)
四郎SHIROfourth child
SHOto fly
翔一SHOICHIflying son (first)
翔二SHOJIflying son (second)
翔太SHOUTAbig flight
修一SHUICHIfirst scholar, disciplined (son)
修二SHUJIsecond disciplined and studious (son)
颯太SOUTAgreat sudden
SUSUMUto advance, proceed
忠夫TADAOfaithful and loyal man
TADASHIfaithful, faithful
太一TAICHIfirst great (son)
大輝TAIKIgreat shine, shine
貴大TAKAHIROof great value, nobility
貴夫TAKAOnoble
TAKASHIprosperous, noble
隆行TAKAYUKInoble journey
竹彦TAKEHIKObamboo prince
武雄TAKEOwarrior hero
TAKESHIfierce warrior
拓真TAKUMAopening of the truth
TAKUMICraftsman
TAMOTSUprotector, guardian
太郎TARObig son
竜雄TATSUOdragon, imperial hero
竜也TATSUYAbe imperial dragon
哲也TETSUYAphilosophy of course
TOMIOwealth, fortune
西村TOMOHIROwest village
TORUpenetrate, make it clear
TOSHIsensible
利明TOSHIAKIadvantageous light
俊雄TOSHIOgenius leader hero
智之TOSHIYUKIof wisdom
恒雄TSUNEOconsistent hero
TSUTOMUdiligence
TSUYOSHIStrong
陽太YOU AREgreat sunlight
大和YAMATOgreat harmony
康夫YASUOman of peace
YASUSHIcalm
陽一YOICHIsun, first positive (son)
YORITrust in
義昭YOSHIAKIjustice shining
良和YOSHIKAZUgood peace, japan
佳範YOSHINORIexcellent model
吉生YOSHIOjoyful life
義郎YOSHIROrighteous son
儀人YOSHITOceremonial person correct
義行YOSHIYUKIfair journey
雄一YUICHIheroic first (son)
雄二YUJIsecond heroic (son)
幸雄YUKIOblessed hero
YUTAKAabundant, rich
雄大YUUDAIbig hero
優真YUUMAgentle and superior truth
勇太YUUTAgreat bravery
悠人YUUTOdelicate person
明宏AKIHIROgreat shine
昭夫AKIObrilliant man
ARATAnew fresh
敦司ATSUSHIindustrious director
歩夢AYUMUDream Walk, Vision
LOWER LEGtruth
SOgreat, big
恵子DAICHIgreat land
大輝/大貴DAIKIgreat glory / great nobility
大輔DAISUKEgreat help
永次EIJIorder of eternity
文雄SMOKEliterature, academic hero
噛るGAJEELgnaw
五郎GOROfifth child
八郎HACHIROeighth child
HAJIMEstarting
陽輝HARUKIbright sun
春男HARUOspring man

Female Anime Character Names

Below we will see a complete list of some female anime character names:

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KanjiNameMeaning
愛藍THERElove
愛佳AIKAlove song
愛子AIKOlove child
愛美AIMIbeautiful love
愛菜AINAI love vegetables
愛莉AIRIlove jasmine
AKANEbright red
明美AKEMIbright beautiful
明子AKIKObright child
天照AMATERASUshining sky
亜美AMIbeautiful asia
麻美ASAMImorning beauty
明日香ASUKAtomorrow perfume fragrance
篤子ATSUKOkind child
AYAcolor
彩花AYAKAcolorful flower
彩子ayakocolorful child
菖蒲AYAMEiris
彩音AYANEcolorful sound
彩乃AYANOMy color
CHIEwisdom, intellect
恵子CHIEKOchild of intelligence, wisdom
千春CHIHARUthousand springs (as in season)
散花CHIKAspread flowers
千香子CHIKAKOchild of a thousand perfumes
千夏CHINATSUa thousand summers
千代CHIYOthousand generations
千代CHIYOKOchild of a thousand generations
CHObutterfly
蝶子CHOUKObutterfly child
RANOrchid
栄子EIKOson of splendor
恵美EMIbeautiful blessing
恵美子EMIKOblessing beautiful child
絵理ERIblessed prize
悦子ETSUKOson of joy
富美子FUMIKOchild of abundant beauty
HANAflower
花子HANAKOflower child
春花HARUKAspring flower
春子HARUKOspring child
春美HARUMIbeautiful spring
春菜HARUNAspring vegetables
秀子HIDEKOchild of excellence
HIKARIlight, radiance
陽菜HINAsun vegetables
寛子HIROKOgenerous child
寛美HIROMIgenerous beauty
久子HISAKOlong life son
HITOMIeye pupil
和花HONOKAharmony flower
HOSHIStar
星子HOSHIKOstar child
HOTARUfirefly
IZUMIspring, fountain
純子junkpure and genuine child
上子KAMIKOupper child
香奈子KANAKOfragrant child of Nara (city in japan)
花音KANONsound of flowers
KAORIperfume, fragrance
KASUMImist
勝美KATSUMIvictorious beauty
一恵KAZUEfirst blessing
和子KAZUKOson of harmony
和美KAZUMIharmonious beauty
KEIrespectful
恵子/敬子KEIKOblessed child / respectful child
紀子KIKOchronic child
KIKUchrysanthemum
KIMInoble
后子KIMIKOchild empress
清子KIYOKOpure child
清美KIYOMIpure beauty
KOKOROsoul heart
琴音KOTONEKoto sound (Japanese harp)
久美子KUMIKOlongtime beautiful child
恭子KYOKOrespectful child
MAYdance
舞子MAIKOdance child
真優MAYtrue gentle
真希MAKItrue hope
真美MAMItrue beauty
MANNAlove
愛美MANAMIloving beautiful
舞桜HANDcherry blossom dance
真里子MARIKOreal village child
成美MASAMIbecome beautiful
益世MASUYObenefits the world
真優美MAYUMItrue gentle beauty
MEGUMIblessing
芽生MEIbudding life
MIpretty
美智子MICHIKObeautiful wise child
MIDORIgreen
美枝子MIEKOblessing beautiful child
美保MIHOprotected and guaranteed beauty
美香MIKAbeautiful fragrance
美姫MIKIbeautiful princess
美空MIKUbeautiful sky
美奈子MINAKObeautiful child
美桜IOMbeautiful cherry blossom
美咲MISAKIpretty flower
光子MITSUKOson of the light
美羽MIUnice feather
美和MIWAbeautiful hamony, peace
美夜子MIYAKObeautiful child night
美代子MIYOKObeautiful child of generations
美優MIYUbeautiful gentle
美幸MIYUKIbeautiful blessing
美月MIZUKIbeautiful moon
EOMwelling up
百恵MOMOEa hundred blessings
桃花MOMOKApeach blossom
桃子MOMOKOpeach tree child
森子MORIKOchild of the forest
NANASeven
七海NANAMISeven seas
直子NAOKOhonest child
直美NAOMIhonest beautiful
夏希NATSUKIsummer hope
夏子NATSUKOsummer child
夏美NATSUMIbeautiful summer
乃愛NOAmy love
信子NOBUKOfaithful and trustworthy child
典子NORIKOcool kid
KINGadorable
麗子REIKOadorable child
理恵RIAtrue blessing
理香RIKAtrue fragrance
理子RIKOson of truth
RINworthy
莉奈RINAjasmine
里桜RIVERvillage cherry blossom
涼子RYOKOrefreshing child
幸子SACHIKOcheerful happy child
咲希SAKIflower of hope
/さくらSAKURACherry Blossom
桜子SAKURAKOcherry blossom child
聡子SATOKOwise son
聡美SATOMIbeautiful and wise
小百合SAYURIlittle lily
節子SETSUKOmelody child
成子SHIGEKOgrowing child
鹿SHIKAdeer
真珠SHINJUPearl
詩織SHIORIpoem
静夏SHIZUKAquiet summer
静子SHIZUKOquiet child
駿SHUNfast speed
澄子SUMIKOchild of clarity
SUZUBell
SUZUMEsparrow
貴子TAKAKOnoble child
TAKARATreasure
多美子TAMIKOchild of many beauties
富子TOMIKOson of wealth, fortune
智子TOMOKOson of wisdom, intellect
朋美TOMOMIfriend beatiful
敏子TOSHIKOsmart child
椿TSUBAKIcamellia flower
TSUBAMEswallow (bird)
月子TSUKIKOnight child
ONE ANDplum
梅子UMEKOplum child
USAGIRabbit
和奏WAKANAharmonious music
水曜日WENDYWednesday, Water Day
康子YASUKOson of peace
陽子YOKOson of sunshine
佳江YOSHIEbeautiful creek
良子YOSHIKOson of kindness
結愛YUAbinding love
結衣YUIturn on clothes
結奈YUINAconnect
優花YUKAdelicate flower
佳梨YUKARIbeautiful pear tree
幸子/雪子YUKIKOsnow child / happiness child
優子YUKOkind child
由美YUMIbeautiful reason
由美子YUMIKOreason beautiful child
百合Yurilily
百合子YURIKOlily child
優奈YUUNA□ Kind
愛藍THERElove
愛佳AIKAlove song
愛子AIKOlove child
愛美AIMIbeautiful love
愛菜AINAI love vegetables
愛莉AIRIlove jasmine
AKANEbright red
明美AKEMIbright beautiful
明子AKIKObright child
天照AMATERASUshining sky
亜美AMIbeautiful asia
麻美ASAMImorning beauty
明日香ASUKAtomorrow perfume fragrance
篤子ATSUKOkind child
AYAcolor
彩花AYAKAcolorful flower
彩子ayakocolorful child
菖蒲AYAMEiris
彩音AYANEcolorful sound
彩乃AYANOMy color
CHIEwisdom, intellect
恵子CHIEKOchild of intelligence, wisdom
千春CHIHARUthousand springs (as in season)
散花CHIKAspread flowers
千香子CHIKAKOchild of a thousand perfumes
千夏CHINATSUa thousand summers
千代CHIYOthousand generations
千代CHIYOKOchild of a thousand generations
CHObutterfly
蝶子CHOUKObutterfly child
RANOrchid
栄子EIKOson of splendor
恵美EMIbeautiful blessing
恵美子EMIKOblessing beautiful child
絵理ERIblessed prize
悦子ETSUKOson of joy
富美子FUMIKOchild of abundant beauty
HANAflower
花子HANAKOflower child
春花HARUKAspring flower
春子HARUKOspring child
春美HARUMIbeautiful spring
春菜HARUNAspring vegetables

Anime character names – Unisex

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KanjiNameMeaning
/AKIbright / autumn
/AKIRAbright / clear
AOIblue
HARUspring (as in season)
HIKARUlight, radiance
向日葵/陽向HINATAsunflower / facing the sun
HIROgenerous
HISOKAcautious, reserved
JUNEobedient
KAEDEboard
KAORUfragrance
琥珀KOHAKUamber
KYOcooperation
MADOKAround circle
MAKOTOhonest
/BUTonly / true
真澄MASUMItrue clarity
MICHIway
MINORtruth
MITSURUsatisfy, complete
NOThonest
NATSUsummer
RELATIVEgold
/RENlotus / love
SHINOBUresistance
/SORAsky
YASUPeace
/YOSHIlucky / virtuous
/YUKIhappiness / snow
YUU□ Kind
優希YUUKIKind and superior hope
/AKIbright / autumn
/AKIRAbright / clear
AOIblue
HARUspring (as in season)

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