How do I speak and write my name in Japanese?


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Want to learn how to write your name in Japanese? Do you intend to get a tattoo but don't know how to write your name? Want to learn how to write your name using ideograms? Want to learn how to pronounce your name in Japanese?

On this page you will be able to see what your name is in Japanese, learn to write it, pronounce it and many other details about Japanese writing.

Write your name in Japanese

Japanese has 3 different scripts Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The script used to write foreign names is the katakana. If you have an original Japanese name you can write your name using the hiragana or kanji (ideograms).

To see your name in Japanese, just write it in the text box below:

If your name ends with a consonant, do not write the consonant. If your name has a letter that has a long vowel, write the vowel twice. Example: If your name is Sarah slave Sahara. If your name has syllables with "C", consider replacing it with "K".

Remember that in Japan and some Asian countries, the family name comes first, and your personal name (first name) last.

Several ways to write your name

The Japanese write foreign words phonetically. Thus, depending on its name, it can have several ways of being written. When writing your name, you can decide whether or not to include a long vowel, the absence of a syllable or letter in Japanese can give you choices.

For example, my name is Kevin it can be written ケビン or ケヴィン and it is pronounced Kebin, all because of the absence of letters and syllables with “V” in the Japanese language. Other changes when converting foreign words to Japanese script are:

  • Syllables and phonemes that start with "L" become "R" in Japanese;
  • The dumb letters "L (R) or S" end up gaining a vowel "U";
  • Words ending with a consonant end up with a vowel "U" or "O";
  • 3 letter syllables like BRA are written BURA;
  • TI ”becomes“ CHI ”;

There is a pattern of names, which some claim is the correct way to write, but in my opinion, the name is the person, he writes and pronounces the way he wants. In the same way that we have Kevin, Keven and Kelvin. If my name was Keven I could write ケべン.

Here is a small table with some names that can be written in several ways:

Thiagoチアゴ / チアグ / ティアゴChiago / Chiagu / Tiago
Adriana / Adrianeアドリアンナ / アドリアンネ / アドリアンニィAdorianna / Adorianne, Adorianyi
Ikaroイーカロ / イーカルĪkaro / Īkaru
Yagoイアーゴ / ヤーグIāgo / Yāgu
Marcos / Marcusマルコス / マルクスMārukosu / Mārukusu
Philipフェリッペ / フィリッペFerippe / Firippi
Caioカイオ / カユKaio / Kayu

Names written with Kanji - Ideograms

If you have a Japanese name, it can be written using Kanji - Chinese ideograms. There are thousands of ideograms with different meanings and pronunciations that you can use to write your name. If you have already won a Japanese family name, your country probably chose the ideograms to write it. To learn more about Japanese names click here. 

Some people with foreign names often create a Japanese version of their name to use ideograms and give meaning to their name. I have already met a Noemi who changed her name to Naomi. Choosing Ideograms to put in the name is quite complicated, we do not recommend you to do it without knowledge.

Did you know that any name can be spelled with ideograms or kanji? Read our article on choosing and writing your name using kanji, the Japanese ideograms. 

Most Japanese, as they find ideograms complicated to write, tend to write their names using hiragana or even katakana. But if you are a foreigner with a foreign name do not use hiragana.

The video below talks a little about this:

How do I speak my name in Japanese?

It is not wrong to pronounce your name in the original way, but for Japanese it can be difficult to pronounce due to the lack of syllables in Japanese. Japanese syllables are very easy and similar to Portuguese syllables, and they have no stress.

We recommend pasting on Google translator and see how the name is pronounced by the Google voice.

For more information on the Japanese pronunciation access this link. I hope you enjoyed the article! If you have any questions or suggestions, leave your comment. To finish, we will leave a video so you can know the Japanese pronunciation and syllables.

Brazilian names in Japanese

Finally, we will leave a list of popular and common Brazilian names with their written in Japanese. If you want to look for more names, we have an article with a gigantic list of Brazilian names written in Japanese.

Luís ルイスRuisu
Luiz ルイスRuisu