102 Beautiful Japanese Unisex Names With Meaning

Japan, known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”, is famous for not only beautiful landscape and unique cuisine but also a variety of adorable names with different deep meanings which can be used for both boys and girls. Those Japanese unisex names do not just express ancient Japanese beliefs, but they also reflect Japanese artistic forms such as gardening haiku poetry, architecture and the noble lifestyles like the Samurai Bushido Code. Besides, some Japanese names also represent the birth order. However, each name in Japanese possesses its complicated meaning whether it is a traditional or a modern one. One Japanese name can even have an excess of meanings.

One interesting thing in Japan is that six days after the birth, a baby is given an informal name. When the child is 16 years old, he or she has a formal name that is given in a proper naming ceremony.

Below is a list of more than one hundred Japanses unisex names along with their meanings. Let’s check it out and create your own list of favourite names for your babies.

List Of 102 Japanese Unisex Names

Japanese unisex names

When born, a baby in Japan can be given one name with many layers of meaning

Why do parents choose unisex Japanese name for their newborns?

It is popular for Japanese baby names to have a connection to nature or deliver meanings that reflect family and culture. Due to the fact that names for Japanese newborns are in most cases closely linked to their literal meanings, it is quite easy for people to indicate  what a Japanese baby name implies only through looking or hearing it.

A unisex name is neutral in gender, which means it could be used to name both baby boys and girls without any difference. There are a lot of reasons why parents ponder on giving their children a non-binary name. You may consider the names are distinctive, adorable and fresh. Moreover, if you do not want to reveal your child’s sex at birth time, you can use a genderless name because it will work either both ways. And lastly, it avoids gender stereotyping concept and not to bound your little baby in one gender before birth. 

What to pay attention 

Distinction 

Distinction is of importance when giving names for a baby. Try to pick those that are unique enough so that your baby won’t have the same name with some of his/her classmates. In case your youngster has a similar name, use the last name to avoid any mistake or embarrassment. 

Religion

Religion is definitely one thing that you need to pay attention to when choosing a name. If you want something that relates to the holy people or your religion, go for spiritual names. Besides, remember to check the name carefully because some are totally fine to use in the modern world but refer to bad things in some religions. 

Meanings

There is a wide range of Japanese unisex name with beautiful meaning. Yet, you likewise need to ensure that you should select a name with proper meaning.

Spelling and length

While choosing a unisex name, try to make sure that the name isn’t too entangled in spelling and short enough to remember. 

List of Japanese gender neutral names

NoName (Jp)Name (En)KanjiMeaning(Jp)Meaning (En)
1りょうRyoCool, Cheerful, Neat and tidy
2はるきHaruki春希Spring, Kind, The child born in Spring
3うみUmiOcean, Parents like Marine sports
4じゅんJunPure
5ゆうYuKind
6みどりMidoriGreen, Healthy growing
7そらSoraSky, Kind heart like big sky
8ひかるHikari光、陽 etc
9あおいAoi葵:アオイ科の植物を指し、成長して実を結んでほしいという願い。Persimmon: Representing a plant

in the mallow family that is fruitful

10蒼:草木が茂る様子を表し、たくましく生きてほしいという願い。Ao: lush plants desire to stretch out
11あさひAsahi朝日朝日:朝、東から昇る太陽やその光を表す。Asahi: morning, representing the

sun that rises from the east.

12旭:朝日や日の昇る様子を意味する。Asahi: the sun in the morning
13あすかAsuka飛鳥大空を飛ぶ鳥を指す。It refers to a bird flying in the sky.
14そんな鳥のように広い世界で生きてほしいという想いで名付ける。Named with the expectation that I

want to live in the wide world like

a bird

15いずみIzumi湧き出す水の象徴。Stream
16秘めた可能性を発揮してほしいという想いで名付ける。Named with the expectation that I

want to demonstrate the hidden

possibilities.

17いつきItsuki樹:年月を越えて、大地に根 付き葉っぱを芽吹かせる樹を表す。Tree: A kind of tree whose roots will

grow on its leaves over the years

18一樹大樹のように成長してほしいという想いで名付ける。Named with the expectation that I

want to grow as Taiki.

19いぶきIbuki伊吹伊吹:伊吹山のように大きな 心にという想いで名付ける。Ibuki: named with the thought of

being as big as Ibukiyama.

20息吹息吹:呼吸や活気を表し、活力に満ちた未来をイメージさせる。Breath: represents breath and

liveliness, and an image of a lively

future

21うみUmi海のように広い心で深い

愛情を持つ子になるようにと名付ける。

Named to be a child with a deep

heart and deep love like the sea.

22えのんEnon絵音絵:豊かな感性を持ちの

びのびと生きてほしい

という想い。

Picture: A desire to live with rich

sensibility and freedom.

23音:音楽のように人を楽しませたり癒してほしいという想い。Sound: The feeling that you want

people to be entertained and

healed like music.

24おとOto音楽などの文化・芸術全般の才能に恵まれるように。To be blessed with music and other

arts as well as other cultures

in general.

25音楽のように人を楽しませたり、癒すことのできる人になるように。Be a person who can entertain and

heal like music.

26かずきKazuki和樹樹:年月を越えて、大地に根付き葉っぱを芽吹かせる 樹を表す。Tree: A kind of tree whose roots will

grow on its leaves over the years

27一樹和:穏やかな状態。一:

一つ、一番などを表す。

Sum: calm state. One: one, firstly
28きずなKizuna物をつなぎとめるものを

表す。

Represents something that holds

Things.

29人との出会いを大切にしてほしいという想いで名付ける。Named with the thought that we

want you to appreciate meeting

people.

30きよKiyo汚れがなくさっぱりしているという意味。Meaning that it is clean
31澄んだ心を持ち穏やかな人になるようにという想いで名付ける。Named with the intention of being

a calm person with a pure heart.

32くにKuni邦:我が国を表す。故郷を愛しながら雄大な視野を持つ。Kuni: representing our country.

I love the hometown with a

magnificent view.

33国際人になるようにという想いで名付ける。Named with the intention of

becoming an international person

34けいKei京・圭京:発信する力を持つよ

うに。圭:清らかで尊い

存在。

Today: to have the power to call.

Kei: pure and precious

35景・恵景:雄大な風景を連想させる。恵:思いやりや素直の意味。Jing: reminiscent of the majestic

scenery.

Megumi: the meaning of

compassion and honesty

36こはくKohaku琥珀パワーストーンの一つ。One of the powerful stones
37豊かさや幸運に恵まれるようにという願いで名付ける。Named with the expectation to be

rich and lucky

38さくSaku手をかけて草木を育てた結果や仕上がり状態を表す。It shows the result and the

condition of growing plants by hand.

39地道に努力できる人になるようにという想いで名付ける。Named with the thought of being a

person who can make a steady effort.

40じゅんJun潤・純潤:物心共に恵まれるようにという願いで名付ける。Jun: named with the desire to be

both physically and spiritually good

41純:自分に誠実で人から愛されるようにという願い。Jun: desire to be treated honestly and

loved by other people

42すばるSubaru牡牛座の星座の一つ。One of the constellations of Taurus.
43昔は王の象徴とされた。

気高く輝く人になるように。

It used to be a symbol of the king.

To be a nobly shining person.

44せなSena瀬名瀬:川の歩いて渡れるほどの浅いところや急な流れを意味する。KH: It means a shallow spot or a

steep flow that you can walk

across the river.

45困難に立ち向かう強さを持つようにという願いで名付ける。Name it with the wish of having the

strength to confront the difficulties.

46そらSora空を大きさや爽やかさをイメージさせる。I imagine the size and freshness of

the sky.

47たまきTamaki輪の形や端のないことを

意味する。

It means that there is no form or end

of the wheel.

48人の輪を築き、人生で人との繋がりに困らないようにという想い。The idea of building a circle of

people and not being in trouble

with relationships in life.

49ちかげChikage千景景:雄大な景色を連想さ

せる。

Jing: reminiscent of the majestic

scenery.

50多くの経験を経て様々な風景を見て成長できるようにという想い。The idea that you can see

various landscapes through

a lot of experience.

51つばさTsubasaつばさ以外にも助ける・守るや均整が取れた美しいものを表す。In addition to wings, it

represents a beautiful thing that

helps / protects and proportions.

52大きく羽ばたいてほしいという想いが込められることが 多い 。It is often the case that you want to

make it fly.

53ともTomo友・朋:友だちを表す。Tomo Tomo: represents a friend
54良い友人に恵まれるようにという想いで名付ける。Named with the desire to be

blessed with good friends.

55なおNao尚:尊ぶや高い等の意味があり、人を尊び志を高く持つ人に。Note: for those who highly respect

other people

 

56直:文字通り、素直でまっすぐな人になるようにという想い。Straight: Literally, it is a desire to

be an honest and straight person.

57なぎNagi風や波が静まることを表す。Indicating that the wind doesn’t

blow strongly and the waves are not

big any more

58波の立たない穏やかな人生を過ごしてほしいという想い。I thought that I want to have a

peaceful life, not a stormy life

59なぎさNagisa水際や波打ち際を意味する。It refers to the water’s edge and the

beach.

60元気で活発な子に育つようにという想いで名付ける。Named with the idea of growing up to

be a cheerful and active child.

61なつきNatsuki夏樹夏:季節の夏や盛んなイメージを持つ。Summer: with the summer and a

thriving image of the season.

62夏生夏生:文字通り、夏に生まれたことを表す。Natsuki: it literally means being

born in summer.

63のあNoa野空ノアの箱舟を連想させる名前。海外では男の子の名前。Names reminiscent of Noah’s Ark.

The name of the boy abroad.

64元モーニング娘。の辻希美さんの娘さんはこの名前。(漢字は別)Former Morning Musume. This is the

name of Nozomi Tsuji’s daughter.

(In Kanji, it is different)

65はるHaru春生まれの子どもにつけられることが多い。It is often given to children born in

spring

66春の暖かい、明るいイ

メージを持つ。

Warm spring, with a bright image.
67ひかるHikaru明るい光を意味する。It refers to the bright light.
68希望を持ち輝く人生になるようにという願いで名付ける。Named with a wish to have a bright

life with a lot of hopes

69ひなたHinata日向太陽の光の当たるところを 指す。It refers to the place where the sun

shines

70明るく元気なイメージを持 つ。With a bright and cheerful image.
71ほまれHomare名誉や正す、楽しむ等の

意味を持つ。

It has the meaning of honor,

correction, and enjoyment

72周囲から認められる人に

なってほしいという想い

で名付ける。

Named with the desire to be a

person recognized by the society

73まおMao真央真:まこと、正しいこと。央:真ん中。True: Makoto, the right thing.

Central: middle.

74文字通り、まっすぐ正しく生きてほしいという想い。Literally, I want to live straight
75まことMakotoまこと、本当の、真実を

意味する。

Makoto, true, means the truth.
76素直で誠実な子になってほしいという想いで名付ける。Named in the thought that I want

you to become a honest and sincere

child.

77みずきMizuki瑞樹瑞:天子が諸侯に授ける宝を表す。めでたいこと。Rui: Tenshi represents a

treasure to bestow on the

princes. Auspicious thing.

78生き生きと生きてほしいという想いで名付ける。Named in the thought that I want you

to be vividly alive.

79みつきMitsuki充希充:いっぱいになること。希:希望。Charge: to be full. Nozomi: hope.
80希望で充ちた人生になるようにという想いで名付ける。Named with the desire to live a life

full of hope.

81みらいMirai未来文字通り、未来に進んでいくという意味がある。Literally, there is a sense that we

proceed to the future.

82むつきMutsuki睦月一月の旧暦月名である。It is a lunar month name of January.
83一月生まれの子ども名付けられることが多い。Children born in January are often

named.

84ゆうYu優:優しく上品な子どもになるようにという想いで名付ける。Yu: Named with the thought of

becoming a kind and elegant child.

85遊:縛られす自分の道を進んでほしいという想いで名付ける。Yu: Bound be named in the feelings of wanting proceed my way.
86ゆうきYuuki優希優希:優しく希望のある子に育つようにという想い。Yuki: A desire to grow up as a

child with hope.

87悠希悠:ゆったりと心の落ち

着いた人になるように。

Yu: To be a calm and relaxed person.
88ゆうり侑李侑:人助け、思いやり。

季:彩り豊かな自然、

生命力。

侑: helping others, caring.

Season: colorful nature, vitality

89侑李侑:人助け、思いやり。

季:彩り豊かな自然、

生命力。

侑: helping others, caring.

Season: colorful nature, vitality

90よりYori人から頼られるしっかりした人になるようにという想い。The desire to be a reliable person

that people can rely on.

91りおんRion莉音莉:人を和ませ、癒すような 温かい人になるように。莉: making people feel relieved
92音:音楽のように人を楽

しませたり癒してほしい

という想い。

Sound: the thought that I want to heal

or to entertain people like music.

93りつRitsu掟や定め、手本とするものを意味する。It means something that is used

as an example or a rule.

94自分の規律を持ち強い意思を持つ子になるようにという想い。A desire to be a child who has his

own disciplines and intentions.

95りょうRyo涼:クールで聡明な知的な子に成長してほしいという想い。Ryo: I want you to grow into a

cool and intelligent child.

96綾:綾物からきており、

繊細さや美しさをイメージさせる。

Aya: it has come from Aya

product, an image of delicacy and

beauty.

97りおRio莉緒莉:人を和ませ、癒すような 温かい人になるように。莉: making people feel relieved
98緒:人との繋がりを大切に思 いやりのある子になるように。Cord: be a caring child who

values connections with people.

99かおるKaoru香りをいぶして周りに広めるという意味。古風な印象を与える。

人にいい影響を与える人になってほしいという想いが込められる。

It means spreading the scent around

you. Give an old-fashioned

impression.

It can be thought that I want you to

be a person who has a positive

influence on people.

100しのぶShinobu耐える、人目を避ける、忍の意 味がある。昔から使われる古風 な名前。

我慢強く、粘り強い精神的な 強さを持つ子になってほしいという想い。

Endure, avoid the public eye, there is

a sense of Shinobu. Old-fashioned

name that is used for a long time.

Patience, thought that I want you to

become a child with tenacious

spiritual strength.

101ちひろChihiro千尋山が非常に高いこと、海が非 常に深いことを意味する。

深みのある子に育ってほしいという想いが込められる。古風な印 象。

The mountain is very high, and the

sea is very deep.

It can be thought that I want you to

grow up to be a child with depth.

Old-fashioned impression.

102つかさTsukasa役人や官職、管理する意味。昔の役職を表し古風な雰 囲気。

責任感や判断力があり頼りが いのある子になってほしいという想い。

Official or official position, meaning to

manage. Old-fashioned atmosphere

that represents the old post.

I thought that I want you to become a

reliable child with a sense of

responsibility and judgement.

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FAQs

1. What are the most common unisex names in Japan?

  1. Akari: “lights” or “brightness”.
  2. Chihiro: “thousand, abundance”. 
  3. Hayami: “rare beauty”.
  4. Masa: “just or true”.
  5. Toshiro: “talented or intelligent”. 
  6. Tsukasa: “mound, (small) hill”.
  7. Yamato: “old Japan.”
  8. Yoshi: “silent or quiet.” 
  9. Yū: “tenderness” or “superiority”.
  10. Yukio: “happy or fortunate.”

2. What is the rarest neutral name in Japan?

Unlike some of the other names on the list mentioned above, Mami does not have one fixed meaning. Instead, the Kanji combinations lead to several meanings that include terms like “real”, “love”, “see” , “genuine” and even “ten thousand”. This might be due to Mami’s unisex status, which means that traditionally masculine or feminine attributes are not as applicable with this name. It’s quite rare to use for babies nowadays, but people named Mami today were probably born between the 1940s and 1970s.

3. How can you tell if a Japanese name is gendered?

In Japan, you can easily recognize one’s gender based on their name as there are certain patterns contained in one name that have been assigned to one particular gender. For instance, first names ending with -ro, -shi, -ya, or -o are typically male first names, while names ending in -ko, -mi, -e and -yo are prefered to use for females.

Interestingly enough, there are names that are pronounced in the same way but differ in meaning because they use different Kanji characters in writing. There are also different writing systems, therefore a name translated into the Latint alphabet may have multiple meanings depending on which system is used, or within the kanji system itself which characters are used. It’s always best to research names that fit well for your family and child, to make sure you find the perfect one for your child.

4. Are all Japanese names unisex?

The answer is NO. In fact, most of Japanese given names tend to be gender-specific, except from a small number of names that you call non-binary.

5. Are Japanese unisex names considered unisex based on how they sound or the Kanji?

The fact is that it varies. In most cases, you can recognize one’s gender when reading his or her name because the word itself contains certain patterns (kanji) that can be possibly used for both sexes. 

There are still cases where you can not be sure whether a person is masculine or feminine. A typical example is Kaoru. Interestingly, the kanji commonly used for kaoru (薫) can be used for both sexes so you can’t make sure about the person’s gender until you actually see his/her face. A rather extreme case is names ending in “mi”. The character mi (美) means beauty, as such, it is very common in female names. But the names Naomi and Akemi can be used for males as it is written in different kanji.

6. Are unisex names popular in Japan?

Generally, unisex names are becoming popular in Japan these days. Especially, you can see many renowned celebrities who have gender-neutral names in Japan. According to Wikipedia, there are a lot of celebrities who have unisex names. For example, “Jun Matsumoto”, “Izumi Sakai”, and “Hikaru Utada.”

Conclusion

If you are expecting a baby or considering having a child, then you must research names carefully. We have already gathered a lot ideas for the best Japanese unisex names. There are charming, trendy, cute and even cool ones. In conclusion, we hope you find out the most unique from the above lists.

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Yuu Hiasa has been working in hospitality industry since 2003. In the past, he used to work as a tour guide and now he is running his business of supplying comfortable accommodations in Japan. Thanks to this experience and his passion for writing blog, the articles by him provides awesome tips and things to do when you are traveling in the country of cherry blossoms.