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From your kids to fan fiction, sometimes you just need to think of a good name, right? Everyone wants a name that they love. Usually, anime names are fun to use, especially if you are writing a fan fiction! Why anime names are fun to use is because most westerners do not really much exposure to Japanese names so they can be quite unique. Has anyone else been in a class with 3 people with the same name? Also, it can be fun to use a name from your favorite anime character, which may have a significant meaning to you.
Most anime names are Japanese, and the meaning can vary greatly depending on what kanji is used to spell the name or if the person is male or female. Female names tend to have softer meanings than masculine names do. Anime girl names can have meanings revolving around things like love, beauty, nature, or light, but there are many others as well. It reflects how women are supposed to behave: gentler and softer in nature.
A name is quite important. It's someone's identity and entire being. A name can reflect the desire of the one bestowing it upon a child, placing their wishes and dreams into a single name. If the name is given with no meaning, what does that mean for that person? Now, here's a list of popular anime girl names to consider.
While the name Ichigo is known as being the name of the male protagonist of Bleach, don't be fooled; it is also a name for girls as well! When used as a girl's name, Ichigo means strawberry, but ichigo is also the Japanese term for strawberry.
From Yumeiro Patissiere, the main character's name is Amano Ichigo. Ichigo is a tenderhearted young girl who loves to bake and eat many sweets. Her signature dishes are generally those made with fruits, especially strawberries! In Tokyo Mew Mew, the main protagonist is named Momomiya Ichigo who turns into a magical catgirl with the signature color pink. Both of these girls started off quite green (new), but they are so sweet and tender that they deserve the name Ichigo!
Sora is yet another unisex name that is popular. "Sora" means sky in Japanese, but one of the kanji used for Sora can also be interrupted as "sky" or "heaven", however there are two different kanji used for Sora.
There are many great anime girls with the name Sora including Digimon, and Aa! Megami-sama, but Naegino Sora really takes the cake. Naegino Sora is the main character of Kaleido Star. Sora has had to deal with many things in her past, but that didn't hinder her future. Despite any challenges, she continues to work hard to achieve her dream and soar to new heights!
Kyouko utilizes two different words: kyou and ko. The Japanese word ko is usually written in the kanji that means child, which is very popular for girls names. Kyou, however, can be interrupted in many different ways such as Echo, Mirror, respectful, of the city or capital, of today, or apricot, but it depends on what kanji is used to write kyou.
There are many anime girls named Kyouko such as in Danganronpa, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Fruits Basket, but the most popular character named Kyouko is Skip Beat!'s own Mogami Kyouko. Mogami Kyouko is a very respectful girl, but as she learns the truth behind all the lies in her life, she seizes destiny in her own hands to achieve her dream of revenge! Although she is quite new to the entertainment world, and clearly has no idea what she's doing, she's definitely awe inspiring, so long as she's not around certain people.
Shizuka is a Japanese name has a main meaning quiet or calm, but it can also mean flower, fragrance, or excellence depending on what kanji is used for the name. While it can also be used as a surname, as an anime name, it's mainly a given name.
While if you google "Shizuka", you may encounter endless pictures about Shizuka from Doraemon, a great character to look at is Hio Shizuka from Vampire Knight. Hio Shizuka is also known as the Mad Blooming Princess and is known for her violent tendencies. Although she is not a main character in Vampire Knight, she is a main piece of the story, especially when it concerns Zero: past, present, or future. Don't let the name fool you, Shizuka is the farthest from being mad, especially amongst the other vampires.
Haruka is a very common female name, though sometimes, it may be used as a male name. There are a few different kanji used to write out Haruka so it's meaning can change, but mainly, it can mean spring, fragrance, sunny weather, distance, and flower.
A very notable anime girl named Haruka is Tenoh Haruka, also known as Sailor Uranus. Yes, many people must have had fun with her name when she stepped into the series, but really, she's an interesting character most notable for her relationship with Michiru, which was censored out in the western adaptation of the series. She confuses many of the characters with her sexuality, but that doesn't mean she messes around. Haruka tends to kick ass when she needs to, or she'll be the sweetest lover that the Sailor Scouts will probably ever meet.
Although rarely, it is used as a surname, Yumi is a very common name in Japan as well as Korea! The kanji used for Yumi usually mean beauty, but the different kanji can also mean reason, abundant, evening, fruit, tenderness, God's blessing, permanence, and friend. There are many different kanji used for the name Yumi, but most of the kanji used mean beauty.
In the series, Chobits, the name Yumi has quite a bit of significance, especially for one little baker, Hiroyasu. Although persocoms have become quite popular and useful in their society, Yumi is one of the few individuals who dislikes using real persocoms, opting for a small persocom that merely lets her make phone calls. Yumi actually has an inferiority complex when it comes to persocoms, which shows us that although technology can be useful, it can also be quite damaging, especially when it comes down to human relationships.
Hikari is the Japanese word and name meaning light. If not written in kanji, it is written in hiragana.
Hanazono Hikari is a notable Hikari from the anime Special A! Hikari is a bright, optimistic teenage girl with a love of competition, especially when her competition is her lifelong rival, Kei! Although Hikari is a little too eager to compete and take on any challenge without even hearing the conditions of the challenge, she makes for a fun protagonist in Special A. Despite being horribly oblivious in more ways than one, don't think that she's not bright. She's top of her class and she's the shining light that everyone in Special A needs.
The anime girl name Haruhi is a Japanese name meaning spring day, though there are various ways to write out Haruhi.
Although one really well known character with the name Haruhi, is Suzumiya Haruhi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, this Haruhi tends to tetter between love and hate amongst fans. A really well liked Haruhi would be Fujioka Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club. She's the female lead of this reverse harem, although she has no real self awareness and does not even pay attention to gender as much as the men around her.
Haruhi really only cares about studying, paying off her debt, and ootoro, but who doesn't love ootoro? Haruhi is a great character who really brightens up the lives of many different characters throughout Ouran High School Host Club be it male or female, she really captures everyone's hearts whether they know her secret or not.
As one of the most popular anime girl names, Yuuki is a Japanese name which means snow, though there are different kanji used to write out Yuuki. It is also another unisex names, so of course, you may run into anime male characters with the name Yuuki like Sohma Yuuki from Fruits Basket.
Cross Yuuki from Vampire Knight is a character not to be missed. When Yuuki first appears in the series, she doesn't seem like anyone special, aside from the fact that she's the school director's daughter, but she has many mysteries surrounding her, including the fact that she cannot remember her own childhood before she met Kaname. Yuuki can only say that she was born on a snowy night, whether it has anything to do with her name or not. She starts off as a lovestruck teenage girl, but she has a past that cannot be forgotten and a future that she must face whether she wants to or not.
One name that is particularly popular in and out of Japan is Sakura. The name Sakura is taken from the Japanese word meaning cherry blossoms, which tend to bloom for a short but significant amount of time in the spring. It is a time when many people around the world venture out to seek the beauty that is the sakura season.
As for as anime names go, Sakura is one of the most common whether it's as a surname or given name. Perhaps one Sakura that everyone knows is Kinomoto Sakura from CardCaptor Sakura who captured the heart of millions with her innocent charm and bravery as she ventured to find the Clow Cards that she had released amongst the world. Kinomoto Sakura is a darling that many treasure, but perhaps in this day and age, it’s Haruno Sakura from Naruto that many visualize instantly upon hearing the name Sakura.
Haruno Sakura is an anime girl that quite frankly, annoyed the hell out of everyone when she first stepped into the series as the Sasuke fangirl that she was, but as Naruto progressed, she matured and blossomed into a kunoichi that was not only helpful, but quite capable of handling herself in battle and lending a helping hand to injured shinobi. Haruno Sakura may still have some quirks, but truly, she's someone who lives up to the name Sakura.
Clearly, when a name is popular, there is a reason behind it. Upon reading this list, hopefully you have found a name you like whether it's for your child or your alter ego. Each name has its own personality and characteristic that you can choose to ignore, but that takes the fun and importance out of it.
There are also some notable unique girl names like Erza from Fairy Tail and Xenovia from High School DxD. Anime girl names are pretty awesome! Have you put a lot into what anime girl names you like? Why do you like that name in particular? What significance does that name have for you?