sci.lang.japan FAQ / 9. Names

9.5. What personal names are the same in Japanese and other languages?

Here are a few Japanese / non-Japanese name coincidences. A good source of Japanese names is Jim Breen's free electronic dictionary enamdict. Most of these name coincidences are between Japanese and English, but coincidences for other languages are also noted here.

Japanese name non-Japanese name Language or country of origin of non-Japanese name
AkiAkiFinnish
AnnaAnna
ArisaAlice
ChikaChicaSpanish
EmiAmy
EmiriEmily
ErikaErica
Hana, HanaeHannahEnglish, Eastern Europe
JoujiGeorgie
JunJune
KaoriCorey
KeiKay
KenKen
MakiMakiFinnish
MariMarie, Mary
MarioMarioItalian
MeiMay
MiaMia
MikiMickey
NanaNanaFrench
NaomiNaomiThe spelling is the same, although the pronunciation is different. See 5.1. How do I write an English word in Japanese?.
NobiNobby
ReiRay
TamiTammy
TeruTel (short form of Terrance)
TomiTommy
YuriYuriRussian

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Juho Viitasalo for some suggestions.


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