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 are between Japanese and English, but coincidences for other languages are also noted here.

Japanese name Non-Japanese name Notes
Aki Aki Finnish
Anna Anna
Arisa Alice
Chika Chica Spanish
Emi Amy
Emiri Emily
Erika Erica
Hana, Hanae Hannah
Jōji Georgie
Jun June
Kaori Corey
Kei Kay
Ken Ken
Maki Maki Finnish
Mari Marie, Mary
Mario Mario Italian
Mei May
Mia Mia
Miki Mickey
Nana Nana French
Naomi Naomi English. The spelling is the same, although the pronunciation is different. See How do I write an English word in Japanese?
Nobi Nobby
Sara Sara English. The spelling is the same as Sara, although the pronunciation is different. See How do I write an English word in Japanese?
Rei Ray
Tami Tammy
Teru Tel (short form of Terrance)
Tomi Tommy
Yuri Yuri Russian

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Juho Viitasalo for some suggestions.


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