Let’s take a closer look…
1. Do your research
Before you choose anything, make sure to do some online research. Find out about famous Japanese names and what meanings they traditionally have. This will help you narrow down your choices and come up with something that fits your child’s personality and heritage as accurately as possible.
2. Don’t be afraid to change it later if necessary
If after researching you decide that the name you want doesn’t fit your child perfectly, don’t be afraid to change it later on – Japanese parents often go through this process multiple times before their children reach adulthood! There are plenty of traditional Japanese names which can be easily modified or combined into new ones should the need arise.
3. Go with something unique but not too weird/weirdly specific
Japan is known for its strict naming customs, meaning that most familes will prefer an option which isn’t too commonly used in other cultures (e.g., rare or downright bizarre surnames might not fly). However, uniqueness shouldn’t result in giving your child an off-the-wall name which no one could possibly remember (remembering someone’s full name is a key part of social life in Japan!). Stick to options which are simple but interesting nonetheless – perfect examples include Kuniichi Suzuki (a former Prime Minister of Japan) or Noriyuki Matsumoto (an entertainer best known for his roles in TV dramas).
Thank your for reading!