Yūma, Minato, Rin, Aoi Top Japanese Baby Names for 2015

posted on by Carlos Cadorniga

With the end of the year around the corner, Japan has ranked up the most popular baby names of the year. List have been compiled for the top 10 boy names and top 10 girl names with many babies sharing namesakes with popular anime characters.

Yūma Kuga from World Trigger

For the boys, the most popular name is Yūma.

Minato Namikaze from Naruto

Ren Tachibana from Free!

The second most popular name is Minato and the third most is Ren.

Aoi Kiriya from Aikatsu!

The most popular girl name of the year is Aoi.

Yuina Wakura from Hanasaku Iroha

Rin Hoshizora from Love Live

Yuina is the second most popular girl name, with Rin being the third.

The full list for the boys is as follows:

  1. Yūma
  2. Minato
  3. Ren
  4. Hinata
  5. Yamato
  6. Yūto
  7. Hiroto
  8. Sōma
  9. Haruto
  10. Asahi

Here is the full list for the girls:

  1. Aoi
  2. Yuina
  3. Rin
  4. Yua
  5. Himari
  6. Yui
  7. Hina
  8. Sakura
  9. Mei
  10. Sakura (with differing kanji)

Lists were also compiled to determine the most popular kanji used in names. The kanji for "fat" was favored highest among boys, while the kanji for "love" and "vegetables" both tied for first among girls. (It is considered fortunate for babies to be fat in East Asian culture.)

Boy Kanji:

  1. "Fat"
  2. "Fly"
  3. "Big"
  4. "Sun"
  5. "Person"
  6. Multiple meanings, including "dipper"
  7. "Truth"
  8. "Distant," "leisure"
  9. "One"
  10. "wind blowing"

Girl Kanji:

  1. "Love"
  2. "Vegetables"
  3. "Flower"
  4. "Beauty"
  5. "Bind"
  6. "what"
  7. "white jasmine"
  8. "namely"
  9. "Bloom"
  10. "Sun"

There was also a list compiled of the top 10 readings of kanji for boy and girl names individually.

Boy Readings:

  1. Haruto
  2. Yūto
  3. Sōta
  4. Haruki
  5. Sōsuke
  6. Yuito
  7. Riku
  8. Yūki
  9. Sōma
  10. Hinata

Girl Readings:

  1. Mei
  2. Yui
  3. Hana
  4. Aoi
  5. Himari
  6. Koharu
  7. Sakura
  8. Rin
  9. Akari
  10. Hinoka

[Via Yaraon]

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