If you’re a parent and anime is your thing, then it’s likely that you’ve given some thought to naming your baby after one of the characters.
In Japan, there are many common names for girls that are used in comics and anime.
So, if you’re looking for an anime-inspired name for your baby girl, here are a few possibilities that have a similar sound to common English names.
We have curated is a list of 100+ anime female names to think about.
First, let’s take a look at some of the most popular anime girls’ names in Japan.
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Popular Anime Girl Names Great for Naming Baby
Here are some popular anime names. These are popular choices for people looking for simple yet significant names for their female characters.
“Akane” means “deep red”. 彩 means “vividness, color.” 光 means “light.”
Akane is a female Japanese name, it is ranked at #9 in girl names in Japan, as well as a surname. This name has been used for many characters in anime, games, manga, comics, and books.
Hana means “flower” in Japanese.
Hana Yamaguchi is a character in the Japanese manga series Guru Guru Pon-chan.
Haruka is a well-known Japanese name. This name means “distant” or “remote.” This name is shortened to Haru usually which means “spring”.
This name is derived from the components ‘haru’, which means ‘spring’ or ‘clear weather,’ and ‘ka,’ which means ‘blossom, flower, or fragrance.’ Haruka Tenoh is a character from the anime ‘Sailor Moon.’
Haruka is also a character in the ‘Pokemon’ series.
Kaori means “weaving” or “fragrance”, a feminine Japanese given name.
Kyo has a variety of meanings, but the most popular ones are “respectful,” “echo,” and “influential.” as in Kyoto, the old capital of Japan.
Nagisa is a common Japanese name. 和 means “calm, harmony, peace, concord, serenity.” 紗 means “gauze.”
Nagisa comes from the Japanese word nagisa (渚), meaning “waterside” or “shore”, concerned with the sea. It also comes from Japanese movie director Nagisa Oshima.
Rei commonly means “order,” “command” or “auspicious.”
Rei Ayanami is inspired by a fictional character from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, created by Gainax. She is the First Child and pilot of a giant mecha named Evangelion Unit 00. The character “rei” (令) was chosen as kanji of the year by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation.
This name is probably familiar to everyone who watches anime because of the famous ‘Naruto’ series.
Sakura means cherry blossom. Cherry blossoms are a special flower for Japanese and the symbol of spring. They bloom for just a short time and fall beautifully. The word Sakura sounds lovely and it’s one of the most popular names for girls who were born in spring.
Shizu ‘静’ is a beautiful work meaning meaning “quiet” in Japanese. combined with Ka ‘夏’ meaning “summer” or ‘香’ meaning “fragrance”.
Yuki is a popular Japanese girl’s name, both in anime and in real life. Yuki can signify “snow” or “happiness” depending on the script.
Yumi as a whole means “archery bow”. But, broken up, mi means “beautiful” and Yu means “friend”, “archery bow” .
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Together this name means bright field in the morning. Akeno Himejima (姫島 朱乃) is a character in the light novel series High School DxD.
An excellent name with different characters but same prounciations “fragrance of tomorrow” for girls 明日香 or “flying birds” 飛鳥. Asuka (Langley Soryu) is a fictional character from Neon Genesis Evangelion
明日 (ASU) meaning “tomorrow” and 香 (ka).
飛 (ASU) meaning “to fly” and 鳥 (ka) meaning “bird”.
Ryoko is from Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki, standing for “refreshing child.”
Ryōkō is inspired by a high-school romance manga by Mitsuru Adachi. It was published by Shogakukan in 1979–1981 in the magazine Shōjo Comic and collected in five tankōbon volumes.
Fujiko is is taken from the word Fiji which means “wisteria”, and ko means “child”.
Fujiko is inspired by a fictional character created by Monkey Punch for his manga series Lupin III.
Kushinaa commonly means “aspire” and “beautiful black stone”.
Kushina was blessed with a strong life force, which granted her tremendous reserves of chakra, and vitality. She also got great stamina, longevity, and healing powers.
This name literally means three bamboo hats: 三 meaning three./ 笠 meaning bamboo hat. But as a name you can use three kanji to transform its meaning to beautiful gauze ‘美加紗’.
Mikasa is is inspired by the movie and tv show Attack on Titan, and MORE. She was the last descendant of the Shogun clan that stayed on Paradise Island, thereby related to the Azumabito family, and holds significant political power in Hizuru.
We prefer to use this kanji 素子 to mean “unadorned, plain, undecorated, child. As you might know by now, ko ‘子’ can mean child.
Major Motoko Kusanagi (Japanese: 草薙 素子, Hepburn: Kusanagi Motoko), or just “Major”, is the main protagonist in Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga and anime series.
From Tokyo Ghoul, Touka (霧嶋) is a rare and difficult name to write, meaning “incense” or “perfume”.
Touka is inspired by Tokyo Ghoul. She is an extremely powerful ghoul, and because of that, she has many powers. Beyond superhuman speed and durability, she develops many abilities over her childhood and teenage years.
Usagi means rabbit in Japanese with a Chinese origin of the story of a girl who lives on the moon with a rabbit.
I think this is why the Japanese use this kanji 月姫, which doubles its meaning as the princess of the moon.
In the Sailor Moon manga series, Usagi Tsukino, aka Sailor Moon, is the protagonist and title character of a fictional superheroine.
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This name means “little loved one”. In addition, it is the name of the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan. ‘Love’ is 愛 and ‘Child’ is 子. Together people take it to mean “a person who loves others”
The meaning of this name is ‘love of beauty.
Aimi Eguchi is a fictional Japanese idol. She is a CGI composite of various features of seven existing (some now former) members of the theater/idol group AKB48. Eguchi was announced as the group’s newest member in June 2011.
This name means “forever”. This name is easy to pronounce and could be a good choice for non-japanese.
Asami means “beautiful morning” or” beauty of morning”.
Asami Sato is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon animated television series The Legend of Korra, which aired from 2012 to 2014.
Ayano is written both as a female given name and a surname. Based on this kanji 彩乃, this name means “of coloring, paint, makeup”, where 乃 is a possessive and 彩 means color or colorful.
A beautiful name with the meaning “butterfly child.”
Chouko originates from Umetarou Nozaki’s manga Sakura Chiyo, which means “a thousand sparkles”.
From Umetarou Nozaki’s manga Sakura Chiyo, which means “a thousand sparkles.”
Chiyo Sakura is a fictional character from the anime and manga series Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.
Aki means “autumn”, “bright” or “glistening”.
The name “Aki” is of Japanese origin. It’s a name commonly given to girls.
Chikako is composed of ‘chi’ meaning thousand, and ‘ka’ meaning perfume, or fragrance, and ‘ko’, meaning ‘child’.
This name means “a thousand generations”.
The Chiyoko name has a total “7” letters, and it starts from the character “C”. It’s an attractive name, easy to pronounce, and is primarily considered for baby girl names.
The name Hitomi is a feminine Japanese name. Use as one word, it means ‘eye’瞳. Broken apart, the name has two parts: 智 (hito) meaning “wisdom, intellect” and 美 (mi) meaning “beautiful”.
Honoka can mean, “spike”, “ear” and “head”.
This name is associated with Honoka Inoue (井上 ほの花, born February 9, 1998) is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Kanagawa Prefecture who is associated with Office Anemone.
This name translates to “star”.
This name is affiliated with Shinichi Hoshi (星 新一 Hoshi Shin’ichi, who was a Japanese novelist and science fiction writer best known for his “short-short” science fiction stories.
Izumi has two meanings. It means “fountain” or ‘spring”.
Izumi Miyamura is the co-lead of this popular new rom-com animated series, based on a manga series of the same name (based on a webcomic). The story’s theme is: everyone has a hidden side that they don’t necessarily show to others.
Another feminine Japanese name commonly used for girls, Kaede means “maple” 楓.
Kaede Azusagawa (梓川 かえで, Azusagawa Kaede) is one of the main characters of Seishun Buta Yarou.
Kamiko means “little goddess”. Depending on how it’s written, it can mean goddess as in 神子(かみこ) or 上子 meaning a great kid.
Kamiko, the Japanese-oriented name for a girl character, elaborates that a little goddess can be a lot. Their kind little hearts can be an example for their fans.
There are two meanings, “flower” or “sound”.
Kanon is inspired by manga by Chiho Saito. Kanon Suzuki (born 1998), is a Japanese singer and member of Morning Musume.
Kaoru means “Fragrant”.
Kaoru Hanayama (花山 薫, Hanayama Kaoru) is a major character from the anime and manga series of Baki the Grappler.
Kiko means “rejoicing child” or “glad”.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (Japanese: ヨコハマ買い出し紀行) is a Japanese science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Ashinano.
Rina / Lina 莉奈
Lina means “palm tree” but with the kanji typically used for names ‘Ri’ means 莉 (jasmine), 里 (village), 梨 (pear tree), 理 (reason).
Na can be written as 乃 which means possessive of.
Masami means elegant and beautiful.
Masami (まさみ,マサミ,雅美) is a common Japanese name. The name is popularly derived from the character 昌 (masa) meaning ‘prosperous, gracious’ and 美 (mi) meaning ‘beauty’.
Mayu has many meanings but the common one is “truly good”.
Mayu Shinjo (新條まゆ, Shinjō Mayu, born 1973) is a Japanese manga artist. She debuted in 1994 in Shogakukan’s Shōjo Comic with “Anata no Iro ni Somaritai”.
Mei can mean the beginning of hope.
芽means meaning budding or sprouting. 依 means accompany, reliant, or depend on.
Michiko means “child of beautiful wisdom”.
Misaki means “beautiful bloom”.
Misaki Usui (碓氷 美咲, Usui Misaki) (née Ayuzawa) is the main female character. She was known as the “Demon President” as the former Student Council President of Seika High School
Miwa means “beautiful music”.
The discography of Japanese musician Miwa consists of six studio albums, one compilation album, seven video albums and twenty-five singles.
Miyako means “beautiful night”.
Moriko means “forest” when it’s written as 森 and a child of a hundred crystal as 百璃子.
Riko means “jasmine” or “truth”.
Riko (written: 理子, 璃子, 莉子, 里琴 or りこ in hiragana) is a feminine Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:
- Riko Azuna (born 1993), Japanese singer
- Riko E. Bishop (born 1956), Japanese judge
Saki means “blossom” or “hope”. Sa 咲 means “blossom” and 希 (ki) means “hope”, besides other combinations of kanji characters.
Saki (咲-Saki-) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ritz Kobayashi. The story revolves around a first-year high school girl named Saki Miyanaga who is brought into the competitive world of mahjong by another first-year, Nodoka Haramura.
Sora means “sky”.
Sora (Japanese: ソラ) is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts video game series.
Cute Girl Anime Names
You might be looking for cute or ‘kawaii’ anime girl names with significant meanings, so here is the list for you.
Ai is the Japanese word for “love”.
Ai Yazawa (矢沢 あい, Yazawa Ai, born March 7, 1967) is a Japanese manga author. While most of Yazawa’s manga is published in Japan by Shueisha, publishers of Ribbon and Cookie (Nana was serialized in the latter), series like Paradise Kiss have appeared in non-Shueisha magazines such as Zipper, published by Shodensha
Ayu means “gorgeous”. This name is a great baby girl name commonly used in Japan.
Ayu Tsukimiya (月宮 あゆ, Tsukimiya Ayu) is a fictional character and the main heroine in Key’s adult visual novel Kanon, followed closely by Nayuki Minase who is the only Kanon heroine to appear with Ayu on three of the official game covers released by Key.
Fubuki translates to “snowstorm” inspired by a cute character in the anime One-Punch Man.
Fubuki Sakuragasaki is the main character in the anime Arcade Gamer Fubuki.
Kanna means “summer waves”.
Kobato 向晴 can mean “towards the sun” or “little pigeon” 子鳩 in Japanese. We picked this name from Clamp’s manga series.
Madoko means, “circle”, “flower’ or ‘aroma”. We picked this name from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Nene means “tranquil”, inspired by a character from the anime Kira Kira☆Pretty Cure A La Mode.
The name has an affiliation with Nene Hieda who is a Japanese voice actress and is affiliated with 81 Produce.
Rika means “always strong”.
Both kanji selections have great meaning. The first name roughly means ‘beautiful order of nature’ and ‘sixth summer’.
Names are meant to be poetic.
Uiharu translates to “early spring”.
Uiharu Kazari (初春 飾利 Uiharu Kazari?) is a minor character who debuted in Toaru Majutsu.
Yui has different meanings depending on the kanji. 夢 means “dream”, whereas 悠 “quiet, calm; far off, distant”, 以 phonetic kanji; 友 “friend”, 生 “live, exist”; 有 “existence”.
Unique Anime Girl Names
Many people prefer to name their girl characters in a unique way. There will always be a few who prefer more unique names regardless of what artistic platform they adhere to, weather it’s anime, manga, novels, gaming, or any other. We’ve compiled a list of some unique anime character names you can adopt for your female anime characters.
Ayaka means a “vibrant flower”.
Ayaka Ōhashi (大橋 彩香, Ōhashi Ayaka, born September 13, 1994) is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Tokyo, Japan.
Ayame is the translation for the “iris of the eyes”.
The name Ayame is primarily a female name of Japanese origin that means Iris.
Ayumu means “vision”.
Ayumi Hamasaki 浜崎あゆみ, is a Japanese singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, model, spokesperson, and entrepreneur. Throughout her entire career, she has written all her lyrical content, and has sometimes composed her music.
Chie is one of my favorites which can mean a thousand pictures or movies.
Chiharu means “a thousand seasons of spring”.
Chiharu (ちはる, チハル) is a common feminine Japanese given name which is occasionally used by men.
Chinatsu means “a thousand seasons of summer”.
Chinatsu Tsuboi (千夏), a main character in the manga and live-action drama series Shomuni.
Emiko means “blessed child”. Emi ‘恵’ translates to “great blessing”.
This name has an association with Emiko Kado (門 恵美子, 1976-1999), Japanese professional wrestler.
Etsuko means “happy child”.
Etsuko Yakushimaru (やくしまる えつこ, Yakushimaru Etsuko) is a Japanese singer, producer, composer, lyricist, arranger and artist.
Hideko means “excellent child”.
Hideko Mizuno (水野英子, Mizuno Hideko, born 29 October 1939 in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan) is one of the first successful female Japanese shōjo manga artists.
Junko means to be an “obedient child”.
Junko Enoshima (Japanese: 江ノ島 盾子, Hepburn: Enoshima Junko) is a fictional character and the secondary antagonist of Spike Chunsoft’s Danganronpa series.
Kiku is the Japanese word for “chrysanthemums”.
Kiyomi translates to “pure beauty”.
Kiyomi Takada (Japanese: 高田 清美, Hepburn: Takada Kiyomi) is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
Maki is a very common feminine Japanese given name with different kanji characters, and hence different meanings (the list is not exhaustive). E.g., Ma can be written as 真 meaning ‘true’ or 麻 “linen’ and ki as in ‘tree’ 樹, ‘hope’ 希’ 貴 ‘precious’ or 紀 ‘chronicle’.
Miyuki means “wonderful blessing”. Its meaning varies with different kanji, e.g., 美幸, “beautiful fortune” or “beautiful happiness” 深雪, “deep snow” 美雪, “beautiful snow”
Mizuki means “beautiful moon”.
Mizuki is both a Japanese surname (みずき, ミズキ), and a unisex Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:
- Alisa Mizuki, a J-pop singer and actress
- Hakase Mizuki, Japanese manga artist
- Ichirou Mizuki, an actor, voice actor and singer
Nobuko means “trustworthy”.
Nobuko (のぶこ, ノブコ) is a feminine Japanese given name. Although the name is always romanized the same way, the kanji characters can be different.
Anime Demon Girl Names
Demonic characters have been a staple of anime since the very beginning. After all, someone needs to fight the good guy.
However, anime somehow sets itself apart when it comes to these devilish characters by giving them a certain sophistication that is usually missing in animations from other parts of the world.
Akeno is from HighSchool DxD, meaning “bright shining field.”
Akeno Himejima (姫島 朱乃) is a character in the light novel series High School DxD.
Konan is from Naruto, meaning “little south.”
Kurumi is from Date a Live, which means “walnut.” It’s also a popular Japanese song of hope from Mr. Children.
Mai is from Yu-Gi-Oh! , with the meaning of “sheet.” One of the more famous characters named Mai is Mai Shiranui, 不知火舞from The King of Fighters.
Mina is from My Hero Academia. Mina of course is the name of a member of the girl group Twice.
We take this name from Naomi Misora in Death Note.
Rias is a character from High School DxD. As a name, it comes from the Japanese given name Ria 結愛 for girls.
Rize is from Tokyo Ghoul, which means “lovely world.”
Rize was considered strong even among powerful ghouls, and her kagune was well capable of taking down multiple opponents in one go.
Albedo is from Overlord, a name that means “witness.”
Balalaika is from Black Lagoon, which refers to a stringed instrument.
“Balalaika” (バラライカ, Bararaika) is the second opening theme song from the Japanese anime Kirarin Revolution.
Boa is from the Japanese anime “One Piece”.
Galaxia is from the anime Sailor Moon.
The Tatami Galaxy (四畳半神話大系, Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei, literally “4½ Tatami Mythological Chronicles”) is a 2004 Japanese campus novel written by Tomihiko Morimi and published by Ohta Publishing.
Hemiko Toga is the main antagonist in My Hero Academia anime and manga series. The name means “sun princess.”
Ruri is from Durarara!! , means “emerald.”
Ruri (Dr. Stone) is a character in the manga series Dr. Stone.
A demon in Japanese folklore that took the shape of a beautiful woman in the ocean. Sa ‘沙’ means “sand.” Za ‘座’ means “seat.” e ‘絵’ means “picture.”.
Ichigo means ‘strawberry’ in Japanese. Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series.
Popular Unisex Anime Names
Names like these can be given to either boys or girls. These are some great options if you’re looking for a unisex one.
Itsuki can be a great unisex name that can mean either one light ‘一暉’ or one hope ‘一希’ for a girl.
Hikari is the word for “light” and is a great unisex name in Japan.
The name Hinata is primarily a gender-neutral Japanese name that means Sunflower, facing the sun.
Minori means “truth”. Minori is a Japanese given name for both men and women.
Minori Suzuki (鈴木 みのり, Suzuki Minori, born October 1, 1997) is a Japanese voice actress and singer affiliated with E-Stone Music.
Ichijō (一条 or 一條) is Japanese for the first street. Of all the characters in “Paniponi Dash,” Ichijou stands out as the most strange. Ichijou is noted for her off-the-wall remarks, since she can make a comedy by breaking any physical law.
Akira is a Japanese word that means “bright,” “clear,” or “clever.”In the Akira universe, Akira is the main character.
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Akihiro means “great light”. Akihiro is primarily a male Japanese name that means Bright, Autumn, Boy.
Atsuko can mean “kind child”. 敦瑚- Atsuko -. 敦 means “sincere.” 瑚 means “the name of the ritual.
Aoi is a Japanese word for hollyhock flowers or a Greek word for a healthy individual.
Aoi Bungaku Series (青い文学シリーズ, “Blue Literature Series”) is a twelve-episode Japanese anime series featuring adaptations inspired by six short stories from Japanese literature.
Hei means blessing or a square diamond. In Darker than Black, Hei, alias Black Reaper, is the primary character.
Makoto means sincerity ‘誠’ or truth ‘眞’. This unisex Japanese name is most often used by males.
Makoto Niitsu (新津 誠, Niitsu Makoto); born February 9, 1973), known as Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠, Shinkai Makoto), is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, author, and manga artist.
Rin means Serious or dignified. Rin Okumura is the main character in Blue Exorcist. Rin is also an all-female Japanese pop group that mixes traditional Japanese instruments and style with elements of modern pop and rock music.
In conclusion, there are many beautiful and unique baby girl names that can be found in anime. If you are looking for a name that is both uncommon and lovely, consider using an anime name.
We have provided a list of some of our favorite choices to help get you started. What is your favorite anime name for a baby girl?
Let us know in the comments below!
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