What this app is all about

You might learn that your name is written in Katakana because your teacher said foreign words are written in Katakana customarily, like James: ジェームズ

However, foreign names can be written in Kanji if you like! like most of Japanese have their own names in Kanji.
(e.g.Tanaka: 田中、Yamada: 山田、Sato: 佐藤)

For Kanji, there are "on" reading and "kun" reading.
"on" reading resembles the Chinese way of reading. Whereas "kun" reading is the Japanese original way of reading. For example


Means: increase wealth
  • san (on reading) : 富士: fujisan (Mt. Fuji)
  • yama (kun reading) : にのぼる: yama ni noboru (Climb a mountain)

So basically Kanji for foreigner uses phonetic equivalent. Therefore there are several ways to be written in Kanji depending on its name. Since each Kanji has its meaning in it, the impression will be different.

For example, “Thomas” could be written as


富増

Means: increase wealth
  • 富: on-reading: fu, fuu, kun-reading: to, tomi
  • 増: on-reading: zou, kun-reading: fu, ma, mashi, masu

but it could also be written as


戸間酢

Means: door-between/space-vinegar
  • 戸: on-reading: ko, kun-reading: to, e, he
  • 間: on-readin: kan, ken, kun-reading: ai, aida, ma
  • 酢: on-readin: saku, kun-reading: su

I guess no Thomas would want to use the latter right?


So in this App, I'll carefully select cool & positive Kanji for your name! (also showing other reading option for the Kanji.) Please download popular names in Kanji for free!

New Kanji names will be update twice a week, so stay tuned with us after downloading this App even you don’t find yours. Your name might be introduced sooner or later!

BTW What is Kanji?


Many Kanji were originally introduced from China around 300 AC, even before Japanese original letters Hiragana and Katakana were invented.

Kanji is an ideograph meaning that the whole character conveys a meaning rather than just a sound (as in the case of hiragana and katakana letters). Kanji was originally drawn as pictures from nature but it gradually transformed to more generalized representations

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Here are some of the names

  • William/ウィリアム
    羽衣利編

  • Emily/エミリー
    恵美理

  • Ian/イアン
    偉案

New names every week!

New Kanji names will be update twice a week, so stay tuned with us after downloading this App even if you don’t find yours. Your name might be introduced sooner or later!

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