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Postby Hatori » Sun 02.17.2008 2:47 pm

Hello! I was reading one of my mangas and one character is making fun of a character and mentioning how masculine his name is.
I was wondering, if you know any names that are considered very masculine or feminine or neutral in Japanese or what kana can be added to make the name sound more girly or boyish.

The guy in my manga mentioned a girly names are Kaoru, Haruka, and Miyabi. They just sound girly, but then there's the name, Yuujirou, that sounds more manly.

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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby sei » Sun 02.17.2008 3:06 pm

What I've heard is that names that end in 子are usually female. And in a drama I saw recently, "Yuu" was said to be neutral name.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 02.17.2008 3:14 pm

Anything ending in 朗(ろう), like "jirou", "shirou", or "tarou", is a man's name because those used to be terms for sons. If it ends in -o (i.e. haruo, tetsuo) it's usually male because the o comes from 男.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Oracle » Sun 02.17.2008 6:13 pm

代 (よ) was another common traditional ending for female names, but you don't hear much of it any more. Anyone who has it these days is probably 60+
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 02.17.2008 6:40 pm

I knew someone in Tochigi whose name was Michiyo and she was my age (late 20's).
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby doinkies » Sun 02.17.2008 6:42 pm

Some popular suffixes for female names nowadays are 奈/菜(な)and 美(み).

恵(え) is another female name suffix.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Oracle » Sun 02.17.2008 7:18 pm

Yeah, I take that back about 代 - but it is certainly less common than a generation or so back.

When I worked at an old people's hospital in Japan a lot of the elderly women (in their 80s, 90s and a couple 100+) often seemed to have much shorter names and frequently didn't have (or just didn't use) kanji for them. Some of the ones I remember were ones like カメ and トメ. There were quite a few 〜代 but not that many 〜子 among them

btw Here are some of the crazy names Japanese kids are getting today!
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Noob » Sun 02.17.2008 7:36 pm

I read somewhere, that the current emperor has a lot of influence on japanese names.
Male or female.

To be honest, your dilemma isn't all that warranted. Would you name your son Jennifer? Michelle?

Every culture has masculine and feminine names. If you listen carefully, you can tell the difference.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Kisshu » Sun 02.17.2008 7:46 pm

Well...

There was always that "boy named Sue."
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Noob » Sun 02.17.2008 8:03 pm

Kisshu wrote:
Well...

There was always that "boy named Sue."


I had a friend named "Kerry", but he was a bad azz. I wonder why.

I knew a girl named Toni once also, but these aren't really normal. Plus, they have nothing to do with japanese names.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 02.17.2008 8:25 pm

Noob wrote:
I read somewhere, that the current emperor has a lot of influence on japanese names.
Male or female.


Sounds like a myth to me.

To be honest, your dilemma isn't all that warranted. Would you name your son Jennifer? Michelle?

Every culture has masculine and feminine names. If you listen carefully, you can tell the difference.


Actually telling the difference between masculine and feminine names in another culture is quite hard. There's almost no way to do it other than just memorizing which names are which.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Noob » Sun 02.17.2008 9:28 pm

Well, Yudanさn, you will know more than i would.
To me, some names just sound feminine. some just sound masculine.

However, i know that can easily be mistaken. There is a hockey player named "Michel" which is pronounced "Michelle".

But, the name "Yuki" and the name "Souske" are pretty easy to figure out. Ne?

I think most names are easy to figure out if you pay attention. But, i realize i have a lot to learn.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 02.17.2008 9:41 pm

Yuki or Yuuki? One is masculine and one feminine. :)

One of my classmates is doing an experiment along these lines; I should ask her about it.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Noob » Sun 02.17.2008 9:49 pm

Please do. I think we all would like to see the results.
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RE: Masculine/Feminine Names

Postby Noob » Sun 02.17.2008 9:51 pm

Oh, and btw ,,, 湯田さん ありがとうごさいます!
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