曜as a boy's name

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曜as a boy's name

Post by tōkai devotee » Fri 08.24.2007 5:36 am

I met a boy the other day and his name was Yoh. I said that I hadn't heard that name much and asked him what Kanji he used. He said this one.. 曜 I looked it up in my Kanji dictionary later and found it means day of the week as in 日曜日etc. Does it have this meaning when used as a name? Sounds odd in English to call a kid, "day of the week"! Does it have another meaning? My dictionary doesn't give any other meanings.

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Post by Infidel » Fri 08.24.2007 5:48 am

Considering that I've met guys named Friday and girls named Wednesday, it doesn't seem so strange to me. Although the girls usually go by Winnie.
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Post by Shirasagi » Fri 08.24.2007 6:45 am

Originally it meant "luminary".
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Post by Yudan Taiteki » Fri 08.24.2007 9:08 am

Plus, you can't use 曜 alone to mean "day of the week"; it always has to be combined with something. So that's like saying that "rob" is an odd name because it appears in "robber".
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Post by Mike Cash » Fri 08.24.2007 9:38 am

Infidel wrote:
Considering that I've met guys named Friday
Joe?
and girls named Wednesday
Did they have brothers named Pugsley?
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Post by Infidel » Fri 08.24.2007 4:28 pm

I forgot about those. Yea, I see those names in movies too :P
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RE: 曜as a boy's name

Post by tōkai devotee » Fri 08.24.2007 8:12 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
Plus, you can't use 曜 alone to mean "day of the week".

So, what does it mean when used alone as a name???

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Post by Yudan Taiteki » Fri 08.24.2007 8:46 pm

It doesn't mean anything. It's a name. The kanji was probably chosen because of its association with bright/sunny/luminous (as Josh said).
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Post by hungryhotei » Fri 08.24.2007 8:47 pm

Here is the meaning section of the entry for 曜 from 漢字減. I'm not sure of your Japanese ability but hopefully you should be able to get the gist and so a better understanding of this kanji and why it is used to mean day of the week.
1)かがやく。光が高く目だってかがやく。てかてかと光る。
2)ひかり。目だってかがやく光。
3)日・月と火・水・木・金・土の星を七曜という。かがやく天体のこと。
4)一週間を七曜に当てはめ、日曜・月曜などという。
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RE: 曜as a boy's name

Post by tōkai devotee » Fri 08.24.2007 8:50 pm

どうもありがとう、hungryさん。よく分かりました!

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