Write your name in kanji.

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Write your name in kanji.

Post by kentaku_sama » Tue 12.16.2008 2:40 pm

Well there are sites where you can search for your name then It comes out in kanji. I would love to have my name in kanji but these outputs are too long and complicated to write. Is this the official reading of your name in kanji on these sites? or Can you simply make it up by finding kanji that make the reading of your name.

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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by two_heads_talking » Tue 12.16.2008 2:47 pm

kentaku_sama wrote:Well there are sites where you can search for your name then It comes out in kanji. I would love to have my name in kanji but these outputs are too long and complicated to write. Is this the official reading of your name in kanji on these sites? or Can you simply make it up by finding kanji that make the reading of your name.
There is nothing official about writing a foreign name with kanji. You can make it up, but then again, it's just a bunch of kanji thrown together and won't mean much. Sorry, that's pretty much what you are stuck with.

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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Tue 12.16.2008 3:41 pm

Wanting to have a kanji name is a beginner fascination that you will soon grow out of. Foreigner names (at least from countries that don't use Chinese characters) are written in katakana.
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Post by Pork Chop » Tue 12.16.2008 4:18 pm

15 years later and I still want a kanji name.
Good thing I got married, now I can steal my wife's. :lol:
just call me: 米盛豚肉.... :P

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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by two_heads_talking » Tue 12.16.2008 4:47 pm

Pork Chop wrote:15 years later and I still want a kanji name.
Good thing I got married, now I can steal my wife's. :lol:
just call me: 米盛豚肉.... :P
or we can call you POSER!!

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Post by furrykef » Tue 12.16.2008 5:10 pm

I think if you want a kanji name then you should take a real Japanese name rather than trying to fit a foreign name into a kanji framework. But note that even Japanese names are generally written in katakana if they belong to someone foreign to Japan. (For instance, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi's name is クリスティ・ヤマグチ, not 山口クリスティ.)

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Post by Pork Chop » Tue 12.16.2008 6:25 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
or we can call you POSER!!
Ouch :D
My buddy keiji took his wife's name, so at least I'm following a precedent.
Or is it the 豚肉 that you hate?
Well, then I know it's just jealousy... ain't nothin better than pork chops & applesauce.
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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by kentaku_sama » Tue 12.16.2008 6:43 pm

I would like to write my name like : 初理阿武・燐地 :D   燐地  Is the japanese name of my family.
Lynch= rinchi

And why grow out of it, what's wrong with a kanji name? Katakana is kind of boring as a foreign name. Besides if I decide not to have a kanji first name, my last name will still be 燐地.

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Post by richvh » Tue 12.16.2008 7:25 pm

Pork Chop wrote:
two_heads_talking wrote:
or we can call you POSER!!
Ouch :D
My buddy keiji took his wife's name, so at least I'm following a precedent.
Or is it the 豚肉 that you hate?
Well, then I know it's just jealousy... ain't nothin better than pork chops & applesauce.
:mrgreen:
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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by nukemarine » Tue 12.16.2008 7:51 pm

Well, I guess if you get your name made into a stamp and have it registered at city hall, it can be official. I never bothered due to my legal status in Japan being different (SOFA).

Granted, I hear you tick off some of the conservative right wingnuts when you use a kanji name.

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Post by chikara » Tue 12.16.2008 9:04 pm

kentaku_sama wrote:.... Can you simply make it up by finding kanji that make the reading of your name.
Yes, and then you should get it tattooed somewhere quite prominent.

Oh, and don't forget to include 様 on the end.
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Post by becki_kanou » Tue 12.16.2008 10:59 pm

kentaku_sama wrote:I would like to write my name like : 初理阿武・燐地 :D   燐地  Is the japanese name of my family.
Lynch= rinchi

And why grow out of it, what's wrong with a kanji name? Katakana is kind of boring as a foreign name. Besides if I decide not to have a kanji first name, my last name will still be 燐地.
The standard way to write your name in Japanese is リンチ not 燐地. That will only cause confusion. I'm not sure what your first name is supposed to be, but I think most people would read it as Shoriabu, which doesn't sound like any name I've ever heard and will (again) likely cause confusion.

I know when you first begin studying there is this attraction to kanji and a desire for your own kanji name; it's a phase I think most of us go through, but it's pretty silly. You can write your name any way you like, but the reactions will likely be:
From Japanese people: "How cute!"
From other newbies: "You have a kanji name? Wow cool can you make one for me?"
From more experienced student: Well you've seen the reactions here....

When I was a newbie I thought it would be *so cool* to have my own kanji name and I called myself 米喜, but now I just stick with 加納ベッキー.
furrykef wrote:...note that even Japanese names are generally written in katakana if they belong to someone foreign to Japan. (For instance, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi's name is クリスティ・ヤマグチ, not 山口クリスティ.)
This is true, but for foreign wives of Japanese men living in Japan the family name is usually written in kanji while the given name is in katakana, as my name above.
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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Tue 12.16.2008 11:08 pm

nukemarine wrote:Well, I guess if you get your name made into a stamp and have it registered at city hall, it can be official. I never bothered due to my legal status in Japan being different (SOFA).
AFAIK you are required to have a katakana spelling of the name on official stuff.
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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by becki_kanou » Tue 12.16.2008 11:10 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
nukemarine wrote:Well, I guess if you get your name made into a stamp and have it registered at city hall, it can be official. I never bothered due to my legal status in Japan being different (SOFA).
AFAIK you are required to have a katakana spelling of the name on official stuff.
Actually you can register your 実印 with any Japanese characters that you like, as I found out when I had to make one for my business.
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Re: Write your name in kanji.

Post by two_heads_talking » Wed 12.17.2008 10:12 am

richvh wrote:
Pork Chop wrote:
two_heads_talking wrote:
or we can call you POSER!!
Ouch :D
My buddy keiji took his wife's name, so at least I'm following a precedent.
Or is it the 豚肉 that you hate?
Well, then I know it's just jealousy... ain't nothin better than pork chops & applesauce.
:mrgreen:
We all know you're just a big ham.
dangit, Rich beat me to the punch line.

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