53 Incredible Japanese Dog Names and Their Meanings

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Written by Taiwo Victor

Published: June 9, 2022

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More than 130 million people speak Japanese worldwide. The Japanese language is unique, different, and fascinating ‚Äď it is, in fact, the only recognized official language in Japan. Similarly, there are only six indigenous Japanese inu (meaning ‚Äėdog‚Äô in Japanese) specified as national monuments in Japan. They include; Shiba Inu, Akita, Kai Ken, Kishu Ken, Shikoku Ken, and Hokkaido breeds. Nonetheless, whether you own one of these legendary dog breeds or other Japanese breeds (such as the Japanese Terrier), it can’t be easy to find the perfect Japanese name for your beautiful dog (because there’s an absolutely wide range of options to choose from!). 

It’s also not uncommon to see other dog owners who desire a Japanese dog name for their non-Japanese dogs. Not for any other reason than it allows them to choose a unique, authentic name that’ll make their dog stand out in the park. Or, perhaps they find interest in Japanese culture and heritage. Want to know the best part? You don‚Äôt even need to master the Japanese language to choose one ‚ÄĒbecause most of these dog names are very easy to pronounce. However, if you or any member of your household has any difficulty pronouncing any of these names, you should seek the help of a language app such as Duolingo. 

We’ve compiled a list of the most incredible Japanese dog names and their meanings, to help in your enthusiastic search for the perfect name for your new bundle of joy. This list consists of names inspired by your dog’s personality/appearance to names inspired by Japanese food, pop culture, or the natural world. So we’ve made it easier to choose one that’ll suit you and everyone in your family.¬†

Male Japanese Dog Names and Their Meanings 

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Here’s our carefully selected list of the most popular Japanese dog names for your male dog, and their meanings.

1. Aiko – meaning child of love.

2. Aki Рmeaning bright, autumn. 

3. Arata Рmeaning fresh, new. 

4. Oshi Рmeaning  beautiful stream, good luck, good, righteous. 

5. Shinju Рmeaning  pearl.

6. Umi Рmeaning  ocean.

7. Daitan – meaning daring, bold.

8. Daiki Рmeaning  big, great glory / great nobility. 

9. Haruto – meaning sun flying.

10. Katashi Рmeaning  firm. 

11. Akio Рmeaning  bright man, hero.  

12. Hiro Рmeaning  generous. 

13. Isamu Рmeaning  brave, courageous. 

14. Kaito Рmeaning  ocean flying. 

15. Jiro – meaning the second son.

16. Taiki Рmeaning great radiance, shine. 

17. Yoshi Рmeaning  lucky/righteous. 

18. Tadao Рmeaning  loyal, faithful man.

19. Maron – meaning chestnut.

20. Hideo Рmeaning excellent man. 

21. Taki-  meaning waterfall. 

22. Kumo- meaning cloud. 

23. Kento Рmeaning happiness. 

24. Yuzu – meaning a type of citrus fruit.

25. Kenta Рmeaning large, strong, healthy. 

26. Katsu Рmeaning victory. 

27. Ren – meaning lotus/love.

Female Japanese Dog Names and their Meanings

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Amai is a Japanese dog name that means “sweet.”

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Here’s our carefully selected list of the most popular Japanese dog names for your female dog, and their meanings.

1. Eri –meaning blessed prize

2. Akira Рmeaning intelligent, bright, clear 

3. Amaya – meaning night rain

4. Emi – meaning beautiful blessing

5. Hana – meaning flower

6. Haru – meaning sunlight, spring

7. Rina – meaning jasmine

8. Sachiko Рmeaning joyful, happy child  

9. Eiji Рmeaning prosperity, peace, great 

10. Hime- meaning princess

11. Tsuki Рmeaning moon 

12. Yuki Рmeaning snow, happiness 

13. Amai – meaning sweet

14. Yumi Рmeaning beautiful 

15. Chieko- meaning child of intelligence, wisdom

16. Ryoko Рmeaning refreshing child 

17. Maiko Рmeaning child of dance 

18. Kimi Рmeaning noble 

19. Chika Рmeaning scatter flowers 

20. Miyako Рmeaning beautiful night child 

21. Miwa Рmeaning beautiful harmony, peace 

22. Yua- meaning  binding love 

23. Sora Рmeaning sky 

24. Yasu – meaning peace

25. Ki –meaning brightness, radiance¬†

26. Mori –meaning forest

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