Help me name the 赤ちゃん!
January 19, 2009 4:15 PM Subscribe
BabyNameFilter: Help me name my son. Difficulty level: a boy's name that works both in Japanese and English.
posted by zardoz to human relations (42 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So Mrs. zardoz and I will be proud parents at the end of March. We found out recently we're having a boy, and are thinking about names. My wife is Japanese, I'm American, so the baby will have my English family name. The middle name will be my wife's maiden name, so that leaves a first name. Among Japanese girls' names there are a lot of names that work both in Japanese and English: Hana/Hannah; Anna; Risa/Lisa, etc.
For boys, though, the dual name thing isn't so common. There's Ken, but it's too obvious and there will be confusion on the American side with people who assume his name is Kenneth--a name I'm not crazy about in the first place. Dan, Tomu/Tom, are in the same category.
Also, we're not dead set on a Japanese first name, or an English first name, for that matter. Basically anything that sounds good, and if Japanese, one that has a lucky kanji stroke count (that's somewhat silly to me, but the wife doesn't think so). Also the rhythm is important--his middle name will be four syllables, last name two syllables. Last name starts with an "M".