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The 15 Most Common Female Anime Names (And What They Mean)

Updated December 17, 2019 4.3k votes 595 voters 23.6k views15 items

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If you've been watching anime for a while, you've probably noticed that certain names crop up a lot. This list will zero in on popular female anime names that show up in almost every series.

One thing to keep in mind is that Japanese names are not like names written using the Roman alphabet. Western names tend to have a single meaning, but every Japanese name can have multiple meanings depending on how it's written. Most people have names written with Kanji, a writing system that was imported from China and adapted to the Japanese language wherein each character has a specific meaning. Some people have names that use hiragana or katakana, two systems of syllables. This means that each name can have a wide variety of meanings. This list will focus on the most common meanings for the names discussed. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that common female anime names aren't necessarily popular or even typically used in Japan. Yuki is common to both anime and to actual Japanese people, but Kagura rarely appears outside of anime or Buddhist rituals. 

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    Rin

    What does this name mean? One frequently cited meaning for Rin is "dignified, severe, and cold."

    Which characters have it? Rin Hoshizora - Love Live!, Rin Kaga- Bunny Drop, Rin - Inuyasha

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    Akane

    What does this name mean? Akane can be written using a wide variety of kanji, hiragana, and katakana, but it's most common meaning using kanji is "deep red, dye from the rubia plant." 

    Which characters have it? Akane Tsunemori - Psycho-Pass, Akane Tendo - Ranma 1/2, Akane Shinjō - SSSS.Gridman

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    Hikari

    What does this name mean? The most common meaning for the name Hikari is "light" - making it the perfect name for Hikari Yagami from Digimon, who bears the Crest of Light.

    Which characters have it? Hikari Yagami - Digimon, Hikari - Haibane Renmei, Hikari Sakishima - A Lull In The Sea

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    Kagura

    What does this name mean? Kagura is a name that shows up frequently in anime, but which isn't typically used in real life. That's because it's actually a traditional Shinto dance which can be traced back over 1000 years.

    Which characters have it? Kagura - Inuyasha, Kagura - Gintama, Kagura - Azumanga Daioh

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