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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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    Rei

    What does this name mean? Rei can mean "beautiful, lovely" "the tinkling of jade" or "bell." Though typically a feminine name in real life, there are actually a lot of male characters named Rei as well, such as Rei Ryuugazaki from Free! and Rei Kiriyama from March Comes In Like A Lion.

    Which characters have it? Rei Todoroki - My Hero Academia, Rei Ayanami - Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rei Hino - Sailor Moon

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    Yuki

    What does this name mean? The most common meanings for the name Yuki are 'snow' and 'happiness.' For this reason, it is often bestowed upon characters with cold personalities, like Yuki Nagato and Yuki Sohma. It can be used for both males and females.  

    Which characters have it? Yuki Takeya - School-Live!, Yuki Nagato - The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki Kaizuka - ALDNOAH.ZERO

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    Sakura

    What does this name mean? In many cases, the name Sakura means "cherry blossom" which explains why some characters with the name like Sakura Haruno have pink hair. "Saku" can also mean "blossom" which "ra" meaning "good" or "respectable."

    Which characters have it? Sakura Haruno - Naruto, Sakura Kinomoto - Card Captor Sakura,  Sakura Matou – Fate/Stay Night

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    Hinata

    What does this name mean? The name Hinata means "sunny place" or "toward the sun." Himawari, which means "sunflower," can also be read as Hinata. This might be why Hinata Hyuuga named her daughter Himawari in Boruto.

    Which characters have it? Hinata Hyuuga - Naruto, Hinata Miyake - A Place Further Than The Universe, Hinata Hino - Future Diary

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