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Let's talk about names in Katakana form

 


Let's talk about names in Katakana form


Today's content is about names in Katakana. I will also list my favorite names both in English and Japanese names. As for my favorite Japanese names, I will only write the names in Katakana.

I will be using the Wikipedia page as a reference for the list of the most popular given names and translate it into its Katakana form.



Let's start with the United States of America.

The most common names according to the 1990 census are:

James    ジェームズ
John       ジョン
Robert    ロバート
Michael   マイケル
William    ウィリアム
David       デビッド
Richard   リチャード
Charles   チャールズ
Joseph    ジョセフ
Thomas   トーマス

Mary         メアリー
Patricia     パトリシア
Linda        リンダ
Barbara     バーバラ
Elizabeth   エリザベス
Jennifer     ジェニファー
Maria         マリア
Susan        スーザン
Margaret    マーガレット
Dorothy     ドロシー



 While the 2020 census, the most popular names are:

 
Liam                リアム
Noah               ノア
Oliver             オリバー
Elijah              エリヤ
William           ウィリアム
James            ジェームズ
Benjamin        ベンジャミン
Lucas             ルーカス
Henry             ヘンリー
Alexander     アレクサンダー

Olivia         オリビア
Emma        エマ
Ava            エイバ or アバ
Chloe         クロエ
Sophia      ソフィア
Amelia      アメリア
Isabella    イザベラ
Mia           ミア
Evelyn      エベリン
Harper      ハーパー



Because I am from the Philippines, let's check the most popular given names according to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for the year 2018.

Nathaniel        ナサニエル
James            ジェームズ
Jacob             ヤコブ
Gabriel            ガブリエル
Joshua            ジョシュア
Angelo            アンジェロ
Nathan            ネイサン
John Mark      ジョン・マーク
Christian        クリスチャン
Daniel             ダニエル

Althea              アルテア
Samantha        サマンサ
Angel                エンジェル
Angela             アンジェラ
Princess          プリンセス
Sophia             ソフィア
Sofia                ソフィア 
Andrea            アンドレア
Nathalie           ナタリー
Alexa                アレクサ



While in Japan, the famous names according to 2021 census are:

Ren ()           レン
Haruto (陽翔)     ハルト
Aoi ( )           アオイ
Itsuki ()          イツキ
Minato ()        ミナト
Asahi (朝陽)    アサヒ        
Ao ()                アオ
Hiroto (大翔)      ヒロト
Ritsu ()         リツ
Dan ()           ダン

Himari (
陽葵)     ヒマリ
Tsumugi ( ツムギ       
Rin ()               リン
Mei (芽依)           メイ
Aoi ()             アオイ
Hina (陽菜)      ヒナ
Mio ()             ミオ
Riko (莉子)        リコ
Yuina (結奈)      ユイナ
An ()               アン



Some of my favorite names that are not in the list above:

Lily              
リリー
Beatrice       ベアトリス
Lulu              ルル
Anne             アン
Grace            グレース
Anastasia     アナスタシア
Louise          ルイーズ
Lucy             ルーシー
Daniela        ダニエラ
Alice            アリス

Ken               ケン
Leon             レオン
Blue              ブルー
Billy              ビリー
Levi               リーバイ
Felix              フェリックス
Adam            アダム
Elias              エリアス
George          ジョージ
Sebastian     セバスチャン


As for Japanese names, these are my favorites:

Hana           
ハナ
Hinata         ヒナタ
Himawari    ヒマワリ
Keiko           ケイコ
Sakura         サクラ
Midori          ミドリ
Yuki             ユキ
Kana            カナ
Reiko           レイコ
Harumi         ハルミ

Hikaru      
ヒカル
Akira          アキラ
Haru           ハル
Aoki           アオキ
Yamato     ヤマト
Momo       モモ
Jin            ジン
Ryo          リョ
Kei           ケイ
Jiro         ジロ


I, for one, is called Ringoリンゴ. Ringo in Japan means Apple (林檎).

 

Names with the same pronunciation but different spelling have the same Katakana form, like the name Sophia and Sofia. The Katakana pronunciation differs once the name is pronounced differently, like Ava. Ava read as EI-VA will be translated as エイバ. Ava read as A-VA will have a Katakana sound as アバ.

In Japanese language, they don’t have the V-sound like in English. The V-sound is written in Katakana using the B-sound. But the council of Japanese Language said in 1991 that the Katakana can be used when people want to use the original sound and spelling like the word Violin. Violin can be written in Katakana as バイオリン or ヴァイオリ.

 

What's your name? Is it in the list above?
Tell me about it and I will write the Katakana form.

 

This is Ringo.

 







See you soon.








If you want to learn my previous post, you can check it through the link below:

>> Let’s talk about the different Animals in Japanese
>> Let's talk about colors in Japanese
>> Reviewing Kanji


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>> The Hiragana Character
>> The Katakana Character


For my Spanish lessons that I am still not fluent and need more effort to study, you can check the link below:

>> 【Spanish Lesson #1】Survival Expressions
>> 【Spanish Lesson #2】More Examples


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