Hibiki is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- hibiki 響 “sound, echo” (also a word in Japanese)
- hibiki 韻 “rhyme; elegance, tone”
- hibiki 響樹 “sound, echo” + “tree, timber”
- hibiki 鼓 “drum”
Hibiki is also a Japanese surname which can be written as 枇々木 or ひびき.
There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s ひびき.
Meaning: various depending on the kanji used
*Japanese names are fascinating to me because a name can have a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. In Japan there are three types of characters used. The first is kanji, which are characters originally adopted from Chinese characters but which have a Japanese pronounciation. A single kanjii character can stand for a whole word or concept and some names can be made up of 1, 2, 3, or 4 kanji characters. Because kanji characters can have several different meanings depending on what character is used, a name can have more then one meaning.
But more than just meaning, kanji names also have different pronunciations, so if you read a name written in kanji on paper, you can’t be sure how it’s pronounced; ditto on hearing it, since it can have several possible kanji characters. That’s where hiragana comes in, since it can be used to write out the syllables. Katakana is used for foreign names or words of foreign origin.