Rukia

Rukia will be familiar for many fans of the Bleach manga as the name of one of its main characters, Rukia Kuchiki. Although it’s written with the katakana ルキア, according to its author Tite Kubo he seems to have based it on Latin Lucia meaning “light” (*interesting fact for those who don’t know but in the Japanese language there isn’t an L sound, often being transliterated as an R sound).

However, Rukia can also be written with various kanji with various meanings such as:

ru

  • “flow, current”
  • “precious stone; gem; lapis lazuli”
  • “detain; fasten, halt”

ki

  • “hollyhock”
  • “rare, unusual”
  • “rare, uncommon; hope; beg, request”

a

  • “Asia; second, ranking next”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s るきあ.

Rukia could also be used as a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name meaning “spell, enchantment, charm” or “rise, ascent”.

Rukia is also the name of a genus of birds in the white-eye family. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the meaning nor origin behind the name.

Origin: Japanese, Arabic

Meaning: a variety of meanings depending in the kanji used; also a variant transcription of Ruqqaya “spell, enchantment, charm” or “rise, ascent”; also the name of a genus of birds

Usage: Japanese, Arabic

Variants:

  • Ruqqaya (Arabic
  • Ruqqayah (Arabic)
  • Ruqaya (Arabic)
  • Ruqaiya (Arabic)
  • Ruqaiyyah (Arabic)
  • Roghayeh (Persian)
  • Rukiye (Turkish)
  • Rukiya (Arabic)- Rukiya is also a Japanese male name

Kazeo

Kazeo is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

kaze

“wind”

o

  • “male”
  • “cord; thong; string”
  • “tail; foot of a mountain”

There are likely other meaning depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s かぜお.

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: various depending on the kanji used

Usage: Japanese

Kanna

Kanna is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

kan

  • “bookmark”
  • “ring, circle, wheel”
  • “tolerant, lenient, generous”
  • “god, deity”
  • “citrus fruit”
  • “joy, delight, pleasure”
  • “daring, brave, bold”

na

  • “greens, vegetables”
  • “what”
  • “Nara; what”
  • “calm, lull” (na(gi)
  • “south”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s かんな while it can also be written in katakana as カンナ.

Kanna (寛和) is also the name of a Japanese era that lasted for two years (985-987). The kanji that make up the name can also be read as Hirokazu meaning “gentleness, harmony”, as well as the name of a type of Japanese plane, a wood-working tool.

Kanna (also spelled channa and canna) is also the name of a succulent plant in South Africa (also known as Sceletium tortuosum) that has been used for centuries as a mood enhancer, able to relieve stress and anxiety as well as induce feelings of euphoria; and can be either smoked, chewed, or brewed as a tea. The kanna plant is also known as Kougoed in Afrikaans meaning “something to chew” or “a thing to chew on”.

Kanna is also another name for Platysace cirrosa (also known as karna), a perennial herb found in Western Australia. Kanna is the Noongar name for the plant, the Noongar being Aboriginal Australians.

Kanna (also known as ganna) is also another name for Caroxylon aphyllum, a species of shrub found in the Karoo region of South Africa.

Kanna is also the name of a town in ancient Lycaonia (what is now modern-day Turkey) as well as the name of a village in southern Poland.

Kanna is also the Haitian Creole word for “duck”.

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used; also the name of a Japanese era and a Japanese plane (wood-working tool); the name of a succulent plant in S. Africa and a shrub, a perennial herb in W. Australia, as well as the name name of a town in Ancient Lycaonia and a village in Poland; also a Haitian Creole word “duck”

Usage: Japanese

Osamu

Osamu is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • “discipline; study; conduct oneself well”
  • “reign; govern, administer”
  • “logic, reason”
  • “income; obtain; reap; pay”
  • “relationship; control; rule”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s おさむ and オサム in katakana.

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used

Usage: Japanese

Ami

Ami could be used as a variant spelling of Amy meaning “beloved” which comes from Latin amātus (loved, beloved) derived from a PIE root word. Ami (pr. a-mee; Forvo) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “beauty, beautiful”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “sea, ocean”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “reality; truth”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “seeing, looking”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s あみ.

Ami is also a Hebrew male name meaning “my people” or “my nation”; it could also be used a nickname for Ammiel meaning “God is my kinsman” or “my kinsman is God”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Japanese; Proto-Semitic, Hebrew

Meaning: “beloved”; as a Japanese female name a variety of meanings; “my people” or “my nation”, or “God is my kinsman”, “my kinsman is God”

Usage: English, Japanese, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Amy (English)
  • Amiko (Japanese)
  • Amika (Japanese)
  • Amie (Japanese, English)

Genta

Genta is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • gen “fist” + ta “fat, plump, thick”
  • gen  “cause, origin; beginning; former time” + ta 太 “fat, plump, thick”
  • gen “stern, strict” + ta “many, much”
  • gen “bowstring” + ta “fat, plump, thick”
  • gen  “source, origin” + ta “fat, plump, thick”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s げんた.

Genta (pr. with a hard g) is also an Albanian female name, the feminine form of Gentian (or a shortened form of Gentiana), derived from the given name Gentius which seems to have gotten its name from an Illyrian king supposedly because he discovered the medicinal properties of the plant. Though the etymology is uncertain, it could be derived from Latin gens meaning “tribe, people, kin, family” from Proto-Indo-European *genh- meaning “to produce, to beget, to give birth”. 

Origin: Japanese; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: as a Japanese name it has a variety of meanings; “tribe, people, kin, family”

Usage: Japanese, Albanian

Female forms:

  • Gentiana (Albanian, English)

Male forms:

  • Genti (Albanian)

Kana

Kana is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • ka “summer”
  • ka “flower”
  • ka “incense; smell; perfume”
  • ka “beautiful, good; excellent”
  • ka “passable, allowed”
  • ka “add, addition, increase”
  • ka “fruit”

na

  • na “greens; vegetables”
  • na “Nara; what”
  • na “what”
  • na “south”

There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s かな.

Kana is also a Finnish word meaning “chicken, hen” although whether it’s used as a given name in the Finnish language, I couldn’t say.

Origin: Japanese; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: as a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used; also a Finnish word “chicken, hen”

Usage: Japanese

Nami

Nami is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • nami “wave”;
  • na “greens; vegetables” + mi “beauty; beautiful” (菜美);
  • na “to become, to turn into” + mi 実 “beauty; beautiful” (成実);
  • na “Nara; what” + mi “beauty; beautiful” (奈美);
  • na 奈 “Nara; what” + mi “self” (奈己)

There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s なみ though it can also be written with the katakana ナミ.

Nami (나미) is also a Korean female name (also spelled Na-mi or Na-Mi). Depending on the hanja used, it can mean “elegant; graceful; delicate” (娜) na + “beauty” 미 ().

Nami (نامی) is also a Persian, Turkish, and Arabic male name meaning “famous, illustrious” as well as a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Japanese; Korean; Persian

Meaning: a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used; a Korean female name meaning “elegant; graceful; delicate + beauty”; also a Persian and Arabic male name “famous, illustrious”

Usage: Japanese; Korean; Persian, Turkish, Arabic

Variants:

  • Na-mi (Korean)
  • Na-Mi (Korean)

Makara

Makara is the name of a mythical sea creature in Hindu mythology, ridden by the god Varuna, as well as also corresponding with the Zodiac sign of Capricorn. The Makara has been depicted in various ways, often as a half-mammal, half fish, a combination of either elephant, stag, deer, or crocodile in the front, and part-fish in the back. The name comes from Sanskrit makara मकर, referring to a type of sea-monster; it also means “Capricorn”, and is the source of the Hindi word magar meaning “crocodile”. I don’t think this name is ever used as a given name in India (in fact I doubt it).

Makara is also a Khmer unisex name meaning “January”, which derives from Sanskrit makara (same as the source above), likely in reference to the zodiac sign Capricorn which in India falls in January.

Makara is also a Slavic surname, a derivative of Makar (Russian) or Makary (Polish) which comes from Latin Macarius via Ancient Greek Makarios meaning “blessed, happy” which may be derived from a Pre-Greek origin; it’s also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 真柄 “truth, reality + design, pattern; handle (of an axe)”.

It’s also possible that Makara may be used as variant of Macaria, the feminine form of Macarius.

Origin: Sanskrit; Japanese; likely Pre-Greek
Meaning: referring to a type of sea-monster in Hindu mythology; also means “Capricorn” in correspondence with the Zodiac sign; also a Khmer unisex name “January”; could also be a variant of Macaria “blessed, happy”
Usage: Khmer, English (very rare)

Ito

Ito (pr. ee-toe) is a Japanese unisex name (though more popular for females than males) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • ito “thread”
  • ito “string, cord”
  • i “love, affection” + to “metropolis, capital”
  • i “rely, depending on” + to “metropolis, capital”
  • I “before; compared to; by means of; than” + to “ascend, climb up”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s いと.

Ito is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 伊藤 (this, that one + wisteria), 伊都 (this, that one +metropolis, capital), 伊東 (this, that one + east), or with the hiragana いとう. It can also be written as Itō or Itou.

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: various depending on the kanji used

Usage: Japanese

Mitsunori

Mitsunori is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

mitsu

  • “light, shine, gleam”
  • “allot, fill”

nori

  • “teaching, doctrine”
  • “rule, law”
  • “narrative; account; chronicle”
  • “example, model, pattern”
  • 伯 “count; earl”
  • “achievement, merit, success”

There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s みつのり.

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: various depending on the kanji used

Usage: Japanese

Shoko

Shoko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • sho “soar, fly”
  • sho “holy, sacred”
  • sho “auspicious, happiness; good omen”
  • sho “solemn; villa”
  • sho “extract, selection, summary, copy”
  • sho “to ford, ferry, port”
  • sho “prosperous, bright, clear”
  • sho “esteem, respect; still, furthermore, yet”
  • sho “artisan, workman, carpenter”

  • ko “child”
  • ko “self

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s しょうこ.

Variants:

  • Shouko
  • Shōko