Japanese Dog Names and Meanings

Many people want to name their dog an ethnic name, according to where their dog’s breed is originally from. On this page you’ll find a list of popular male and female Japanese dog names, along with their meanings, to help you decide on the perfect name for your new pup!

Female Japanese Dog Names

Here’s a list of some popular female Japanese dog names, along with their meaning and kanji.

Ai – “love” (愛藍)
Aika – “love song” (愛佳)
Aiko – “child of love” (愛子)
Aimi – “love beautiful” (愛美)
Aina – “love vegetables” (愛菜)
Airi – “love jasmine” (愛莉)
Akane – “brilliant red” (茜)
Akemi – “bright beautiful” (明美)
Aki – “bright / autumn” (明 / 秋)
Akiko – “bright child” (明子)
Akira – “bright / clear” (明 / 亮)
Amaterasu – “shining heaven” (天照)
Ami – “asia beautiful” (亜美)
Aoi – “blue” (碧)
Asami – “morning beauty” (麻美)
Asuka – “tomorrow perfume, fragrance” (明日香)
Atsuko – “kind child” (篤子)
Aya – “color” (彩)
Ayaka – “colorful flower” (彩花)
Ayako – “colorful child” (彩子)
Ayame – “iris” (菖蒲)
Ayane – “colorful sound” (彩音)
Ayano – “my color” (彩乃)
Chie – “wisdom, intellect” (恵)
Chieko – “child of intelligence, wisdom” (恵子)
Chiharu – “one thousand springs (as in season)” (千春)
Chika – “scatter flowers” (散花)
Chikako – “child of a thousand perfumes” (千香子)
Chinatsu – “one thousand summers” (千夏)
Chiyo – “one thousand generations” (千代)
Chiyoko – “child of a thousand generations” (千代子)
Cho – “butterfly” (蝶)
Chouko – “butterfly child” (蝶子)
Eiko – “child of splendor” (栄子)
Emi – “beautiful blessing” (恵美)
Emiko – “beautiful blessing child” (恵美子)
Eri – “blessed prize” (絵理)
Etsuko – “child of joy” (悦子)
Fumiko – “child of abundant beauty” (富美子)
Hana – “flower” (花)
Hanako – “flower child” (花子)
Haru – “spring (as in season)” (春)
Haruka – “spring flower” (春花)
Haruko – “spring child” (春子)
Harumi – “beautiful spring” (春美)
Haruna – “spring vegetables” (春菜)
Hideko – “child of excellence” (秀子)
Hikari – “light, radiance” (光)
Hikaru – “light, radiance” (光)
Hina – “sun vegetables” (陽菜)
Hinata – “sunflower / facing towards the sun” (向日葵 / 陽向)
Hiro – “generous” (寛)
Hiroko – “generous child” (寛子)
Hiromi – “generous beauty” (寛美)
Hisako – “child of long life” (久子)
Hisoka – “cautious, reserved” (密)
Hitomi – “pupil of the eye” (瞳)
Honoka – “harmony flower” (和花)
Hoshi – “star” (星)
Hoshiko – “star child” (星子)
Hotaru – “firefly” (蛍)
Izumi – “spring, fountain” (泉)
Jun – “obedient” (順)
Junko – “pure, genuine child” (純子)
Kaede – “maple” (楓)
Kamiko – “superior child” (上子)
Kanako – “fragrant Nara(city in japan) child” (香奈子)
Kanon – “flower sound” (花音)
Kaori – “perfume, fragrance” (香)
Kaoru – “fragrance” (薫)
Kasumi – “mist” (霞)
Katsumi – “victorious beauty” (勝美)
Kazue – “first blessing” (一恵)
Kazuko – “child of harmony” (和子)
Kazumi – “harmonious beauty” (和美)
Kei – “respectful” (敬)
Keiko – “blessed child / respectful child” (恵子 / 敬子)
Kiko – “chronical child” (紀子)
Kiku – “chrysanthemum” (菊)
Kimi – “noble” (君)
Kimiko – “empress child” (后子)
Kin – “gold” (金)
Kiyoko – “pure child” (清子)
Kiyomi – “pure beauty” (清美)
Kohaku – “amber” (琥珀)
Kokoro – “soul, heart” (心)
Kotone – “sound of the koto (Japanese harp)” (琴音)
Kumiko – “long-time beautiful child” (久美子)
Kyo – “cooperation” (協)
Kyoko – “respectful child” (恭子)
Madoka – “circle, round” (円)
Mai – “dance” (舞)
Maiko – “child of dance” (舞子)
Maki – “true hope” (真希)
Makoto – “sincere” (誠)
Mami – “true beauty” (真美)
Mana – “love” (愛)
Manami – “loving beautiful” (愛美)
Mao – “dance cherry blossom” (舞桜)
Mariko – “true village child” (真里子)
Masa – “just / true” (正 / 真)
Masami – “become beautiful” (成美)
Masumi – “true clarity” (真澄)
Masuyo – “benefits the world” (益世)
Mayu – “true gentle” (真優)
Mayumi – “true gentle beauty” (真優美)
Megumi – “blessing” (恵)
Mei – “sprouting life” (芽生)
Mi – “beautiful” (美)
Michi – “pathway” (道)
Michiko – “beautiful wise child” (美智子)
Midori – “green” (緑)
Mieko – “beautiful blessing child” (美枝子)
Miho – “protected, guaranteed beauty” (美保)
Mika – “beautiful fragrance” (美香)
Miki – “beautiful princess” (美姫)
Miku – “beautiful sky” (美空)
Minako – “beautiful child” (美奈子)
Minori – “truth” (実)
Mio – “beautiful cherry blossom” (美桜)
Misaki – “beautiful blossom” (美咲)
Mitsuko – “child of light” (光子)
Mitsuru – “satisfy, full” (満)
Miu – “beautiful feather” (美羽)
Miwa – “beautiful hamony, peace” (美和)
Miyako – “beautiful night child” (美夜子)
Miyoko – “beautiful child of the generations” (美代子)
Miyu – “beautiful gentle” (美優)
Miyuki – “beautiful blessing” (美幸)
Mizuki – “beautiful moon” (美月)
Moe – “sprouting” (萌)
Momoe – “one hundred blessings” (百恵)
Momoka – “peach tree flower” (桃花)
Momoko – “peach tree child” (桃子)
Moriko – “child of the forest” (森子)
Nana – “seven” (七)
Nanami – “seven seas” (七海)
Nao – “honest” (直)
Naoko – “honest child” (直子)
Naomi – “honest beautiful” (直美)
Natsuki – “summer hope” (夏希)
Natsuko – “summer child” (夏子)
Natsumi – “beautiful summer” (夏美)
Noa – “my love” (乃愛)
Nobuko – “faithful, trustworthy child” (信子)
Noriko – “lawful child” (典子)
Ran – “orchid” (蘭)
Rei – “lovely” (麗)
Reiko – “lovely child” (麗子)
Ren – “lotus / love” (蓮 / 恋)
Re – “true blessing” (理恵)
Rika – “true fragrance” (理香)
Riko – “child of truth” (理子)
Rin – “dignified” (凛)
Rina – “jasmine” (莉奈)
Rio – “village cherry blossom” (里桜)
Ryoko – “refreshing child” (涼子)
Sachiko – “joyful, happy child” (幸子)
Saki – “blossom of hope” (咲希)
Sakura – “cherry blossom” (桜 / さくら)
Sakurako – “cherry blossom child” (桜子)
Satoko – “wise child” (聡子)
Satomi – “beautiful and wise” (聡美)
Sayuri – “small lily” (小百合)
Setsuko – “melody child” (節子)
Shigeko – “growing child” (成子)
Shika – “deer” (鹿)
Shinju – “pearl” (真珠)
Shinobu – “endurance” (忍)
Shiori – “poem” (詩織)
Shizuka – “quiet summer” (静夏)
Shizuko – “quiet child” (静子)
Shun – “speed, quick” (駿)
Sora – “sky” (昊 / 空)
Sumiko – “child of clarity” (澄子)
Suzu – “bell” (鈴)
Suzume – “sparrow” (雀)
Takako – “noble child” (貴子)
Takara – “treasure” (宝)
Tamiko – “child of many beauties” (多美子)
Teruko – “shining child” (照子)
Tomiko – “child of wealth, fortune” (富子)
Tomoko – “child of wisdom, intellect” (智子)
Tomomi – “beautiful friend” (朋美)
Toshiko – “clever child” (敏子)
Tsubaki – “camellia flower” (椿)
TSUBAME – “swallow (bird)” (燕)
TSUKIKO – “moon child” (月子)
Ume – “plum” (梅)
Umeko – “plum child” (梅子)
Usagi – “rabbit” (兎)
Wakana – “harmonious music” (和奏)
Yasu – “peace” (康)
Yasuko – “child of peace” (康子)
Yoko – “child of sunlight” (陽子)
Yoshi – “lucky / righteous” (吉 / 義)
Yoshie – “beautiful stream” (佳江)
Yoshiko – “child of goodness” (良子)
Yua – “binding love” (結愛)
Yui – “bind clothing ” (結衣)
Yuina – “bind together” (結奈)
Yuka – “gentle flower” (優花)
Yukari – “beautiful pear tree” (佳梨)
Yuki – “happiness / snow” (幸 / 雪)
Yukiko – “child of snow / child of happiness” (幸子 / 雪子)
Yuko – “gentle child” (優子)
Yumi – “reason beautiful” (由美)
Yumiko – “reason beautiful child” (由美子)
Yuri – “lily” (百合)
Yuriko – “lily child” (百合子)
Yuu – “gentle” (優)
Yuuki – “gentle, superior hope” (優希)
Yuuna – “gentle” (優奈)
Yuzuki – “gentle moon” (優月)

Popular Female Japanese Dog Names:

  • Amaterasu – “shining heaven” 天照
  • Chouko – “butterfly child” 蝶子
  • Haruka – “spring flower” 春花
  • Kimi – “noble” 君
  • Megumi – “blessing” 恵
  • Misaki – “beautiful blossom” 美咲
  • Natsumi – “beautiful summer” 夏美
  • Rina – “jasmine” 莉奈
  • Shinju – “pearl” 真珠
  • Yuzuki – “gentle moon” 優月

Male Japanese Dog Names

Here is a list of some popular male Japanese dog names, along with their meaning and kanji.

Aki – “bright / autumn” (明 / 秋)
Akihiro – “great brightness” (明宏)
Akio – “bright man” (昭夫)
Akira – “bright / clear” (明 / 亮)
Aoi – “blue” (碧)
Arata – “new, fresh” (新)
Atsushi – “industrious director” (敦司)
Ayumu – “walk dream, vision” (歩夢)
Dai – “great, large” (大)
Daichi – “great land” (大地)
Daiki – “great glory / great nobility” (大輝 / 大貴)
Daisuke – “great help” (大輔)
Eiji – “eternity order” (永次)
Fumio – “literature, scholarly hero” (文雄)
Goro – “fifth son” (五郎)
Hachiro – “eighth son” (八郎)
Hajime – “beginning” (肇)
Haru – “spring (as in season)” (春)
Haruki – “shining sun” (陽輝)
Haruo – “man of spring” (春男)
Haruto – “sun flying” (陽斗)
Hayate – “smooth” (颯)
Hayato – “falcon person” (隼人)
Hibiki – “sound, echo” (響)
Hideaki – “excellent bright, shining” (英明)
Hideki – “excellent timber trees” (英樹)
Hideo – “excellent husband, man” (英夫)
Hideyoshi – “excellence good” (秀良)
Hikaru – “light, radiance” (光)
Hinata – “sunflower / facing towards the sun” (向日葵 / 陽向)
Hiraku – “open, expand” (拓)
Hiro – “generous” (寛)
Hiroaki – “wide, spacious light” (広明)
Hiroki – “vast timber trees” (弘樹)
Hironori – “chronical of command, esteem” (博紀)
Hiroshi – “generous” (寛)
Hiroto – “great,large flying” (大斗)
Hiroyuki – “great journey” (宏行)
Hisao – “long living man, husband” (寿夫)
Hisashi – “long time director, ruler” (久司)
Hiskoa – “cautious, reserved” (密)
Hitoshi – “motivated person” (人志)
Hotaka – “tall grain” (穂高)
Ichiro – “first son” (一郎)
Isamu – “brave, courageous” (勇)
Isao – “merit” (勲)
Itsuki – “timber trees” (樹)
Jiro – “second son” (二郎)
Jun – “obedient” (順)
Junichi – “obedient first (son)” (順一)
Juro – “tenth son” (十郎)
Kaede – “maple” (楓)
Kaito – “ocean flying” (海斗)
Kaoru – “fragrance” (薫)
Katashi – “firm” (堅)
Katsu – “victory” (勝)
Katsuo – “victorious, heroic man” (勝雄)
Katsuro – “victorious son” (勝郎)
Kazuhiko – “harmonious boy” (和彦)
Kazuhiro – “great harmony” (和宏)
Kazuki – “harmony hope” (和希)
Kazuo – “man of harmony” (和夫)
Ken – “strong, healthy” (健)
Kenichi – “strong, healthy first (son)” (健一)
Kenji – “strong, healthy second (son)” (健二)
Kenshin – “modest truthful” (謙信)
Kenta – “large strong, healthy” (健太)
Kichiro – “lucky son” (吉郎)
Kin – “gold” (金)
Kiyoshi – “purity” (淳)
Kohaku – “amber” (琥珀)
Kouki – “light hope” (光希)
Kouta – “great peace” (康太)
Kunio – “country man” (國男)
Kuro – “ninth son” (九郎)
Kyo – “cooperation” (協)
Madoka – “circle, round” (円)
Makoto – “sincere” (誠)
Mamoru – “protector, guard” (守)
Manabu – “study, learn” (学)
Masa – “just / true” (正 / 真)
Masaaki – “pleasing brightness” (良昭)
Masahiko – “righteous boy” (正彦)
Masahiro – “great prosperity” (昌宏)
Masaki – “great timber tree” (昌樹)
Masanori – “model of righteousness, justice” (正則)
Masao – “righteous man” (正男)
Masaru – “victory” (勝)
Masashi – “righteous aspiration” (正志)
Masato – “righteous person” (正人)
Masayoshi – “righteous, honorable” (正義)
Masayuki – “righteous blessing” (正幸)
Masumi – “true clarity” (真澄)
Michi – “pathway” (道)
Michio – “man on a journey” (道夫)
Mikio – “tree trunk man” (幹夫)
Minori – “truth” (実)
Minoru – “truth” (実)
Mitsuo – “shining hero” (光雄)
Mitsuru – “satisfy, full” (満)
Nao – “honest” (直)
Naoki – “honest timber tree” (直樹)
Noboru – “ascend, rise” (翔)
Nobu – “prolong” (延)
Nobuo – “faithful, trustworthy man” (信夫)
Noburu – “expand” (伸)
Nobuyuki – “truth joy” (信幸)
Nori – “to rule” (儀)
Norio – “lawful man” (法男)
Osamu – “disciplined, studious” (修)
Ren – “lotus / love” (蓮 / 恋)
Riku – “land” (陸)
Rikuto – “person of land” (陸人)
Rokuro – “sixth son” (六郎)
Ryo – “refreshing, cool” (涼)
Ryoichi – “good first (son)” (良一)
Ryota – “great refreshment” (涼太)
Ryuu- “dragon, imperial” (龍)
Ryuunosuke – “nobleman’s predecessor” (隆之介)
Saburo – “third son” (三郎)
Sadao – “righteous hero” (貞雄)
Satoru – “wise, fast learner” (聡)
Satoshi – “wise, fast learner” (聡)
Seiichi – “refined, pure first (son)” (精一)
Seiji – “refined, pure second (son)” (精二)
Shichiro – “seventh son” (七郎)
Shigero – “heavy man” (重夫)
Shigeru – “luxuriant, well grown” (茂)
Shin – “truth” (真)
Shinichi – “true first (son)” (真一)
Shinji – “true second (son)” (真二)
Shinobu – “endurance” (忍)
Shiro – “fourth son” (四郎)
Sho – “to fly” (翔)
Shoichi – “flying son (first)” (翔一)
Shoji – “flying son (second)” (翔二)
Shouta – “big flying” (翔太)
Shuichi – “disciplined, studious first (son)” (修一)
Shuji – “disciplined, studious second (son)” (修二)
Sora – “sky” (昊 / 空)
Souta – “large sudden” (颯太)
Susumo – “to advance, proceed” (進)
Tadao – “loyal, faithful man” (忠夫)
Tadashi – “loyal, faithful” (忠)
Taichi – “large first (son)” (太一)
Taiki – “great radiance, shine” (大輝)
Takahiro – “of great value, nobility” (貴大)
Takao – “nobleman” (貴夫)
Takashi – “prosperous, noble” (隆)
Takayuki – “noble journey” (隆行)
Takehiko – “bamboo prince” (竹彦)
Takeo – “warrior hero” (武雄)
Takeshi – “fierce warrior” (武)
Takuma – “opening truth” (拓真)
Takumi – “artisan” (匠)
Tamotsu – “protector, keeper” (保)
Taro – “large son” (太郎)
Tatsuo – “dragon, imperial hero” (竜雄)
Tatsuya – “to be imperial, dragon” (竜也)
Tetsuya – “philosophy, clear” (哲也)
Tomio – “wealth, fortune” (富)
Tomohiro – “west village” (西村)
Toru – “penetrate, make clear” (徹)
Toshi – “wise” (慧)
Toshiaki – “advantageous light” (利明)
Toshio – “genious leader, hero” (俊雄)
Toshiyuki – “of wisdom” (智之)
Tsuneo – “consistant hero” (恒雄)
Tsutomu – “diligence” (勤)
Tsuyoshi – “strong” (剛)
Yamato – “great harmony” (大和)
Yasu – “peace” (康)
Yasuo – “man of peace” (康夫)
Yasushi – “peaceful” (靖)
Yoichi – “sunshine, positive first (son)” (陽一)
Yori – “trust” (頼)
Yoshi – “lucky / righteous” (吉 / 義)
Yoshiaki – “righteousness shining” (義昭)
Yoshikazu – “good peace, Japan” (良和)
Yoshinori – “excellent model” (佳範)
Yoshio – “joyful life” (吉生)
Yoshiro – “righteous son” (義郎)
Yoshito – “ceremonial, correct person” (儀人)
Yoshiyuki – “righteous journey” (義行)
Youta – “great sunlight” (陽太)
Yuichi – “heroic first (son)” (雄一)
Yuji – “heroic second (son)” (雄二)
Yuki – “happiness / snow” (幸 / 雪)
Yukio – “blessed hero” (幸雄)
Yutaka – “bountiful, rich” (豊)
Yuu – “gentle” (優)
Yuudai – “great hero” (雄大)
Yuuki – “gentle, superior hope” (優希)
Yuuma – “gentle, superior truth” (優真)
Yuuta – “great bravery” (勇太)
Yuuto – “gentle person” (悠人)

Popular Male Japanese Dog Names:

  • Daiki – “great glory” 大輝 or “great nobility” 大貴
  • Jun – “obedient” 順
  • Kaito – “ocean flying” 海斗
  • Kazuki – “harmony hope” 和希
  • Masayoshi – “righteous/honorable” 正義
  • Ryuu – “dragon, imperial” 龍
  • Shinobu – “endurance” 忍
  • Takao – “nobleman” 貴夫
  • Tatsuya – “to be imperial, dragon” 竜也
  • Yuudai – “great hero” 雄大