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25 Beautiful Japanese Names That Mean Flowers for Girls

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Hi, it’s Junko from Japan. Are you looking for beautiful Japanese names that mean flowers? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Flower names are very common and popular for Japanese girl names. In this post, I’ll introduce meaningful names of Japanese flowers here. I only selected the names that have beautiful meanings and sound as natural as Japanese words. Here are the list of Japanese flower names. There are 25 names in total, and I’m sure you can meet unique Japanese names. Hope it helps to find the best first name for your little girl.

Spring Flowers

picture: cherry blossoms

KASUMI: Baby’s Breath

spring. The word KASUMI means “haze” or “mist” in the Japanese language. Teeny white flowers seem like fog, and that’s why it’s named KASUMISO.

Baby’s breath can get along well with any type of flower. Also, it never loses its white color and symbolizes a pure heart.

SAKURA: Cherry Blossoms

SAKURA is one of the most popular Japanese names for girls that has been ranked in the Japanese baby names ranking. It stands for cherry blossoms which is the flower Japanese people have loved the most. In Japanese weather forecasts during springtime, they even release maps of the cherry blossom front that show the places where cherry blossom flowers bloom. It’s also designated as the national flower of Japan. For Japanese people, cherry blossoms are exceptional!

As for the first name SAKURA, it gives lovely and feminine impressions. Japanese parents give this name to a little girl with the hope that she’ll be loved by everyone as the cherry blossoms, and her talent will bloom beautifully.

SATSUKI: Azalea

In Japanese, the word SATSUKI has some different meanings. One is May, and the other is azalea. If you’re a Ghibli fan, you’ll remember an older sister Satsuki in My Neighbor Totoro. The Satsuki’s name stands for May in Japanese while the younger sister Mei represents May in English. Satsuki is a classical way of saying May, and it’s sometimes used for a girl’s name who’s born in May.

The plant SATSUKI is native to Japan. The colors of flowers vary from white to red, but the typical one blooms vivid pink flowers. They are gorgeous!

There is another word for azalea, and it’s TSUTSUJI. TSUTSUJI is one of the most common and popular roadside trees in Japan. However, when it comes to using it for a girl’s name, SATSUKI sounds more beautiful than TSUTSUJI. Its sound is more Japanese-sounding and elegant.

SUMIRE: Violet

SUMIRE is a lovely name that means violet. SUMIRE is one of the traditional Japanese names, but it doesn’t sound too classic and has a modern image as well. The Violet flowers aren’t big, but they catch our eyes with beautiful purple colors. In the Japanese Waka poem, the word SUMIRE is selected as one of the seasonal words that symbolize spring.

MATSURI: Jasmine

Jasmine says MATSURIKA in Japanese. A Japanese girl’s name MATSURI comes from it. In Japan, the language of flowers for jasmine is “adorable” and “feminine.” It’s a perfect name for a lovely girl!

MOMO: Peach

MOMO means peach It has a special meaning for girls in Japan. We have an annual event for little girls called HINA MATSURI (Hina dolls festival) every March. Peach blossom is an essential decoration for the festival, and we display it wishing for healthy and beautiful growth of girls.

Peach fruits symbolize long life and are believed to have the power to drive evil away. They symbolize strong vitality in Japanese culture. MOMO is an adorable and meaningful name!

YURI: Lily

YURI means lily and it has been a common name for girls in Japan. We have countless Kanji characters that can be YU and RI. That means we can give various meanings with different Kanji combinations and make the name unique. I think that’s one of the reasons the name YURI has been loved for a long time.

Other than the Kanji symbols for the lily itself, symbols for gentleness, friend, cleverness, and things like that can be combined.

Summer Flowers

picture: japanese kikyo flower

ANZU: Apricot

ANZU is a Japanese word for apricot. Though it doesn’t have different meanings other than apricot, it’s loved as a charming name. The Kanji character for ANZU also can be read as AN, and the last name AN with the same meaning is possible.

AOI: Hollyhock

AOI is one of the traditional Japanese names that stand for hollyhock. The hollyhock was used as a family crest of the Tokugawa Shogunate (Samurai general) and gives noble and sophisticated impressions. In recent years, classic names such as AOI is getting popular among Japanese parents, and AOI is ranked in a Japanese baby girl names ranking every year.

HIMAWARI: Sunflower

HIMAWARI means sunflower. HIMAWARI or HIMARI has became a common name in recent years. As the flower shows, they give happy and bright impressions. If you’re looking for a modern and unique name, HIMAWARI or HIMARI would be a good choice.

KANNA: Canna Lily

KANNA blooms gorgeous orange flowers in summer. It’s called canna lily in English. Its language of flowers are passion and eternity. It reminds us of an active and determined lady!

HINAGIKU: Daisy

HINAGIKU stands for daisy. The Kanji letter HINA means teeny, and GIKU is chrysanthemum. The name HINAGIKU sounds elegant but very classical. If you want to make it more modern-sounding name, HINA alone can be available. The name HINA is one of the popular names in recent years. HINA also means little birds and is an adorable name.

KIKYO: Bellflower, Balloon Flower

KIKYO is Chinese bellflower or balloon flower with beautiful purple flowers. The name and Kanji characters of KIKYO give a graceful impression. The Kanji letters of KIKYO include shapes that can be read as “additional good luck” in Japanese. Some Samurai lords in Japanese history regarded them as an auspicious motif and set a balloon flower as their family crests.

REN: Lotus Flower

REN represents the lotus flower. The Lotus flower holds a special meaning in Buddhism teaching. Buddhism art and Japanese art have many lotus flower paintings and patterns. Since the lotus flower stays clean and beautiful even though it grew up in deep mud, it symbolizes “noble enlightenment” in Buddhism.

The name REN is a gender-neutral name in Japan. It’s very popular both for boys and girls.

Autumn Flowers

picture: japanese park with beautiful autumn leaves and flowers

AI: Indigo

AI means Japanese indigo plant or indigo blue. In Japan, the AI plant has been used as a common dye. Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, famous Ukiyo-e artists in the Edo period, preferred to use indigo blue and their colors are called Hokusai blue and Hiroshige blue in this day and age. 

There is a Japanese proverb: “Indigo blue comes from the indigo plant, yet it has a more beautiful blue than the indigo plant.” It teaches a student will surpass their master or a child will excel their parents. So the Kanji symbol AI is chosen to hope that children will show great talent in the future.

Additionally, the word AI also means love in the Japanese language. The girls’ names including the AI sound are very popular.

AKANE: Madder

AKANE is another dye that has been loved by Japanese people. It’s originally the name of the plant, but we usually use the word AKANE to mean rose madder color. AKANE is a beautiful name with elegant and sophisticated impressions. It reminds us of a beautiful sunset sky.

KAEDE, MOMIJI: Maple

Both KAEDE and MOMIJI are words for maple leaves. They beautifully turn red and orange in autumn and that symbolizes Japanese autumn. Though maple is tree to be precise, I think KAEDE and MOMIJI are valued as much as beautiful flowers and added them on the list!

KARIN: Quince

KARIN is quince. The KARIN trees bloom lovely pink flowers and bear yellow fruits in autumn. The Kanji symbol of KA stands for “flower,” and the RIN represents “Japanese pear.” The name KARIN sounds gorgeous and modern.

RAN: Orchid

RAN means orchids. It’s a cute and girlish name. The Kanji symbol for RAN comes from something smells good. It’s said the word RAN was allowed to the flowers that are elegant and dignified. In Japan, the language of flowers for orchids is an elegant lady. What a perfect origin for a girl’s name!

SHION: Aster Tataricus

Zion says SHION in Japanese. Little flowers with moderate purple color have been loved since ancient times. They even appear in ancient Japanese books in the Heian period (794-1192). In the old times, sheer purple was called SHION IRO (Shion color) after the flowers of aster tataricus. Like their flowers, it’s a name with graceful and gentle impressions.

Winter Flowers

picture: a red camellia flower in snow

TSUBAKI: Camellia

TSUBAKI means camellia. In the snowy areas in Japan, we can see vivid red flowers of camellia blooming in white snow. It’s noble and dignified. The name TSUBAKI reminds us of a mature and sophisticated lady in Kimono. It’s a beautiful and Japanese-sounding name.

YUZU: Yuzu (Japanese Citrus)

YUZU is a Japanese citrus whose academic name is Citrus Junos. Their flowers bloom in the early summer, and fruits bear in winter. I know it’s not a flower name to be exact. But I added it as a winter name since YUZU is loved by Japanese people, and the word YUZU is also popular for girls’ names. Though it’s not known among Japanese people, the YUZU trees bloom white little flowers. They are cute!

The language of flowers for YUZU is “healthy beauty.” The Kanji symbol for YUZU’s YU is very popular for girls’ names.

Japanese Flower Names FAQ

Do You Have a Japanese Name for Red Rose?

“Red rose” says AKAI BARA in Japanese. It doesn’t sound cool, and I don’t recommend it for a person’s name. Any roses such as “white rose” and “yellow rose” are the same. Among the female Japanese names here, KARIN is a rose family.

Do You Have a Japanese Name for Morning Glory?

We call “morning glory” ASAGAO. The Kanji letters stand for “morning face.” Like roses, the word ASAGAO isn’t used for a person’s name. If you want to choose a similar word, you may be able to have KIKYO (bellflower, balloon flower). It’s said balloon flowers were called ASAGAO in ancient times.

Do You Have a Japanese Name for Red Tulips?

No. Tulips were imported from foreign countries, and we call it in a English word Tulips. The pronunciation is like CHURIPPU.

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