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14 Elegant Japanese Names for Girls That Mean SNOW

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Hi, it’s Junko from Japan. Are you looking for unique Japanese names? In this post, I’ll introduce you to Japanese beautiful names that mean “snow.” They would be a perfect name for a baby girl who’s born in winter. Before writing this post, I looked over a list of Japanese names on the internet. But most of them were made with just randomly combined Kanji characters and didn’t make sense.

As you know, each Kanji symbol has several different meanings in the Japanese language, and you should combine them very carefully to make it sound natural and beautiful. Wrong Kanji combinations make strange names. That would be a disaster. So Japanese people value what Kanji letters we place in one’s name.

Here I’ve selected some Japanese words that are ideal for winter names. When written in Kanji characters, they all have a “snow” meaning. I hope you can find the best name for your girl!

Popular Japanese Names for Girls with a SNOW Symbol

These three names are traditional names for girls. Even if the pronunciations are similar, the meaning varies on what Kanji symbols you use for the name. I added the images of each name. Of course, they’re all related to “snow”!


yuki, a girl name in kanji

YUKI is one of the most popular girls’ names in Japan. You can give it various meanings depending on the Kanji combinations. Usually, we use two Kanji letters for the name YUKI, but this YUKI can stand for “snow” with one symbol. It’s a simple and beautiful name that gives a pure impression of white snow.


koyuki, a girl name written in kanji

If you add an adorable nuance to the name, KOYUKI would be a good choice. KO means “small” and “little” and has been frequently used as a prefix for Japanese girls’ names such as KOYUKI, KOUME, KOHARU, and things like that. The names with the prefix KO gives classic and sophisticated impressions.


miyuki, a girl name written in kanji

MIYUKI has been also one of the most common Japanese baby names for a long time. In the same way as YUKI, you can give the name many different meanings by choosing different Kanji combinations. This MIYUKI represents “deep snow.”

There’s a Japanese word SHINSO NO REIJO, meaning “a noble lady who’s raised and protected very carefully in a deep-set place.” The first phrase SHINSO uses the same “deep” symbol as MIYUKI. Therefore these “deep snow” characters give sophisticated and elegant impressions as if she’s a noble birth.

The “deep” letter also reminds us of “thoughtful” and “considerate” since it gives us an image that she thinks about things not rightly but deeply.

Other Names including YUKI sound

Here are other examples of Japanese names that include the YUKI sound. They are not as typical as the previous three names but natural and beautiful as girls’ names.


Unique Girl Names from Japanese Traditional Words

If you’re looking for unique or rare Japanese names, how about these traditional words of Japan? They are all Japanese words that describe the natural beauty of the winter season and snow. They’re less common as a last name, but beautiful both in meanings and sounds. These kinds of classic names have become more popular than modern names in recent years in Japan.


picture: beautiful snowflakes
rikka, an adorable girl name written in kanji
rikka, a gorgeous girl name written in kanji

RIKKA is an old Japanese word that represents “snowflakes.” The Kanji letters mean “six flowers” since snowflakes have hexagon shapes. There are two ways of writings the word. Both types have the same “six flowers” meaning, but the impressions are a bit different.

The first RIKKA uses the most common Kanji symbol for flowers. It’s adorable. The second one has the symbol for “gorgeous” and “bright.” It’s beautiful and brilliant.


ginka, an adorable girl name written in kanji
ginka, a gorgeous girl name written in kanji

This is a similar word to the previous RIKKA which means “snowflakes.” GIN stands for “silver”, and the entire phrase makes “silver flower.” GINKA also can have two different ways of Kanji writing: a cute version and a gorgeous version.


fubuki, a girl name

Fubuki means “blizzard” in Japanese. The first letter stands for “blowing”, and the second one is for “snow.” The word FUBUKI represents only “blizzard” and it’s not usually used for the person’s first name. But some Japanese celebrities have this word as their artist name because of its cool and beautiful impressions.


fuka, a girl name written in kanji

Literally means “windflower.” This word actually reads KAZABANA and describes the white snow that is dancing in the air like the petals of cherry blossoms. It’s a beautiful word but the KAZABANA sounds strange for the last name, especially for a girl’s name. So I recommend you to read it as FŪKA which sounds feminine. The name FŪKA exists. It’s not so common, but a unique and lovely name.


shirayuki, a girl name written in kanji

The word for “white snow.” Do you know the folk tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? The princess name Snow White is translated as SHIRAYUKI HIME (white snow princess) in the Japanese edition. It’s a very familiar story for little girls and we all know who Shirayuki Hime is and admire her. The name SHIRAYUKI is beautiful but may sound a little manga-ish.


Does Japanese Culture Have Jack Frost?

Yes, we have. In the Tohoku (Eastern North) areas, there are traditions of YUKINKO, meaning “little snow kid” in Japanese. They’re a kind of snow spirits or Japanese Yokai monsters. It’s said they wear straw hats and appear on a snowy night. The word YUKINKO sounds cute and is sometimes used as a name for commercial products in the Tohoku area. But I don’t recommend using it for someone’s last name. It sounds funny and strange.

Does Japanese Culture Have Ice Queen?

Yes and no. There is a word SEIJO from China, meaning “blue lady” in Japanese. It’s said SEIJO is a goddess who brings snow. But honestly, her name isn’t well known. Also, the Kanji combination doesn’t look cool and proper for a female Japanese name.

Do You Have Flowers Related to Snow in Japan?

picture: red camellia flower in white snow

When it comes to flowers in snow, I come up with TSUBAKI and UME.

TSUBAKI is camellia in English. Since camellia flowers bloom in the winter season, they symbolize endurance, modest beauty, and long life in Japanese culture. The word TSUBAKI is available for a girl’s name. I think it gives cool and determined images. If you don’t stick to the direct SNOW symbol, TSUBAKI would be a great choice too for a winter child.

tsubaki, a girl name written in kanji

UME is Japanese plums. A UME tree blooms pink little flowers at the end of the winter season. As a result, the UME flowers have been regarded as a good luck motif. It’s one of the greatest good fortune designs in Japan: a pine tree, a bamboo tree, and Japanese plum flowers. They all keep vivid colors even in the winter season and deep snow. That were symbols of long-lasting prosperity.

ume, a girl name written in kanji

In the past, female names including UME such as UME, KOUME, and UMEKO were very typical. They sound out of date today, and we seldom see a little girl with the UME name. Personally, I think KOUME is the best name among the three. It’s as lovely as KOYUKI (little snow)!

Did you find your favorite Japanese names among these words? If you have any questions, please let me know via comment, and I’ll update the post!

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