300+ Japanese Cat Names (With Meanings)

Cats are hugely popular in Japan and are thought to bring good luck. One of the most well-known cat figures is the maneki neko or beckoning cat, closely followed by Hello Kitty who was created in 1975 by Yuko Shimizu.

A

  • Adzuki (red beans)
  • Aiko (little love)
  • Airi (love jasmine)
  • Aitko (ocean)
  • Aito (sea or ocean)
  • Aka (red)
  • Akachan (baby)
  • Akaganeiro (copper)
  • Akane (brilliant red)
  • Akari (light)
  • Akemi (beautiful dawn)
  • Aki (bright/autumn)
  • Akihiro (great brightness)
  • Akiko (bright child)
  • Akio (bright/clear)
  • Akira (bright/clear)
  • Akemi (bright beautiful)
  • Akiko (bright child)
  • Aiko (love jasmine/little love)
  • Akio (glorious man)
  • Akira (bright/clear)
  • Amaya (night rain)
  • Anpu (anime character)
  • Ao (blue)
  • Arata (new/fresh)
  • Artemis (anime character)
  • Arthur (anime character)
  • Asami (morning beauty)
  • Asuka (fragrance)
  • Atsushi (industrious director)
  • Ayame (iris)
  • Ayano (my colour)
  • Ayumu – (dream)
  • Azuki (sweet red beans)

B

  • Bakeneko (supernatural cat)
  • Banzan (indestructible mountain)
  • Baro (anime character)
  • Bashira (joyful)
  • Bassui (high above average)
  • Benjiro (enjoys peace)
  • Bento (boxed lunch)
  • Blair (anime character)
  • Botan (peony)
  • Byakuya (white night)

C

  • Ceiko (child of splendour)
  • Chairo (brown)
  • Chibi (tiny)
  • Chieko (intelligent child)
  • Chīsana (pocket-size)
  • Chiisai (small)
  • Chika (scattered flowers)
  • Chimon (gate of reason)
  • Chisai tori (little bird)
  • Chīsana (pocket-size)
  • Chiyo (thousand generation)
  • Chiyoko (child of a thousand generations)
  • Cho or Chou (butterfly or butterflies)
  • Chobi (small)
  • Chomusuke (anime character)
  • Chotto (small)

D

  • Dai (great/large)
  • Daichi (from the earth)
  • Daijiro (important)
  • Daiki (glorious man)
  • Daisuke (great help)
  • Daku (dark)
  • Danuja (a ruler)
  • Dashi (broth)
  • Diana (anime character)
  • Doki doki (excited)
  • Domo (thank you)
  • Dosei (Saturn)

E

  • Ebisu (one of the seven gods of luck)
  • Eiji (cheerful)
  • Eko (echo)
  • Emi (beautiful blessing)
  • Emiko (beautiful blessing child)
  • Eri (blessed prize)
  • Etsuko (child of joy)

F

  • Fuchi (deep pool)
  • Fuji (unique)
  • Fuku (lucky)
  • Fumio (literature)
  • Fumiko (child of abundant beauty)
  • Fuwafuwa (fluffy)

G

  • Giniro (silver)

H

  • Hai (ashes)
  • Haia (nimble)
  • Haiiro (grey)
  • Hakahu (white crane)
  • Hana (flower)
  • Hanako (flower child)
  • Happy (anime character)
  • Haru (spring/sunlight)
  • Haruki (shining sun)
  • Haruko (spring child/shining sun)
  • Haruna (spring vegetable)
  • Haruto (sun flying)
  • Hayate (smooth)
  • Hibiki (sound, echo)
  • Hideki (excellent timber trees)
  • Hideko (child of excellence)
  • Hikari (light, radiance)
  • Hikaru (open, expand)
  • Himari (light and love)
  • Hime (princess)
  • Hina (sun vegetables)
  • Hiro (generous)
  • Hiroko (generous child)
  • Hiromi (generous beauty)
  • Hiroshi (generous)
  • Hirouki (great journey)
  • Hisako (child of long life)
  • Hitomi (pupil of the eye)
  • Hitoshi (even-tempered)
  • Honoka (harmony flower)
  • Hotaka (tall grain)
  • Hoshi (star)
  • Hoshiko (star child)
  • Hotaru (firefly)

I

  • Ichiro (first son)
  • Ichika (gift)
  • Isamu (brave, courageous)
  • Itsuki (timber trees)
  • Izumi (spring, fountain)

J

  • Jiji (anime character)
  • Jiro (second son)
  • Junichi (obedient first son)

K

  • Kaede (maple)
  • Kai (seashell)
  • Kage (shadow)
  • Kaiko (silkworm)
  • Kaito (ocean flying)
  • Kamiko (superior child)
  • Kanaye (zealous one)
  • Kanta (tolerant)
  • Kaori (fragrant beautiful girl)
  • Kaoru (fragrance)
  • Karasu (raven)
  • Kasha (supernatural corpse eating cat)
  • Karupin (anime character)
  • Katashi (firm)
  • Katoro (small boy)
  • Katsu (victory)
  • Katsumi (victorious beauty)
  • Kaya (anime character)
  • Kawa (river)
  • Kazan (volcano)
  • Kazumi (harmonious beauty)
  • Kazuko (child of harmony)
  • Kei (style)
  • Keiko (blessed/respectful child)
  • Kenichi (strong, healthy first son)
  • Kenji (strong, healthy second son)
  • Kenshin (modest truthful)
  • Kenta (large strong, healthy)
  • Kento (happiness)
  • Kenzo (wise one)
  • Kichiro (lucky son)
  • Kichōna (precious)
  • Kiki (hope)
  • Kiko (chronicle child)
  • Kimi (noble)
  • Kimiko (empress child)
  • Kirara (anime character)
  • Kirei (pretty)
  • Kiiro (yellow)
  • Kiniro (gold)
  • Kisho (one who knows his own mind)
  • Kiti (kitty)
  • Kiyoshi (purity)
  • Kiyo (pure)
  • Kiyomi (pure beauty)
  • Koko (here)
  • Koneko (kitten)
  • Korin (anime character)
  • Koro (roly-poly)
  • Kotetsu (small iron)
  • Kumiko (long–time beautiful child)
  • Kumo (cloud)
  • Kuro (black)
  • Kuromai (black rice)
  • Kuro neko (black cat)
  • Kurumi (walnut)
  • Kuuki (air)
  • Kyo (cooperation)
  • Kyoho (dark grapes)
  • Kyoko (respectful child)

 

 

 

 

L

  • Luna (anime character)

M

  • Madara (anime character)
  • Madoka (circle, round)
  • Mai (dance)
  • Maki (true hope)
  • Maiko (child of dance)
  • Makkuro (inky)
  • Makoto (true/sincere)
  • Mami (true beauty)
  • Mana (love)
  • Manami (loving beautiful)
  • Maneki neko (lucky cat)
  • Mao (dance cherry blossom)
  • Mariko (true village child)
  • Maron (chestnut)
  • Maru (circle/round)
  • Masaaki (pleasing brightness)
  • Masa (just/true)
  • Masashi (righteous aspiration)
  • Masaki (great timber tree)
  • Masanori (model of justice)
  • Masaru (victory)
  • Masato (righteous, honourable)
  • Mashumaro (marshmallow)
  • Masumi (true clarity)
  • Matcha (tea)
  • Maya (anime character)
  • Mayonaka (midnight)
  • Mayumi (true gentle beauty)
  • Meowth (anime character)
  • Mi (beautiful)
  • Michi (pathway)
  • Michiko (beautiful wise child)
  • Michio (man on a journey)
  • Midori (green)
  • Mieko (beautiful blessing child)
  • Miami (smiling with truth)
  • Miho (protected, guaranteed beauty)
  • Mika (beautiful fragrance)
  • Miki (beautiful princess)
  • Mikan (mandarin orange)
  • Mike (tortoiseshell)
  • Miku (beautiful sky)
  • Minako (beautiful child)
  • Minori (truth)
  • Minto (mint)
  • Miruku (milk)
  • Mio (beautiful)
  • Mirin (rice wine)
  • Miruku (milk)
  • Misaki (beautiful blossom)
  • Miso (seasoning)
  • Mitsuko (child of light)
  • Mitsuru (satisfy, full)
  • Miwa (beautiful hamony, peace)
  • Miyako (beautiful night child)
  • Miyu (beautiful gentle)
  • Mizuki (beautiful moon)
  • Mochi (rice cake)
  • Moka (mocha)
  • Momo (peach)
  • Momoka (peach tree flower)
  • Moriko (child of the forest)
  • Mori (forest)
  • Moro (overgrown/thick)

N

  • Nakano (warrior)
  • Nami (wave)
  • Nana (seven)
  • Nanami (seven seas)
  • Nao (honest)
  • Naoko (honest child)
  • Naomi (honest beautiful)
  • Natsuki (summer hope)
  • Natsumi (beautiful summer)
  • Nekobasu (anime character)
  • Nekomata (twin-tailed supernatural cat)
  • Neko sensei (anime character)
  • Nekotalia (anime character)
  • Nen (deep hope)
  • Nobuko (faithful, trustworthy child)
  • Noriko (lawful child)
  • Nyan (meow)
  • Nyoko (gem/treasure)

O

  • Oden (fish cake)
  • Ohisama or Taiyou (sun)
  • Okkoto (head of the boar tribe)
  • Ojo (princess)
  • Orenjiiro (orange)

P

  • Pāru (pearl)
  • Puck (anime character)

R

  • Raisupati (rice patty)
  • Rakki (lucky)
  • Ren (lotus/love)
  • Rika (true fragrance)
  • Riki (strength)
  • Riko (child of truth)
  • Rin (dignified/graceful)
  • Rina (jasmine)
  • Rini (little bunny)
  • Rio (village cherry blossom)
  • Ryoko (refreshing child)
  • Ryuu (dragon)

S

  • Sachiko (joyful, happy child)
  • Sakamoto (anime character)
  • Saki (blossom of hope)
  • Sakura (cherry blossoms)
  • Sara (vivid blossom)
  • Sashimi (raw fish)
  • Satoko (wise child)
  • Satomi (beautiful and wise)
  • Satsuki (month of May)
  • Senshi (warrior)
  • Setsuko (temperate child)
  • Shamisen (anime character)
  • Shigeko (growing child)
  • Shinju (pearl)
  • Shino (bamboo stalk)
  • Shiori (poem)
  • Shika (deer)
  • Shirasagi (white egret)
  • Shiro (white)
  • Shiroi or shiroi neko (white or white cat)
  • Shizuka (quiet summer)
  • Shizuko (quiet child)
  • Shohei (respect)
  • Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • Shuga (sugar)
  • Soba (noodles)
  • Sora (sky)
  • Sorarta (anime character)
  • Sota (big or thick)
  • Suitopi (sweet pea flower)
  • Sumiko (child of clarity)
  • Sumōkī (smoky)
  • Suzu (bell)
  • Suzume (sparrow)

T

  • Tadaaki (faithful light)
  • Tadeo (loyal)
  • Taeko (brave)
  • Takako (noble child)
  • Takara (treasure)
  • Taki (waterfall)
  • Tama (pearl or marble)
  • Tamako (precious stone)
  • Tamiko (child of many beauties)
  • Taro (eldest son or boy)
  • Tatsuki (honour)
  • Tatsuo (dragon)
  • Teruko (shining child)
  • Tofu (block of condensed soy milk)
  • Tomiko (child of wealth/fortune)
  • Tora (tiger)
  • Toshiro (talented)
  • Toshiko (clever child)
  • Tsuki (moon)

U

  • Uchuu (the cosmos)
  • Ume no hana (plum blossom)
  • Umiko (plum child)

W

  • Wata no kyū (cotton ball)

Y

  • Yamato (great harmony)
  • Yami (dark)
  • Yasu (peace/snow)
  • Yasuko (peaceful child)
  • Yoko (child of sunlight)
  • Yonaka (midnight)
  • Yoshi (good or good luck)
  • Yoshie (beautiful stream)
  • Yoshiko (child of goodness)
  • Yua (binding love and affection)
  • Yui (bind clothing)
  • Yuina (bind together)
  • Yuka (gentle flower)
  • Yukari (beautiful pear tree)
  • Yuki (good fortune/snow/happy)
  • Yukigafuru (snowy)
  • Yukiko (child of snow/child of happiness)
  • Yuko (gentle child)
  • Yumi (reason beautiful)
  • Yumiko (reason beautiful child)
  • Yuri (lily)
  • Yuriko (lily chi)
  • Yuuma (leisurely)
  • Yuuna (gentle)

 

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  • Julia Wilson is the founder of Cat-World, and has researched and written over 1,000 articles about cats. She is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care. Julia lives in Sydney with her family, four cats and two dogs. Full author bio