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Gender-Neutral Japanese Baby Names

Last Updated on 2024-02-15 by Teni

In the journey of welcoming a new life into the world, choosing the perfect name for your baby is a momentous decision. For parents seeking names that break free from traditional gender associations, you might find a refreshing air of inspiration in Japanese culture! I’ve curated a list of gender-neutral Japanese baby names that reflect the beauty of diversity and transcend gender boundaries.

As with my list of Bilingual Japanese and English Baby names, this list does not include any kanji suggestions. This is largely because the meaning of individual kanji can drastically change the “feeling” of a name and/or impact the balance in stroke order. 

Gender-Neutral Japanese Baby Names

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Akira // あきら

Asahi // あさひ (Featured in The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2020 and The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2021)

Aoi // あおい (Featured in The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2020The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2021 , and The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2022!)

Haru // はる

Haruma // はるま

Hikaru // ひかる 光

Hinata // ひなた (Featured in The Best Anime Inspired Baby NamesThe Best Japanese Baby Names of 2021, and The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2022)

Ibuki // いぶき (Featured in The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2022 )

Iori // いおり

Itsuki // いつき (Featured in The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2020 and The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2021)

Kai // かい

Minato // みなと (Featured in The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2020The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2021 , and The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2022)

Nagi //  なぎ

Nagisa // なぎさ

Ren // れん (Featured in The Best Anime Inspired Baby Names , The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2020The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2021 , and The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2022!)

Rin // りん (Featured in The Best Anime Inspired Baby Names , The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2020The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2021 , and The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2022!)

Rui // るい

Sora //そら

Toa // とあ (Featured in The Best Japanese Baby Names of 2022 )

Towa // とわ

Gender-Neutral Japanese Baby Names

For more naming inspiration, please check out Tamahiyo’s Happy Name Book For Babies 2024-2025 Edition:

(Title in Japanese: たまひよ赤ちゃんのしあわせ名前事典2024~2025年版 // Tamahiyo Akachan no Shiawase Namae Jiten 2024-2025)

 

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