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Japanese Dog Names: Orient-Inspired Name Ideas For Fido!

Names By Meg Marrs 5 min read April 8, 2021 3 Comments

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Japan is an incredible country filled with beauty and culture. Many individuals, whether from Japan or not, are huge fans of Japanese culture. If you’re getting a new dog, why not name your pooch with a unique Japanese dog name?

From traditional baby names to food and famous cities, we have a big collection of Japanese name ideas for Fido – check them out and let us know your favorites in the comments!

Japanese Dog Breeds

There are a number of dog breeds that originate from Japan – these dogs often have turned-up tails and pointy ears, giving them a fox-like appearance (and it’s adorable)!

A few popular Japanese dog breeds include the Shiba Inu (aka the Doge dog meme) and the Akita.

Whether your pup is a native of Japan or you simply enjoy Japanese culture, check out these Japanese-inspired dog name ideas!

Japanese Male Dog Names

These names are commonly used for Japanese children, and they work great as dog names too!

  • Aki –  Bright
  • Akihiro – Great brightness
  • Akio –  Bright man
  • Dai –  Great, large
  • Haru –  Spring
  • Haruto –  Flying sun
  • Hibiki –  Sound, echo
  • Hiro –  Generous
  • Hiroki –  Large timber trees
  • Hiroshi –  Generous
  • Hitoshi –  Motivated individual
  • Ichiro –  First son
  • Jiro –  Second son
  • Kaede –  Maple
  • Kaito –  Flying ocean
  • Katashi –  Firm
  • Katsu –  Victory
  • Kenichi –  Strong, healthy first son
  • Kenji –  Strong, healthy second son
  • Kichiro –  Lucky son
  • Kiyoshi –  Purity
  • Kyo –  Cooperation
  • Makoto –  Sincere
  • Masaru –  Victory
  • Masato –  Righteous individual
  • Michio –  Man on a journey
  • Mitsuo –  shining hero
  • Nao –  Honest
  • Nori –  to rule
  • Norio –  Lawful man
  • Osamu –  Studious
  • Ren –  Lotus / Love
  • Riku –  Land
  • Ryo –  Refreshing
  • Satoshi –  Wise, fast learner
  • Shinji –  True second son
  • Shiro –  Fourth son
  • Shouta – Big flying
  • Sora –  Sky
  • Susumo – Proceed
  • Tadashi –  Loyal, faithful
  • Taichi – Large first son
  • Takahiro –  Nobility
  • Takashi –  Prosperous
  • Takeo – Warrior hero
  • Taro –  Large son
  • Toshi – Wise
  • Toshio –  Genius leader
  • Yamato –  Great harmony
  • Yasu –  Peace
  • Yori –  trust
  • Yoshi –  Lucky
  • Yoshio –  joyful life
  • Yukio –  Blessed hero

Female Japanese Dog Names

These names are popular for girls in Japan, and they’ll work well for your sweet furry girl too!

  • Airi –  Jasmine
  • Akemi –  Bright beautiful
  • Akiko –  Bright child
  • Akira –  Bright / clear
  • Asami –  Morning beauty
  • Asuka –  Tomorrow perfume
  • Chiyo –  One thousand generations
  • Chiyoko –  Child of a thousand generations
  • Emi –  Beautiful blessing
  • Eri –  Blessed prize
  • Fumiko –  Child of abundant beauty
  • Hana –  Flower
  • Hikari –  Light, radiance
  • Hina –  Sun vegetables
  • Hoshi –  Star
  • Izumi –  Spring, fountain
  • Kamiko –  Superior child
  • Katsumi –  Victorious beauty
  • Keiko –  Blessed child / respectful child
  • Kiko –  Chronical child
  • Kimi –  Noble
  • Kimiko –  Empress child
  • Kiyomi –  Pure beauty
  • Kyoko –  respectful child
  • Mai –  Dance
  • Maki –  True hope
  • Mana –  Love
  • Manami –  Loving beautiful
  • Mao –  Cherry blossom dance
  • Masa –  Just / true
  • Masumi –  True clarity
  • Mi –  Beautiful
  • Michi –  Pathway
  • Midori –  Green
  • Mieko –  Beautiful blessing child
  • Mika –  Beautiful fragrance
  • Miki –  Beautiful princess
  • Minori –  Truth
  • Mio –  Beautiful cherry blossom
  • Miwa –  Beautiful harmony
  • Miyu –  Beautiful gentle
  • Miyuki –  Beautiful blessing
  • Momoka –  Peach tree flower
  • Nanami –  Seven seas
  • Nao –  Honest
  • Naomi –  Honest beautiful
  • Natsuki –  Summer hope
  • Natsumi –  Beautiful summer
  • Rika –  True fragrance
  • Rina –  Jasmine
  • Saki –  Blossom of hope
  • Sakura –  Cherry blossom
  • Satomi –  Beautiful and wise
  • Shika –  Deer
  • Shiori –  Poem
  • Shizuka –  Quiet summer
  • Sora –  Sky
  • Suzu –  Bell
  • Suzume –  Sparrow
  • Takara –  Treasure
  • Tomomi –  Beautiful friend
  • Wakana –  Harmonious music
  • Yasu –  Peace
  • Yoko –  Child of sunlight
  • Yua – Binding love
  • Yui –  Bind clothing
  • Yuka –  Gentle flower
  • Yukari –  Beautiful pear tree
  • Yuki –  Happiness / snow
  • Yukiko –  Child of snow / child of happiness
  • Yuko –  Gentle child
  • Yumi –  Reason beautiful
  • Yuri –  Lily
  • Yuriko –  Lily child
  • Yuuna – Gentle

Japanese Animal Names

Why not name your four-legged buddy after an animal? Dog and wolf are obvious choices, but “fox” and “raccoon” would be cute too!

  • Inu – Dog
  • Neko – Cat
  • Saru – Monkey
  • Tanuki – Raccoon
  • Kuma– Bear
  • Sika – Deer
  • Tori – Bird
  • Ushi  – Cow
  • Uma – Horse
  • Tora – Tiger
  • Wolf – Ookami
  • Kitsune – Fox

Japanese Cities For Dog Names

Naming your pup after a famous city or region in Japan is another fun idea.

  • Tokyo. The capital of Japan!
  • Osaka. A large Japanese city
  • Kobe. Another large city in Japan near Osaka.
  • Kyoto. A city in the middle of Japan
  • Kawasaki. City located between Tokyo and Yokohama.
  • Fuji. A city (and famous mountain) outside of Tokyo.

Japanese Food As Dog Names

Who doesn’t love Japanese food? Consider naming Fido after your favorite Japanese dish!

  • Sushi. Well-known Japanese food of rice and raw seafood wrapped in seaweed.
  • Sake. Japanese rice wine.
  • Soba. Japanese buckwheat noodles.
  • Ramen. Japanese soup and noodle dish.
  • Tempura. Battered and deep-fried dish of Japanese seafood and veggies.
  • Udon. Thick wheat flour noodles often used in Japanese dishes.
  • Sashimi. A popular Japanese dish consisting of fresh raw meat or fish cut into thin slices.
  • Manju. Japanese sweet treat made of boiled sugar and beans.

Other Japanese-Themed Dog Names

  • Manga. Japanese comics (if you’re a fan, make sure to also check out our anime dog name ideas)!
  • Haiku. A type of poem consisting of a three-lined structure and three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.
  • Geisha. Traditional female entertainers.
  • Bonsai. Miniature trees shaped and pruned with artistic precision.
  • Origami. The Japanese art of paper folding.
  • Samurai. An ancient feudal warrior
  • Sensei. The term used to refer to a respected teacher or master.
  • Shinto. A Japanese religion.
  • Shogun. The Japanese historical title for a military dictator.
  • Edamame. Soybeans served in the shell.

Do you have any other ideas for Japanese dog names? Share your ideas in the comments!

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Meg Marrs

Meg Marrs is the Founder and Director of Marketing at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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Niomi Walker

Can’t wait to get started!!!!

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Niomi WalkerN

Can’t wait to get started. My dog’s name will be Tamiko!!!!!

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Ella Bartley

Hey! I grew up half Japanese so me and my siblings all had Japanese names(our middle) as well as our american. Mine is Hanako, you wrote the shortened(informal) version of the name Hana. This is totally fine, but you wrote Yuki and Yukiko as two separate names. In Japanese Yuki is the informal version of yukiko, they are not two separate names. You did the same for a few others like Yuri and Yuriko. If someone was named Yuriko and you were addressing them as a friend it would be Yuri, but if they were an authority figure it would be Yuriko. On all formal documents someone with the name Yuri would be written as Yuriko. Just thought I would share this cause a ton of your names only include either the informal or the formal version of the name.

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