11 Gender-Neutral Japanese Baby Names You'll Want to Steal

Nicole Singh

There's no denying it: Baby names are serious business these days. So much so that Jay-Z and Beyoncé apparently trademarked their new twins' monikers pretty much right after they were born. And sure, when we first heard the news, we thought it was maybe a little extreme, but with clans like the Kardashians and Hadids forming multi-million dollar empires around their family names, it's not exactly a surprising move. 

We here at MyDomaine Australia are always placing bets on what is likely to be the next big baby naming trend. From posh names inspired by the British aristocracy, to the most chic French baby names you'll ever hear, we've seemingly run the gamut. And though Beyoncé's newest daughter was dubbed after the 13th-century poet, Rumi, it's Japanese heritage means that our latest punt is: Gender-neutral Japanese names. And since the Japanese have seemingly nailed everything else, from gut health to organisation, we think we are onto something.

See below for our favourite picks and what they mean. 

 

akira

 Meaning: Brightness and clarity.

 

Makoto

Meaning: Sincerity and truth.

 

Hiro

Meaning: Generosity.

 

Minori 

Meaning: Truthful. 

 

Masumi 

 Meaning: A sense of true clarity.

 

Kaoru 

  Meaning: Fragrance.

 

Nao

  Meaning: Honesty.

 

Hinata 

  Meaning: Facing towards the sun.

 

Ren 

 Meaning: Lotus and love.

 

seiko

 Meaning: Force and truth.

 

yasu 

 Meaning: Calm.

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