100 Adorable Japanese Cat Names You’ll LOVE

Names June 16, 2021
Japanese Cat Names : 100 + Adorable Names


100 Adorable Japanese Cat Names You’ll LOVE

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Japanese Cat Names : 100 + Adorable Names

History suggest that cats have played an important role in Japanese culture and society, hence the number of shrines and temples dedicated to cats in the country.

First introduced to Japan around 500 A.D., cats instantly proved their worth as guardians of Buddhist temple manuscripts.

Since cats are considered good luck in the Japanese culture, it makes sense for cat lovers to choose a Japanese name. Read below for featured traditional Japanese names and their meanings.

Japanese Cat Names

Japanese Cat Names


AI “Love” (female)
AIKIDO Japanese martial arts
AKEMI “Bright / Beautiful” (female)
AKI Aki Hoshino, model
AKIHIRO “Great brightness” (male)
AYAME “Iris”
AYUMU “Vision” (male)
BONSAI Japanese art form using miniature tress grown in containers
CHIE “Wisdom / Intelligent” (female)
CHO “Butterfly” (female)
CHOPSTICKS Popular eating utensil
DAI “Large” (male)
DAIKI “Great nobility” (male)
EMI “Beautiful blessing” (female)
FUJI Mount Fuji, highest mountain in Japan
GEISHA Female Japanese entertainer (classical music and dance)
GODZILLA 1954 sci-fi film
HARU “Spring” (season) (female)
HARUKI “Shining sun” (male)
HAYATE “Smooth” (male)
HIBIKI “Sound / Echo” (male)
HIKARI “Light / Radiance” (female)
HIROMI “Generous beauty” (female)
ISUZU Japanese made car
IZUMI “Spring” (female)
JIMMU Emperor Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan
JITO Empress Jito, (was the third empress regnant of Japan)
JUDO Japanese martial arts
JUJUTSU Japanese martial arts
JUNKO “Pure” (female)
KAORI “Perfume” (female)
KATSU “Victory” (male)
KAZUMI “Harmonious beauty” (female)
KENDO Japanese sword-fighting
KENJI “Strong” (male)
KENTA “Large / Strong / Healthy” (male)
KIMI “Noble” (female)
KIYOSHI “Purity” (male)
KOKORO “Soul / Heart” (female)
KOUKI “Light / Hope” (male)
LEXUS Japanese made car
MAI “Dance”(female)
MASA “True” (male)
MASAAKI “Pleasing brightness” (male)
MASAKO Crown Princess Masako (wife of heir to Japanese throne)
MATSURI Meaning “festival or holiday”
MAYU “True gentle” (female)
MI “Beautiful” (female)
MICHIKO Empress Michiko (consort to Emperor Akihito)
MIKI Miki Ando, 2x world champion figure skater
MINORU “Truth” (male)
MIO “Beautiful cherry blossom” (female)
MITSUO “Shining hero” (male)
MOCHI Rice cake
NANAMI “Seven seas” (female)
NAO “Honest”(female)
NATSUMI “Beautiful summer” (female)
NIKKEI Japanese Stock Exchange
NINJA Marital arts expert
NIPPON Native name for Japan
NORI “To rule” (male)
OSAKA Third largest city in Japan
OSAMU “Disciplined / Studious” (male)
REI “Lovely” (female)
REN “Love” (male)
RIKO “Child of truth” (female)
RIN “Dignified” (female)
RINA “Jasmine” (female)
RYO “Refreshing / Cool” (male)
SAKAI City in Japan
SAKE Popular alcoholic beverage (pronounced saki)
SAKI “Blossom of Hope” (female)
SAMURAI Japanese warrior
SATOSHI “Wise” (male)
SETSUKO “Melody child” (female)
SHIZUKA Shizuka Arakawa, first Japanese skater to win Olympic gold
SHOGUN Military leader
SHUJI “Disciplined” (male)
SONY Japanese conglomerate company
SUMO National sport
SUSHI Popular cuisine
SUZU “Bell” (female)
SUZUKA Suzuka Morita, model and actress
SUZUKI Japanese made motorbike
TADAO “Loyal” (male)
TADASHI “Faithful / Loyal” (male)
TAIKI “Shine” (male)
TAKAHIRO “Great value” (male)
TAKARA “Treasure” (female)
TAKASHI “Noble” (male)
TAKESHI “Fierce warrior” (male)
TAKI Rentaro Taki, composer
TAMIKO “Child of many beauties” (female)
TOKYO Capital of Japan
TOMIO “Wealth” (male)
TOMOKO “Intellect” (female)
TOMOMI “Beautiful friend” (female)
TOSHI Princess Toshi, daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito
YAMATO “Great harmony” (male)
YASHIMA Yashima Norito, actor
YASU “Peace” (male)
YASUKO “Child of peace” (female)
YASUSHI “Peaceful” (male)
YOKO Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon
YOKOHAMA Second largest city in Japan
YORI “Trust” (male)
YOSHIE Yoshie Hayasaka, singer and actress
YOSHIO “Joyful life”(male)
YUA “Binding love” (female)
YUKA “Gentle flower” (female)
YUKI Yuki Sato, actor
YUMI Yumi Asou, actress
YURIKO “Lily child” (female)
YUUMA “Gentle” (male)
YUZUKI “Gentle moon” (male)


Japanese cat names are an excellent choice for your cat or new kitten, especially if you are searching for a unique meaning. Whether you or your cat have Japanese heritage, a Japanese name will be a perfect fit.

Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a Certified NAVC Pet Nutritionist. She is the proud owner of two cats and a dog and her love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care, nutrition, and product reviews.
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