Sadao Mazuka wrote from Japan about Japanese names for children based on their birth order and the seasons…
The Japanese have names for their children based on their birth order. These names aren’t old-fashioned. They’re still used!
1) Names for the 1st Boy:
一郎 (Ichiro) 太郎 (Taro) 真一(Shin-iti) 肇 (Hajime)
･･････ 一 (Ichi) means “one”, 肇 (hajime) means “begin”.
2) Names for the 2nd Boy:
二郎 (Jiro) 次郎 (Jiro) 真二 (Shin-ji) 次男 (Tsugi-o)
･･････ 二 (Ni or Ji) means “two”, 次 (Tsugi or Ji) means “next”.
3) Names for the 3rd Boy:
三郎 (Saburo) 真三 (Shin-zo) 桂三 (Keizo)
･･････ 三 (san, sabu or zo) means “three”.
[Abe Shinzo (安倍晋三) is the Japanese Prime Minister’s name. He is not the third boy, but the second boy lol.]
4) Names for the 1st Girl:
初枝 (Hatsue) 初子 (Hatsuko) はつ (Hatsu)
･･････ All of them mean “the first”.
5. My mother’s name was Aki that means “Autumn” because she was born in October. And in Spring there’s the name “Haru”, in Summer, the name, “Natsu”, and in Winter it’s “Fuyu”.
6. Here’s a chart of boys names based on their order of birth from first through the tenth…
First boy: Taro or Ichiro
Second boy: Jiro
Third boy: Saburo
Forth boy: Shiro
Fifth boy: Goro
Sixth boy: Rokuro
Seventh boy: Shichiro
Eighth boy: Hachiro
Ninth boy: Kuro
Tenth boy: Juro
But we don’t always stick to the order of birth. When giving a name to a baby, the sound impression is important.
Thanks for sharing this with us Sadao!
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