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The Japanophone offers a phonetical transcription of thousands of first names from different languages. These transcriptions try to stay the closest possible from the pronunciation of the first names in the language they are pronounced. Thus, several first names that exists in several languages won't be transcribed the same way in each language. For example, "Jennifer", which exists both in English and French, will be transcribed differently if it's pronounced by a English speaker or a French speaker.

Presentation

For each first name, Japanophone gives you:

  • Its pronunciation in its original language in [International Phonetic Alphabet].
    (See » IPA on Wikipedia).
  • All its transcriptions in Japanese characters, katakana or hiragana.
  • A fidelity level for each transcription. As each pronunciation may have several transcriptions, a fidelity level tells you which one is the best.
  • A transcription in letters, i.e. in Latin alphabet using the Hepburn method (usually used by Japanese people to write Japanese words in letters).
  • A pronunciation in International Phonetic Alphabet of each Japanese transcription.
  • An equivalent in simple English for people who doesn't know the International Phonetic Alphabet to help them pronounce the Japanese transcription.
Transcription vs translation

In this web site, we'll talk only about transcription, not about translation because first names are (should be) never translated. A translation uses the meaning of the word. But here, we use only the pronunciation of a first name to write it in Japanese so that a Japanese reader would pronounce something as close as possible from the original name. We don't offer translations here, neither etymology because it is sometimes subject to controversy. Therefore, this web site offers only strictly phonetic transcriptions.

Fidelity of transcription

All the transcriptions have been written and checked by a professional translator. It is unfortunate that many web sites don't take the time and energy to do so and offer automatically translated first names, where most of them contain errors. If you find a different transcription in another web site, you can check if it is present in Japanophone and see the fidelity level. You might as well ask a question in » Question/Answer.

Transcribed first names are from many different origins, mainly from English-French-German-Arabic speaking countries.

Why is there sometimes several transcriptions for one first name?

As the phonetics of the Japanese language and the other languages of this web site are very different, it happens very often that a phoneme in one first name doesn't exist in Japanese. Then, to transcribe it, we need to choose the closest phoneme in Japanese but it is sometime ambiguous and the best choice might differ according to the translator. In this case, we give all the possible transcriptions, with its fidelity level. The fidelity level is the distance between the phonetics of the original first name and the phonetics of the transcription.

Should we say first the family name or the first name?

For Japanese people, in Japan, the rule is simple. They always put the family name, then the first name. For foreigners, things are more complex. It depends on the country of the foreigner.
Usually, Japanese people that deals with foreigners are used to the American system. First name first, then family name. Therefore, they tend to call foreigners by their first name, followed by SAN to say Mister or Miss.
If you do not want to be called by Mister + your first name, then you should explain which is your first name and which is your family name. However, this explanation is hard to conduct and you may end-up by being called by your last name, without SAN.
In one word, there is no simple way to deal with this.

Statistics
Number of first names transcribed on Japanophone so far

The Japanophone currently contains 13839 first names in its lists.

  • French first names: 5428
  • English first names: 2445
  • German first names: 1434
  • Arabic first names: 1857
  • Other transcriptions: 2675
The 20 last added first names
First NameLanguageAdded date
HinataAutre17/08/2019
OumoltAutre17/08/2019
ArnauAutre17/08/2019
Nedim-eminArabe16/08/2019
SalyaFrançais16/08/2019
KayronAnglais16/08/2019
AnthéaAutre16/08/2019
IllianaFrançais16/08/2019
LisandreFrançais15/08/2019
RavzaArabe15/08/2019
YlienzoAutre14/08/2019
AkwilaneAutre14/08/2019
AikaAnglais13/08/2019
PatxiAutre11/08/2019
MathycesFrançais10/08/2019
AndréannaFrançais10/08/2019
LolyFrançais08/08/2019
MélonieAnglais08/08/2019
SzczepanAutre05/08/2019
AnastasiaAutre03/08/2019
The 20 last viewed first names
First NameLanguageView date
AmbreFrançais19/08/2019
SohaylAutre19/08/2019
DéliaFrançais19/08/2019
MarleneAllemand19/08/2019
LisanneFrançais19/08/2019
AudreyFrançais19/08/2019
IsiahFrançais19/08/2019
AfnaneArabe19/08/2019
WendelAnglais19/08/2019
OliviaAnglais19/08/2019
HarmonyAnglais19/08/2019
ChristelFrançais19/08/2019
KayssiaAutre19/08/2019
VictoriaAnglais19/08/2019
ÉlyottFrançais19/08/2019
LaëtiziaFrançais19/08/2019
MadelynnAnglais19/08/2019
VincentFrançais19/08/2019
KelaniAutre19/08/2019
SongülAutre19/08/2019
Number of first name views and requests for new first names:
Number of viewed first names
2018 : 979237

2017 : 393208

2016 : 82297

2015 : 163094

2014 : 629290

2013 : 520865

2012 : 333732

2011 : 330024

2010 : 307401

2009 : 285543

2008 : 443244

2007 : 293976

2006 : 195984

2005 : 130656

2004 : 87104

2003 : 43552

2002 : 21776

2001 : 10888

Requests for new names
2018 : 1717

2017 : 1097

2016 : 469

2015 : 291

2014 : 462

2013 : 209

2012 : 324

2011 : 296

2010 : 434

2009 : 397

2008 : 530

2007 : 790

2006 : 654

2005 : 606

2004 : 520

2003 : 264

2002 : 137

2001 : 8

Ranking of the most viewed first names over the last 5 years:
Most viewed first names in 2018
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais1202
LeaFrançais986
ArthurFrançais944
NicolasFrançais870
AlexFrançais858
HugoFrançais816
AxelFrançais806
OcéaneFrançais779
AlexisFrançais778
MaximeFrançais769
Language of most viewed first names in 2018
LanguageNumber of views
Français456495
Anglais173246
Autre132790
Arabe116500
Allemand100206
Most viewed first names in 2017
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais550
LucieFrançais494
LéaFrançais432
ArthurFrançais424
GuillaumeFrançais394
JulienFrançais364
JeanFrançais354
HugoFrançais346
LucasFrançais340
MaximeFrançais332
Language of most viewed first names in 2017
LanguageNumber of views
Français194888
Anglais68430
Autre47296
Arabe43146
Allemand39448
Most viewed first names in 2016
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais841
LauraFrançais654
CamilleFrançais633
JulienFrançais626
JulieFrançais568
JeanFrançais449
LucasFrançais445
NicolasFrançais445
MarieFrançais418
PierreFrançais406
Language of most viewed first names in 2016
LanguageNumber of views
Français56994
Autre13839
Arabe7575
Anglais2971
Allemand918
Most viewed first names in 2015
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais2179
CamilleFrançais1656
JulieFrançais1528
LucasFrançais1375
LAURAFrançais1362
MarieFrançais1362
NicolasFrançais1331
JeanFrançais1304
JulienFrançais1268
ThomasFrançais1174
Language of most viewed first names in 2015
LanguageNumber of views
Français116535
Autre25099
Arabe13752
Anglais5667
Allemand2041
Most viewed first names in 2014
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais8595
CamilleFrançais5730
JulieFrançais5255
MarieFrançais4945
JeanFrançais4800
LauraFrançais4795
ThomasFrançais4180
PierreFrançais3950
JulienFrançais3725
NicolasFrançais3595
Language of most viewed first names in 2014
LanguageNumber of views
Français443435
Autre97990
Arabe51770
Anglais25505
Allemand10590
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