Japanese Flower Names


The beauty of flowers has enchanted mankind forever. The Japanese attach special importance to flowers. It is to such a great extent that they have started a special art of flower arrangement called Ikebana. This fondness for flowers find reflection in Japanese flower names. In fact flower are popular not only in Japan but in many other cultures.

A regular Japanese name consists of a surname and an individual name. Middle names are not used in Japan. During the Japanese monarchy, the people were considered as the property of the king. It was the king who bestowed the people with a surname as recognition of their contribution to the empire. But as people started shaking off the shackles of monarchy, Japanese flower names started gaining importance in place of names given to them by the royalty.

Some of the common Japanese flower names and their meaning are as follows:

  • Ayaka meaning summer flower.
  • Azami meaning thistle flower.
  • Hanako meaning flower child.
  • Fuji meaning wisteria.
  • Kiku meaning chrysanthemum.
  • Riko meaning Jasmine child.
  • Ran means water lily.
  • Sakura meaning cherry blossom.
  • Sayuri meaning little lily.
  • Ume meaning plum blossom.
  • Yuriko meaning lily child

In the modern times Japanese flower names have become very popular. More and more people opt for Japanese flower names instead of traditional Japanese names. Japanese flower names are so popular that they are not only used in Japan but also in other countries. Japanese flower names are also used as nick names. Japanese flower names are liked because they sound simple, short and sweet.