Baby Names

22 Uncommon Japanese Baby Names

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Any parent expecting a boy hopes their son will be big and healthy, and the name Tarou is an excellent embodiment of that desire. Tarou literally means “a big son” or “big man,” according to one of the most common ways of writing the Kanji. Other Kanji arrangements are equally positive, with meanings like “gentle cheerfulness,” “big tower,” or “thick cherry blossoms.” Tarou, of Shinto origins, is almost always a boy’s name, and it’s just different enough from other common boy names like Taro and Taru to make it stand out in a crowd. Tarou is unique and positive.

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