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22 Uncommon Japanese Baby Names

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Tsuru

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The word “tsuru” is Japanese for crane, or sometimes stork. As a name, Tsuru is most commonly given to girls, and while it is far more common as a surname–history is sprinkled with a handful of well-known Japanese individuals bearing it as a surname–it’s certainly not unheard of as a given name. Generally, Tsuru is considered to be a girl’s name, and it’s of Buddhist origin. Aside from its bird meanings, Tsuru also can mean “greeting” or, more specifically, “stork greeting.” But while Tsuru is generally considered feminine, it’s recognized to be unisex, and has been given to baby boys as well.

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