80+ cool anime names for boys and girls and their meanings

80+ cool anime names for boys and girls and their meanings

Anime is a global phenomenon that originated in Japan. It encompasses culture, art, and entertainment. As a result, anime names have rich history and meaning, and more modern-day parents are giving them to their children.

What are cool anime names?
Anime characters from Naruto. Photo: @narutoofficialsns
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Did you know that not all anime names have Japanese origin? While the phenomenon has its roots in Japan, anime names are drawn from different cultures. If you are looking for a unique name for your child, look no further as we have a comprehensive list of choices for you to choose from.

What are cool anime names?

There are numerous options to choose from, but cool ones are those that feel right for your child and are meaningful.

Choosing what to call your little boy or girl is a daunting task for many parents because there are millions of options. Therefore, the one you choose must sit right with your gut and prophesy good things in the child's life.

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What is a cute anime name?

A cute name is one that sounds nice to the mind and is smooth to pronounce. The cuteness of each varies from one person to another, so you should choose the one that feels right for you. Additionally, a beautiful and befitting choice has a good meaning.

Best anime names for boys and girls

Here is a list of the cool anime names to choose for your child and their meanings.

Anime boy names

Choosing a suitable, unique, or cool boy anime name is not easy because there are numerous options. Therefore, you should allow yourself adequate time to go through different ones before settling on one.

Conducting a bit of research is encouraged as it helps you learn new things and understand the origin and meaning of each option.

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Shikamaru from Naruto. Photo: @narutoofficialsns
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What are good male anime names?

The top choices for your little boy are listed below.

  • Akatsuki: Japanese for the red moon. It is a fictional criminal organization in the Naruto series.
  • Arata: Fresh or new, from the series known as Arata: The Legend.
  • Haruki: One who shines brightly. From Haruki Nakayama in the Given anime.
  • Haruto: Japanese for sunlight. From Haruto Amō in the Shichisei no Subaru novel.
  • Hiroshi: Tolerant, prosperous, or generous. From Hiroshi in the anime Mika Harima Arc.
  • Ichigo: Japanese for strawberry. From Ichigo Kurosaki in the Bleach manga series.
  • Itachi: Japanese for a weasel. From Itachi Uchiha in Naruto.
  • Jun: Chinese for king or ruler, or Korean for handsome and talented. From Jun Sazanami in Ensemble Stars.
  • Kaoru: Fragrant or one who smells nice. From Kaoru Tanamachi in Amagami SS and Amagami SS+ plus.
  • Naruto: Japanese for fish cake. From the series titled Naruto.
  • Shikamaru: Japanese for deer-like. From Shikamaru Nara in Naruto.
  • Takashi: Noble and prosperous person. Takashi Komuro is the main protagonist in Highschool of the Dead.
  • Yuu: The gentle person or one who is distant and leisurely. From Yuu Otosaka, the main protagonist in Charlotte.

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Cool anime names for boys

In the present-day world, there is a shift towards picking cool and unique names for children. Here are some cool options to consider.

  • Alex: Greek for defender of man. From Alex Louis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Alphonse: German for one who is ready for battle. From Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Brock: English for badger-like. From the aspiring Pokémon Doctor known as Brock or Takeshi.
  • Daiki: Japanese for shining. Daiki Aomine is a character in Teikō.
  • Dante: Latin for enduring. Dante is a character in the video game series titled Devil May Cry.
  • Elrick: English for a king. From Edward Elric, a character in Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Hideaki: Japanese for excellent. Toujou Hideaki is a high school student in Ace of Diamond.
  • Hideo: An excellent man. Hideo Kuze is a character in Ghost in the Shell.
  • Hikaru: A pioneer or the first. Hikaru Shindo is the main character in Hikaru no Go.
  • Isamu: The courageous one. Isamu Akamatsu is a recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.
  • Kouki: Happiness and joy. Kouki Amanogawa is from Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō.
  • Kouta: The peaceful one. Kouta Oyamada is from the series titled Kanokon.
  • Jiraya: Young thunder. Jiraiya is from the Naruto series.
  • Levi: Hebrew for joined together. Levi Ackermann or Captain Levi is from the movie, Attack on Titan.
  • Masashi: Commander. Masashi Kishimoto is the creator of Naruto.
  • Megumi: Love, blessing, or affection. Megumi Fushiguro is a character in Jujutsu Kaisen.
  • Noburu: It means to expand. Noboru Shima is from the series titled Kamen Rider Blade.
  • Osamu: Discipline. Osamu Dazai is from Bungo Stray Dogs.
  • Ryoichi: A good person. Ryoichi Miyakoshi is from Wife Diaries.
  • Ryuu: A dragon. Ryuu is a supporting character in Akagami no Shirayukihime.
  • Seiji: Lawful. Seiji Aino is a high school student in Renai Bōkun.
  • Shinichi: The truthful one. Shinichi Izumi is the main character in the Parasyte series.
  • Tanjiro: A high-valued son. Tanjiro Kamado is a character from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
  • Tatsuya: An achiever. Shiba Tatsuya is from The Irregular in Magic High School.
  • Tenzin: One who holds teachings. In The Legend of Korra, Tenzin is the youngest child of Avatar Aang.
  • Tōshirō : Talented or intelligent. Tōshirō Hitsugaya is from the manga and anime series known as Bleach.

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Tenzin from Legend of Korra embraces his children. Photo: @legendofkorra
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Anime boy names derived from nature

Nature will always inspire everything you do on earth, including naming your children. Below are anime boy names that have a deep connection with nature.

  • Ash: English name drawn from the ash tree. Also known as Satoshi in Japan, Ash Ketchum is a character in the Pokémon franchise.
  • Astro: Greek for a boy of the stars, from the Japanese TV series Astroboy.
  • Bolt: Anglo-Saxon for a small farm. Bolt is a character from Apocalypse Zero.

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Anime male character names derived from colours

The world would be dull and boring without different colours. If you feel your little boy needs a name referring to a particular colour, check out the options below.

  • Aoiro: The colour blue. It is drawn from Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai.
  • Kuro: Black. Kuro Sakuragawa is from Kyokou Suiri.
  • Roy: Irish for red. Colonel Roy Mustang is from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series.
  • Karatachi: Trifoliate orange. Kagura Karatachi is from the Naruto series.

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Boy names with dark meanings

Depending on the circumstances, some children are given names with dark meanings. Some common options with dark connotations are listed below.

  • Akui: Malicious or spiteful. From Akui Genji, a character Plunderer manga series.
  • Akuma: Demon. From the Akuma no Riddle series.
  • Inuyasha: Dog demon, from the Inuyasha, a Japanese manga series.
  • Nikushimi: Hatred. Nikushimi Hyuga is from Naruto.
  • Yami: Darkness. Yami Sukehiro is a member of the Black Clover universe.
  • Youkai: Apparition, spirit, or phantom. Youkai are a category of supernatural entities and spirits in Japanese folklore
  • Zankoku: Brutality or cruelty.
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Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan. Photo: @AttackOnTitan
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Anime girl names

Selecting a name for your daughter is also a big responsibility. It is a fun yet stressful experience for most parents. You should always look up the meaning of a name before picking it.

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Different people consider cognomen from different cultures or origins ideal. If you are an anime lover, consider giving your daughter a unique anime name.

Famous anime girl names

Some of the famous anime names for girls are listed below.

  • Ai: Japanese for indigo. Ai is a protagonist in Digimon Tamers.
  • Aya: Beautiful or colourful. Aya Komichi is a character in Kiniro Mosaic.
  • Asami: Hemp or future. Asami Sato is one of the main characters in Legend of Korra.
  • Sakura: Japanese for cherry blossom. Sakura Haruno is from Naruto.
  • Yuki: Happiness or snow. Yuuki Yuuna is the main character in the series with the same name.
  • Yuri: Lilies or abundant ideals in Japanese, or light of God in Hebrew. Yuri is a genre of anime that mainly focuses on intimate relationships between female characters.

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Cool anime girl names

If you are searching for a name for your baby girl but are unsure what kind of name will best suit your child, consider the cool options below. They roll right off the tongue and have significant meanings.

  • Aimi: Beautiful love
  • Aki: Bright or glistening. Aki Adagaki is a main character in Masamune-kun no Revenge.
  • Akeno: Japanese for in the morning. Akeno Himejima is a high school student in High School DxD.
  • Asuka: Perfume. Asuka Langley Soryu is a character from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Hanako: Flower child. Hanako, a.k.a. Yugi Amane, is the main protagonist in Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun.
  • Hayate: The smooth one. Hayate Nakajima is a witch from Fuso in World Witches.
  • Hikari: Light or radiance. Hikari Kamijo is the main character in Hikari No Densetsu.
  • Hinata: Sunflower or facing the sun. Hinata Hyuga is from Naruto.
  • Itsuwa: It means peace, calm and serenity or the number five. Itsuwa is a character from A Certain Magical Index.
  • Kyouko: Respectful or influential. Kyoko Sakura is from the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  • Mikasa: Beautiful blossom flower. From Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan.
  • Motoko: Resourceful child. Motoko Kusanagi is the main protagonist in Ghost in the Shell.
  • Rei: Beautiful or lovely. Rei Ayanami is a character in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Seibā: The truthful one. Seibā or Saber is a character from the visual novel Fate/stay.
  • Shizuka: Quiet or fragrant. Shizuka Minamoto is from Doraemon.
  • Tohru: Clear or persistent. Tohru Honda is from the Fruits Basket series.
  • Usagi: Rabbit. Usagi Tsukino is a character in Sailor Moon.

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Nature-inspired anime girls

Rivers, forests, oceans and soils give us the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink and irrigate our crops. Without nature, human beings would not exist. If you are a lover of nature and anime, consider one of the following names of your little girl.

  • Chinatsu: A thousand summers. Chinatsu Yoshikawa is from the YuruYuri series.
  • Fubuki: Snowstorm. Fubuki is a character from One Punch Man.
  • Kanna: Summer waves. Kanna Kamui is from Dragon Maid.
  • Miyako: Beautiful night. From Miyako Hoshino, the main protagonist in Tenshi ga Maiorita!
  • Moriko: Forest. From Moriko Morioka in Net-juu no Susume.
  • Nagisa: Beach or water’s edge. Nagisa Shiota is the main narrator of Assassination Classroom.
  • Nanami: Seven seas. Nanami Momozono is the main protagonist in Kamisama Kiss.
  • Sora: Sky. From Sora Kasugano from the novel Yosuga no Sora.
  • Uiharu: Early spring. Kazari Uiharu is a character in A Certain Magical Index.

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Itsuwa, the seemingly shy girl of the Amakusa-Style Remix of Church, in A Certain Magical Index. Photo: @ACertainMagicalIndexOfficial
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It is a common notion that girls love bright colours, although it may not always be the truth. If you want a girly and colourful name for your daughter, consider the options listed below.

  • Akane: Japanese for brilliant or deep red. Akane Tsunemori is the main protagonist in Psycho-Pass.
  • Ayano: Japanese for colour. From Ayano Minegishi, a character from manga and anime, Lucky Star.
  • Kohaku: Amber. Kohaku is a character from Dr.STONE.
  • Kushina: Beautiful black stone. Uzumaki Kushina is from Naruto.

Anime girls with dark meanings

Some female choices with not-so-great or dark meanings are listed below.

  • Aku: It means demon. Aku is the protagonist of the series Maou-sama, Retry!
  • Chi: Blood. Chi is a fictional character in Chobits.
  • Kei: Rapture. Kei Kurono is from the manga series Gantz.
  • Shi: It means death. Shi alias Ana Ishikawa, is from Razor Annual #1.

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Popular unisex names

Some names can be given to either boys or girls. If you are looking for a unisex one, here are some great options.

  • Akira: Japanese for bright, clear, or intelligent. Akira is the titular character in the Akira universe.
  • Aoi: Japanese for the hollyhock flowers or Greek for a wholesome person. From Aoi Tsubaki, the main character in Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi.
  • Haruka: Japanese for remote or distant. From Haruka Nanase, the main protagonist in Free!
  • Hei: Square jewel or blessing. Hei, alias Black Reaper, is the main protagonist in Darker than Black.
  • Makoto: Truth or sincerity. From Makoto Itou in School Days, Summer/Shiny Days and Island Days.
  • Rin: Dignified or severe. From Rin Okumura, the main protagonist in Blue Exorcist.

There are numerous anime names for boys and girls to choose from. We hope the list above helps you get the perfect one for your little boy or girl.

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