Baby names in Japan, 2004–2018: common writings and their readings

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Objectives: To conduct empirical research on Japanese names, actual name data including both writings and readings are necessary. However, there was no database available that met these conditions. Therefore, in the present article, I provided raw data of approximately 8000 names of Japanese babies born between 2004 and 2018. Data description: The data include common writings of baby names and their readings generated from annual surveys on baby names conducted by a Japanese private company. The data have advantages: (1) they include both writings and readings of baby names, (2) they were collected under the same conditions over 15 years, (3) their sample sizes are relatively large, and (4) they are open to the public. In contrast, the data have limitations: their samples are neither highly representative nor very large. Overall, this article will be useful for empirical research on Japanese names and people in general (especially for medical and educational service workers).

Original languageEnglish
Article number553
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Baby
  • Chinese character
  • Individualism
  • Japan
  • Name
  • Naming
  • Open data
  • Reading
  • Uniqueness
  • Writing


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