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The Japanophone offers a phonetical transcription of thousands of first names from different languages. These transcriptions try to stay the closest possible from the pronunciation of the first names in the language they are pronounced. Thus, several first names that exists in several languages won't be transcribed the same way in each language. For example, "Jennifer", which exists both in English and French, will be transcribed differently if it's pronounced by a English speaker or a French speaker.

Transcription vs translation

In this web site, we'll talk only about transcription, not about translation because first names are (should be) never translated. A translation uses the meaning of the word. But here, we use only the pronunciation of a first name to write it in Japanese so that a Japanese reader would pronounce something as close as possible from the original name. We don't offer translations here, neither etymology because it is sometimes subject to controversy. Therefore, this web site offers only strictly phonetic transcriptions.

Fidelity of transcription

All the transcriptions have been written and checked by a professional translator. It is unfortunate that many web sites don't take the time and energy to do so and offer automatically translated first names, where most of them contain errors. If you find a different transcription in another web site, you can check if it is present in Japanophone and see the fidelity level. You might as well ask a question in » Question/Answer.

Transcribed first names are from many different origins, mainly from English-French-German-Arabic speaking countries.

Presentation

For each first name, Japanophone gives you:

  • Its pronunciation in its original language in [International Phonetic Alphabet].
    (See » IPA on Wikipedia).
  • All its transcriptions in Japanese characters, katakana or hiragana.
  • A fidelity level for each transcription. As each pronunciation may have several transcriptions, a fidelity level tells you which one is the best.
  • A transcription in letters, i.e. in Latin alphabet using the Hepburn method (usually used by Japanese people to write Japanese words in letters).
  • A pronunciation in International Phonetic Alphabet of each Japanese transcription.
  • An equivalent in simple English for people who doesn't know the International Phonetic Alphabet to help them pronounce the Japanese transcription.
Why is there sometimes several transcriptions for one first name?

As the phonetics of the Japanese language and the other languages of this web site are very different, it happens very often that a phoneme in one first name doesn't exist in Japanese. Then, to transcribe it, we need to choose the closest phoneme in Japanese but it is sometime ambiguous and the best choice might differ according to the translator. In this case, we give all the possible transcriptions, with its fidelity level. The fidelity level is the distance between the phonetics of the original first name and the phonetics of the transcription.

Statistics
Number of first names transcribed on Japanophone so far

The Japanophone currently contains 11905 first names in its lists.

  • French first names: 4765
  • English first names: 2367
  • German first names: 1416
  • Arabic first names: 1496
  • Other transcriptions: 1861
The 10 last added first names
First NameLanguageAdded date
AloaAutre23/04/2016
AdèmeFrançais23/04/2016
BriséisAutre23/04/2016
BlanchetteFrançais21/04/2016
SofianeAutre21/04/2016
NaëllaFrançais21/04/2016
LuayFrançais19/04/2016
SedifoAutre19/04/2016
MathéaFrançais19/04/2016
DarianaFrançais19/04/2016
The 10 last viewed first names
First NameLanguageView date
OlivierFrançais23/04/2018
BettyFrançais23/04/2018
BettinoAllemand23/04/2018
ChristelFrançais23/04/2018
SherilynAutre23/04/2018
EnioFrançais23/04/2018
BettineAllemand23/04/2018
BettinaAllemand23/04/2018
BettinaFrançais23/04/2018
BettinaArabe23/04/2018
Number of first name views and requests for new first names:
Number of viewed first names
2017 : 393208

2016 : 82297

2015 : 163094

2014 : 629290

2013 : 520865

2012 : 333732

2011 : 330024

2010 : 307401

2009 : 285543

2008 : 443244

2007 : 293976

2006 : 195984

2005 : 130656

2004 : 87104

2003 : 43552

2002 : 21776

2001 : 10888

Requests for new names
2017 : 1097

2016 : 469

2015 : 291

2014 : 462

2013 : 209

2012 : 324

2011 : 296

2010 : 434

2009 : 397

2008 : 530

2007 : 790

2006 : 654

2005 : 606

2004 : 520

2003 : 264

2002 : 137

2001 : 8

Ranking of the most viewed first names over the last 5 years:
Most viewed first names in 2017
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais550
LucieFrançais494
LéaFrançais432
ArthurFrançais424
GuillaumeFrançais394
JulienFrançais364
JeanFrançais354
HugoFrançais346
LucasFrançais340
MaximeFrançais332
Language of most viewed first names in 2017
LanguageNumber of views
Français194888
Anglais68430
Autre47296
Arabe43146
Allemand39448
Most viewed first names in 2016
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais841
LauraFrançais654
CamilleFrançais633
JulienFrançais626
JulieFrançais568
JeanFrançais449
LucasFrançais445
NicolasFrançais445
MarieFrançais418
PierreFrançais406
Language of most viewed first names in 2016
LanguageNumber of views
Français56994
Autre13839
Arabe7575
Anglais2971
Allemand918
Most viewed first names in 2015
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais2179
CamilleFrançais1656
JulieFrançais1528
LucasFrançais1375
MarieFrançais1362
LAURAFrançais1362
NicolasFrançais1331
JeanFrançais1304
JulienFrançais1268
ThomasFrançais1174
Language of most viewed first names in 2015
LanguageNumber of views
Français116535
Autre25099
Arabe13752
Anglais5667
Allemand2041
Most viewed first names in 2014
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais8595
CamilleFrançais5730
JulieFrançais5255
MarieFrançais4945
JeanFrançais4800
LauraFrançais4795
ThomasFrançais4180
PierreFrançais3950
JulienFrançais3725
NicolasFrançais3595
Language of most viewed first names in 2014
LanguageNumber of views
Français443435
Autre97990
Arabe51770
Anglais25505
Allemand10590
Most viewed first names in 2013
First NameLanguageNumber of views
AlexandreFrançais7440
JeanFrançais5555
JulieFrançais4995
LauraFrançais4835
CamilleFrançais4685
MarieFrançais4500
NicolasFrançais4065
JulienFrançais4020
ThomasFrançais3995
PierreFrançais3930
Language of most viewed first names in 2013
LanguageNumber of views
Français370865
Autre83160
Arabe35690
Anglais20910
Allemand10240
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