In Japan, the meaning of names can often be easily understood since they are typically made up of two or three Chinese characters. But what does that same name mean in other languages? Often, nothing. But sometimes a Japanese name can be translated as something as mundane as “bear cub” or as embarrassing as “pubic hair.” Take a look at 24 Japanese names that mean something entirely different when said in another language.

*****Note: In many cases it’s the sound, not the actual spelling that translates into other languages.

Ai: German for “egg”

eggImage: Meme Center

Akiko: Korean for “bear cub”

Ami: French for “friend”

Anri: Typically a girl’s name in Japan, Anri is a boy’s name in France

Maho: Czech for “fool”

Mai: Thai for “no”

NoImage: Meme Generator

Mami: French for “grandmother”

Mao: Typically a girl’s name in Japan, but it makes a lot of people think of “Mao Zedong”

▼ Women in Japan probably don’t want to be thought of as a balding Chinese manMao ZedongImage: Wikipedia

Mao: Thai for “drunk”

Michiko: A girl’s name in Japan that sounds similar to “mi chico,” or “my boy” in Spanish

Miho: Burmese for “problem child”

just as i plannedImage: Know your meme

Mika and Aki are typically girl’s names in Japan, but reserved for boys in Finland

Moe: Thai for “pubic hair”

Rie: In Spanish, “ríe” means “he/she/you laugh”

Saiko: Sounds a lot like “psycho” in English

psycho girlImage: Know your meme

Shun: Burmese for “garbage”

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Susumu: Indonesian for “your breasts”

Taichi: Chinese for “doctor”

trust me i'm a doctorImage: Listed As Probable

Tomo: Spanish for “I take/eat/drink”

Touru: Spanish for “bullfight”

Yuu: Reminds English speakers of “you”

Yuudai: Sounds a lot like “you die” in English

you dieImage: The missing cloud

Yuria: Sounds like “urea,” a chemical compound in urine

Do any of you have one of these names? Are you embarrassed by the double meaning? Let us know if you can think of any other Japanese names that mean something else in a different language.

Source: Naver Matome
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