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Meanings & Origins: The Top 100 Cool & Cute Anime Girl Names

Updated on 24 August 2021 • 8 minute read
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Overview

Did you know that the global anime market is estimated to be worth $23.50 billion in 2020? (1)

In Japan, the term “anime” actually refers to any kind of animation. But in other places, “anime” is often defined as a cartoon production that originates from Japan; this applies to hand-drawn or computer-animated works.

Because Japanese anime has become popular worldwide, Japanese names have also become widely used even by non-Japanese people. 

Anime character names such as Naruto, Daiki, Hiro, and Kaito have become popular boy names in the US and elsewhere. Female characters like Izumi, Hikari, and Akira are also among the top choices for baby names.

Are you searching for anime girl names?  You’ll find our top 100 most popular anime girl names below.

 

Popular Anime Baby Names For Girls

Anime characters inspire many beautiful and strong baby girl names. 

If you’re an anime fan, you can find the best name for your baby from our top 100 choices for popular anime girl names here:

 

Aiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Little loved one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Happiness
  • Description: Aiko Tachibana is the main protagonist of “A.I.C.O. – Incarnation.”

 

Aimi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful love
  • Variations/Synonyms: Heart, favorite, affection, ocean, and tender
  • Description: Aimi Yoshizumi is a character from “Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge.”

 

Aina

  • Origin: Japanese and Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Forever
  • Variations/Synonyms: Vegetables, love, affection, and “the one” (Scandinavian)
  • Description: Aina Ardebit is a character in “Promare.”

 

Airi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Love and affection
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jasmine and pearl
  • Description: Airi Sena is among the main characters in “Mashiroiro Symphony.”

 

Akane

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Brilliant red
  • Variations/Synonyms: Deep red
  • Description: Akane Sakurada is among the main characters in “Joukamachi no Dandelion.”

 

Akemi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright and beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Vermilion (a vivid reddish-orange color)
  • Description: Akemi Homura is a magical character in “Puella Magi Madoka Magica.”

 

Aki

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright and glistening
  • Variations/Synonyms: Autumn, crystal, and hope
  • Description: Aki Adagaki is the main protagonist in the manga (comics) series “Masamune-kun no Revenge.”

 

Akira

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright and clear
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ideal
  • Description: This is a unisex name.
  • Akira is a mysterious character in the eponymous anime series “Akira.”

 

Amaterasu 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Shining over heaven
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sun goddess
  • Description: In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu is the sun goddess and the ruler of the heavens.

 

Aoi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Hollyhock flower
  • Variations/Synonyms: Blue (color)
  • Description: Aoi Tsubaki is a character in “Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi.”

 

Aoki

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Evergreen blue tree
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bright
  • Description: Aoki Kurea is among the main characters in the anime series “Gleipnir.”

 

Arata

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Fresh and new
  • Variations/Synonyms: Plow
  • Description: Arata Hinohara is the protagonist in “Arata: The Legend.”

 

Asami 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Morning beauty
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful
  • Description: Asami Sato is the protagonist in “The Legend of Korra.”

 

Asuka 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Perfume
  • Variations/Synonyms: Tomorrow
  • Description: Asuka Shikinami Langley is one of the characters in “Rebuild of Evangelion.”

 

Aya

  • Origin: Japanese, Turkish, and German
  • Meaning: Colorful and beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Amazing, wonderful, miracle, sword (German), and angel (Turkish)
  • Description: Aya Komichi is a smart character in “Kiniro Mosaic.”

 

Ayako

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Color and design
  • Variations/Synonyms: Vividness, heart, colorful child, peaceful child, and scholarly child
  • Description: Ayako Kuroba is one of the famous twins in “Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei.”

 

Ayame

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Iris (a flower)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Woman and recruitment
  • Description: Ayame Kajou is the female protagonist in “Shimoneta.”

 

Ayane 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Wonderful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Colorful sound
  • Description: Ayane Shirakawa is one of the characters in “Overflow.”

 

Ayumu

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Dream or vision
  • Variations/Synonyms: Walk, beauty, and reason
  • Description: Ayumu Uehara is among the main characters in “Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.”

 

Bashira

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Joyful 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bringer of good news
  • Description: “Date Bashira” is a manga series set in Japan’s Sengoku era.

 

Chieko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Child of wisdom
  • Variations/Synonyms: Reason
  • Description: Chieko is one of the characters in “Princess Jellyfish.”

 

Chiharu

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Clear skies 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Wisdom
  • Description: Chiharu Harukaze is a character in  “Hayate, The Combat Butler.”

 

Chihiro

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Search
  • Variations/Synonyms: Thousand questions
  • Description: Chihiro Ogini is the main character in “Spirited Away.”

 

Chika

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Scatter flowers
  • Variations/Synonyms: Good, wisdom, and intellect
  • Description: Chika Fujiwara is a character in “Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai.”

 

Chikai

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sparkling light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Big, thousand, and shellfish
  • Description: Chikai Kuji is a character in “Sarazanmai.”

 

Chinatsu

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: One thousand summers
  • Variations/Synonyms: Intellect, harbor, and vegetables
  • Description: Chinatsu Hiyama is a character in “Ballroom e Youkoso.”

 

Chiyo

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand generations
  • Variations/Synonyms: Thousand worlds
  • Description: Chiyo Sakura is the main protagonist in “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun.”

 

Chiyoko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Child of a thousand generations
  • Variations/Synonyms: Leaf, child of forever, and child of a thousand worlds
  • Description: Chiyoko Fujiwara is a character in “Satoshi Kon.”

 

Cho

  • Origin: Korean and Japanese 
  • Meaning: Butterfly
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful (Korean)
  • Description: Moonflower O-Cho is a character in “One Piece.”

 

Chouko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Butterfly child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bright child
  • Description: Chouko Mizushima is a character in “Hana no Namae.”

 

Dai

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: To shine
  • Variations/Synonyms: Large
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.
  • Dai is the main hero in “Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai.”

 

Diva

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Goddess
  • Variations/Synonyms: God’s gift
  • Description: Queen Diva is the powerful queen in “El-Hazard: The Magnificent World.”

 

Eiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Child of splendor
  • Variations/Synonyms: Prosperous and flourishing 
  • Description: Eiko Aizawa is a character in “Shinryaku! Ika Musume.”

 

Emi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Variations/Synonyms: Favor and beautiful
  • Description: Emi Yusa is a character in “Hataraku Maou-sama.”

 

Emika

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Blessed, spring, flower, and cute
  • Description: Emika Takatsuki is a character in “Ano Natsu De Matteru.”

 

Emiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Smiling child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful child
  • Description: Emiko Niwa is a character in “D.N.Angel.”

 

Eri

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Blessed prize
  • Variations/Synonyms: Blessing and reason
  • Description: Eri has the rewind quirk (power) in “My Hero Academia.”

 

Etsuko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Joy child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Child of happiness
  • Description: Etsuko is a character in “Yakuza.”

 

Fumiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Wealth and beauty
  • Description: Fumiko is the lead character in “Fumiko no Kokuhaku.”

 

Hana

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Happiness
  • Variations/Synonyms: Flower
  • Description: Hana Shirosaki is among the main characters in “Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!”

 

Hanako

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Flower child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ritual
  • Description: “Jibaku Shōnen Hanako-kun” is an anime with a supernatural theme.

 

Haruka

  • Origin: Korean and Japanese 
  • Meaning: Spring (season)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Day (Korean)
  • Description: It’s synonymous with “Haru.”
  • Haruka Nogizaka is the protagonist in “Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu.”

 

Hideko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Child of excellence
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beauty
  • Description: Hideko Yamashita is a character in “Hai-Furi.”

 

Hikari

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Imposing appearance
  • Description: Hikari Sakishima is the main hero in “Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea.”

 

Himiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sun princess
  • Variations/Synonyms: Daughter of the sun
  • Description: Himiko Toga is a character in “My Hero Academia.”

 

Hinata

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sunny place
  • Variations/Synonyms:  Sunflower
  • Description: Hinata Hyuga is an heiress in “Naruto.”

 

Hiroko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Generous child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Courageous spirit
  • Description: Hiroko Shimizu is a character in “Shiki.”

 

Hisako

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Child of long life
  • Variations/Synonyms: Longevity, child, and comparison
  • Description: Hisako Arato is a character in “Shokugeki no Soma.”

 

Hitomi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Pupil of the eye
  • Variations/Synonyms: Wisdom, intellect, and gleam of life
  • Description: Hitomi Mishima is a character in “Hinamatsuri.”

 

Honoka

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Harmony flower
  • Variations/Synonyms: Incense, ear, spike, and head
  • Description: Honoka Kosaka is a character in “Love Live!”

 

Hoshi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Star
  • Variations/Synonyms: Poetry
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.
  • Hoshi is a character in “Arakawa Under the Bridge.”

 

Ichika

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A thousand flowers
  • Variations/Synonyms: Harmony and peace
  • Description: Ichika Nakano is one of the main characters in “The Quintessential Quintuplets.”

 

Izumi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Fountain
  • Variations/Synonyms: Harmonious spring
  • Description: Izumi Miyamura is a character in “Horimiya.”

 

Kaede

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Summer
  • Variations/Synonyms: Maple tree
  • Description: Kaede Azusagawa is among the main characters of “Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai.”

 

Kamiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Little goddess
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful child
  • Description: Kamiko Kana is a character in “Virtual YouTuber.”

 

Kanon

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Flower
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sound or official of the church
  • Description: Kanon is an interactive anime-based video game.

 

Kaoru 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Fragrance
  • Variations/Synonyms: Fabric and literature
  • Description: It’s also spelled as “Kaori.”

 

Karatachi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bitter orange fruit
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ninja swordsman
  • Description: Yagura Karatachi is a character in “Five World War.”

 

Kasumi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Mist
  • Variations/Synonyms: Clear, pure, and flower
  • Description: Kasumi Nomura is a character in “Asobi Asobase.”

 

Kei

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Blessing
  • Variations/Synonyms: Jewel
  • Description: Kei Shirogane is a character in “Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai.”

 

Kiku

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Chrysanthemum 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bright flower or bright sky
  • Description: Kiku Matsuba is a character in “Ben-To.”

 

Kimi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Righteous
  • Variations/Synonyms:  Beautiful story
  • Description: The anime “Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You” has a romantic theme.

 

Kiyomi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Clean and clear
  • Description: Kiyomi Takada is a character in “Death Note.”

 

Kotone

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Flute
  • Variations/Synonyms: Harp or sound
  • Description: Kotone Shirakawa is a character in “Overflow.”

 

Kyouka

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Fragrant capital
  • Variations/Synonyms: Mirror and flower
  • Description: It’s also spelled as “Kyoka.”
  • Kyoka Jiro is one of the characters in “My Hero Academia.”

 

Lillie

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Purity 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beauty
  • Description: Lillie is a character in “Pokemon.”

 

Maiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A child of dance
  • Variations/Synonyms: Powerful
  • Description: “Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House” is a Japanese manga series.

 

Maki

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Precious
  • Variations/Synonyms: True
  • Description: Maki Zenin is an athletic character in “Jujutsu Kaisen.”

 

Mami

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Real
  • Description: Mami Tomoe is a magical girl in “The Puella Magi.”

 

Manami

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful and loving
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sea, ocean, and truth
  • Description: Manami Tamura is a character in “Oreimo.”

 

Mao

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: True
  • Variations/Synonyms: Center or dance
  • Description: Mao is a character in “Hinamatsuri.”

 

Masami

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Prosperous beauty
  • Variations/Synonyms: Become beautiful
  • Description: Masami Iwasawa is a pretty character in “Angel Beats.”

 

Mayu

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Superiority
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gentleness
  • Description: Mayu is an essential character in “Elfen Lied.”

 

Michiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Wise child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful
  • Description: Michiko Malandro is a hero in “Michiko & Hatchin.”

 

Mikasa

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Strong warrior woman
  • Variations/Synonyms: To resolve
  • Description: Mikasa Ackerman is a strong character in “Attack on Titan.”

 

Misa

  • Origin: Japanese, Indian, Egyptian, Native American, and African 
  • Meaning: Beautiful bloom
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful sand
  • Description: Misa Amane is a character in “Death Note.”

 

Miwa

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful harmony
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ring or circle
  • Description: Miwa Kasumi is a character in “Jujutsu Kaisen.”

 

Miyuki

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful fortune
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful snow
  • Description: Shiba Miyuki is the main protagonist in “The Irregular in Magic High School.”

 

Momoe

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A hundred blessings
  • Variations/Synonyms: Peachtree branch or forest
  • Description: Momoe Sawaki is a character in “Wonder Egg Priority.”

 

Nami

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Red apple
  • Description: Nami is a navigator in “One Piece.”

 

Natsu

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Born in summer
  • Variations/Synonyms:  Wing or capital
  • Description: Natsu Dragneel is a mage (magician) in “Fairy Tail.”

 

Ochako

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Tea child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bright, good, and beautiful
  • Description: Ochaco Uraraka has the zero-gravity quirk (power) in “My Hero Academia.”

 

Rei

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Law
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beautiful
  • Description: Rei Ayanami is a character in “Neon Genesis Evangelion.”

 

Rin 

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Dignified
  • Variations/Synonyms: Apricot (fruit)
  • Description: Rin Asogi is the main character in “RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne.”

 

Rukia

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Flower of heaven
  • Description: Rukia Kuchiki is a character in “Bleach.”

 

Saika

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Colorful flower
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beauty
  • Description: Saika Totsuka is a character in “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU.”

 

Saki

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Hope
  • Variations/Synonyms: Blossom
  • Description: Saki Miyanaga is the main character in “Saki.”

 

Sakura

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Cherry blossoms
  • Variations/Synonyms: Spring
  • Description: Sakura Kinomoto is the main character in “Cardcaptor Sakura.”

 

Sakurako

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Child of the cherry blossoms
  • Variations/Synonyms: Refined
  • Description: Sakurako Kujō is a genius beauty in “Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation.”

 

Sayuri

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Lily
  • Variations/Synonyms: Small
  • Description: Sayuri Haruno is the main character in “Bonjour Koiaji Pâtissiere.”

 

Serena 

  • Origin: Japanese 
  • Meaning: Calm
  • Variations/Synonyms: Mermaid
  • Description: Serena is a character in “Pokemon.”

 

Shinobu

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Recall
  • Variations/Synonyms: Endure
  • Description: Shinobu Oshino is a character in “All Worlds Alliance.”

 

Shirone

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Attractive 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Peace
  • Description: Shirone Toujou is among the female protagonists of “High School DxD.”

 

Shizuka

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Quiet
  • Variations/Synonyms: Calm, flower, and fragrance
  • Description: Shizuka Minamoto is a character in “Doraemon.”

 

Sora

  • Origin: Japanese, Arabic, and Native American
  • Meaning: Sky
  • Variations/Synonyms: Heaven
  • Description: Sora Kasugano is the protagonist in “Yosuga no Sora.”

 

Takara

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Treasure
  • Variations/Synonyms: Precious jewel
  • Description: Miyuki Takara is among the main characters in “Lucky Star.”

 

Umeko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Plum blossom child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sprout
  • Description: Umeko Sawamura is a beautiful woman in “Mashiro no Oto.”

 

Yasu

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Smooth or quiet
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.
  • Yasushi Takagi is a character in “Nana.”

 

Yuki

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Snow princess
  • Variations/Synonyms: Snow flower, happiness, luck, and reason
  • Description: Yuki Nagato is a character in “Haruhi.”

 

Yumi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Friend
  • Variations/Synonyms: Reason
  • Description: Yumi Shirayanagi is a beautiful character in “Charlotte.”

 

 

 

REFERENCES

(1) https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/anime-market

 

 

 

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