CJKI's Japanese Names Dictionary is a based on the CJK Dictionary Institute's comprehensive collections of millions of Japanese names and their variants -- the largest such repository in existence.
Japanese names have been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Indeed, even native speakers often have difficulties in determining the correct pronunciation for a name written in kanji, or guessing the kanji for a name written in Latin characters. In extreme cases, one kanji name can be pronounced 36 ways, whereas one romanized name can be written in more than 100 ways.
Q: Do you know how to read the name 一二三 and 海?
A: Kirara and Marin.
Q: Do you know to write in kanji the surname Hashizume?
A: Here some possibilities: 橋詰, 橋爪, 橋都 and 橋誥.
Q: Do you know how many different ways there are of writing Akiko?
A: At least 168! Here are just a few: 明子, 晶子, 昭子, 彰子, 亜喜子, 亜希子, 安貴子 and many more.
CJKI's Japanese Names Dictionary is a based on the CJK Dictionary Institute's comprehensive collections of millions of Japanese names and their variants -- the largest such repository in existence. The subset provided here consists of the most common 500,000 Japanese surnames and given names, accompanied by their hiragana readings, and over 800,000 of the most popular romanized variants, as well as frequency of use statistics.
* Comprehensive coverage approx. 500,000 core names with over 800,000 romanized variants selected on the basis of frequency statistics.
* Over 1.5 million indexed romanized names, allowing for a variety of romanized forms, including relatively rare ones.
* Radical index with all radical variants for quick access for names of unknown pronunciation.
* Enables finding the kanji version corresponding to any of the numerous romanized variants. For example, Jun'ichirō, which can be written in kanji in at least 87 ways such as 純一郎, 潤一朗 and 凖市郎, and has at least 168 romanized variants such as Jun'ichiro, Junichiroo, Junichirou, Junichiroh, and Zyun'itirô.
* Bilingual bidrectional: English-Japanese and Japanese-English bundled in one application.
* Designed for easy use by both Japanese and non-Japanese users alike.
* User interface of superb design ensures maximum ease of use.
* Bilingual interface: user interface in Japanese and English.
* No Internet connection required.
* History and Bookmarks
The CJK Dictionary Institute is directed by Jack Halpern, editor of the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary and The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary, now standard reference works.
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Ratings and Reviews
Good but needs frequencies
This gives a lot of readings for names, but it doesn’t do a good job of telling you which names/readings are common and which ones are rare.
A great icebreaker
This app really fills a gap! I have English-Japanese dictionary apps and Japanese-Japanese dictionary apps, but they don't contain names. This app quickly finds peoples' names and has been a great conversational ice-breaker for me dozens of times, since when someone tells me their name I can type in the reading and then show them the phone so they can pick out the kanji combination for their name. Over and over again, Japanese people are amazed by this app. I love it.
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- The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc.
- 72.7 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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