Quick Facts on Akira
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- The Master Builder
- Large Undertakings
Etymology & Historical Origin - Akira
Akira is one of the few Japanese names popular enough to make our English-speaking list. Apparently this name is rendered by several different possible Japanese characters: 昭, 明 and 亮 – all of which mean “bright, clear”. In fact there are many different kanji and meanings ascribed to Akira under the same theme of “brightness” such as the break of dawn, the morning sun, a cheerful person, to shine or throw light upon, etc. Most people would agree Akira is full of light so it’s no wonder the name is considered gender-neutral among the Japanese. In the Western World, or at least in the United States, Akira is used only for baby girls (but that’s because Americans shy away from the feminine “-a” ending for boys). Other cultures aren’t as gender phobic in their naming practices.
Popularity of the Name Akira
Akira is a pretty uncommon name in the United States and has only been in circulation since the 21st century (at least with enough frequency to land a position on the Top 1000 list of baby girl names). As an Eastern name (i.e., Japanese), Akira would be considered exotically foreign by typical American naming standards. The name is most likely being used among Japanese Americans and other Asian-Americans, blended families and/or Japanophiles (i.e., lovers of Japanese culture). Adoption of non-European names has yet to become mainstream Americans (with the exception of African-Americans). Yet as a melting-pot society, more and more parents are beginning to look outside the West in an attempt to find new and interesting names for their children; and ones with special meanings. What better culture to look to than Japanese, a culture whose given names are loaded with pleasant meanings. Consider the following Japanese girl names: Aiko (beloved child); Chieko (wise child); Emiko (smiling child); Fumiko (scholarly child); Junko (obedient child); Keiko (blessed child) or Tomiko (treasured child). Unfortunately the typical American parent isn’t ready for the “-o” ending names for their daughters. That’s why Kimora and Akira are some of the few transliterated Japanese sounding names which have managed to squeak onto the U.S. charts. Akira is still a very low ranking name in America today which makes her an original choice (and not just for Japanese-Americans). The name carries an undeniable “brightness” and a beauty all her own.
Popularity of the Girl Name Akira
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Akira
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Akira
Akira We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Akira.
Popular Songs on Akira
Akira - a song by Kaddisfly
Children's Books on the Baby Name Akira
Akira to Zoltan (Cynthia Chin-Lee) - A companion to Amelia to Zora, Akira to Zoltán features 26 contemporary men. Diverse in occupation as well as ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds, the book showcases positive role models for kids. Each biography offers a childhood anecdote, an amazing accomplishment, and an inspiring quote. Recommended for ages 8-11.
Famous People Named Akira
Famous People Named Akira - Akira Kurosawa (Japanese filmmaker)
Children of Famous People Named Akira
Famous People Who Named Their Child Akira - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Akira.
Akira - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Akira - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Akira.
Personality of the Girl Name Akira
The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.
Variations of the Baby Name - Akira