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God of thunder and lightning (Japanese mythology)
Characteristics of Raiden
Etymology & Historical Origin - Raiden
Raiden is the typical English transcription of Raijin, the god of thunder and lightning in Japanese (Shinto) mythology. In Japanese, the name is made up of the characters 雷 and 神 meaning “thunder” and “god, supreme being”. In Western Culture, the god is known as Raiden from “rai” (雷, thunder) + “den” (電, lightning). The god is generally depicted as a demon-like man who beats his drum (thus creating storms and the sound of thunder) or a tall man wearing a large straw hat typically seen in Asian countries (as protection from the rain). In an endearing Japanese tradition, parents tell their children to hide their navels during a thunderstorm because, according to folklore, Raijin (Raiden) will eat them! Perhaps if you sauté it in garlic and toss on a little salt and pepper, a bellybutton doesn’t taste so bad. In terms of a famous Japanese name bearer, Raiden Tameemon (1767-1825) was considered one of the greatest sumo wrestlers of all time. Raiden became more mainstream within American culture after his introduction as a character in the popular video game, Mortal Combat. Today, Raiden is a staple character in video and arcade games across America. As a male given name, Raiden is a 21st century invention and usage is more or less restricted to North America and Australia.
Popularity of the Name Raiden
Raiden only first appeared on the American male naming charts in 2007 and the name has already reached levels of respectable moderation in terms of usage. At first we thought Raiden was most certainly a made-up name in reaction to the ever-popular “-aden” suffix (Jayden, Caden, Brayden, Aiden, etc). But we were pleasantly surprised to see the Japanese connection to a thunder god. It brings the name a little more depth and interest. Although be careful what you wish for – we hope you don’t have a kid with too much thunderbolt to his personality! We’re also guessing a name like Raiden is being promoted by the new fathers out there. In other words, you don’t see many young girls playing “fighting” video games which is where the character of Raiden often shows up.
Popularity of the Boy Name Raiden
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Raiden
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Raiden
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Popular Songs on Raiden
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Raiden
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Famous People Named Raiden
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Children of Famous People Named Raiden
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Raiden - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Raiden
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Raiden