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170+ Japanese Fish Names With Meanings For Your Pet Fishes

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There are a lot of Japanese fish names that you might not know. Some of them are pretty cool, and some of them are just downright weird.

But if you’re into fish, it’s always interesting to learn about new species and their unique Japanese fish names.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the more interesting Japanese fish names out there.

So if you’re ready to learn something new, keep reading!

Male Japanese Fish Names

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Names Meanings
Yokohama 横浜 – Horizontal Beach
Horai 堀合 – Horizon Joined
Minato 湊 – Port
Iwami 岩見 – Rocky Shore
Shiozawa
塩沢 – Salt Swamp
Fujikawa 藤川 – Wisteria River
Nara 奈良 – Nara
Takahama 高浜 – Tall Beach
Miyamoto 宮本 – Shrine Mountain
Tokyo 東京 – Eastern Capital
Kitano 北野 – Northern Field
Ohara 小原 – Small Plain
Ueda 上田 – Upper Field
Kai 開 – Ocean
Sado 薩摩 – Sado Island
Nakamura 中村 – Middle Village
Yamada 山田 –
Mountain Rice Paddy
Kami 神 – God
Kobayashi 小林 – Small Forest
Harima 張溪 – Wide Island
Tsuji 辻 – Crossroads
Yamato 大和 – Great Harmony
Sakamoto 坂本 – Slope Mountain
Oya お屋 – Cave
Asahi 朝日 – Morning Sun
Kuma 熊 – Bear
Suzaki 鈴木 – Bell Tree
Maehama 前浜 – Front Beach
Miho 三保 – Three Tombs
Kusakabe 草壁 – Grass Wall
Hakusan 白山 – White Mountain
Sano 佐野 – Helping Field
Wakayama 和歌山 –
Japanese Poetry Mountain
Nakajima 中島 – Middle Island
Kohata 小畑 – Small Field
Nagayama 長山 – Long Mountain
Takamatsu 高松 – Tall Pine
Toki 常木 – Eternal Tree
Toyama 富山 – Rich Mountain
Aoyama 青山 – Blue Mountain
Tottori 鳥取 – Bird Watching
Higashi 東 – East
Tsumagoi 爪子井 – Claw Well
Ebisu 恵比須 – Wealthy God
Hiruta 比留多 –
Wetland Faraway
Hida 飛騨 – Flying Arrow
Shimizu 清水 – Clear Water
Yoshida 吉田 – Lucky Field
Konan 湖南 –
South of the Lake
Kurata 倉田 –
Warehouse Field

Female Japanese Fish Names

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Names Meanings
Kumamoto 熊本 – Bear Root
Samurah さむらひ – Samurai Deer
Izumo 出雲 – Rising Clouds
Nagasaki 長崎 – Long Cape
Kanazawa 金沢 – Golden Swamp
Iwakuni 岩国 – Rocks Country
Takasaki 高崎 – High Fence
Aoi 青い – Blue
Yokohama 横浜 –
Horizontal Beach
Asagi 浅葱 – Light Blue
Shizuoka 静岡 – Quiet Hill
Osaka 大阪 – Large Slope
Wakayama 和歌山 –
Japanese Poetry Mountain
Kameyama 亀山 –
Tortoise Mountain
Matsuyama 松山 – Pine Mountain
Kagoshima 鹿児島 – Deer Island
Hakusan 白山 – White Mountain
Khaki 千 – One Thousand
Onomichi 遠茂呂 –
Far-reaching Forest
Kushiro 釧路 – Bronze Road
Sakura さくら – Cherry Blossom
Nakano 中野 – Middle Field
Ueda 上田 – Upper Field
Yuigahama 由比ガ浜 – Sandbar
Hisako 久子 – Long-lived Child
Okinawa 沖縄 –
Large Island Chain
Kotobuki 寿 – Longevity
Yoshiwara 吉原 – Lucky Plain
Yamaguchi 山口 –
Mountain Entrance
Sakai 堺 – Knives
Kirishima 霧島 – Misty Island
Tokushima 徳島 – Virtue Island
Yumoto 湯元 –
Hot Spring Origin
Tsuyama 津山 – Port City
Fujinomiya 藤宮 – Wisteria Shrine
Kochi 高知 – High Awareness
Toyama 富山 – Rich Mountain
Matsue 松江 – Pine Tree River
Hirose 広瀬 – Wide Rapids
Yoshida 吉田 – Lucky Field
Nagoya 名古屋 – Famous Place
Kurume 車メ – Vehicle Plum

Japanese Betta Fish Names

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Names Meanings
Beni 紅 – Crimson
Jindai 神代 – Age of the Gods
Sumi 隅 – Corner; ink
Yamabuki 山吹 – Mountain Rose
Kujaku 孔雀 – Peacock
Kurage 海月 – Jellyfish
Akame 赤目 – Red Eyes
Hinata 日向 – Sunny Place
Yamauruchi 山売土 – Mountain Soil
Tokage 蜥蜴 – Lizard
Nashiji 那支慈 –
Mother-of-pearl Inlay
Omanjo 大関女 – Shogun’s Wife
Shiro 白 – White
Sakura さくら – Cherry Blossom
Fuka ふか – Deep Sea
Usubeni 薄紅 – Pale Red
Asagi 浅葱 – Light Blue
Nadeshiko 撫子 – Pink Carnation
Ogon 黄金 – Gold
Yoshiwara 吉原 – Lucky Plain
Momo 桃 – Peach
Midori 翠 – Green
Matsuba 松葉 – Pine Needles
Yamato 大和 – Great Harmony
Aoki 青木 – Blue Tree
Yanagi 柳 – Willow Tree
Nezumi 鼠 – Mouse
Kohaku 琥珀 – Amber
Kuro 玄 – Black
Yukiko 雪子 – Snow Child
Hisoka ひそか – Secretive
Kaede 楓 – Maple Leaf
Tancho 丹頂 –
Red-crowned Crane

You can also view the list of pet betta fish names

Japanese Koi Fish Names

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Names Meanings
Mugi 麦 – Wheat
Hatsukoi 初恋 – First Love
Beni 紅 – Crimson
Negi 玄米 – Brown Rice
Dai 大 – Large
Bi 尾 – Tail
Nezumi 鼠 –
Mouse (also “Rat”)
Aki 秋 – Autumn
Midori 緑 – Green
Chakugeki チャクゲキ – Waterfall
Asagi 浅葱 – Light Blue
Momotaro 桃太郎 –
Peach Boy (folktale character)
Mikawa 三河 –
Three Rivers (of Japan)
Koromo 衣 – Clothing
Hinata 日向 – Sunny Place
Kohaku 琥珀 – Amber
Ichiban 一番 – Number One
Karasu 烏 – Crow
Ayu 鮎 – Sweetfish
Ai 愛 – Love
Ebisu 恵比寿 –
Wealthy God of Fortune
Kozakura 小桜 –
Cherry Blossom (variety)
Izumi 泉 –
Spring (of water)
Matsukawa 松川 – Pine River
Nanaban 七番 – Seventh
Nikko 日光 – Sunshine
Mu 無 – Nothingness
Iwafune 岩船 – Rock Ship
Hikari 光 – Light
Gin 銀 – Silver
Akai 赤い – Red
Miyuki 雪 – Deep Snow
Nakago 中心 –
Center (of something)
Nadeshiko 撫子 – Pink Carnation
Hisako 久子 – Long-lived Child
Hachiman 八幡 –
Eight Banners (of the Chinese Emperor)
Kai 魁 – Leader
Naraku 奈落 – Hell
Homare 誉 – Honor
Ippon 一本 –
One (as in “a straight line”)
Akebono 曙 – Dawn
Fuyu 冬 – Winter
Kurage 海月 – Jellyfish
Anko 餡子 –
Sweet Bean Paste
Kokoro 心 – Heart
Haku 白 – White
Aoi 青い – Blue
Nishiki 錦 – Brocade (fabric)
Nanohana 七花 – Seven Flowers
Kuro 黒 – Black

You can also view the list of koi fish names

Japanese fish names are interesting and unique, but they can be difficult to remember. And if you want more ideas for your pet fishes, make sure to check our complete fish names a to z for inspiration!

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