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« on: July 11, 2013, 11:27:35 AM »

(Cross posted at OO, my apologies.)

Well, not really. But I do need your help. My wife is due in early September and we're going to have a boy. He's going to have a Japanese name (wife is Japanese) and I'm concerned about how well people from English speaking countries will be able to pronounce it. I don't want to him to go through life explaining, "No, you say it like..." like my mother whose name is Fionnuala.
We have a list here and if it isn't too much trouble I would appreciate it if you would write the phonetic spelling of how you think it's pronounced. Don't worry if you don't have experience with Japanese names-the less you know the better!

Keisuke
Sakutaro
Shusuke
Shunsuke
Shunpei
Shohei
Shinnosuke
Seita
Keito


That's a lot of names but I would really appreciate the feedback if you've got the time.
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2013, 01:15:24 PM »

Does one of them mean Ice Cream? If so, pick that one.

Or Soda. Soda is a legend's name.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2013, 01:31:41 PM »

I think that's taken. I was going for Caesar, but the wife wouldn't have any of that.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2013, 01:34:40 PM »

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We have a list here and if it isn't too much trouble I would appreciate it if you would write the phonetic spelling of how you think it's pronounced
well this is my take on the names

Keisuke-Kee-Zoo-Kee
Sakutaro-Sak-You-Tarrow
Shusuke-Shoo-Zoo-Kee
Shunsuke-Shun-Zoo-Kee
Shunpei-Shun-Pee
Shohei-Show-Hee(or Show-Hee)
Shinnosuke-Shin-no-Zoo-Kee(or Shinnow-Zoo-Kee)
Seita-Zee-Ta
Keito-Kee-Toe

I like the first name best,Kee-Zoo-Kee if that IS how you pronounce it

I guess Keisuke could be pronounced Ki-Zoo-Kee instead of Kee-Zoo-Key and Si-Ta instead of Zee-Ta for Seita

Same with Keito,could be Ki-Toe instead of what i put Kee-Toe..or maybe even Kay-Toe,LOL icon_confused

hope this helps
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2013, 01:51:09 PM »

I think the only safe name to go with is "Ichiro".

Do these names have any meaning? Or is it like American names, which in the words of Butch from Pulp Fiction "don't mean shit."

Here's what I think:

Keisuke - kay soo kay
Sakutaro - sah koo tah ro
Shusuke - shoo soo kay (although this and the next I could see people easily saying Shoo sook and Shun sook)
Shunsuke - shun soo kay
Shunpei - shun pay
Shohei - show hay
Shinnosuke - shin no soo kay
Seita - say tah
Keito - kay tow
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2013, 02:37:07 PM »

Ditch all of those and go with the only name a boy could ever possibly want:

Jet Jaguar
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2013, 02:42:33 PM »

Keisuke - How I think it's pronounced: Kay-ee-soo-kay  What I think others will say: I'm just going to call you Kay.
Sakutaro - HITIP: Sack-oo-tar-oh  WITOWS: Sack-ut-arrow
Shusuke - HITIP: Shuh-soo-kay WITOWS: Shushyourmouth
Shunsuke - HITIP: Shun-soo-kay WITOWS: Shun-sook
Shunpei - HITIP: Shun-pay  WITOWS: Shun-pee
Shohei - HITIP: Show-hay-ee  WITOWS: Show-hey-ho-hey-ho-hey
Shinnosuke - HITIP: Shin-no-soo-kay  WITOWS: Shinno-sucky
Seita - HITIP: Say-ee-tah  WITOWS: Say-tah
Keito - HITIP: Kay-ee-toe  WITOWS: Kay-to (which probably won't be an issue unless another Green Hornet movie gets made or they lurk in these forums)

Just to be clear, I don't know how any of those are translated, but I think they're all pretty cool.  And while I'm trying to be light with the other stuff, I do think you have to imagine what kids'll say and see if you're okay with that.  Homer Simpson ran through a mental checklist when trying to name Bart, for example ("Art, Bart, Cart, Ee-art...I think it'll be okay").
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2013, 03:17:41 PM »

Seita holds a warm spot in my heart, and for gaming reasons. It was the name of the Druid from the far north in our Midgard RPG campaign. Interesting enough it's actually a Sami (indigenous people of Northern Sweden, Norway and Finland) word for a type of shrine that they use to pray for the safety of their herds. When the player wanted a suggestion for a name I did some wiki-fu and came up with it. Interesting that it's also a name in Japanese, as a number of philologists have speculated that there's a connection between the languages of the Sami and Japanese. I do think its a good name for English speakers as its short and easy to remember.

BTW Seita was awesome in our campaign and much beloved by the party for his timely healing's and his brave Artic Owl familiar. slywink
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2013, 03:38:24 PM »

are the ones with the "suke" supposed to sound like "skay"?
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2013, 03:41:33 PM »

I don't know any real Japanese and only the "knowledge" I've gleamed from a few gaming industry names.   icon_confused

Quote from: Canuck on July 11, 2013, 11:27:35 AM

Keisuke - Kay soo key
Sakutaro - Sock eh tar oh
Shusuke - shoe sue key
Shunsuke - Shun sue key
Shunpei - Shun pay
Shohei - Show hey
Shinnosuke - Shin oh sue key
Seita - Say tah
Keito - Kay toe

From a dumb American's perspective, the shorter the name and fewer syllables the easier it will be for people to get it at least close to right.
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2013, 03:47:35 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on July 11, 2013, 02:37:07 PM

Ditch all of those and go with the only name a boy could ever possibly want:

Jet Jaguar

or Max Power.
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2013, 06:02:22 PM »

Kato!!!
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 06:06:18 PM »

I think if you steer away from the "suke" names you will be okay. I know those names will give more trouble to folks who cant pronounce it correctly. I would always worry about folks pronouncing it "sucky".

That said I have a soft spot for Shunpei
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2013, 06:09:29 PM »

why not just name the kid $ony?


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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2013, 07:20:46 PM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on July 11, 2013, 06:02:22 PM

Kato!!!

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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2013, 07:22:27 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2013, 01:56:31 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2013, 02:35:14 PM »

Thanks for the input guys! Most of you were actually pretty close (except for Metallicorphan who was way off but that's ok because I need to know how badly the names can be butchered, not how well they can be pronounced! smile )

Anyways this is what the names sound like.

Keisuke- kay-soo-keh  (the "soo" is short, not long)
Sakutaro- sah-koo-tah-row
Shusuke- shoo-soo-keh (shu sounds like shoe)
Shunsuke- shoon-soo-keh
Shunpei- shoon-pay
Shohei- show-hay
Shinnosuke- shin-no-skay (soo-keh)
Seita- say-tah
Keito- kay-toe
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2013, 03:11:50 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on July 12, 2013, 02:35:14 PM

Thanks for the input guys! Most of you were actually pretty close (except for Metallicorphan who was way off but that's ok because I need to know how badly the names can be butchered, not how well they can be pronounced! smile )

Anyways this is what the names sound like.

Keisuke- kay-soo-keh  (the "soo" is short, not long)
Sakutaro- sah-koo-tah-row
Shusuke- shoo-soo-keh (shu sounds like shoe)
Shunsuke- shoon-soo-keh
Shunpei- shoon-pay
Shohei- show-hay
Shinnosuke- shin-no-skay (soo-keh)
Seita- say-tah
Keito- kay-toe
Nice names.  icon_smile

I think you have to accept that most folks here won't know "say" is spelled "sei" etc. or that "soo-keh" is spelled "suke," or "shoon" is spelled "Shun." imho you won't be able to avoid your child needing to correct folks on spelling at least once.

So I'd be inclined to support choosing a short, two-syllable name (like Seita or Keito) so at least he/she will only have to correct one spelling error, not two.  icon_smile
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2013, 12:11:27 AM »

How about Kenji? My wife is Japanese so both kids have Japanese middle names and 'Murican first names. My son's name is Nicholas Jyoji ...

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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2013, 07:59:36 PM »

I vote Naruto!
or as backup, Ichigo
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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2013, 06:31:30 AM »

Slippery slope... icon_neutral
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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2013, 10:09:04 AM »

While it's not my favorite, I think Sakutaro has the least possibility of being butchered in the US.

Shusuke
Shunsuke
Shunpei
Shohei
Keito

These are my favorites though, not in order though Shusuke is probably my number 1 followed by Shohei
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« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2013, 01:19:05 PM »

Why not work in your love of the film Pacific Rim by naming the child Kaiju?
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« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2013, 01:07:19 AM »

Quote from: hepcat on July 17, 2013, 01:19:05 PM

Why not work in your love of the film Pacific Rim by naming the child Kaiju?
Do you think his child will be a little monster?
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« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2013, 05:32:41 AM »

Quote from: Punisher on July 18, 2013, 01:07:19 AM

Quote from: hepcat on July 17, 2013, 01:19:05 PM

Why not work in your love of the film Pacific Rim by naming the child Kaiju?
Do you think his child will be a little monster?

doesn't that mean BIG monster? slywink
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« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2013, 01:22:23 PM »

Until they're in their 30's, isn't it every parent's belief that their kid is often a monster?  Especially when they hit 2?   icon_wink
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