Hiroto (大翔) and Aoi (葵) were ranked as the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2016, according to a survey conducted by Meiji-Yasuda Seimei, a major insurance company in Japan. The company surveyed 8,947 baby boys and 8,509 baby girls who were born this year and whom they insured.
Hiroto has been ranked as the most popular boy's name seven times in the past 10 years, while Aoi has been the most popular girl's name three times. Among boys, Ren (蓮) and Yuma (悠真) were ranked second and third most popular, while for girls, Sakura (さくら) and Hina (陽菜) were second and third in popularity.
Meiji-Yasuda Seimei predicted that next year, the most popular names are likely to be Taki (瀧) for boys, and Mitsuha (三葉) for girls, which are the main characters’ names in the blockbuster animation movie "your name."© Japan Today