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Rin (凛) and Ren (蓮) most popular baby names of 2019: survey

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Rin (凛) was the most popular name for baby girls and Ren (蓮) for baby boys born in the first nine months of 2019, according to an annual survey of its customers by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co.

This year marked the start of the new Reiwa Era but the characters for Reiwa did not appear among the most popular names, the survey showed.

Rin, meaning dignified, last topped the list five years ago, while Ren, which means lotus, was the most popular boys' name for the second straight year.

The second most popular name for girls was Himari (陽葵), followed by Yua (結愛), An (杏) and Tsumugi (紬). For boys, Haruto (陽翔) and Arata (新) tied for the second most popular name, followed by Minato (湊), Aoi (蒼) and Ritsu (律).

Meiji Yasuda said it surveyed 8,407 customers who had girls this year and 8,455 who had sons.

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Well that's a giggle... my friend's wife had twins back in March and a girl and a boy... Rin and Ren lol

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No Don?

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My favorite Japanese name is Mori (森). I don't know why, but i just love that name. Maybe because my favorite color is green, and i like forests, and the name reminds me of both.

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The character RIN has too many strokes in it. Children given the name will have a hard time writing their name.

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15 years from now:

Hello, Rin.

No! Not Rin! Ren!!

or

Hello, Ren.

No! Not Ren! Rin!!

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I really like both names, and even considered the name Rin for my daughter. But if you've got children who are at all international (ie - will be outside Japan much in their lives) you commit them to a name half the world will never be able to properly pronounce. They really both are nice names.

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We need more babies!

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15 strokes is hardly too many to write for a first name. Most Japanese will have more than that between the two kanjis in a typical firstname. My daughter has 33, which is admittedly a little much. But If even i can write them almost as quick as my own name, it cant be too bad.

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Destined twin time ?

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@Wakarimasen: No one is stopping you....go forth and procreate! ;-)

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15 years from now:

Hello, Rin.

No! Not Rin! Ren!!

or

Hello, Ren.

No! Not Ren! Rin!!

It's even worse with my wife Yuki and my nephew Yuuki.

And she thinks the English words bowl and ball sound the same!

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And she thinks the English words bowl and ball sound the same!

For some speaker's accents, they do!

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Rin (no Tin-Tin), Ren (no Stimpy)?

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I feel I can only name my kids this if they are blond and have golf ball sized eyes.

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Rin sounds awful, the kanji is hard to write too.

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My family name in Kanji has three characters, one of them is Ren (蓮). My full name takes eight characters all complicated.

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