Some anime girl names appear so frequently in different anime series that it can be hard to keep the characters straight. This shouldn’t be surprising since some of the most common anime girl names each have some common character traits associated with them. Of course, no two anime girls are the same (except maybe Shion and Mion Sonozaki from Higurashi!). But we’ve put together a list of the five most common anime girl names and explored some of the traits that typify each name.
Sakura (meaning “cherry blossom) is definitely the most common anime girl name. There are close to 150 anime girls with the name “Sakura” on anime-planet.com. Also, the “cherry blossom girl” is a known anime trope. Sakura-named (and related-named) characters often appear with a cherry-blossom motif, and also tend to be a love interest, associated with luck/fate, and in possession of either explicit or implied healing or revitalizing power. The most popular Sakuras are also often unexpected masters of martial arts, though they also often prefer calm over conflict.
This name can have a variety of meanings, including most commonly “happiness” and “snow.” There are close to 75 entries for anime girls with the first name “Yuki” on anime-planet.com. As is suggested by the split meanings of the name, popular anime girls named Yuki tend to have two different character types. First, there are the quiet and shy Yukis, often appearing as dandere in their respective series (like Yuki Nagato in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu). Other Yuki-named characters are cheerful and known for sleeping in class, like Yuki Takeya from Gakkou Gurashi and Yuki Kuran from Vampire Knight.
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The most common meaning of Natsuki is “summer, hope.” As is suggested by the definition, anime girls named Natsuki are often cheerful and bright, with overall “summery” personalities. Moreover, they tend to be dedicated friends who go above and beyond in service of the people they love. They are also often somewhat dense or thickheaded, though well-meaning. Natsuki from Doki Doki Literature Club exemplifies these traits, as do Natsuki from Dorohedoro, and Natsuki from Cuticle Detective Iniba.
The name Rin means “dignified, severe, cold,” and anime girls with this name often display some of these traits. What’s more, many of the more than 50 Rin-named anime girls serve in a caretaking role among their friends. For example, Rin Tohsaka of Fate/Stay Night is quite severe, though she acts in a big-sisterly manner towards her friends. Similarly, Rin Toyama from New Game! adopts a motherly role despite her stern disposition. Likewise, Rin Kaga from Usagi Drop is mature in personality for her age, and even helps her friends with their homework as one would help a child.
The 50 anime girls named Reina (meaning “wise”) are commonly reserved, appearing in storylines where they change to become more confident. Reinas tend to be very polite, often using honorifics (san, kun, sama, etc.) even with peers, and dedicate themselves to mastering knowledge of their passions. Following an interaction or adventure with other characters, Reina-named anime girls often feel more secure opening up and being more energetic in their support of their friends. Reina Kousaka of Hibike! Euphonium and Reina Izumi from Musaigen no Phantom typify these characteristics.
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