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Subject: Re: Is Takeo a real Japanese name?
Author: Rene   (Authenticated as Rene)
Date: October 29, 2005 at 10:05:06 AM
Reply to: Is Takeo a real Japanese name? by Ylva
Yes, and it seems a rather popular one, and one with many different kanji combinations in use to write it.

The most frequent kanji writing that I could find is:
丈夫
http://www.unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetUnihanData.pl?codepoint=4e08
http://www.unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetUnihanData.pl?codepoint=592b

If you look at the meanings of these 2 kanji, you see something funny. No wonder Takeo is popular, because it seems to be the epitome of a male name! Both kanji stand for man, male, gentleman, husband, or similar. And the combination of both kanji is also used to write the ordinary Japanese word for hero (pronounced "joufu") and for good health, whereas as in Chinese the combination stands for "husband".

It doesn't get any more "man" than this :)


Rene     www.AboutNames.ch

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