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There is no set list of Japanese names, and many different kanji with many different meanings can have the same pronunciation. "Ai", for example, can mean "Asia clothes", with "a" meaning Asia, and "i" meaning clothes. This is not particularly common, though.
-- elvenscout742  12/24/2004
One of my students at my school where I taught had the name Ai even though she used the kanji for "grace", which is usually pronounced "megu" or "megumi" on its own and "e" (ay) in names with other kanji present. This would be rather rare though.

Some other Japanese names with Ai in them:

The character for "ai" is pronounced "a" in some names and there are many names where this is used.
-- abbasdaughter  12/25/2005
Three Famous People that bear the name Ai are:
Kago Ai, Hello! Project Member, Former Member of Morning Musume
Takahashi Ai, Hello! Project Member, Current member of Morning Musume
Otsuka Ai, a popular pop singer from Japan.
-- ketsuekitsubasa  11/8/2006
Ai Fukuhara, professional ping pong player
Ai Miyazato, golf pro
Ai Sugiyama, professional tennis player
Ai Shibata, professional swimmer

AI (singer), (born 1981), hip hop singer
Ai Kago, (born 1988), pop singer
Ai Kawashima, pop singer and songwriter
Ai Otsuka, (born 1982), pop singer
Ai Takahashi, (born 1986), pop singer

Voice actresses
Ai Bando, voice actress
Ai Nonaka, voice actress
Ai Orikasa, voice actress
Ai Maeda (seiyu), voice actress
Ai Shimizu, voice actress

Ai Iijima, media personality
Ai Kato, actress and model
Ai Maeda (actress), model and actress
Ai Morinaga, cartoonist
Ai Tominaga, model and actress
Ai Yazawa, cartoonist.
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2007
Ai is the youngest of the half-demon children in Inuyasha Movie 4.
-- egyptianpanda  5/21/2008
What person wouldn't want to name their daughter after love?
-- Katsuno_Hitomi  12/22/2009
Ai Kaga is the name of the girl who blames everything on herself in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
-- egyptianpanda  1/2/2010
Awwww. What a cute name!
-- coolcatevan9  2/28/2010
The meaning of the name Ai is gorgeous but other than that you're better off naming your kid Aiko or not use this name at all because it sound like 'I' and it's like using the name love in America. It's just unprofessional and seem hipish.
-- 555jazzy  10/6/2012
Though perhaps not so famous, Ai Haibara (alias Shiho Miyano) from Detective Conan has the kanji 哀 for her name. It means "sorrow," and she picked the name for her shrunken form because of her sorrowful past (all of her family members are dead).
-- princesssara  10/23/2014
Ai, using the kanji 愛, is in 9th place out of 1000 in 2014 while the one with 藍 is in 127th place. So, the one with 愛 is really popular now and has been for the last 35-40 years.

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-- m4yb3_daijirou  1/16/2015
Ai is the Japanese young clone that met mewtwo and explained the world to him. I believe she may or may not come back in the future, I think she should.
-- amber2stars  8/30/2015
Ai Kayano is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Tokyo. She was formerly affiliated with the Pro-Fit talent agency, but is now represented by Office Osawa.
-- lilolaf  1/15/2017
Ai Takahashi is a Japanese pop singer and actress formerly associated with Hello! Project and best known as leader of Morning Musume and Hello! Project until 2011, and former member of its popular subgroup Mini Moni.
-- cutenose  1/27/2017
Ai Miyazato is a Japanese professional golfer who currently competes on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA). She was the top-ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings on three occasions in 2010.
-- lilolaf  1/27/2017
Ai Shinozaki is a Japanese gravure idol, singer, and a member of "AeLL.", a musical idol group.

When she started modelling in 2006 at age 14, Shinozaki caused widespread press and Web comment about her having an unusually curvy figure for a Japanese teenager. In 2009, her page on the directory site "Chu-Boh" gave her height and figure as "160 B87 W60 H88" (5 ft 3 in, 34-24-35). She regularly appears on the front page of popular titles, such as Young Animal and Weekly Young Jump. The lines between gravure idols and pop idols are very blurred, and aside from modelling she has gone on to forge a career as a pop idol. The name Ai means "Love" in Japanese and often titles of her productions are puns coming from that double meaning.
-- lilolaf  1/27/2017
Ai Kago, born February 7, 1988 in Yamatotokada, Nara, Japan, is a Japanese singer, actress, author, and former Guinness World Record holder. Kago began her career at the age of 12 as a member of the female idol group Morning Musume. In the same year, she became a founding member of Minimoni. In 2004, she graduated from both the aforementioned groups and formed W with Nozomi Tsuji. In 2006, Kago was suspended from the group and dismissed a year later. In 2008 she embarked on a career in film and recorded a jazz album two years later.
-- cutenose  1/29/2017
This name is currently the most popular name for girls in Japan in terms of kanji. (source:
-- cutenose  2/7/2017
Ai Kawashima is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter and pianist. Overcoming her tragic childhood, she released her debut single Asueno tobira (Door to Tomorrow) as the duo I Wish in 2003. She is well known for her numerous street performances. She is also known for her devotion to help children under circumstances similar to hers in Japan and all over the world.
-- cutenose  2/14/2017
Ai Yazawa is a Japanese manga author. Her pen name comes from Japanese singer Eikichi Yazawa, of whom she is a fan.
-- lilolaf  2/18/2017
Ai Iijima was a Japanese media personality, writer, activist and actress who was an AV idol early in her career. Born as Matsue Okubo in Tokyo, Japan, Iijima described a troubled early life in her autobiography. She was raped in her early teens, and had an abortion. She ran away from home as a teenager, later stating, "I hated my parents, to the point where I would rather be coached by bums to sleep in parks wrapped in newspaper blankets." In order to make a living during this time, Iijima worked in karaoke establishments, snack bars, Ginza hostess clubs, and in enjo kōsai.
-- cutenose  2/28/2017

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