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Name of famous Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa.
-- Sarah Wolf  7/27/2005
The meanings "brightness" and "intelligence" are separate for this name. They use different kanji and the different kanji have different meanings for this name. It can also mean "pleasant/cheerful" or "glitter/glisten" or "morning sun" or "chapter of a book" or "shine/throw light".
-- abbasdaughter  12/25/2005
It is male and female.
-- Anonymous User  2/11/2006
Also the name of a famous manga by Katsuhiro Otomo.
-- Ritakins  3/18/2006
Famous bearer is Akira Toriyama, a Japanese cartoonist. His famous works are "Dragon Ball" and "Dr. Slump".
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2006
Akira is such a common name because there are at least a hundred ways to write it, each with a completely different meaning.
-- Dray  5/23/2006
I have a friend named Akira but she is a girl and so this name can be used for either girl or guy.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2006
Akira Ishida is a famous anime voice actor. He also voiced Tom Riddle in the Japanese version of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets".
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2007
Japanese-born Australian fashion designer Akira Oshigawa bears this name.
-- laperouse  6/9/2007
Well, I am a girl and my name is Kili-Akira. Akira isn't really my first name, but it is because it's a part of it. I really like my name. Lots of people think that Akira is only a girls name, but it's not. I know a few people named Akira and they are all boys. But people only say that the name is cute when they hear it in my name. But no one can ever pronounce it right. It is KEY-lee a-KEY-ra. That's why everybody calls me Kailey.
-- Kailey Baby Girl  6/29/2007
The Gransazers (a fictional force entrusted with the powers of Flame, Wind, Earth and Water to guard planet Earth from alien attackers) are probably only well-known in Japan, but here goes anyway: one of the Sazers is called Akira. Being born under the sign of Gemini, he is entrusted with Wind powers (Gemini is an Air Sign).
-- seraphine_eternal  8/8/2007
iFuturelist is a creepy song on DDR. Sung by Akira Yamaoka.
-- spaz123  8/30/2007
Of Japanese and Scottish origin, meaning 'distinct' and 'anchor' respectively.
-- Anonymous User  1/22/2008
Toya Akira is one of the main characters in the popular manga and anime, Hikaru no Go.
-- Anonymous User  2/27/2008
Sohma Akira is also a character in Takaya Natsuki's manga Fruits Basket.
-- Phoenix-san  3/10/2008
Akira is the name of a character in the anime series, "Kikaider" and the drama series, "Kikaida". He's a quiet boy who is the son of an evil professor named Professor Gill.
-- CHiFFON  8/2/2008
My daughter's name is Aikira, it is pronounced eye/key/ruh. I made it up. It means "beautiful little one". Now this is the history of the name Aikira.
-- heiress  10/2/2008
In the Japanese culture, a name that ends with an "A" is masculine and names ending with an "O" is feminine.

This is a lovely name or either boy or girl. It brings to mind a person who is happy-go-lucky; who can smile and make a bleak room bright and inviting. I wish this was my name. But hey, who says I can't name my kid this in the future?

For all you Akiras out there; stay bright!
-- _0TophasNails_1  12/4/2008
Actually, there are no feminine or masculine endings in Japanese names (except perhaps "ko", but that's tied into its meaning). The gender of a name depends on the meaning. For example, Aimi is a feminine name because it is a combination of the elements "love" and "beauty", and Katsu is a masculine name because it means "victory".
-- Anonymous User  2/25/2010
The bassist's for the band GazettE's real name is Akira. He's awesome! (This name's beautiful too.)
-- VampireTears  1/21/2009
There are numerous other kanji for Akira as well.
-- abbasdaughter  3/10/2009
Akira from Monochrome Factor. ^_^
-- VampireTears  3/28/2009
There is an ambient/electronic musician called Akira Kosemura, beautiful music. :)
-- dischord33  5/31/2009
Means intelligent person.
-- babyname  11/15/2009
I think this name is very pretty. I think it's more feminine than masculine and I love its meaning. Keep on shining!
-- Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
Actually pronounced ah-kee-dah.
-- junpyon  4/9/2011
Akira Sasaki is a Japanese alpine skier.
-- enchy  8/23/2011
Akira is the name of the main protagonist of the Japanese BL visual novel "Togainu no Chi."
-- Rin_0911  9/6/2012
Kogami Akira from the Lucky Channel on Lucky☆Star!

Also, this name can be written using hiragana (あきら).
-- bedamijo  8/18/2013
Definetly feminine! So pretty
I don't see Akira as masculine at all.
-- ThatMazerunnerfan  9/5/2014
Akira can also be used as 輝, and it means "bright".
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2015
Another kanji for Akira is 輝, and it means "radiance, shine".
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2015
Akira is also a Scottish name meaning 'Anchor'.
-- kiyajadie  9/21/2015
Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, born April 5, 1955) is a Japanese manga and game artist.
-- Anonymous User  10/3/2015
One of the few names that I find can truly work for either a male or a female, though I slightly prefer it on a male. It sounds strong and brave, like it was meant for someone who is going to be a leader.
-- RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
Popular on males in Japan.
-- Eileen1209864  6/13/2016
The name Akira was given to 259 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
I named my daughter Yekcira pronounced Akira by most people. Although in my research I am always pointed back to the origin being Middle Eastern. Right now in my country, the spelling of my daughter's name is pronounced as E'Kira rather than Akira but the meaning is actually the same. We have also been lead to believe it also means love and joy in the Nigerian culture, although it is spelled differently.
-- Kiyasha1  7/11/2016
Akira Hiramoto is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known as the author and artist of Prison School, which won the General Manga Category award at the 2013 Kodansha Awards, and Me and the Devil Blues, which has won The 2009 Glyph Comics Awards for the Best Reprint Publication.
-- cutenose  12/30/2016
Akira Amano is a female Japanese manga artist known for the shōnen manga series Reborn!.
-- lilolaf  1/21/2017
Akira Kuramochi is a former Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher. Asuka Kuramochi, his daughter, is one of the members of female idol group AKB48.
-- cutenose  1/27/2017
Akira Inoue, is a Japanese keyboard player, composer and producer. He was the recipient of the 23rd Japan Record Awards arranger award. His father was the pioneering Japanese cello player 井上頼豊.
-- cutenose  2/4/2017
Akira Kaji is a Japanese professional footballer who last played for Fagiano Okayama FC. He is a specialist on the right-hand side of the pitch playing as a full back or a wide midfielder.
-- lilolaf  2/14/2017
Akira Nagata is a Japanese vocalist and actor currently part of the J-pop group Run&Gun. He was born in Sakai, Osaka. He was part of the casts of Musical Air Gear with his fellow band members, a voice actor for Lovely Complex, and he also portrays Seigi Ozaki in the tokusatsu franchise Kamen Rider Den-O.
-- lilolaf  2/14/2017
Akira Iwamoto is a Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Central League. Listed at 182 centimeters, Iwamoto is a right-handed pitcher who throws mostly fastballs, the occasional slider, and forkballs as changeup. He tries to emulate Tsunemi Tsuda, a former Hiroshima Carp pitcher and reliever who went to the same high school as he did. He has been called "Tsuda the 2nd" because his 150 kph fastball is reminiscent of the late pitcher.
-- cutenose  2/22/2017
Akira Toriyama is a Japanese manga and game artist. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball— his best known work, and acting as a character designer for several popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series, Blue Dragon, and Chrono Trigger. Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular, particularly Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration.

He earned the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga with Dr. Slump, and it went on to sell over 35 million copies in Japan. It was adapted into a successful anime series, with a second anime created in 1997, 13 years after the manga ended. His next series, Dragon Ball, would become one of the most popular and successful manga in the world. Having sold more than 240 million copies worldwide, it is the third best-selling manga of all time and is considered to be one of the main reasons for the period when manga circulation was at its highest in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. Overseas, Dragon Ball's anime adaptations have been more successful than the manga and are credited with boosting anime's popularity in the Western world.
-- lilolaf  2/22/2017
Akira Suzuki is a Japanese chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate (2010), who first published the Suzuki reaction, the organic reaction of an aryl- or vinyl-boronic acid with an aryl- or vinyl-halide catalyzed by a palladium(0) complex, in 1979.
-- lilolaf  3/21/2017
Akira Kibo is from San Myshuno, a world introduced in The Sims 4: City Living, is a bearer of this name.
-- lilolaf  3/24/2017

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