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I think it's almost the same as my (Dutch) name Marieke. I don't know how to pronounce Mariko... but with my Dutch mind it sounds like: MAH-ree-koh. And you pronounce my name as: mah-reek-UH.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2005
Yes, you are correct about the pronunciation, though the meanings vary, depending on the kanji one chooses. If you only want to use one kanji for the "mari" part, one possibility is a kanji meaning "jasmine". "ko" means child.

If you want to use separate kanji for "ma" and "ri", here are some possibilities.
"ma"
-truth
-ten thousand
"ri"
-village
-science
-pear
-benefit
(the first 2 of these are more common than the others)

There are numerous names you can start with Mari also:
Marie (ma-ri-eh)
Marika (as you see it and the "ka" can be "fragrance" or "beautiful" or "song" just in case you're interested for your name)
Marina
Marino
or just plain Mari
-- abbasdaughter  12/27/2005
Thank you for the information! This is really useful. :-)
-- Anonymous User  1/28/2006
A famous bearer is the Japanese photographic and video artist, Mariko Mori.
-- wiswina  6/3/2006
Another meaning for Mariko is "child of true benefit".
-- DarkShizuka  7/18/2006
A famous bearer of the name Mariko is Mariko Konji, the head cheerleader for Seisyun High School in the popular anime/manga Ranma 1/2.
-- DarkShizuka  7/18/2006
Mariko Shoda -- formidable, magnetic, emotionally disturbed antagonist in one of the espionage novels about the spy calling himself "Quiller." Written under the name Adam Hall. Real name: Ellisdon Trevor.
-- Anonymous User  4/10/2007
I have a friend called Mariko. It's pronounced Ma-ree-kow.
-- DontDissMadison  5/1/2007
Many people believe that this is the Japanese form of the name "Mary," but I don't believe the two names are related at all.
-- Midna  7/27/2007
Mariko is a character is the anime Elfen Lied, and she is one of the character's real daughters.
-- Wilted  12/8/2007
Mariko Suzuki (Japanese: 鈴木麻里子) is a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo, Japan.
-- IrishKisses  9/11/2010
Mariko is now considered a pretty old-fashioned name in Japan... names with the "ko" character have been falling out of fashion for a while. They are equivalent to names like Jane or Susan in English - not "old lady" per se, but "traditional" names that are more common in older women. More popular now would be names like Mari, Marina, Marika however "Marika" sounds like a Spanish swear word and should probably be avoided unless you can guarantee that the child will never meet a Spanish speaker or go to a country where Spanish is spoken...
-- glowsilver  5/10/2012
I'm named Mariko, living in the US, and I have always received compliments on it. It is difficult for people to pronounce (they want to say "Muh-REE-koh", whereas I've always had it closer to the Japanese "MAH-ree-ko", like Mario, with the accent on the first syllable), but I don't mind. I sometimes see it defined online as "round child", but I believe they mean "Maru-ko". In our Japanese baby names book, an alternate translation for Mariko is "child of ten thousand villages", which is what I've always translated mine as -- and maybe it influenced me to volunteer abroad for so many years! I was named after the character in James Clavell's "Shogun". I think it'll be hard to find a girl's name that I like as much as the ones my parents chose for me!
-- Mariko  8/1/2013
I was named Mariko after the novel "Shogun". My father was a navy sailor and was stationed in Yokohama when he met my mother. My mother spoke English and worked at the Navy exchange in the camera section. My father would go in and look at the camera equipment and flirt with my mom (my dad was a professional landscape photographer) as often as he could. They started to date and later marry, but both of their families were against inter racial marriage. I was finally born 10 years after. They felt that naming me after Mariko in Shogun had the most meaning to them. They resonated with the Anjin san and Mariko san and sadly my mother also passed away at a very young age, and my father lost the love of his life. My mother also sang "Akujo" to me almost every night when I was little because the song started with my name.
Growing up, I did not like my name. In Japan, my classmates would call me Super Mariko (that's when Mario Bros first came out), and in the US, no one could pronounce my name. Even to this day, my best friends are not able to pronounce my name correctly. The only ones that are non Japanese and are able to pronounce it correctly are my husband, my father, and most young children. When I go back to Japan, people get intimidated by me until I tell them my name. Then they say "OH! Mariko san!" and they are able to relax. I must say that I did start really loving my name as I got older. Here in the US, I do feel more unique because of my name and my mixed nationality and also, my husband has an unique name himself, Dava. I feel that our new family is more special and unique because of our names and our origins. I hope to live up to my name every day and continue to do so.
-- MarikoR  9/10/2014

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