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Nana entered the top 10 of most common Japanese girls names once, in 1996.

奈々 (奈, a phonetic character that is duplicated using 々) is the most popular spelling in which the name entered the top 10.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2019
Okay, I am not sure where everyone is getting seven. I grew up in Japan from age 2 to almost 6 and here's the Japanese counting I learned:
1 = ichi
2 = ni
3 = san
4 = shi
5 = go
6 = roku
7 = shichi
8 = hachi
9 = kyuu
10 = juu
darxandra  1/10/2018
Nana Katase is a Japanese actress, singer, and fashion model. Katase portrayed Kiyomi Takada in Death Note: The Last Name. She also portrayed Megumi Yokota as an adult as one of at least thirteen Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Saikai: Yokota Megumi-san no Negai. She also played Mayumi in the fifth installment of the PlayStation series by Sega, Yakuza.
lilolaf  7/3/2017
There are many different ways to spell Nana in Japanase.

Na can be translated in the following ways:

夏 (summer)
奈 (apple tree)
菜 (vegetable)
七 (seven)
梛 (evergreen tree)

Therefore Nana can be any combination of the kanji above, or even the same kanji used twice.

Na can also mean 納 (settlement) as well as several other things but those would be much more unlikely to be used in a girls name.
― Anonymous User  3/20/2017
The Kanji 奈 (na) can also mean "apple tree".
lilolaf  3/1/2017
Owada Nana is a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. She is a member of AKB48's Team A. Owada passed AKB48's 15th generation auditions on January 19, 2013. She debuted as a backdancer for Team K's stage performance on April 30, 2013. Her theater debut was on June 9, 2013. On February 24, 2014, it was announced Owada would be promoted to Team B.
cutenose  2/27/2017
Nana Mizuki is a Japanese voice actress and singer represented by the agency Sigma Seven. She was born and raised in Niihama, Ehime, Japan. Mizuki was trained as an enka singer, and made her debut as a voice actress in 1998. Her prominent roles include Hinata Hyūga in the long-running ninja series Naruto, Fate Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Tsubasa Kazanari in Symphogear, Moka Akashiya in Rosario + Vampire and Cure Blossom in Heartcatch Precure!.

Mizuki released her debut single, "Omoi", under the King Records label on December 6, 2000. A year later, she released her debut album, Supersonic Girl, on December 5, 2001. In the years that followed, Mizuki enjoyed modest success that concluded with the release of her single "Innocent Starter", which reached the top 10 Oricon singles chart, charting at No. 9. Since then, Mizuki's releases have charted steadily higher in Japan, establishing her as a successful singer in the country. On June 3, 2009, her album Ultimate Diamond reached #1, her first release to do so; while her single "Phantom Minds", released on January 13, 2010, also charted at #1. Mizuki is the first voice actress to top the weekly Oricon albums chart and the weekly Oricon singles chart since its inception in 1968.
cutenose  2/2/2017
Nana is my grandmother's name.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2015
One might use this as a nickname for someone called Nayab.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2014
The word "Nana" in Japanese means "seven" when written with hiragana. It can be spelled using different characters, a whole variety of them meaning many things, but it first and foremost means "seven". It is also a rather popular girls first name or a nickname for girls with names like Nanako or Nanase.
Vivaldi  12/22/2012
I'm suprised Nana Kitada hasn't been mentioned. She's a fairly well known singer in Japan, and is a Gothic Lolita fashion icon.
Suzu  12/18/2007
I believe person above me is referring to Nana Kitade, not Kitada.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
Nana does NOT mean green. Midori means green. Nana, as most have said, means seven.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2007
Nana Mizuki is a Japanese voice actress and also a singer.
Yume Hanabi  2/19/2007
One of The Ice Climbers is Nana.
7up  2/4/2007
Nana is a character on the anime Elfen Lied. She's also known as Number 7, and 7 is 'Nana' in Japanese.
Umihana  1/21/2007
Nana does not mean apple in Japanese, 'Ringo' does. Nana means seven.
zambizii  11/15/2006
Nana is the alternate personality of Yaya in the manga Othello by Satomi Ikezawa.
SerasVictoria  11/4/2006
Nana is also the number "7" in Japanese.
mackrelsophist  10/16/2006
It means "greens" in Japanese, not apple.
frozen_frogurt  4/28/2006
Nana is the name of two leading female's in the widely-renowned comic by Ai Yaizawa. It can also mean Seven.
― Anonymous User  1/7/2006
I'd have to check on the reference to this name meaning "apple" because I didn't know the kanji for apple could be pronounced that way.

For "na", one can use the first character in Nara (which has a meaning that has something to do with a plant) or a kanji meaning name. For the second kanji, one can either choose one of these 2 kanji or a kanji that basically takes on the reading of the kanji before it (kind of like a ditto).

You can add an "e" (ay) and make the name Nanae.
abbasdaughter  12/27/2005
Nana is the name of the dog in "Peter Pan." It isn't the Japanese name however; it came from "Nanny" because that was the dog's occupation.
breakofday  12/16/2005

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