Sakura Miyawaki from IZONE.
SaLtYlEmOn123021  12/26/2020
Ooh, the meaning is cute!
Inxpect  12/22/2020
I could take it or leave it.
― Anonymous User  12/10/2020
I just think of that Sakura, Sakura song.
noisynora  12/10/2020
Sakura from Maid Sama is one of my favorites!
Ratsarehotteehee  11/20/2020
I like how Sakura could be a last name AND a first name! My last name is Sakura and I think it's amazing. I like this name.
mina_sakura  11/19/2020
I think my name is bad. I wish that my name was Sakura!  11/18/2020
I really love this name.
Anders1234  9/10/2020
Sakura Yokomine (born on December 13 1985) is a Japanese golfer.
Bubbles293739  8/27/2020
This name is gorgeous!
Bubbles293739  7/27/2020
Very pretty, but agree that it should probably stay in Japan.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2020
Miyawaki Sakura is a member of the K-pop girl group IZ*ONE.
demifloozy  5/14/2020
The incorrect pronunciation of 'kurr' makes the name sound as pretty as it means. So much lovelier in my opinion.
madehlia  2/29/2020
Sakura Haruno is the strongest kunoichi in the anime Naruto. Sakura is an excellent medical ninja and one of the masters of the 1000 Healings seal: the Byakugou. She is a pupil of Tsunade, the first female Hokage, and she herself stated that Sakura had surpassed her. Sakura possesses immense strength to go with her hot-temper. Her strong punches, Byakugou seal and taijutsu makes her well known in Konoha, the Naruto world. She runs a medical clinic now and married Sasuke Uchiha, the rival of Naruto Uzumaki (the main character), she has an intelligent daughter named Sarada. Sakura is extremely smart, and even still, she has a lot of haters.
sarahsweetoh  2/7/2020
Sakura oOgami from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
epicgamermoment  1/26/2020
Sakura (さくら) Ogawa is a fictional character in the novel 'Battle Royale'. She is the girl #4.
Felie  10/21/2019
I love this name sooo much! I don't see how anyone could hate this name, it's an amazing name.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2019
Sakura made the Japanese top 10 as さくら in 2000 for the first time at #1. It also charted at #1 in 2001, 2004 and 2010. It fell out of the top 10 for a few years and re-entered in 2015. Currently (as of 2018) it is at #5.

桜 only entered in 2014 at #9.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2019
Sakura katana is the name of the protagonist from sugoi quest for kokoro. She slaps.
ferreteater  12/9/2018
I don't really like the sound of the name, but has a beautiful meaning.
saffyjune_  9/30/2018
So cute!
kayisforkeen  9/22/2018
A new student in Yandere Simulator is named Sakura Hagiwara.
Chloechan555  7/4/2018
Sakura Yokomine is a Japanese professional golfer. She is one of the leading players on the LPGA of Japan Tour and was in the top twenty of the February 2006 debut edition of the Women's World Golf Rankings. She finished T-11 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn her tour card for 2015.
lilolaf  7/4/2017
Also a male name.
cutenose  7/4/2017
60 baby girls born in the USA (2016) were given Sakura.
lilolaf  5/23/2017
If I ever had a daughter (which I doubt I will have children), I would want to name her Sakura, especially since I love the meaning of this very beautiful, common name.
cutenose  2/24/2017
Sakura Ando is a Japanese actress. Ando won the award for best supporting actress at the 31st Yokohama Film Festival 2010 for Love Exposure, Kuhio taisa and Tsumitoka batsutoka.
She was also nominated for the award for best supporting actress at 4th Asian Film Awards 2010 for A Crowd of Three.
cutenose  2/18/2017
Sakura Oda is a Japanese pop singer. She is an eleventh-generation member of the pop group Morning Musume. Prior to joining Morning Musume, Oda was a Hello! Pro Egg member.
lilolaf  2/18/2017
Sakura Nogawa is a Japanese voice actress. In August 2013 she took a break from voice acting and singing due to poor health.
lilolaf  2/18/2017
In Scotland in 2015, Sakura was only given to one girl. (source:
cutenose  2/16/2017
67 baby girls born in the USA (2015) were given Sakura.
lilolaf  1/20/2017
Sakura is the name of a character from Fire Emblem: Fates. She is the youngest child of King Sumeragi of Hoshido and the stepsister of the protagonist Corrin.
Buneary  3/29/2016
Any white kid with this name probably has weeaboo parents who waste all their time watching anime.
TyrannosaurusRegina  1/14/2016
Sakura Haruno is one of the main characters in 'Naruto'.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2015
This name can be written サクラ using the katakana writing system.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2015
This name is beautiful because of its meaning.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2015
The authentic Japanese pronunciation is "Sā-\'kə'/-ra" (the "SAH" part is stressed, not the 'kə'). This is how it's commonly pronounced by Japanese speakers; the accepted way. It's not meant to be said as "sah-\'KOO'/-ṙah" (the "ku" in Sakura is not supposed to be stressed as 'KOO', it should be said as 'kə'). I hope the pronunciation of this beautiful name gets corrected on BtN.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2015
Much of the dispute about which syllable to stress for Sakura is due to the fact that Japanese does not, in fact, have stress. It's a pitch accent language. I think the pitch pattern for Sakura is as follows: L-H*L. Correct me if I'm wrong. Personally, since there is no stress in Japanese, I feel it's fine to pick whichever syllable you want to stress when pronouncing this name in English, but that's just me. Stressing the second syllable would make the most sense to me though as that's the syllable with high pitch.

As for the phoentics, in IPA Sakura is pronounced [sa.ku.ɾa]

Note that /a/ is not the same as the "a" in "father" which is /ɑ/ in English. The IPA vowel /a/ is closer to the "a" in "cat" and the "u" in "fun." Note also that "u" in Japanese is actually between IPA /u/ (rounded) and /ɯ/ (unrounded). So basically it's like an English /u/ ("oo" like in "shoe" or "you") only your lips are in less of an "O" shape. The Japanese "r" is an alveolar tap /ɾ/ which to me sounds more like an English "d" than an "r" or an "l" but actually is none of the three. Basically you lightly flick your tongue against the roof of your mouth to form the Japanese "r" sound.

For spoken pronunciations go to either of these links:
― Anonymous User  4/30/2015
Well, I don't know what to say.

This name is popular in Japan. That's one reason why I don't like the name Sakura.
The second reason is that some people would think that a child named Sakura would have been named that because her parents are complete "otakus," so I'm not sure if I wanted to give this name to my daughter, regardless of whether she's a mixed-race (in my case Japanese and Polish/English) child or not. I'm one of the few people on BtN who likes Japan yet is not a fan of anime, would you believe it.

I do like the meaning though, so I might pair up the kanji for "cherry blossom" (桜) with a different kanji. Examples that I like include Tao (多桜) which means "many cherry blossom" and Neo (音桜) which means "sound of the cherry blossom."
m4yb3_daijirou  4/1/2015
Sakura is a really pretty name and the meaning "cherry blossom" is lovely. ^^ Obviously I think of Sakura Haruno in Naruto. She isn't my fave character or anything but that's who I think of. Anywho, I rate the name Sakura 10/10. Other cute Japanese girl names I recommend are Kari, Nami, Ami, Yumi and Mika.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2015
There is also a girl named Sakura in Aikatsu and Aikatsu 2. She has pink hair and she likes Aurora Fantasy Coords.
Minda Nguyen  6/14/2014
My niece's name. She was born in, and lives in Japan. The r makes an l r sound. Mostly she goes by Saku. It means cherry blossom. The translator on facebook changes the kanji for Sakura to Cherry. Sakura is a very pretty name.
Songofecho  4/11/2014
The name Sakura was given to 87 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
It's a really nice name, but it's kinda stale. Practically every manga and anime seems to have a character named Sakura. Granted, it is used quite a bit in reality, but not to the extent in manga and anime. Plus it's a favorite of otakus, and it's a stock name for Mary Sues in fanfics. And I've heard of non-Japanese people considering it for daughters - that wouldn't work well.
Buneary  3/17/2013
This is a ridiculously common name among female anime characters. Unfortunately, I associate it primarily with Sakura Haruno of Naruto fame, whom I detest, so it's not a name I like a lot. The meaning is much prettier than the name itself anyways.
sunshinechild67  12/11/2012
Beautiful name, definitely, but I think it should stay in Japan. If a non-Japanese person used it, I'd think that the parents had been watching a little too much anime.
zaki95  9/26/2012
"Yami ni chiru Sakura" (which means, "cherry blossoms scattered in the darkness") is a song by the j-rock band Alice Nine.
shotgun_wedding  4/2/2010
Ugh. Unless you're Japanese, no. I would really hate to be the American, white kid with an unfitting Japanese name just because my parents had me at the age of 17 and liked anime.
Aureliano  1/18/2010
Besides the fact that I once went to a restaurant with this name, I love it. It's so beautiful, and I adore the meaning.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2009
I love this name, it's so sweet and cherry blossom is my favorite flower. It sounds so dainty and elegant, just so precious.
_0TophasNails_1  1/27/2009
Pronounced "sah-koo-rah".
Emilie007  8/31/2008
A very pretty, delicate name. I would definitely consider it for at least a second name, if not a first, even though I'm not Japanese.

There is no stress on any of the syllables. If you're still in doubt, ask a native Japanese speaker to pronounce the name. If you must stress a syllable, stress the first; it's less noticeable.
cookieavalanche  8/20/2008
Sakura is also the name of a minor character in the anime 'Special A'.
GreekMythology  8/5/2008
Sakura is a very elegant yet cheerful name.
sakura_akiko  4/27/2008
Its real pronunciation is SAW-ku-rah.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2008
I think the meaning of this name and the way it looks written down is beautiful. But saying it out loud (either pronunciation) sounds like a mess and not as pretty. I know someone's daughter who has this name and I hate saying it.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2007
It is very unique, and it's from the characters of "Cardcaptor Sakura" and "Naruto", and these are my favorite anime shows. This name has a beautiful meaning ("saku" for blossom and "ra" for good).
meg_gem  8/16/2007
Pronouncing this name 'suh-KUR-uh' is incorrect. It is pronounced 'sah-koo-rah' or 'sah-koo-ruh,' and in romanji, spelled Sakura, there is no other way to spell it, and there is no other way to pronounce it.
Midna  7/27/2007
Beautiful name! I don't like many Japanese names, but I have been looking and looking for an excuse to name a character in one of my stories this. Someday, I'm going to adopt a girl from Japan and name her Sakura.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2007
My my, there certainly -are- a lot of people arguing over the pronunciation ^.~
Some Americans (and others) pronounce the name "SAH-ku-ra" and some pronounce it "sah-KU-ra" and both are considered acceptable by most everyone, but I'm quite positive the Japanese pronunciation is "sa-ku-ra", with no stresses.
The Japanese don't stress their syllables, instead changing the pitch of their voice.
R's in Japanese are strange. They are mixed between L's, R's, and D's. To create the sound takes practice, and your tongue is nearly rolled, like in Spanish, but not quite. And example of the sound is found in the English dub of Naruto, whenever Sasuke says Naruto's name. He usually makes his R's like the Japanese. Usually.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2007
Sakura is also the name of one of the characters in the anime/manga Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.
Skittsie13  12/13/2006
Sakura is a really nice name. Especially its meaning. So cute!.

It is the name of my favourite Lush product = Sakura bath ballistic ( It's amazingly scented.

My first child is going to be called Sakura (if it's a girl obviously).
name_obsession  11/6/2006
Sakura is such a cute name! Pretty popular, too. I love this name!
― Anonymous User  10/14/2006
Please for the love of god! It is pronounced "Sah-Koo-Rah"! But if you want to go deeper into the Japanese language, the "R" on "rah" is a mix between the letter l and r. There is no other way to say it!
Naoko56  9/22/2006
You know, one of the Mansas of the Mali Empire was also named Sakura. He's got an entry on Wikipedia.
agapantha  6/11/2006
My friend told me Sakura is pronounced: sa-ker-la. I'm sure this is incorrect though.
JungKyungSoon  6/8/2006
Although, for the most part, SAKURA is pronounced sa-ku-RA, it's also pronounced 'Sakara'.
Oorora  5/11/2006
Contrary to popular belief, it is pronounced "SAH-kur-ah" not "sah-KUR-ah". And I did too believe that she should be booted from the anime/manga "Naruto" but later on in the series she gets really good and isn't quite as useless and pathetic anymore.
blueshinra  2/16/2006
This name is only spelt one way, Sakura, and only pronounced one way too, 'sah-kur-ah'. It is an extremely traditional Japanese name, kind of like Elizabeth in English. Trying to pronounce or spell it any differently is an insult to the Japanese people!
alicia_84  1/24/2006
It is my daughters name. She gets very positive feedback from everyone. It is spelled Sykora.
hezlittusmc  11/16/2005
This name is indeed a very popular name in Japan, and it is also used in pop songs frequently.
pocho-mole  11/12/2005
It's the name of the girl ninja, Sakura, in the anime & manga, Naruto.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2005
A friend of mine once said that the pronunciation of Sakura was "SAW-kur-uh", not "suh-KUR-ah".
echo_of_the_past  6/21/2005
There is a popular manga series called Cardcaptor Sakura.
Sumomo  1/26/2005

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