6 strokes
mouth, opening
name, noted, distinguished, reputation
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
177 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 名 【メイ】 counter for people (usu. seating, reservations and such), first name, famous, great, name, noun
  • 名画 【メイガ】 famous picture, masterpiece (painting), excellent film, film classic
  • 同名 【ドウメイ】 same name, homonym
  • 芸名 【ゲイメイ】 stage name
  • 名目 【メイモク】 name, title, appellation, (something) nominal, (under the) pretext (of), pretense
  • 苗字 【ミョウジ】 surname, family name, last name
  • 仮名 【カメイ】 alias, pseudonym, pen name, nom de plume
  • 同名 【ドウメイ】 same name, homonym

Kun reading compounds

  • 名 【な】 name, given name, title, fame, renown, reputation, pretext, pretense, justification, appearance
  • 名残 【なごり】 remains, traces, vestiges, relics, (the sorrow of) parting, end
  • 仮名 【かめい】 alias, pseudonym, pen name, nom de plume
  • 片仮名 【かたかな】 katakana, angular Japanese syllabary used primarily for loanwords


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • nombre
  • célebre
  • distinguido
  • reputación


  • nome
  • fama
  • distinção
  • reputação


  • nom
  • célèbre
  • fameux
  • réputation
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55 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
71 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
116 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1170 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
131 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
34 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
346 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.3 Japanese for Busy People
82 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
82 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
82 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
285 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2693 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1371 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1857 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
113 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3297 Morohashi
2169 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
716 New Nelson (John Haig)
112 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
117 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
140 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
53 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2577 2001 Kanji
3d3.12 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-3 SKIP code
4-6-1 SKIP code
3-3-3 SKIP code
2760.0 Four corner code
1-44-30 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
540d Unicode hex code