Anonymous asked: Hi! A friend of mine is making an oc, and she's trying to combine Kanji to form a new name, I guess? Unfortunately neither of us know what we're doing, so I was hoping you could let us know if we're completely mucking it up =] She's trying to combine " 武 " (Take: warrior) and " 戉 " (etsu: savage) to make the name Taketsu. Does this actually work?
Sorry for the delay in answering~
I’m not exactly an expert in how this works or anything, but as far as I’m aware this is how kanji work when it comes to names:
- In Japan, a name can only contain the following: jōyō kanji (regular use characters), jinmeiyō kanji (a special list of characters that can be used in names even though they’re not regular use kanji), hiragana, and katakana.
- Kanji can have completely different readings in names. These are called nanori and are readings exclusively found in names. For example, I have a student named Teru, written 光. That doesn’t mean that kanji are always different in names though. Case in point, another student named Asa, written 朝 (which I find kind of amusing because that’s, apparently, typically a girl’s name and he’s, well, not a girl).
- There’s probably more to this, but that’s really all I know off the top of my head.
For your friend’s oc, 武 is one of the general use kanji, and is definitely fine~! It also appears in names as “take” (among other readings). 戉, though, isn’t part of either the jōyō kanji or jinmeiyō kanji lists. It’s honestly probably not included in the jinmeiyō kanji because of its meanings.
If you don’t really care about that, then that’s up to you~ Here is a list of names that use 武 if you want to explore other options. I hope that helped!! ^^