A typical Japanese name usually consists of one or two kanji characters (Chinese glyphs with a Japanese pronunciation. The surname comes in front of the name, e.g. 山形 雀 (Yamagata Suzume).
Nearly all Japanese names, both male and female, have some meaning, e.g. 豊 (Yutaka) - a male name meaning "bountiful, rich". Parents may decide to come up with a new name by choosing a word or a concept they like and possibly adding a suitable suffix, such as -ko (子) for girls.
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