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Title: 現代日本における名付け事情とその変遷―男性名と女性名の変化に着目して―
Other Titles: Current trends in Japanese naming practices―Focusing on changes in men’s and women’s names―
Authors: ウンサーシュッツ, ジャンカーラ
UNSER-SCHUTZ, Giancarla
Keywords: naming practices
onomastics
social change
gender
kanji
名付け
命名
社会的変化
ジェンダー
漢字
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2016
Abstract:  It has been widely reported that Japanese naming practices are changing dramatically. These changes are especially important in regards to names and gender. Because one of the most prominent differences is the decline of the use of name-exclusive suffixes, which usually express their owner’s gender, their decline suggests that there may be changes in how gender is expressed in names. This article observed how the characteristics of men’s and women’s names have changed through using data from an approximately 100 year period from Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance. As a result, it was discovered that at the beginning of the 20th century, men’s names were more diverse than women’s, but women’s names are now similarly or more diverse. In addition, previously popular -ko and -mi suffixes for women are now essentially out of use, and men’s suffixes have all changed. Finally, there were no names that ranked in the top-10 for any year for both men and women, and the pool of kanji common between men’s and women’s names was small. From these results, it can be argued that instead of suffixes, the use of the kanji themselves can help differentiate the gender of any given name.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/5770
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