Started by NewYinzer, August 03, 2006, 07:00:22 pm
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QuoteThat reminds me,... any thoughts on the -ko suffix? ^__^
QuoteFemale given names often end in the syllable ko, written with the kanji meaning "child" (Ã¥ÂÂ). This was much more common up to about the 1980s, but the practice does continue today. Male names occasionally end with the syllable ko, but very rarely using the kanji Ã¥ÂÂ (most often, if a male name ends in ko, it ends in hiko, using the kanji Ã¥Â½Â¦). Common male name endings are -shi and -o; names ending with -shi are often verbs, e.g., Atsushi which might mean, for example, "to be faithful." In the past (before World War II), names written with katakana were common for women, but this trend seems to have lost favour. Hiragana names for women are not unusual. Kana names for boys, particularly those written in hiragana, have historically been very rare. This may be in part because the hiragana script is seen as feminine; in medieval Japan, women generally were not taught kanji and wrote exclusively in hiragana.
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