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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Akira mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Akira

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  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Akira is of Japanese origin and means "Light".
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Wiktionary
  1. A Japanese female given name
  2. A Japanese male given name

Akira was also found in the following language(s): Japanese

Notable Persons Named Akira

Akira Kurosawa was a director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. His ongoing career started in 1936. Akira was born on March 23rd, 1910 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. He passed away on September 6th, 1998.

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Akira Toriyama is a manga artist, game artist, artist, writer, character designer, art director, mangaka, and model sheet. He has had major accomplishments since 1978. Akira was born on April 5th, 1955 in Nagoya, Japan.

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Akira was born on July 22nd, 1985 in Nishinomiya.

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Akira Ishida is a voice acting in japan and voice actor. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Akira was born on November 2nd, 1967 in Nisshin, Aichi, Japan.

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Akira Yamaoka is a hard rock, alternative rock, ambient music, dark ambient, industrial music, and trip hop musician. He plays Electric guitar. He was most active from 1991 to 1991. Akira was born on February 6th, 1968 in Niigata, Japan.

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Akira Amano is a mangaka and manga artist. Akira was born Akira Amano in 1973 in Aichi Prefecture.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Akira

Asa was born on January 3rd, 1985 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Elly was born on January 25th, 1986 in Tokyo.

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Akira is an actor and dancer. Akira was given the name Ryōhei Kurosawa on August 23rd, 1981 in Yokohama.

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Takayasu was born on February 28th, 1990 in Tsuchiura, Japan.

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Shizuo Akira is a in the field of immunology. Shizuo was born on January 27th, 1953 in Higashiōsaka.

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How popular is the baby name Akira in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1913 8 0 8
1914 8 0 8
1915 14 0 14
1916 16 0 16
1917 13 0 13
1918 31 0 31
1919 29 0 29
1920 20 0 20
1921 32 0 32
1922 39 0 39
1923 36 0 36
1924 35 0 35
1925 29 0 29
1926 27 0 27
1927 54 0 54
1928 36 0 36
1929 34 0 34
1930 18 0 18
1931 26 0 26
1932 17 0 17
1933 7 0 7
1934 12 0 12
1935 10 0 10
1936 7 0 7
1937 5 0 5
1938 8 0 8
1939 9 0 9
1962 5 0 5
1964 5 0 5
1967 5 0 5
1970 7 0 7
1971 7 0 7
1973 6 6 0
1974 5 0 5
1975 16 8 8
1977 21 9 12
1978 22 15 7
1979 20 12 8
1980 12 6 6
1981 25 11 14
1982 46 33 13
1983 69 50 19
1984 45 32 13
1985 48 29 19
1986 59 41 18
1987 53 34 19
1988 33 22 11
1989 58 30 28
1990 64 47 17
1991 58 46 12
1992 80 59 21
1993 80 69 11
1994 73 55 18
1995 105 82 23
1996 124 92 32
1997 170 143 27
1998 224 183 41
1999 219 179 40
2000 202 165 37
2001 239 202 37
2002 287 242 45
2003 255 213 42
2004 244 199 45
2005 256 228 28
2006 307 270 37
2007 371 336 35
2008 453 424 29
2009 376 344 32
2010 354 320 34
2011 310 275 35
2012 291 264 27
2013 253 229 24
2014 268 233 35
2015 294 260 34
2016 285 261 24
2017 273 248 25

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Popularity of Akira as a first name

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Common last names for Akira

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Fun Facts about the name Akira

  • How Popular is the name Akira? Akira is the 2,930th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Akira have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,662 babies born with the first name Akira in the United States. That's more than enough people named Akira to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Akira? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Akira first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Akira is Wednesday, December 15th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Akira born? The highest recorded use of the first name Akira was in 2008 with a total of 424 babies.
  • Random Akira Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Akira ranks 38th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 20 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Akira: Your name in reverse order is Arika. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Akira. How do you pronounce that?

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