According to a survey that looked at 36,544 babies born in Japan from January through November, the most popular Japanese baby names for 2007 were Hiroto (male) and Hina (female). Hiroto topped the list for the second year in a row, Hina for the third.
Rising in popularity were the name Ryo, following the success of teenage golfer Ryo Ishikawa, and names including the kanji character “hisa,” a.k.a. “yu,” due to its use in the name of 1-year-old Prince Hisahito of Akishino.
The survey was conducted by Benesse Corporation. The results were reported in the Mainichi Daily News.