Sakura Name Meaning & Origin

Sakura

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Sakura ("cherry blossom") is currently one of the most popular names for girls in Japan. Up until recently, it was rarely used as a name, because cherry blossoms fall quickly from the tree and it was felt to be a bad omen that the child would die young. However, it became highly fashionable in the 1990's and remains very popular. Japanese parents like it because it has strong, romantic associations with Japanese culture and tradition, yet it's rarely used by older generations so it sounds youthful and fresh.

Personal experiences with the name Sakura: | Edit

My third daughter is named Sakura. We are not Japanese, but we appreciate the culture and are learning the language as a family. Our Sa is full of energy, bright as sunshine and instantly lifts the spirits of those around her. She is easily one of the most creative people I know. She loves her name and tells everyone what it means and where it comes from. I have a friend in Japan who told me that the cherry blossoms were in full bloom in Tokyo on the day she was born.

Nicknames for Sakura: | Edit

Sa, Saku-chan, Suki, Sassy, Kuki, Sak, Cherry-Blossom, Kura, Sacchan, Saki, Sakusaku

Meanings and history of the name Sakura: | Edit

Japanese for "cherry tree" or "cherry tree blossom".

Famous real-life people named Sakura: | Edit

Sakura Tsukuba, a Japanese anime artist.

Sakura in song, story & screen: | Edit

Sakura Kinomoto from the children's cartoon "Card Captor Sakura".
Sakura Haruno from popular manga series "Naruto".
"Sakura Sakura" is a famous Japanese folk song (famous outside of Japan, as well as in).

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