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The first name 

Hanako is a first name for girls.

Hanako – a very rare name!

Recently, the name Hanako has been given only a handful of times a year and is therefore particularly rare, at least in the US. In recent years, not even one girl in 100,000 has been named Hanako. That means that a girl named Hanako is exceptional and may not meet another person with the same name her whole life. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Hanako.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

Hanako -
once in a blue moon

Do you know the feeling when you go to the zoo and the animal that is supposed to be in the enclosure is not there? You know it should to be there, but you've never seen it? It's the same with Hanako. Girls named Hanako have made themselves scarce. But some parents got a taste for it many years ago: Reaching pos. 1,878 Hanako ranked higher than ever in 1924. By comparison, there have been 102 years in which the first name Hanako has not been given at all (or less than 5 times, which is the minimum number required for a name to be included in the statistics), most recently in 2021. In general, parents name their daughters Hanako only once in a blue moon, so girls and women with this name can consider themselves really special!

In years where the graph has no value, the name Hanako was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Hanako in 2022 – a precious jewel

In 2022, Hanako continues to be a precious jewel: 7 newborns were named Hanako that year, ranking #10,613 in the SmartGenius name statistics. If your baby's name is Hanako, you must have a flair for beautiful and rare names: Congratulations, your child is sure to feel unique.

Hanako has 6 letters 
and begins with an H

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter H is quite rare as a first letter for girls' names: only 1.7% of all common girls' names in the US begin with H. The most common first letters of girls' names, by the way, are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.

With six letters, the name Hanako is of average length. In fact, 28% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly six letters. 24% of all first names are shorter, while 48% have seven letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Therefore: As 1.7% of all girls' names begin with an H, this initial letter is less common than the other letters on average. Interesting detail: of all the names that begin with an H, Helen is the most common.

Other names with 
H, a, n, a, k and o

If you take all the letters in the name Hanako – H, a, n, a, k and o – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Haakon or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Hanako

If your name is Hanako and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Hanako

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Hanako, you can simply say:







This is how the name Hanako is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Hanako in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Hanako

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Hanako is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Hanako

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Hanako sounds like this: