So I’m sitting here, sitting around at work, pondering which western given names of my favorite authors do and do not have a proper phonetic (that is, sound-based) Japanese equivalent…
Anyway, as I was going through this, I was able to immediately throw out a number of them, like Robert (Frost), which doesn’t work well with the Japanese syllabary… but I found a few that do. My favorite so far is: Søren (Kierkegaard). Now, I’m scrambling to try to find or create a Japanese given name pronounced as “それん” or “そうれん” Unfortunately, I have no knowledge whatsoever how proper Japanese given names are formed.
I’m under the impression that Japanese given names can be composed of just about any Joyo characters, but I don’t really understand the process beyond that…
I did some searching on Jisho and found the vocab word 操練 (そうれん), which means “military drill/training” exists.
Could/would a Japanese parent name their newborn boy with these characters and pronunciation? If not, are there any kanji combinations which would offer a proper Japanese male name with the pronunciation “そうれん?”
Any help would be appreciated.
That Kid Sitting in the Alder