Writing names with long vowels in katakana

Hey guys! Recently I’ve noticed that when names are written in katakana, double vowels are often represented the way I would expect them to be in hiragana. For example, I’ve seen “こういち” written as ”コウイチ” on here, and “ゆうき” written as "ユウキ” on Bunpro. Is this a common thing? Is there some reason that names don’t follow the "ウー” convention I expected? Is it just a weird exception? Just something I’ve been wondering about, any insight you can provide is much appreciated :blush:

If it has endings or vowels with r’s like Robert you use ー then ロバート. If it’s an L like rachel you use ル like レイチェル

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It can be any way. I’ve definitely seen it when using more casual language. In the light novel I’m reading there’s this girl called ゆうま and her friends call her ユーちゃん. If it’s for a legal document that asks you your name’s reading, then it’s expected you’ll follow the hiragana exactly. It depends on the situation for sure.


If the word/name is actually Japanese I often see just hiragana and katakana flipped. It’s more like adding emphasis than “translating” it to katakana. コーイチ just looks weird.


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