The Tiger (寅/虎 – boy)

Kanji Romaji 1997 1998 1999 Percentages 97-98 98-99
虎太郎 Kotarō 43 294 97 0.014% 0.125% 0.036% 808.711% -71.041%
虎之介 Toranosuke 48 163 63 0.015% 0.069% 0.023% 351.329% -66.075%
虎太朗 Kotarō 12 95 18 0.004% 0.040% 0.007% 952.178% -83.369%
虎ノ介 Toranosuke 1 21 12 .0003% 0.009% 0.004% 2691.04% -49.844%
虎次郎 Kojirō 7 18 10 0.002% 0.008% 0.004% 241.760% -51.237%
虎之助 Toranosuke 2 17 4 .0006% 0.007% .0015% 1029.71% -79.347%
Tora 0 13 6 0.000% 0.006% 0.002% debut -59.489%
寅之介 Toranosuke 2 7 1 0.001% 0.003% 0.000% 365.174% -87.461%
寅太郎 Kotarō 1 2 0 .0003% 0.001% 0.000% 165.813% -100.00%
寅之助 Toranosuke 0 2 0 0.000% 0.001% 0.000% debut -100.00%
寅次郎 Kojirō 1 1 0 .0003% .0004% 0.000% 32.907% -100.00%

Excluding Toranosuke (寅之助), all of the names shown above exhibit the ‘rise up, fall below’ pattern. Another name which might be related to the Tiger is Taiga. Even though the loan word for ‘tiger’ is spelled as taigaa (written in katakana as タイガー), it’s likely that most parents would name Taiga after the tiger rather than after the noun (大河) meaning “large river.”

Shown below are named that can be written in romaji as Taiga:

Kanji 1997 1998 1999 Percentages 97-98 98-99
大河 421 725 276 0.134% 0.308% 0.103% 128.877% -66.59%
大雅 335 626 296 0.107% 0.266% 0.110% 148.357% -58.50%
大我 63 122 39 0.020% 0.052% 0.015% 157.375% -71.94%
大賀 31 71 24 0.010% 0.030% 0.009% 204.399% -70.33%
大芽 12 15 13 0.004% 0.006% 0.005% 66.133% -23.93%
太雅 44 94 35 0.014% 0.040% 0.013% 183.937% -67.32%
太河 31 40 15 0.010% 0.017% 0.006% 71.493% -67.08%
太我 15 33 13 0.005% 0.014% 0.005% 192.395% -65.42%
太賀 14 28 3 0.004% 0.012% 0.001% 165.813% -90.60%
太芽 0 2 0 0.000% 0.001% 0.000% debut -100.00%

Highlighted in yellow are two forms of Taiga that do not follow the ‘rise up, fall below’ pattern.

The next year of the Tiger was 2010. According to Tamahiyo (Benesse):

  • Kotarō (虎太郎) rose from 48th in 2009 to 8th in 2010 but then fell out of the top 100 in 2011
  • Taiga (大雅) rose from 27th in 2009 to 9th in 2010 but then fell to 39th in 2011
  • Taiga (大河) rose from 122nd in 2009 to 46th in 2010 but then fell out of the top 100 (to 117th) in 2011
  • Kotarō (虎太朗) rose from 149th in 2009 to 79th in 2010 but then fell out of the top 100 in 2011

So, it seems that, apart from Taiga (大河), these names went through a similar pattern. They rise up in 2010, then, in 2011, they fall down below where they were in 2009.

In short, names containing 寅/虎 and kanji that can be made up into Taiga has a pretty good chance of rising up in the next year of the Tiger (in 2022) and then falling down below.

Sources: http://www.namaejiten.com/ and http://tamahiyo.jp/namae/

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