Name Meanings and Origins. I do hope this thread hasn't been done already, it was a pain in the wrist to type. My poor Carpel Tunnel. One thing I've noticed about Naruto character names, and pretty much all anime character names in general, is that they're all puns, subtly referencing some attribute about the character. I thought we could start a thread here listing as many of these as we could think of. I've got a ton that I memorized from a few sites, (Naruto Fever was most informative, credit to them) or looked up on my own, so I'll start off. And please correct anything I got wrong, and also whether or not a name has multiple meanings and I didn't give them all. By no means am I an expert here, I'm just starting off what I thought'd be a fun idea. If I put a ? after anything, it's because I'm not positive on it but I think it's right. Uzumaki: Spiral, whirlpool Naruto: Those Ramen fishcakes things. Uchiha: Fan (As in wave your fan around to cool off). Sakura: Cherry Blossom. Hatake: Field? Kakashi: Scarecrow. Heh. Iruka: Dolphin Konoha: Leaf, duh. -Maru: Common boy's name ending. Also can mean circle, or round. I think. Jiraiya, Tsunade, Orochimaru: They all come from a Japanese myth called The Gallant Jiraiya. Also, Orochi means serpent I believe. Sarutobi: Monkey. Shika: Deer. Chouji: Butterfly? Ino: Boar. InoShikaCho: A particular combination of cards from an old card game I'm unfamiliar with. Inu: Dog Zuka: Brash, loud, abrasive? Kiba: Fang. Guess that's what the red things represent. Aka: Red. Hyuuga: Sunlight? Yakushi: A healer, God of healing... I don't know exactly. I think Naruto-fever.com said "The Healing Buddha", but I think there's another meaning too. Kabuto: Type of Samurai helmet. I have no clue where the pun there is. Yoroi: Entirely a guess on my part, but is this 'Armor'? Whenever I hear them say that, it sounds like they say Yoroi. Itachi: Weasel. That's kinda disappointing. Gaara: Not sure on the whole thing, but I believe the superfluous 'a' in there is written with the symbol for 'Love', is it not? Kurenai: Deeper red than Aka. Explains the eyes. Tenten: Here and there. so, literally, Tenten, is 'Meh'. Neji: I remember reading 'Screw', but I don't understand it. Again, if I screwed anything up, feel free to berate me. And correct me. I wanna make a complete list for the whole cast (Well, most of them), but as you can see, I'm missing a lot, and am not even sure of the ones I have. Any help there, and help understanding the puns would be superbly goodly. (Kabuto and Neji torture me. WHAT'S THE PUN!?) ... This was a much better thread idea in theory. It's looks so sloppy. Woe is me.