Samurai Name Generator & Backstories

A single horse slowly trotted toward the castle walls. The man astride it looked up to the battlements, the sunlight glinting off his polished armor. On the wall, the officer turned to his companion. “Lower the gates. Now. That’s Keizen Hireyoshi. He could take the castle on his own if he wished.”

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Miyoshi Chokei

Mochizuki Chiyome

Niiro Tadamoto

Ijuin Tadaaki

Inugami Nagayasu

Kido Takayoshi

Jukei Ni

Rusu Masakage

Ii Naomasa

Kusunoki Masashige

Murai Sadakatsu

Hattori Hanzo

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Originating as elite warriors in Japan, samurai have long been the subject of legends and folk stories. Sometimes being portrayed like superheroes, vindictive murders, or morally gray wanderers, they are a popular archetype.

Since their names are in Japanese, a samurai’s name begins with the name of their clan, followed by their given name. Many of these clans have long histories filled with many mythical samurai that inspire their descendants.

Good Samurai Names

Samurai are often named after venerated ancestors, or their name comes from a word like “soldier” or “bravery”. One quirk is that samurai are often referred to by their full name, so the whole thing has to sound good.

  • Ouchi Yoshitaka
  • Reizei Takatoyo
  • Fujishiro Gozen
  • Kato Tsune
  • Nakazawa Koto
  • Hojo Masako
  • Niijima Yae
  • Ashikaga Ujinohime

Numata Jako

The undisputed master of the nagito during his lifetime, who wrote many treatises on how to best wield the weapon.

  • Yuki no Kata
  • Jinbo Yukiko
  • Yamamoto Yaeko
  • Matsudaira Teru
  • Yamakawa Futaba
  • Sakaki Rui

Maeda Matsu

The world lost a talented poet when this samurai was called to war and died to a surprise black powder trap.

  • Rokkaku Sadayori
  • Rusu Masakage
  • Ii Naotora

Female Samurai Names

Woman warriors were called “onna-musha” in Japanese, often fighting in military units filled with female samurai commanded by women.

  • Hangaku Taira
  • Ichikawa no Tsubone
  • Yodo Dono
  • Kai Hime
  • Nakano Takeko
  • Mochizuki Chiyome
  • Ona Mihime
  • Yoshioka Myorinni

Akai Teruko

Held off the besieging army of the Oka Clan for three years behind the walls of her ancestral castle.

  • Ohori Tsuruhime
  • Jukei Ni
  • Akamatsu Toshoin
  • Ikeda Sen
  • Hino Tomiko
  • Komatsu Hime
  • Otazu no Kata

Ueno Tsuruhime

An early adopter of musket tactics who used Chinese-style volley fire to destroy an army which outnumbered hers ten-to-one.

  • Tachibana Ginchiyo
  • Chiba Sanako
  • Sasaki Rui

Male Samurai Names

As a traditionalist society with strict rules about who could become samurai, the role was usually limited to sons of existing samurai or exceptional soldiers.

  • Hirate Masahide
  • Fuma Kotaro
  • Okada Izo
  • Hojo Tokimune
  • Kawakami Gensai
  • Era Fusahide
  • Fuwa Mitsuharu
  • Kido Takayoshi

Fukushima Masanori

This samurai’s green thumb helped him cultivate intricately-groomed bonsai trees that took him decades to grow.

  • Niiro Tadamoto
  • Gamo Ujisato
  • Kimotsuki Kanetsugu
  • Ogasawara Shosai
  • Harada Naomasa
  • Niimi Nishiki
  • Kikkawa Hiroie

Niiro Tadamoto

A former Buddhist monk who led a rebellion against the local clan lord, and who was promoted to samurai for his tenacity.

  • Oishi Kuranosuke
  • Niwa Nagahide
  • Hitotsubashi Keiki

Famous Samurai Names

More than just characters in stories, samurai were integral to the fracturing, unification, and reorganization of Japan as a country. Many became famous historical figures.

  • Tomoe Gozen
  • Kusunoki Masashige
  • Takeda Shingen
  • Minamoto no Yoshitsune
  • Sanada Yukimara
  • Akechi Mitsuhide
  • Oda Nobunaga
  • Honda Tadakatsu

Yoritomo Minamoto

The shogun who transformed the samurai caste from simple soldiers into the dominant political power with heaps of privileges.

  • Uesugi Kenshin
  • Miyamoto Musashi
  • Date Masamune
  • Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  • Hattori Hanzo
  • Sakamoto Ryomo
  • Ito Hirobumi

Tokugawa Ieyasu

Mopped up a civil war by seizing power and crushing his rivals, then spent his years implementing strict laws to keep his family in power.

  • Hazouen Kenji
  • Ishida Mitsunari
  • Kato Kiyomasa

A samurai’s name reflects their ancestry, ambitions, and skills. Picking the right name can complement a samurai perfectly. If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments below and share it with your friends!

Liam Blackley
Liam Blackley
I'm passionate about telling stories as a DM and I get a thrill from worldbuilding. Inviting players into these made up worlds that somehow still feel vibrant and alive is incredible, and Codex Nomina is a way to extend that invitation to more people.

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