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For other uses, see Shinobu (disambiguation).
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Wakanosato Shinobu, a sumo wrestler
Pronunciation Shí-no-b(ú)
Gender Both
Word/name Japanese
Meaning different meanings depending on the kanji
Other names
Related names Shino

Shinobu (しのぶ?) is a Japanese verb meaning "recall" (偲ぶ?) or "stealth/endure" (忍ぶ?). It is a Japanese given name used by either sex. Shinobu is also the dictionary form of shinobi which can be combined with mono (者) to make shinobi no mono (忍びの者), an alternative name of ninja.

Possible writings[edit]

Shinobu can be written using different kanji characters and can mean:

  • 忍ぶ, "stealth/endure"
  • 偲ぶ, "recall/remember"
  • 慕ぶ, "recall/remember"
as a given name
  • 忍, "stealth/endure"
  • 清信, "purify, belief"
  • 志信, "intention, belief"
as a male given name
  • 信夫, "belief, man"

The name can also be written in hiragana or katakana.



  • Shinobu Jacobs (シノブ), a character in the video game No More Heroes
  • Shinobu Handa, a character in the anime and manga series Shōjo Sect
  • Shinobu Ijūin (忍), a character in the manga and anime series Haikara-san ga Tōru
  • Shinobu Kagurazaka (忍), a character in the manga and anime series Tenjho Tenge
  • Shinobu Maehara (しのぶ), a character in the manga and anime series Love Hina
  • Shinobu Miyake (しのぶ), a character in the manga and anime series Urusei Yatsura
  • Shinobu Morita (忍), a character in the manga, anime, and TV drama series Honey and Clover
  • Shinobu Oshino (忍), a character in the light novel and anime Bakemonogatari
  • Shinobu Sensui (忍), a character from the anime and manga series YuYu Hakushoouryou
  • Shinobu (忍), a ninja trainee in "2x2 Shinobuden", aka Ninja Nonsense
  • Shinobu Takeda, a fictional character that appears in the comic book series W.I.T.C.H.
  • Shinobu Takatsuki, a character in the anime and manga series Junjo Romantica
  • Shinobu Fujiwara (藤原忍), a character in the anime series Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God
  • Shinobu Mouryou, a character in the Comic/short film series Contemplating REIKO
  • Captain Shinobu Nagumo, a character in Mobile Police Patlabor
  • Shinobu Wakamiya, a character from the manga series Chihayafuru
  • Shinobu Nanjo (南条 忍) is the main character of light novel and manga Tsuki Tsuki! series.