Hanako (given name)

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Hanako is a female Japanese given name. The name can have different meanings, one of them being 花子, meaning "flower girl."

It is often seen as an archetypal name for females.[1]

華子 (華 is a kanji of many uses - 'splendor', 'flower', 'petal', 'shine', 'luster', 'ostentatious', 'showy'. 'ko' is the second kanji, meaning 'girl (child)').



  • Hanako (ハナコ) or Delia Ketchum, the mother of protagonist Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon anime
  • Hanako Ikezawa, a heroine with debilitating social anxiety derived from her burn scars from the visual novel Katawa Shoujo.
  • Hanako Yamada, a future rival and younger sister of Taro Yamada (Senpai) in the stealth action video game Yandere Simulator
  • Hanako Ichiro, a Shiba Inu owned by Inuyashiki Ichiro, from the manga Inuyashiki by Hiroya Oku.


  1. ^ Takeda Hiroko (2004) "The Political Economy of Reproduction in Japan", ISBN 0-415-32190-5