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, "flower girl."

It is often seen as an archetypal name for girls.[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 burn scars on her body from the visual novel Katawa Shoujo.


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