Keiko (given name)

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Gender Female
Word/name Japanese
Meaning Depends on the kanji used
Region of origin Japan
Other names
Related names Kei

Keiko is a feminine Japanese given name.

Possible meanings[edit]

As with many Japanese names, Keiko can be written using a number of different kanji. Some of the most common ways[citation needed] of writing Keiko (and the most representative meanings of the respective kanji) are:

  • 子 — "lucky/blessed child"
  • 子 — "respectful child"
  • 子 — "sunlight/view/scenic child"
  • 子 — "katsura tree child"
  • 子 — "square jewel child"
  • 子 — "happy child"
  • 子 — "open (one's eyes)/express/spring (season) child"
  • 子 — "silicon child"

The suffix ko () implies the name is female and the name is almost never given to males. Much less commonly, Keiko can also be written as 子, 子, or 子.

Notable people[edit]

Keikō (景行), with a long "o," is the name given to Emperor Keikō posthumously.

Fictional characters[edit]


  • Keiko (orca), the orca, or killer whale, which performed in the film Free Willy

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kei - Meaning and origin of the name Kei Archived 2009-04-25 at the Wayback Machine.