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Old 2003-12-31, 11:56   Link #1
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Maru?

Orochimaru and Konohamaru all make me wonder ....

Konohamaru said his name means leaf and that he was named after the village

Konoha - maru

Orochi - maru

what does Orochimaru's name mean?

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Old 2003-12-31, 12:01   Link #2
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'maru' is a suffix added to a guy's name. I don't think it means anything in particular.

Akamaru
Orochimaru
Konohamaru
etc.

The closest thing I could find to the meaning of Orochimaru's name is:

orochi = mythical eight-headed serpent (in Japan no doubt) and like I said maru is just a suffix that doesn't mean anything (as far as I know)

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Old 2003-12-31, 12:08   Link #3
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maru means wheel or circle, iirc
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Old 2003-12-31, 12:11   Link #4
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Originally Posted by [A-Flux]Kiva128
'maru' is a suffix added to a guy's name. I don't think it means anything in particular.

Akamaru
Orochimaru
Konohamaru
etc.

The closest thing I could find to the meaning of Orochimaru's name is:

orochi = mythical eight-headed serpent (in Japan no doubt) and like I said maru is just a suffix that doesn't mean anything (as far as I know)

Cya.

well he does summon snakes
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Old 2003-12-31, 12:11   Link #5
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Due to my vast knowledge of searching the internet, I've found the true meaning behind 'maru'

"Maru" is a deformation of "Maro" and its original meaning was "I" or "myself". Later it became the suffix for children's name because they used to speak like "maro wa" = (I am, I want etc.). Then it became the suffix for every thing people love like their children such as dog, cat, sword, musical instrument, bonsai, ship etc. Only the usage of ship has survived until now."


So there you have it.
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Old 2003-12-31, 16:25   Link #6
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I always thought it loosely translated as "man" or "guy"

Aka-maru (red man) which was inferred through the torturous path of Akamaru's fur turning red when he ate a soldier pill, plus the fact that he also can turn into an "man" mimic of Kiba

Orochi-maru - Legendary snake man?

Kidou-maru - Spider Man?

Konoha-maru - Leaf Villiage man (I vaguely remember him mentioning the fact that he was sort of named after the villiage)

Nippon Maru (character in the 18 wheeler arcade game) - Japanese Man (he was litterally a stereotypical japanese guy with a Rig decked out in japanese stuff).

Wonder what Kimimaru means then?
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Old 2003-12-31, 16:30   Link #7
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Wonder what Kimimaru means then?
His name is actually kimimaro. (I have the raw and it says ro)

But about the maru = man thing. You're probably right on that note. Good job!
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Old 2003-12-31, 17:20   Link #8
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His name is actually kimimaro. (I have the raw and it says ro)

But about the maru = man thing. You're probably right on that note. Good job!

well Orochimaru is 大蛇丸, 丸= maru. which really means nothing, but if u translate by it self it means ball, like meat ball, pills blah blah.
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Old 2004-01-01, 22:31   Link #9
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i definetly heard somewhere that it means man which would make the most sense

btw i was at my friends watchin some naruto dvd's that he got not made but bought in a case an all and the subtitles were so messed up so they ended up calling MJ (oro) snakeamaru i started laughing my head off at that just had to share the comedy

again but this is my 300th post !!!!!! YATA ( i do that every hundred posts)

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Old 2004-01-01, 22:34   Link #10
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i definetly heard somewhere that it means man which would make the most sense

btw i was at my friends watchin some naruto dvd's that he got not made but bought in a case an all and the subtitles were so messed up so they ended up calling MJ (oro) snakeamaru i started laughing my head off at that just had to share the comedy
Yes, maru is a male sufix, that can be translated as "man" in english

I'm already seeing the north-american version of Naruto... Orochiman, Shikaman, Konohaman, Akaman (lol), Kidouman... I'm afraid...

lol Lee-san I should have ssen that lol
I've already seen some HK One Piece subs, which are very funny IMO. They translate the names all wrong- Sanji is Sunkist, Zoro is Suron, Usopp is Crook Bu (or Liar Bu). lol but it's nothing compared to snakeamaru
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Old 2004-01-01, 22:45   Link #11
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Someone once told me maru meant "death" or something of the like. That was from YYH, Shishiwakamaru..

Man makes so much more sense though... like Shikamaru.. deer man.. not dear killer or something lol.
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Old 2004-01-02, 08:38   Link #12
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NAOH is right. Orochimaru = 大蛇丸 which translates directly as Big Snake Ball or Big Snake Pill.
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Old 2004-01-02, 08:53   Link #13
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Just out of interest I'm pretty sure you can translate Tsurumaru as "Dancing Crane" from Tsuru - Crane (a type of Long legged bird), and Maru (as previously mentioned Circling) although as name I'm pretty sure its as previously mentioned with the "maru" denoting its a male name although this is a family name and not a forename so I'm not sure.

I guess "maru" is the male equivalent of "ko" which is used in about 80% of Japanese female forenames with the meaning "sweet, little".
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Old 2004-01-02, 11:02   Link #14
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It's not really the equivalent of ko because ko is a suffix added to a name, you can call a girl named Usagi by the name Usako for example.

Tsurumaru can mean many things, depending of the kangi, of how the name sound, etc.
A japanese name can be read in many ways.

If I remember well there was a thread which spoke about that.
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Old 2004-01-02, 12:17   Link #15
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It's not really the equivalent of ko because ko is a suffix added to a name, you can call a girl named Usagi by the name Usako for example.

Tsurumaru can mean many things, depending of the kangi, of how the name sound, etc.
A japanese name can be read in many ways.

If I remember well there was a thread which spoke about that.
*quick search*
gotcha ^^
I cant write the Kanji here from this Computer but its definitely "Circling Crane" I referred to my Kanji Dictionary, of course this probably has no meaning when used as a family name.

As for "ko" also just off the top of my head how about Yumiko, Akiko, Nonoko, Yuriko, Youko etc etc where the Kanji for "Ko" appears as part of the name (the name then being shortened to Yuri, Aki etc etc). Hmm I'm not 100% sure about this but thought it was this way round rather than adding Ko as a postfix to a girls name, it would kind of make sense if maru was used as an equivalent ending Kanji in boys names.
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