Africa is a huge continent with a large number of different tribes and ethnic groups and as such has a rich bank of baby name inspiration.
You may be wondering what is special about a name? The issue of names and naming in Africa is always taken very seriously as a person’s name is believed to go a long way in determining the course of their life.
Africans have this ideology that there is some kind of life force in everything. And when a child is given a name, it means providing them with all the life force they need to successfully solve problems or make a positive impact on society.
Apart from that, a name connects you with a pasthistory, tradition and cultural festival. It’s so fundamental that even if you want to look back and see where you came from and dig into your roots or lineage, you must start with your name.
African names transcend the individual to whom they are given. It is linked to many centuries of history that help shape and define the true personality of the African people. It tells stories of communities, paints pictures of glory and greatness, and has the power to mark past victories and promise prosperity for the future. They are usually passed from one generation to the next to restore, preserve, or create a sense of honor.
One of the things that is relatively common with traditional African names is that the grandparent or elder person is usually the person who chooses the name.
Whatever traditional African name a baby is, this is highly dependent on various factors including the day, time or season a baby is born, what the baby looks like and the circumstances under which they are born.
A child’s name can also depend on birth order, especially if they are twins. Here a person does not have to declare whether they are the eldest or the youngest of their siblings because their names say so much. For example, in Nigeria, the Yoruba refer to the first twin as Taiwo (the first to see the world) and the second as Kehinde (who came after him). Likewise, the Kalenjins of Kenya call the first-born Yator (the first to pave the way) and the last-born Towett (the last).
Parents in some African countries usually name their children after famous political figures in hopes that one day they will become as successful as the people they are named after. The Luos in Kenya are particularly well known for this. Many parents also express their religious beliefs through the names they give their children. Across the length and breadth of the continent, many local names have religious connections. Among the Igbo and Yoruba tribes of Nigeria, a name beginning or ending in Chi, Chukwu, or Oluwa refers to the supreme god.
In Africa, it is common for people to have more than one name—for example, a tribal name, a religious or religious-based name, and a name derived from the day or time of their birth.
In some parts of the continent, a person is named as soon as the umbilical cord falls off, while in other parts a child earns a name after seven days. In some cases, a person is given a name and then given an adult name by eleven or twelve.
So there are variations in names and naming methods, but one thing that’s relatively common is that African names have meanings.
Meanwhile in Africa the male child is revered more than the female child, it is every man’s dream to have at least one male child in his life, someone who can carry on in the family line.
There is this belief that the female child will eventually marry into another family while the male stays behind and takes over the father. Africans take names seriously and male names are very different from female ones.
Here is a list of African boy names that will suit your little boy.
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Selected African Boy Names
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