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Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Nobody: 1:08pm On May 13, 2013
[b] Personal and place names is one of the oldest elements of the Yoruba Language and a good knowledge of them will enhance our knowledge of their history and past experiences.
The Yoruba names can be nominal or sentential and the names has been classified into three:
Given Names (Oruko Amutorunwa), Ascribed Names (Oruko Abiso), and Pet Names (Oriki).
Also, some names are formed from Yoruba proverbs.

The list of names here, are 'oruko amutorunwa'.
Examples:
Ojo----------A male child that has his umbilical cord tied around his neck at birth.

Ajayi--------A child born with face turned downwards

Talabi-------A child born with the head and body covered with Caul like a masquerade

Oni---------A baby whose incessant cry at birth suggest that he/she is in distress

Ige --------A baby that came out of the womb with feet first

Aina------Is the female of Ojo(of the two names, Ijebu tribe uses Aina,it is proverbial that (Ijebu
Kii je Ojo),"Ijebus never bear the name Ojo."

Dada-----Children with knotted hair or dreads

Ilori------Conceived after a previous birth, before resumption of mensturation

Oke-----A child wrapped in a thin
membrane at birth, (The Amniotic sac)

Taiwo----The first to arrive of a twin

Kehinde---The last to arrive of a twin

Eta Oko---The third child in a Triplet

Idowu-----A child born after a set of twins.

Alaba------A child born after Idowu

Olugbodi----A child born with a the sixth finger

Erinle--------A child born with an umbilical cord around his wrist.

All the Amutorunwa names are connected to an unusual event
at birth, they are instant names.
This whispers the significance of the midwifery lore of the
Yoruba. Unlike the Abiso names, one waits till the naming
ceremony on the eighth day to
hear the names the parents
woukd like to call their child
based on the events at birth, family tradition, and interest http://culturalechoes.blogspot.com/2010/09/onomastics-naming-in-yoruba-1.html?m=1
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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Karleb(m): 1:19pm On May 13, 2013
okay. But firsty, i don't have any given name(s). secondly, u only talk abt given names but u neglect the others. and lastly, i'll like u to delibrate more on pet names so that i can choose the kind of name[s] i'll love to call my secret admirer.
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by badmeat(m): 1:19pm On May 13, 2013
Denrele~a female child born with moustache,with an axial rod below his abdomen!

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Nobody: 1:46pm On May 13, 2013
^^are u serious??

Other natural names include:
Abiodun (one born on a festival day or period),

Abosede (one born on a sunday;

Babatunde/Babatunji
(meaning father has
come back) is the son
born to a family where a father has recently passed away. This testifies to the belief in reincarnation.

Iyabode, Yeside, Yewande, Yetunde, (mother has come back) is the female
counterpart.

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Nobody: 1:54pm On May 13, 2013
Oruko Abiso (Name given at birth)


These are names that
are not natural with the child at birth but are given on the day of the child's naming ceremony. They are given in accordance with significant events at time of birth or with reference to the family tradition as has been mentioned above.
Examples of names given with reference to the family tradition
include:

Ogundiran
(Ogun has become a
living tradition in the
family);

Ayanlowo ( Ayan
drumming tradition is
honorable);

Oyetoso (Chieftaincy is
ornament);

Olanrewaju (Honor stands before me);

Olusegun (God has conquered the enemy).
Etc

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by k10: 2:08pm On May 13, 2013
nice, more please.
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by egregous: 2:12pm On May 13, 2013
What Tolulope name means?
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by victme1(m): 2:15pm On May 13, 2013
Ok. Nice one!

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by ikole: 2:19pm On May 13, 2013
TOLUWANI -- She/He is of GOD

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Selwin256(m): 2:20pm On May 13, 2013
nice
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by ikole: 2:21pm On May 13, 2013
TOLULOPE--- To God be glory and honour

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by IAMBREEZY: 2:21pm On May 13, 2013
GOOD
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Lilimax(f): 2:23pm On May 13, 2013
bad meat: Denrele~a female child born with moustache,with an axial rod below his abdomen!
grin grin grin grin Is it for sure??

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Nobody: 2:27pm On May 13, 2013
Pls What does bukky means
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by egregous: 2:29pm On May 13, 2013
ikole: TOLULOPE--- To God be glory and honour
Thank you very much. It's good to know.
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Lolladey(f): 2:39pm On May 13, 2013
what about 'Inioluwa'
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Nobody: 2:39pm On May 13, 2013
Miss becky: Pls What does bukky means
its a short form for BUKOLA,and bukola means ADDED TO WEALTH_oluwabukola-GOD ADDED TO MY WEALTH

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by naijaobi(m): 2:48pm On May 13, 2013
what does jegede mean.

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Ayoswit(f): 2:50pm On May 13, 2013
What about the meaning of Ayodele?
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Lolaabokoku(f): 2:51pm On May 13, 2013
Lolladey: what about 'Inioluwa'

Inioluwa or niniola?
Anyway inioluwa means I have God
Meanwhile niniola means å child that. Brings wealth..
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by ABsI1: 2:54pm On May 13, 2013
AB$I - the most Honored of God amongst ALL
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Fishout(m): 2:54pm On May 13, 2013
what of OMOLOYE?
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Nobody: 3:00pm On May 13, 2013
Lolaabokoku:
Inioluwa or niniola?
Anyway inioluwa means I have God
Meanwhile niniola means å child that. Brings wealth..
inioluwa means God's property.

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by koolet: 3:01pm On May 13, 2013
Pls wat of yewande
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by koolet: 3:02pm On May 13, 2013
Pls wat ov kunle
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by koolet: 3:02pm On May 13, 2013
Pls wat ov obasanjo, omi`epon, sangobunmi, jegede, fadeyi, Abija, Laludè nd co grin
Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Dsage1: 3:04pm On May 13, 2013
@op, what's difference between 'Taiwo and Taye or Tayelolu'? Has it been called Taiwo since the time immemorial or just modern version to replace Taye or Tayelolu?

Don't know and that's why I'm asking.

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Re: Traditional Yoruba Names And Their Meanings by Afolayinka(f): 3:16pm On May 13, 2013
Inioluwa means God's heritage. Pls wat is d meanin of jegede,adio and ajao

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