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Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 1:36pm On Oct 14, 2015
Egun people has some of the nicest sounding vocabularies and thought invoking names. Music wise, Egun songs and dirges are of the highest quality African spiritual.

I have listen to such in rendition, and to the kinestethics of the 'hunsie's' dancesteps, the dance of mortals initiated to the deities of our ancestor's Votun.

Most Egun bear names with deep meaning, can't collate all but some.

Seveo: Creator is passionate with word.

Sejro: Creator's desire.

Sewanu: Creator be thanked.

Sesinu: Creator's own thing.

Vyhutu: For the sake of a child.

Johnde: One good thing.

Hosu: Several tidings.

Mausi: God's belonging.

Sonayon: Tomorrow will be well.

Totai: Father at market.

Dethin: Prayer is real.

Senami: God's gift to me.

Mehgonu: Individual personal issue.

Mendo: Whom do I have?

Who do I have to add some more to the list?

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by bigfrancis21: 4:22pm On Oct 14, 2015
Nice names. I didn't see the name 'Aina' there though. Are you Egun?

By Egun, you mean the natives of Lagos state who live by the borders of Lagos state with Benin republic?
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 6:02pm On Oct 14, 2015
bigfrancis21:
Nice names. I didn't see the name 'Aina' there though. Are you Egun?

By Egun, you mean the natives of Lagos state who live by the borders of Lagos state with Benin republic?

Hmn, you are in spirit big pal. Mum is from there, so I am, partly. It is where I have my childhood, and I'm loved by my mums people, they love their women's children so much.

You are whining me for the Aina stuff? Ahahaha, You badt bigfrancis. It means Aina 'market owner' or 'market woman' in Egun.

Well in Cotonou, there is a family house to that name, though it is Yoruba name proper, and can only make semantic sense in historical context with comparative review. It is a good hint of our collective past.

Now about the Egun names, 'Otor' is Father, and 'Ona' is mother.

You can equally say 'dhaweh', (oldman) and 'nahweh', (old woman). Ones maternal uncle is 'Yinneh', paternal uncle, 'Tafeh', maternal aunt, 'Nafeh'; paternal aunt: 'Tanyin'.

This is known as 'yinnokor' altogether.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by Nobody: 8:51pm On Oct 14, 2015
Agbaosi. Is it an Egun name or a mainstream Yoruba name? That's my buddy's name. She's Egun, but the name sort of sounds like a regular Yoruba name to me.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 9:53am On Oct 15, 2015
Radoillo:
Agbaosi. Is it an Egun name or a mainstream Yoruba name? That's my buddy's name. She's Egun, but the name sort of sounds like a regular Yoruba name to me.

The Don,

It is Yoruba phrase meaning 'when there is no elder', from the proverb

'agba osi ilu baje, baale ile ku ile dahoro.' There was no elder, the city is spoilt. The father of the house died, the house became desolate.

It used to be the fad amongst the Egun to bear Yoruba proverbs as names, and Agbaosi is one of such names.

My grandma own is Geleodun, from 'Geleodun bi kamoo we, kamoowe o dabi koyeni': headgear is not so pleasant if you can't tie it right, to tie it right is not as pleasant as when it's a perfect-fit.

The Egun uses Yoruba language to spice their language (which is as beautiful as any language) and to break monotony.

Atimes, you wont recognise a word of Yoruba that has become Egun, vice versa. Example, fenyin-en means 'cassava', but in Yoruba, it means 'open your teeth'.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by bigfrancis21: 6:17pm On Oct 16, 2015
How similar are the proper Awori and Egun dialects to Yoruba?

And how about the Aja people of Lagos state? What language exactly is their native language?
Re: Sweet Fon Names by bigfrancis21: 6:55pm On Oct 16, 2015
absoluteSuccess:


Hmn, you are in spirit big pal. Mum is from there, so I am, partly. It is where I have my childhood, and I'm loved by my mums people, they love their women's children so much.

You are whining me for the Aina stuff? Ahahaha, You badt bigfrancis. It means Aina 'market owner' or 'market woman' in Egun.

Well in Cotonou, there is a family house to that name, though it is Yoruba name proper, and can only make semantic sense in historical context with comparative review. It is a good hint of our collective past.

Now about the Egun names, 'Otor' is Father, and 'Ona' is mother.

You can equally say 'dhaweh', (oldman) and 'nahweh', (old woman). Ones maternal uncle is 'Yinneh', paternal uncle, 'Tafeh', maternal aunt, 'Nafeh'; paternal aunt: 'Tanyin'.

This is known as 'yinnokor' altogether.

Clearly, Egun or Ogu language is not Yoruboid but there may have been some elements of Yoruba words in it today due to living closely with the Yorubas.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 7:03pm On Oct 16, 2015
bigfrancis21:
How similar are the proper Awori and Egun dialects to Yoruba?

And how about the Aja people of Lagos state? What language exactly is their native language?

Awori is a dialect of Yoruba, and a Yoruba speaker can easily understand Awori.

Egun on the other hand is a language on its own, seperate from Yoruba. A Yoruba speaker can never understand Egun, vice versa.

The similarity is in the area of culture, history and worldview to some extent. The Egun has their variant dialects, just like Yoruba.

Aja, Ajara, Setor, Gbekon, Alada, Tori are some forms of Egun dialects. Meanwhile, people of Whydah and cotonou speaks Yoruba and Alada.

Others only bear Yoruba names, worships their version of 'Yoruba gods' such as Sango, Dudua, Ifa, Roko and patronises 'Bokonor' (obo kor no: charm-sand-peeps).

Juju in Egun language actually means 'black colour'. Vior also means black. Votun means venerated idol; 'voodoo' or 'juju' means 'obo' 'Ohbow'.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 7:12pm On Oct 16, 2015
bigfrancis21:


Clearly, Egun or Ogu language is not Yoruboid but there may have been some elements of Yoruba words in it today due to living closely with the Yorubas.

Exactly. But some of their old words are shared with Yoruba.

For instant, I cant claim that Sango is a borrowed word, same with Gu and Ifa.

Such words are shared. I can't for instant claim that Dugbe is borrowed from Ogu.

Meanwhile, dugbe is a popular town in Ibadan. You can't get the meaning in Yoruba.

The best you can do to arrive at the meaning is to review the word in Egun, where the phrase simply means enjoy life that is, 'Jaiye' in Yoruba.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by macof(m): 10:22am On Oct 22, 2015
absoluteSuccess:


Awori is a dialect of Yoruba, and a Yoruba speaker can easily understand Awori.

Egun on the other hand is a language on its own, seperate from Yoruba. A Yoruba speaker can never understand Egun, vice versa.

The similarity is in the area of culture, history and worldview to some extent. The Egun has their variant dialects, just like Yoruba.

Aja, Ajara, Setor, Gbekon, Alada, Tori are some forms of Egun dialects. Meanwhile, people of Whydah and cotonou speaks Yoruba and Alada.

I'm sure bigfrancis21 was referring to Aja village in Lekki Lagos
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 11:22am On Oct 22, 2015
macof:


I'm sure bigfrancis21 was referring to Aja village in Lekki Lagos

Yes my big brother,

It's the same set of people moving up and down the littoral region and the creeks of the bight of benin in different ethnicity.

I was surprised when grandma described someone as Shekirinu, She's familiar with them via the interactions at the riverine contacts.

It was then I understand that the world culturally connects at sea sort of.

Owo, Warri, Awori, Ohori, Awonrin: all these place names sound similar enough than to be mere happenstance.

The Aja are a branch of Egun people.

Awonrin (Ahonrin) is Egun name for Eko, Lagos.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by macof(m): 12:01pm On Oct 22, 2015
absoluteSuccess:


Yes my big brother,

It's the same set of people moving up and down the littoral region and the creeks of the bight of benin in different ethnicity.

I was surprised when grandma described someone as Shekirinu, She's familiar with them via the interactions at the riverine contacts.

It was then I understand that the world culturally connects at sea sort of.

Owo, Warri, Awori, Ohori, Awonrin: all these place names sound similar enough than to be mere happenstance.

The Aja are a branch of Egun people.

Awonrin (Ahonrin) is Egun name for Eko, Lagos.
Oh I see, so you are saying Ajah was settled by Egun folks from Benin Republic, similar to Maroko, Makoko in Ebutemetta

I'm even interested in Apa town in Badagry. . I was told that Ado married a wife from there
Is that an Egun or Awori town
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 1:55pm On Oct 22, 2015
macof:
Oh I see, so you are saying Ajah was settled by Egun folks from Benin Republic, similar to Maroko, Makoko in Ebutemetta

I'm even interested in Apa town in Badagry. . I was told that Ado married a wife from there
Is that an Egun or Awori town


Yes, you know in ancient time, it takes fishermen and mariners to settle at the coast, the Ajah people, the Awori, the Ijaw and the Ilaje had always met on the sea coasts. I think there is even a place at matogun where Awori and Ijaw control either side of the tributory to the lagoon.

The Ilaje were dominant at Oworonsoki axis. I leart there is river course from Ibaragun to Ebute Meta, where the Ijebu and Ondo have anchourage.

As to Apa, I've heard of 'Egun-Awori' but I don't really know who were so labelled, but that best fit the Apa people, I mean Owode-Apa.

Ado has premordial link with most places in that realm, owing to the fact that it was really an old town. The quarters were formed by people on the move.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by semasir: 1:32pm On Mar 25, 2016
absoluteSuccess:


Hmn, you are in spirit big pal. Mum is from there, so I am, partly. It is where I have my childhood, and I'm loved by my mums people, they love their women's children so much.

You are whining me for the Aina stuff? Ahahaha, You badt bigfrancis. It means Aina 'market owner' or 'market woman' in Egun.

Well in Cotonou, there is a family house to that name, though it is Yoruba name proper, and can only make semantic sense in historical context with comparative review. It is a good hint of our collective past.

Now about the Egun names, 'Otor' is Father, and 'Ona' is mother.

You can equally say 'dhaweh', (oldman) and 'nahweh', (old woman). Ones maternal uncle is 'Yinneh', paternal uncle, 'Tafeh', maternal aunt, 'Nafeh'; paternal aunt: 'Tanyin'.

This is known as 'yinnokor' altogether.

grin salutations to you yinnokor is actually spelt yinko and nahweh is nawe which how are you
Re: Sweet Fon Names by semasir: 1:33pm On Mar 25, 2016
I'll appreciate if you guys can also join www.badagryforum.com and let's share and promote Badagry together
Re: Sweet Fon Names by semasir: 1:36pm On Mar 25, 2016
Permission to copycat shocked it on www.badagryforum.com

absoluteSuccess:
Egun people has some of the nicest sounding vocabularies and thought invoking names. Music wise, Egun songs and dirges are of the highest quality African spiritual.

I have listen to such in rendition, and to the kinestethics of the 'hunsie's' dancesteps, the dance of mortals initiated to the deities of our ancestor's Votun.

Most Egun bear names with deep meaning, can't collate all but some.

Seveo: Creator is passionate with word.

Sejro: Creator's desire.

Sewanu: Creator be thanked.

Sesinu: Creator's own thing.

Vyhutu: For the sake of a child.

Johnde: One good thing.

Hosu: Several tidings.

Mausi: God's belonging.

Sonayon: Tomorrow will be well.

Totai: Father at market.

Dethin: Prayer is real.

Senami: God's gift to me.

Mehgonu: Individual personal issue.

Mendo: Whom do I have?

Who do I have to add some more to the list?
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 8:43pm On Apr 03, 2016
semasir:


grin salutations to you yinnokor is actually spelt yinko and nahweh is nawe which how are you

LOL, Its been a while I've heard from you semasir, I want to believe yinko stands for 'name' while yinorkor stands for 'family tie'

naweh is the opposite of Daweh, for a woman and a man.

You re right as to my spellings, I am not farmiliar with egun alphabet.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by semasir: 12:01am On Apr 04, 2016
Can't really say that yinorkor stands for family tie but I'll need to consult a few persons to verify this too.

In the meantime, you can join www.badagryforum.com and help promote Badagry too.

Thanks

absoluteSuccess:


LOL, Its been a while I've heard from you semasir, I want to believe yinko stands for 'name' while yinorkor stands for 'family tie'

naweh is the opposite of Daweh, for a woman and a man.

You re right as to my spellings, I am not farmiliar with egun alphabet.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 8:46pm On Apr 04, 2016
semasir:
Can't really say that yinorkor stands for family tie but I'll need to consult a few persons to verify this too.

In the meantime, you can join www.badagryforum.com and help promote Badagry too.

Thanks


This is it my bruv,

if I'm to say

"write your name let me see" in badagry tongue (alada-gbe), i'll say

"Kan yinko towe nami napon"

In my Tori-gbe, it will be

"Kan te yinko na(o) napon"...

You are absolutely right as to nawe being "how is it?", you are using Alada.

But the "we" in my nawe, is as found in towe or wevi (fish) or weleko (sunset).

Your variant is as found in "weli" (sweet potato) or "mewenu" (family tradition), get it?

Do you own the forum, i\ll try and review, all that Im sort of busy these days,

I've served, now on the upward spiral.

Best of luck semasir.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by YourNemesis: 10:29pm On Apr 04, 2016
Is Egun Fon?
I thought they are two different ethnicities.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by semasir: 6:16am On Apr 05, 2016
Thanks..... Explicitly clear

absoluteSuccess:


This is it my bruv,

if I'm to say

"write your name let me see" in badagry tongue (alada-gbe), i'll say

"Kan yinko towe nami napon"

In my Tori-gbe, it will be

"Kan te yinko na(o) napon"...

You are absolutely right as to nawe being "how is it?", you are using Alada.

But the "we" in my nawe, is as found in towe or wevi (fish) or weleko (sunset).

Your variant is as found in "weli" (sweet potato) or "mewenu" (family tradition), get it?

Do you own the forum, i\ll try and review, all that Im sort of busy these days,

I've served, now on the upward spiral.

Best of luck semasir.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by macof(m): 2:58pm On Apr 05, 2016
YourNemesis:
Is Egun Fon? I thought they are two different ethnicities.
two ethnicities but speak similar languages like awori and say itsekiri
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 11:17am On Apr 16, 2016
YourNemesis:
Is Egun Fon?
I thought they are two different ethnicities.

You asked a good question,

the two names identify the same people, known as Egun to the Yoruba.

The word egun itself has bearing in ancient Yoruba history.

On the other hand, Fon is what Aku is to the Yoruba, ultimately from Eku...

There are many dialects in the egun linguistic phylum, each with its own peculiar twist.

But there is one common way of greeting which cut across the phylum.

The egun has predilection to Yoruba culture, there is always translation,

transliteration or thought sharing with the Yoruba in most cases.

The Yoruba refer to herself as "ile Kootu O Jireh", later generation made kaaro o jire from it,

this came to mean "the land of good morning, did you wake up fine?"

If the Yoruba would have free hands to choose her country name, it would be "kaaro o jireh".

Just the same way, Fon is Egun for waking up fine.

It is the word that unify all Egun speakers and the word that cut across, as gbekon-nu (alada) would say "mi fon dagbe",

and Tori would say "mi fon ijaw".

They all agree on this one.

Fon dagbe: fon ijow: wake up fine.

Ji dada: Ji rere: wake up fine.

Indeed, Fon is derived from the way my people greets one another in the morning.

For instance, if I greet grandma "tanyin, mi kaaro lo" (grandma, good morning ma) she'll say

"O fon ijaw, Jaka zangbiti agunmenu, omo Ola, omo Ose, e ku".

I purposely put Agunmenu, (my maternal oriki, known as 'akor' in Egun).

Maybe some day I will explore that term and its dynamics and how that may be connected to the term Egun.

Happy weekend folks.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by katerine7(f): 4:37pm On May 30, 2017
What of Medese
Re: Sweet Fon Names by LordGabby1: 11:26pm On Jun 05, 2017
Please is there a way I can learn the language?
I'm a big fan and I follow egun/Benin rep music alot.



people has some of the nicest sounding vocabularies and thought invoking names. Music wise, Egun songs and dirges are of the highest quality African spiritual.

I have listen to such in rendition, and to the kinestethics of the 'hunsie's' dancesteps, the dance of mortals initiated to the deities of our ancestor's Votun.

Most Egun bear names with deep meaning, can't collate all but some.

Seveo: Creator is passionate with word.

Sejro: Creator's desire.

Sewanu: Creator be thanked.

Sesinu: Creator's own thing.

Vyhutu: For the sake of a child.

Johnde: One good thing.

Hosu: Several tidings.

Mausi: God's belonging.

Sonayon: Tomorrow will be well.

Totai: Father at market.

Dethin: Prayer is real.

Senami: God's gift to me.

Mehgonu: Individual personal issue.

Mendo: Whom do I have?

Who do I have to add some more to the list? [/quote]
Re: Sweet Fon Names by LordGabby1: 11:38pm On Jun 05, 2017
Please is there a way I can learn the language?
I'm a big fan and I follow egun/Benin rep music alot.



people has some of the nicest sounding vocabularies and thought invoking names. Music wise, Egun songs and dirges are of the highest quality African spiritual.

I have listen to such in rendition, and to the kinestethics of the 'hunsie's' dancesteps, the dance of mortals initiated to the deities of our ancestor's Votun.

Most Egun bear names with deep meaning, can't collate all but some.

Seveo: Creator is passionate with word.

Sejro: Creator's desire.

Sewanu: Creator be thanked.

Sesinu: Creator's own thing.

Vyhutu: For the sake of a child.

Johnde: One good thing.

Hosu: Several tidings.

Mausi: God's belonging.

Sonayon: Tomorrow will be well.

Totai: Father at market.

Dethin: Prayer is real.

Senami: God's gift to me.

Mehgonu: Individual personal issue.

Mendo: Whom do I have?

Who do I have to add some more to the list? [/quote]
semasir:
Permission to copycat shocked it on www.badagryforum.com

you're very right ... I fell in love with their music since I was a little kid .. sagbohan Daniallo, Johnny sourou johnny badu, Nel Oliver and Co.. Egun music is %500 spiritual. .. theor music sinks into your soul.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by semasir: 10:51pm On Jun 06, 2017
pleased to hear this.....
grin
LordGabby1:
Please is there a way I can learn the language?
I'm a big fan and I follow egun/Benin rep music alot.



people has some of the nicest sounding vocabularies and thought invoking names. Music wise, Egun songs and dirges are of the highest quality African spiritual.

I have listen to such in rendition, and to the kinestethics of the 'hunsie's' dancesteps, the dance of mortals initiated to the deities of our ancestor's Votun.

Most Egun bear names with deep meaning, can't collate all but some.

Seveo: Creator is passionate with word.

Sejro: Creator's desire.

Sewanu: Creator be thanked.

Sesinu: Creator's own thing.

Vyhutu: For the sake of a child.

Johnde: One good thing.

Hosu: Several tidings.

Mausi: God's belonging.

Sonayon: Tomorrow will be well.

Totai: Father at market.

Dethin: Prayer is real.

Senami: God's gift to me.

Mehgonu: Individual personal issue.

Mendo: Whom do I have?

Who do I have to add some more to the list? Permission to copycat shocked it on www.badagryforum.com

you're very right ... I fell in love with their music since I was a little kid .. sagbohan Daniallo, Johnny sourou johnny badu, Nel Oliver and Co.. Egun music is %500 spiritual. .. theor music sinks into your soul.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 11:50pm On Jun 06, 2017
semasir:
pleased to hear this.....
grin

Asema

Why not create Ogu learning thread?

Jahle bo dho thread yoyo dopo dhote, na nuyonto leh nidho jahia po mipo:

dagbe towe po agbor towe po mana jedho.

E yon.

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by Ayokunle07(m): 4:43pm On Jul 10, 2017
I want to add names to the list and I want you to give me the meanings.

Sewande

Sedoten

Sesi

Mawutin

Mauyon

Semawon

Viyon

Miyonse.

Thanks. My dad is Egun but I no hear jack.

absoluteSuccess:
Egun people has some of the nicest sounding vocabularies and thought invoking names. Music wise, Egun songs and dirges are of the highest quality African spiritual.

I have listen to such in rendition, and to the kinestethics of the 'hunsie's' dancesteps, the dance of mortals initiated to the deities of our ancestor's Votun.

Most Egun bear names with deep meaning, can't collate all but some.

Seveo: Creator is passionate with word.

Sejro: Creator's desire.

Sewanu: Creator be thanked.

Sesinu: Creator's own thing.

Vyhutu: For the sake of a child.

Johnde: One good thing.

Hosu: Several tidings.

Mausi: God's belonging.

Sonayon: Tomorrow will be well.

Totai: Father at market.

Dethin: Prayer is real.

Senami: God's gift to me.

Mehgonu: Individual personal issue.

Mendo: Whom do I have?

Who do I have to add some more to the list?

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 7:01pm On Jul 12, 2017
Ayokunle07:
I want to add names to the list and I want you to give me the meanings.

Sewande: the Lord does things

Sedoten: the Lord has enough space

Sesi: the Lord's

Mawutin: God liveth

Mauyon: God is good

Semawon: Lord never forgets

Viyon: child is good

Miyonse: the light of the Lord

Thanks. My dad is Egun but I no hear jack.


Good one bro. I've provided the translations.

Try learn the language pls.,

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Re: Sweet Fon Names by Xion: 11:23am On Nov 12, 2017
In love with this thread. I'm so passionate about the Egun people and way of life. I'm also blessed to have married an Egun wife (Sewedo - As the Creator says/wills), sadly she doesn't understand much of the language. Please recommend nice Egun names (for a boy or girl child), that begins with letter A.
Re: Sweet Fon Names by absoluteSuccess: 11:17am On Dec 07, 2017
Xion:
In love with this thread. I'm so passionate about the Egun people and way of life. I'm also blessed to have married an Egun wife (Sewedo - As the Creator says/wills), sadly she doesn't understand much of the language. Please recommend nice Egun names (for a boy or girl child), that begins with letter A.

So sorry that I'm no longer active here as i used to be, but i promise to update once in a while.

Hmm, one needs to be a bit detailed about this.

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