EXAMINING YORUBA NAMES PART 2


EXAMINING YORUBA NAMES: THE AMUTORUNWAS (brought from heaven)

A child is said to be “born with a name” when the peculiar circumstance  of its birth may be expressed by a name which is applicable to all children born under like circumstance. These are names believed to have been lit. (Brought from heaven) mainly due to the circumstance/nature of birth.

These names includes: Taiwo, Kehinde,Idowu, Idogbe/Alaba, Dada,Ige, Ojo/Aina, Ajayi, ǬØkę, ǬØmøpę etc.

The most important of these is twin-births. Twins in Yoruba are almost credited with extra-humans powers. 

Taiwo: This is the name of the first born of the twins of either sex. It is a shortened form of to-aye-wo (have the first taste of the world) it is believed that the first is sent to announce the coming of the second or is being sent by the second to go have a feel of the world, hence the first is said to be younger of the two having been sent on an errand by the second.

Kehinde: he who lags behind. This is the common name of second of the twin, the one believed to have sent Taiwo on errand to come check the world.

Idowu: the name of the child after the twins, this name is applicable to male and female. Acc. to S. Johnson, Idowu are always considered heady and stubborn, hence their usual appelaton ‘Esu lęhin ibeji” (the devil after twins)

Idogbe: the name of a male child after Idowu.

Alaba: the name of the female child after Idowu * however in the present days Alaba is use for both male and female

Ige: the name Ige is for a child born with breech or footling presentation.

ǬØmøpę: this signifies that the child is late i.e. the child is born later than the normal period of pregnancy.

Ojo/Aina: male/female names of child born with the umbilical cord around the neck. Even though Ojo is usually reserved for males, Aina can either be a male/female name.

Dada: a born curly haired styled child.

ǬØkę: a child born with membranes enraptured. These children are believed to be born covered in a sack-liked style, which is open with the application of palmoil to the sack.

Babatunde: father comes again a name given to the male child born soon after the death of a grandfather.

Yetunde/ more recently Iyabo: mother comes again   a name given to female child born after the death of a grandmother.

Abiodun: lit. Born at new year/ festival, a name given to male/female child born during annual celebrations.

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One comment on “EXAMINING YORUBA NAMES PART 2

  1. Great post.

    On the names for girls – Yeyewande is another one that means the same as Yetunde/Iyabo.

    One wonders – boys tend to have one name after parent/grandparents but girls more, why is this?
    Is this because our mothers play very important role like fathers but only get praised for their hard work after they were long gone? Maybe we should show them more appreciation when alive.

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