45 Popular Traditional Names in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo With Their English Meaning

These Traditional names Are Very Common In Nigeria

Nigeria is an African country with a rich cultural heritage. One of the ways in which our culture comes into play is in the names given to Nigerian kids. Nigerian children are named based on a number of factors: how they were born, their conditions at birth, and situations, the day there were born amongst other factors.

Since we have 3 major ethnic groups in Nigeria, we have decided to look at the traditional names in these ethnic groups together with their English meanings.

Find the popular traditions names in Nigeria below:

 

Yoruba Names and their meaning

  • Ige(Adunbi): A child that comes out with leg first during birth
  • Taiye: First of a twin birth
  • Kehinde; Second of a twin birth
  • Aderoju: The crown has succor.
  • Folashade: Honour bestows crown
  • Mojisola: Wake up into fortune
  • Babatunde: Father has come again; The name is usually given when a boy is born just after the lose of a Father of Grandfather
  • Yetunde/Yawande: Mother has come again; The name is given to a girl given birth to after the lose of a Mother of Grandmother.
  • Durojaiye: Wait and enjoy life.
  • Ojuolape: Eyes of wealth is complete
  • Ebudola:  Insults have become wealth or honor.
  • Jejelaiyegba: Life should be treaded gently.
  • Magbagbeoluwa: Do not forget God.
  • Abioye: We have royalty
  • Feyisetan: Use this as history

Other Popular Yoruba names their meaning

  • Ifeade; love of the crown
    Ifedolapo; love holds wealth together
    Ifejobi; love gave birth together
    Ifeoluwakusi; the love of God abounds
    Ifetayo; love is the worth of joy
    Igbagboluwa; belief/faith of God
    Ikeolu; the care of God
    Ilesanmi; home benefits me
    Imoleoluwa; light of God
    Inioluwa; property of God
    Ipadeola; assembly of wealth
    Ipinuoluwa; decision of God
    Iremide; my fortune/benefit has arrived
    Iretiola; hope/anticipation of wealth
    Koledowo; build a house in anticipation of wealth
    Kosoko; theres no hoe
    Koyinsola; put honey into wealth i.e. experience sweet wealth
    Kukoyi; death rejects this (one)
    Magbagbeoluwa; do not forget God
    Majekodunmi; do not let it hurt (pain) me
    Majemuoluwa; convenant of God
    Makanjuola; do not be in a hurry to get wealthy
    Malomo; don’t go away any more
    Matanmi; don’t deceive me
    Meraola; I did
    Oluwarotimi; God is with me
    Olusaanu; God wrought mercy
    Olusanmi; God benefits me
    Olusanya; God compensates for my suffering
    Olusayo; God makes joy
    Olusegun; God is victorious
    Oluwasemilore; God has done me a favor
    Oluwaseteminirere; God has done things for my good
    Oluwaseun; thanks be to God
    Oluwaseunbabaralaiyemi; God has done extremely great things for me
    Oluwaseunayo; God has done something joyous
    Oluseye; God makes dignity
    Oluwaseyi; God has done this
    Olusoga; God is the master
    Olusoji; God has arisen

 

Hausa Names and their meaning

  • Auta: Last born.
  • Dana: Dark in complexion.
  • Hassana: Female version of Hassan
  • Jatau:  Fair in complexion (you can hardly see a fair complexion Hausa man though)
  • Kande: A girl born after the birth of many boys.
  • Yelwa: Born at the time of abundance/ wealth.
  • Ana Ruwa: Child born during rainy season.
  • Tanko: A boy born after the birth of many girls.
  • Rayowa: life
  • Tambara: Girl at ease
  • Yabani: God gave me
  • Zauna: To be alive
  • Gambo: Child born before twins
  • Hummai: Dauthet of Friday
  • Ladi: Daughter of Sunday

 

Igbo Names and their meaning

  • Chinyere: God is the giver
  • Chiemaka: God has done well
  • Adaora: Daughter of all
  • Adankwo: Born on the fourthday
  • Chukwuma: God knows
  • Adaoma: Good lady
  • Adamma: Daughter of beauty
  • Chiedera: What God has written
  • Oyinye: Heavens gift
  • Ogechi: God’s time is the best
  • Onyekachi: Who is greater than God?
  • Chinonso: God is near
  • Chiebuka: God is great
  • Nkechi: God’s own
  • Chioma: Goodluck or Good God

 

Other Popular Igbo names and their meaning

  • Ifeade; love of the crown
    Ifedolapo; love holds wealth together
    Ifejobi; love gave birth together
    Ifeoluwakusi; the love of God abounds
    Ifetayo; love is the worth of joy
    Igbagboluwa; belief/faith of God
    Ikeolu; the care of God
    Ilesanmi; home benefits me
    Imoleoluwa; light of God
    Inioluwa; property of God
    Ipadeola; assembly of wealth
    Ipinuoluwa; decision of God
    Iremide; my fortune/benefit has arrived
    Iretiola; hope/anticipation of wealth: God knows
    Chimalu: God knows
    Chimamanda: My God will never fail
    Chimaram: God knows me
    Chimaraoke: God knows my share/portion
    Chimebe: God should continue to act.
    Chimezie: My God do it for me
    Chimzurum: My God is sufficient/enough for me
    Chinanu: God hears
    Chinasa: God answers
    Chinasa: God answers
    Chinedu: God guides,**
    Chinekwu: God speaks
    Chinelo: God thinks
    Chinemelum: God does for me
    Chinenye (Female): God gives
    Chukwunenye(Male): God gives
    Chineyere: God gives
    Chinoyelum: God be with me
    Chinweike: God owns strength
    Chinyelum: God gave me
    Chioma: Good God
    Chimalu: God knows
    Chimamanda: My God will never fail
    Chimaram: God knows me
    Chimaraoke: God knows my share/portion
    Chimebe: God should continue to act.
    Chimezie: My God do it for me
    Chimzurum: My God is sufficient/enough for me
    Chinanu: God hears
    Chinas: God answers
    Chinedu: God guides,
    Chinekwu: God speaks
    Chinelo: God thinks
    Chinemelum: God does for me
    Chinenye (Female): God gives
    Chukwunenye: (Male) God gives
    Chineyere: God gives
    Chinoyelu: God be with me
    Chinwe: God has; God owns
    Chinweike: God owns strength
    Chinyelum: God gave me
    Chioma: Good God

 

Efik/Ibibio names and their meanings

  • Abasiakamauwemowo: My Life is in God’s guard
    Abasiama: God love
    Abasi-Ifreke: God Never Forget
    Abasiodiong: Godbless
    Adiaba: First female child
    Adiaha: First daughter
    Afiah: Fourth born son
    Akakaneno: The Ultimate gift
    Akpan: First male son
    Amaeka: The love of a mother
    Andino: God the giver.
    Aniamaowo: Who likes you
    Aniebietabasi: Who resemble God?
    Aniekanabasi: Who is greater than God
    Anietie: Who could you compare (to God)?
    Anwangabasi:  God understand best
    Anwa-nwa: Third daughter
    Aquabasi: Great God
    Asun: Fourth daughter
    Ayamma: Will you love me?
    Ayanti: Will you remember me?
    Barasuene: Abundance
    Daraima: Celebrate Love
    Dattoyobon: Use it to remember God
    Edem: Back
    Edemanwan: A family daughter
    Edetobo: Market day
    Edidem: Chief
    Edidiong: Blessing
    Edikan: victory
    Edimek: chosen
    Edinen: Upright
    Efem: Troubled
    Ekaete: Father’s Mom
    Ekemini: The appointed time
    Ekong: War
    Emaedo: A female child who has a good character(Loving character)
    Emaobong: Love of God
    Emekan: Endurance supercedes everything
    Emekemeabas: The lord Is Able
    Emem: Peace
    Ememabasi: Peace of the Lord
    Ememobong: Peace of the Lord
    Eme-obong: Precious one of God
    Emeti: This name actually a question. Do you remember what God has done for you?
    Emeti-abasi: Do You remember what God Has Done For You
    Emineimo: The beginning of greatness/wealth
    Eno: Gift
    Eno-Obong: Gift from God
    Esse-Abasi: Gospel, Goodnews
    Essien: Outside
    Etido: Good character
    Etiesse: Goodnews
    Etim: market day
    Etima: GoodLove
    Etinamabasiyakka: When my Enemies Plans Against Me, God never allow
    Etok: small
    Etoro: Praise
    Iberedemobong: God’s support or strenght.
    Idara: Joy
    Idaramfon: Happiness is free
    Idongesit: Comfort
    Idorenyin: Hope
    Ifiok: Wisdom
    Ifiokobong: Wisdom of God
    Ikemesit: Singleness of the Heart, Harmony
    Imaabasi: God’s love
    Imauwemi: Love of my life
    Imeh/Idobe: endurance
    Inemesit: Joy from the heart
    Inemesit: Happiness
    Iniabasi: God’s time
    Inyene: Riches

 

  • Other popular Efik/Ibibio names
    Itoro: Glory
    KentoroAbasi: I am glorifying God or I am praising God
    Kufre: Don’t forget
    Kufreabasi: Do not forget God
    Kukere: Don’t Think or Don’t worry Yourself
    Kuma: Am still in love with you
    Kunsua: Don’t hate me
    Kuyik-Abasi: Faith in God
    Mfonabasi: God’s favor
    Mfoniso: Goodluck
    Mfoniso: Goodluck or Lucky
    Mmekomabasi: I Thank God
    Ndifreke: I would never forget
    Ndifreke: It means i would not forget my God
    Ndinamsomfon: what shall i do to be good
    Nduesoh: What have I done wrong
    Nkanta: You conquer and eat
    Nkenimabasi: I trusted in God.
    Nmosohwo: What have I done to you people
    Nne-ekami: My old grandmother’s grandmother
    Nnwa: Second daughter
    Nsikak-Abas: Nothing is too heavy for God
    Nsikan: Ask that Efik/Ibibio man there for the meaning
    Nsikan-Obong: Nothing is more than God
    Nwaha: Second female child
    Nwah-Nwah: Third female child
    Obongama: God’s love
    Obongama: God’s love
    Ofonime: It is good to be patience
    Okon: Night
    Oto-Obong: From God
    Otuekongabasi: Warrior or war bearer
    Owoidohoukem: Everybody are not Equal
    Tima: Remember Love
    Udemeobong: My share from God
    Udo: Second son of the family
    Udofia: Fourth born son
    Udofot: Fourth born son
    Udoh: second Male son
    Udoh-Udoh: Third born son
    Udom: Right
    Udo-udo: Third son
    UduakAbasi: Will of God
    Ufia: Fourth son
    Ufia-ufia: Fifth son
    Ufot: Third born son
    Ukeme: Ability
    Uko: Courage; bravery
    Unwanaabasi: God’s light
    Usen: The day
    Usoro: festial period
    Utibe: Marvelous/ Wonderful
    Uwakmfon: Abundant blessing
    Uwem: Life is enjoyment
    Uwemediemoh: Health is wealth
    Uyai: Beauty
    Uyobong: God’s Voice
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