This is Why African Baby Names Are Lit

african family“You must remember that slave-names will keep you a slave in the eyes of the civilized world today. You have seen, and recently, that Africa and Asia will not honor you or give you any respect as long as you are called by the white man’s name.” – Elijah Muhammad

When a child is conceived, or when he/she has just been born, one of the most important immediate choices his/her parents will make is the choice of a name for that child.

Since words give life and greatness can be spoken into existence, the name a child is given connects in a powerful way to his/her destiny.The African community has long understood this, and choosing a child’s name is done with great care and consideration in African countries.


Rarely ever is a child given a name that is meaningless, or that means something frivolous or foolish. Here’s why the worldwide black community ought to adopt this practice when it comes to our offspring.

1: African Baby Names Usually Have Profound and Beautiful Meanings


An example of this is the Eastern-African name “Ayanna.” Usually given to baby girls, it means “This is a beautiful flower.”

2: They Signify The Presence of Royalty

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Such names as “Adama” (which means “queenly”) and “Shaka,” (which means “tribe leader”) are fit for Kings and Queens.

3: They Give the Child a Lifelong Sense of Who He/She is

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A name that signifies royalty is a constant reminder throughout the bearer’s life of the fact that royalty is his/her birthright.

4: It is a Piece of His/Her Culture That the Child Will Carry Forever

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Think of how wonderful it would be to give this gift to a child: a part of his/her rich culture and African heritage encapsulated in his/her name.

5: An African Baby Name Links the Child to His/Her Past


Name your young King or Queen after a great African leader, and you will provide a doorway for him/her to research and learn about the history of his/her people.

6: An African Baby Name Links a Child to His/Her Spirituality

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Some African baby names were taken directly from the spiritual beliefs of a particular African nation or tribe. The name “Abdalla,” for example, of Swahili origin, means “servant of God.”

What are some of your favorite African baby names? Sound off in the comments.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani




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