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Popular Yoruba Names & Their English Meanings (Interesting)

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May 14, 2013 – Popular Yoruba Names & Their English Meanings (Interesting)

Yoruba, Hausa and the Igbo tribes are the 3 most common tribes in Nigeria today.

The natives of Yorubaland are in the habit of naming a child in order of place, circumstances surrounding his or her birth as well as in honour of an ancestor.

Listed below are few Yoruba names and their meanings in English Language.

Name                  Meaning

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

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

Idowu—–A child born after a set of twins.

Alaba——A child born after Idowu

Olugbodi—-A child born with the sixth finger

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

Credit: City Pulse

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  1. Kehinde kendex baller

    May 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    10k God am on d list, dis are powerful names in yoruba land, ogaju, Admin wel done. Standn weL

  2. sean

    May 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    all my life, i have always wondered the meanings of this name. Not i know ajayi doesnt mean a busybody. Lol

  3. Princess Idowu

    May 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Wow am on d list also d names nd meaning re indeed real

  4. hay why

    May 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    eta oko are triplet n nt third child of a triplet, al d triplet are called eta oko even if u wnt 2 cal 1 or 2 of dem. Although oke are babies born in a thin membrane dat luks lyk a condom bt dat sac z nt amniotic sac and also both male and female cn bear aina.

    • aina taiwo

      May 9, 2015 at 8:21 AM

      the amoniac sac is what the apo is called. and it only the ijebus that name both boys and girls Aina. the eta Oko can be called taiye Kehinde and eta Oko respectively. note that the last child among the triplet is specifically called eta Oko.

  5. hay why

    May 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    any way it z interestn cus my dad n mum r on d list Idowu n Kehinde

  6. Taiwo

    May 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I’m very proud to b twins…

  7. Olaide

    May 18, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    I’m proud 2 be a yoruba. Wel done admin

  8. Olusegun

    May 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Tank God am on d list IGE adubi,

  9. Taiwo olayode ojo

    September 14, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Hum amazing my name on the list,with the list of my dad nd grand pa

    • foluke

      May 5, 2015 at 7:51 AM

      Good job,please can you also give us the meanings of Yoruba orikis like Amoo, Akanke,Alabi etc

  10. foluke

    May 5, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Good job please can you also give us the meanings of some Yoruba orikis like Amoo, Akanke, Alabi,Alao etc.

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