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We grow up to know our names,most of us don’t have the opportunity to give ourselves the names we want so we have to go with the names our parents deemed fit to give us. This is of an advantage to some and not, to others. Often times we question our names because it doesn’t sound right in our ears or we just would have loved to answer something sophisticated or so. It’s really necessary to go to the length of asking our parents “why” they gave us the names we Bear. It in one way or the other gives us a better understanding of what our names truly mean and at the end we might as well appreciate it.
Some go to the length of coining a name out of their original names or even making up something totally different to be called,either in person or it may be used as a social media handle,club name,workshop name, the list goes on.
Our names are our identity. I’m particularly amazed at how we Africans give names to our children. We give our children names according to the circumstances surrounding the birth, the circumstances before the pregnancy, the struggles accompanied by the birth, or even who the child looks like or who they want the child to act like.Bottom line is, children are given names out of the abundance of what the parents have in mind as the child comes to limelight.
I know of a couple who wanted to name their child something sweet and totally having no true meaning but due to the challenges they faced during child birth,they saw it as enough reason to change their first thought and name their baby girl “Chinecheremechicheoma” which translates to “God has great plans for me/ God has good thoughts for me.
There are other native Igbo names which I truly love such -Onyinyechukwunyerem(onyinye for short) which means “the gift God has given me, “Chisom” which means God is with me, “Chidalu” which means “Thank God” and so many others. Most Igbo names have a link to God in one way or the other and that’s beautiful.
Igbo is one of the major ethnic groups in my country Nigeria 🇳🇬 #igboamaka
I believe our names in one way or the other follow us, either as a guardian or as luck.That is why most Nigerians name their children names in thanksgiving to God or names to bless their children and their future. I believe this is not only necessary but crucial.
I wouldn’t end this post without sharing my own native Igbo name which is “Oluchukwu” Oluchi for short” and it means “the work or God” and I am indeed the work of God. 😊
It would be really nice if you share your names and what they mean in the comment section💕 who knows, someone might be looking for a name for their child somewhere and your name would fit the situation 😁….above all…let’s find our namesakes😃. This is not limited to any tribe,county or ethnicity….we’re in this together 💕