Julia Stewart's 1,001 African Names
offers a wide selection of first and last names from more than twenty-five African countries.
From Abadeet to Zoan, the book offers names for African Americans to use for their children or to substitute for previously given Western names. Unlike most Western names, African names, evolving over countless generations, are loaded with meaning. They might signify when a child is born, might mark circumstances of the pregnancy or birth, or could indicate the state of the community in which the child is born.
- The Yoruba of Nigeria male name Olaniyonu, meaning “riches entail problems,” might be used by a family to downplay newly acquired wealth.