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Typical Yoruba Names

Some Yoruba Names and their Meaning

Name Male/Female Meaning
ABENI F We asked for her, and behold, we got her
ABIDEMI M Born during father's absence
ABIMBOLA M Born wealthy
ABIODUN M & F Born during a festival or Holiday such as Xmas
ABIOYE M Born into Royalty
ADEBOWALE M & F My Royal Crown has come home
ADEGOKE M The crown has been exalted
ADETOKUNBO M & F The Crown arrived from overseas
ADISA M One who is clear
AFOLABI M Born into wealth
ALABA F Second child born following the brith of twins
AMADI M Seemed destined to die at birth
AYO M & F Joy
AYODELE M & F Joy has arrived in our home
AYOKUNLE M Fills our home with joy
AYOMIDE M & F My joy has arrived
AYOTUNDE M & F Joy has returned to our home

BABAJIDE M Father (deceased) has returned
BABATUNDE M Father has returned
BAMIDELE M Follow me home
BOLANLE F Born into home full of wealth

DADA F Child born with curly hair
DAYO M & F Joy arrives. Short for Adedayo, Oladayo, Ekundayo, etc.

EKUNDAYO M & F Sorrow and tears become joy
ENIOLA M & F Person of wealth
ENITAN M Person with a story to tell

FEMI M & F Love me. Short for Oluwafemi (God loves me), Babafemi (Fathe loves me), etc.
FOLAMI M Respect and honour me

GBEMISOLA F Put me on a pedestal of honor
IDOWU M & F Child born after a set of twins
IFE F Love
IGE M & F Born feet first

KAYIN M & F A child that will achieve glory; to be celebrated child
KAYODE M He brought joy
MOJISOLA F Wake up to wealth

OLABODE M Wealth returns
OLAMIDE M My wealth has arrived
OLAMILEKAN M My wealth is increased
OLANREWAJU M My wealth is the future
OLAYINKA M Wealth surrounds me
OLUBUNMI M & F God's gift to me
OLUFEMI M God loves me
OLUFUNKE M & F God gives me to care for him/her
OLUFUNMILAYO M & F God gives me joy
OLUFUNMILOLA M & F God gives me wealth
OLUKAYODE M God gives us joy and happiness
OLUMIDE M God arrives
OLUWASEGUN M & F God is victorious
OLUWASEUN M & F We thank God
OLUWASEYI M & F God did this
OLUWATOYIN M & F God is worthy of praise
OLUWAYEMISI M & F God honours me
OMOBOLANLE M & F This child meets wealth at home
OMOLARA F One who has a child has family; is never alone
OPEYEMI M I should give thanks (to God)

SIMISOLA F Rest in wealth
TEMITOPE F I give thanks (to God)
TITILAYO F Joy/happiness for ever
YEJIDE F In the image of the mother (looks like the mother or one of the grand mothers)
YEWANDE F Mother or grand mother has returned

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