Naming ceremonies 
By custom, Yoruba children are named in a ceremony that takes place 7 days after their birth. The names of the children are traditionally taken from the father, but names can also come from those of other ranking members of the family, including the mother, grandparents or next of kin. Both the mother and father and other next of kin can give their own favorite names to the child or children. Baby names often come from the grandparents and great grandparents of the child to be named.
Composition and importance of names 
Yoruba names are often carefully considered during the week prior to the naming ceremony, as great care is placed upon selecting a name that would not reflect any sort of negativity or disrepute; in other words, selecting a name that previously belonged to a thief or criminal for a Yoruba child is not considered as a wise idea, as it (according to Yoruba philosophy) could result in the child growing up to become a thief or criminal.
Yoruba names are traditionally classified into two categories:
- Destiny Names(Situational) also known as Oruko Amutorunwa ("names assumed to be brought from heaven" or derived from a religious background)
- Acquired Names ("given on earth" or granted by next of kin)
One of the most common destiny names among the Yoruba are Taiwo (or Taiye) and Kehinde, which are given primarily to twins. And it is believed that the first of twin[s] is Taiwo (or Taiye), whose intention in coming out first is to perceives the kind of new environment they are before granting his/her second Kehinde (sometimes shortened to Kenny) to come out.
Acquired name may signify the position of the family in the society (e.g. "Adewale", a typical royal family name). It may also signify the family work (e.g. "Agbede", the blacksmith).
Yoruba also have "Oriki", a kind of praise recital used to emphasize the achievements of the ancestors of the family. Oriki could be a single word like "Adunni", or it could be a verse or a series of verses. Though not typically part of a standard name, the oriki is often used alongside one and is usually generally known to a person's contemporaries. Many an individual can even be recognised by the people of another town or even clan by using the oriki of his or her ancestral line.