Ghanaian name

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Ghanaian names (or Personal names in Ghana) consists of several given names and surnames based on the language of ethnic groups in Ghana including Akan, Mole-Dagombas, Ga, Ewe and Nzema. Frequently, children are given a "day name" which corresponds to the day in the week they were born. These day names have further meanings concerning the soul and character of the person. Middle names have considerably more variety and can refer to their birth order, twin status, or an ancestor's middle name. These names are also used among Ghanaians living abroad and among Africans living in the diaspora who wish to identify with their ancestral homeland. During the 18th-19th Century, slaves from modern day Ghana in the Caribbean were referred to as Coromantees. Slaves in the Americas had "day names" such as Azindow, Cuffy or Kofi, Cudjoe or Kojo, and Quamina or Kwabena.

Most Ghanaians have at least one name from this system, even if they also have an Arabic or western name. Notable figures with day names include Ghana's first president Kwame Nkrumah and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Examples of Ghanaian day names[edit]

Male

  • Sunday: Akwasi, Kwasi, Kwesi, Akwesi, Sisi, Kacely, Kosi
  • Monday: Kojo, Kwadwo, Jojo, Joojo, Kujoe
  • Tuesday: Kwabena, Kobe, Kobi, Ebo, Kabelah, Komla, Kwabela, Kobby
  • Wednesday: Kwaku, Abeiku, Kuuku, Kweku
  • Thursday: Yaw, Ekow, Yao
  • Friday: Kofi, Fifi, Fiifi, Yoofi
  • Saturday: Kwame, Kwamena, Kwamina

Female

  • Sunday: Akosua, Akasi, Akos, Esi, Awesi
  • Monday: Adwoa, Adjoa, Adzoa, Adwoma
  • Tuesday: Abena, Araba, Abenayo
  • Wednesday: Akua, Aku, Kukua, Akuma
  • Thursday: Aba, Yaa, Yawa, Baaba, Awo
  • Friday: Afua, Afia, Afi
  • Saturday: Ama

References[edit]

  • Johan Degen, Traditional Ghanaian Names at the Wayback Machine (archived September 30, 2007)
  • Oppong, Joseph R.; Oppong, Esther D. (2003). Ghana. New York City: Infobase Publishing. pp. 53–57. ISBN 1438105053. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  • Levy, Patricia; Wong, Winnie (2010). Ghana (2nd ed.). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish. p. 99. ISBN 0761448470. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  • Utley, Ian (2010). Ghana - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Rev. [ed.], 3rd printing. ed.). London: Kuperard. ISBN 1857336046.