Somali name

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In Somali society, each individual has a given name. Sometimes it is presented along with the father's given name, and sometimes the paternal grandfather's given name is attached as well. Somalis do not have surnames or family names.[1] Most names are of Islamic roots (e.g. Muhammed, Hassan, Ali, Ibrahim) whilst others are cultural (e.g. Guleed, Ashkir).[2][not in citation given]

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Givenname Patronym Avonym
Givenname Patronym
Givenname

For example Axmed Yusuf Qaasim would be a person whose given name is "Axmed", whose father's proper name was "Yusuf" and whose grandfather's name was "Qaasim".[1] This naming convention has been criticized for institutionalizing patrilineality, and thereby clannism.[3]

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Masculine[edit]

The following are masculine names[4]:

  • Aar
  • Barkhad
  • Barre
  • Biixi
  • Bile
  • Bootaan
  • Bulxan
  • Buux
  • Cabsiiye
  • Calas
  • Cartan
  • Cawad
  • Cawil
  • Caynaanshe
  • Cige
  • Ciiltire
  • Deeq
  • Dhaaye
  • Dhiblaawe
  • Diiriye
  • Dirir
  • Faahiye
  • Gabeyre
  • Gacayte
  • Gadiid
  • Galaal
  • Galayax
  • Galbeyte
  • Geeddi
  • Geeljire
  • Good
  • Guhaad
  • Guuleed
  • Guure
  • Habbane
  • Hanad
  • Haybe
  • Hirad
  • Hufane
  • Hurre
  • Kaahiye
  • Kadiye
  • Kayd
  • Keynaan
  • Kooshin
  • Kunciil
  • Liibaan
  • Looyaan
  • Magan
  • Mahad
  • Mataan
  • Maygaag
  • Miigane
  • Mire
  • Mooge
  • Naaleeye
  • Nageeye
  • Obsiiye
  • Odawaa
  • Olol
  • Qamaan
  • Qorane
  • Raage
  • Samaale
  • Samakaab
  • Samatar
  • Sharmaarke
  • Shidane
  • Shire
  • Shirwac
  • Sooyaan
  • Sugaal
  • Sulub
  • Suudi
  • Waaheen
  • Waasuge
  • Wardheere
  • Warfaa
  • Warsame
  • Weheliye
  • Xalane
  • Xoosh

Feminine[edit]

  • Aragsan
  • Ayaan
  • Barni
  • Batuulo
  • Baxsan
  • Beydan
  • Bilan
  • Canbaro
  • Cawo
  • Cudbi
  • Cutiya
  • Deeqa
  • Degmo
  • Falis
  • Filsan
  • Habboon
  • Halgan
  • Hibaaq
  • Hodman
  • Hoodo
  • Idil
  • Idman
  • Iftin
  • Ilwaad
  • Jamaad
  • Kaaha
  • Kiin
  • Koos
  • Ladan
  • Maandeeq
  • Magool
  • Milgo
  • Quman
  • Ruun
  • Saado
  • Sagal
  • Saluugla',
  • Cawrala',
  • Ceebla'
  • Shankaroon
  • Siman
  • Suubban
  • Tusmo
  • Ubax
  • Ugaaso
  • Ugbaad
  • Waris
  • Warsan
  • Wiilo
  • Xaadsan
  • Xaali

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bridges, Peter (2000). Safirka: An American Envoy. Kent, Ohio, USA: Kent State Univ. Press. p. 79. ISBN 9780873386586.
  2. ^ Lockot, Hans (1998). Bibliographia Aethiopica 2. Volume 41 of Äthiopistische Forschungen. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. p. 282. doi:10.1017/S1356186300013043. ISBN 9783447036115. ISSN 0170-3196.[not in citation given]
  3. ^ Wright, Derek. "Private and Public Secrets: Family and State in Nuruddin Farah’s Secrets." The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 39.2 (2004): 7-27.
  4. ^ Abokor, Axmed Cali. Suugaanta geela. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1986.