Thursday, 30 October 2014
What is in a name?
Hiya doing lovelies? I'm excited that today is Thursday because my CDS is on thursday so I get that day off from work and what's more? Today is my first ever CDS (I'm in press club).
Erm, before I continue, I really want to appreciate everybody who visits this blog but seriously the comment box is meant to be used by you, yes you and it really pains me when I do not get to read from you via the comment section. Infact, any blogger that tells you that he/she does not care about comments is a big liar! I care sha oh, so biko I'd love to hear from you.
Now to the topic of the day.
The history of naming dates back to creation as recorded in the Bible (hello, I'm a christian). After God made everything, he named them....for easy identification.
So important is this activity that in Africa after the birth of the child, on the 7th or 8th day (depending on the sex), the naming ceremony is carried out admist pomp. Certain ingredients like honey, salt, alligator pepper etc are used to bless the new born and an identity is conferred on him/her in the form of a name.
In Africa, we have the tradition of naming after the condition suurrounding the birth of the infant. For example, a child who is born in the absence of its father in Yoruba land is christened "BIDEMI", a woman who is the only girl of her parents is likely to give her first daughter "MORENIKEJI" meaning 'I've seen a partner', etc.
Incredible as it may sound, I've heard of places/countries where some children do not have names *sigh* and right now, in the child right act, every child has the right to be named.
Talking about names, I remember in secondary school we used to be crazy about English names as we felt our local names were not funky/fly enough. Now brace up for this; my parents did not name me Patience, my original birth certificate(I have two) bears Hundeyin Seyon Chidinma but my other igbo name Ndidiamaka means "Patience is good" so I started to write Hundeyin Seyon Patience on my documents (I desperately wanted an English Name) and I did it up to when I wrote WAEC so I had no choice than to go and request for another birth certificate (of course I went alone) immediately after secondary school because the first ever admission I got didn't work out since the identities were conflicting, that's how Patience became my official name!!
While I strongly believe the main reason we are named is for identification, we should be careful about the names we give ourselves in a bid to look tush as some names mean not too encouraging things.
Check the following out:
Cameron: crooked nose
Brenda: smelly hair
Kennedy: misshapen head
Persephone: bringing death
Gideon: having a stump for a hand
Some other people are named after circumstances surrounding their birth eg Jabez in the bible(borne out of sorrow), children who are believed to be ogbanje or abiku are given names like Kokumo( don't die again), Malomo(don't go anytime soon), etc while children who look like their grandparents or are given birth to immediately after the death of their grandparents are named Babatunde/Yetunde meaning father/mother has come again.
I really love traditional names, check out the following:
Aarinola: the centre of wealth.
Adebanke: the crown helps to pamper me.
Mosunmola: I move close to wealth.
Oyinkansola: honey drips into wealth.
Chidinma: God is good.
Kosisochukwu: will of God
Ifemelunamma: beautifully made.
Chukwunonso: God is near.
Chukwuemeka: Thank God.
Adadioranma: a female child is also good.
However, I've come across very funny names Nigerians bear especially people of the south south extraction eg:
So what does your name mean? What is in a name?