List of Ewe Names for Baby Boys and Girls and their Meanings
What is your name? Do you know names carry so much significance, it defines you, your name says a lot about you. The people from the Volta region of Ghana treasure local middle names, you will hardly see an Ewe without a middle name. This is something they have been doing for a very long time.
When was the child born? Are they twins? What circumstances were they born into, these are some of the things parents consider before naming their child. These things are considered in all tribes and countries in Africa. A group of children, either born as twins or in a different order can be given names of people in their family who have died because it is sometimes believed that those who died might have come back to life.
Some people are even given certain names because their parents died after they were born, they can be given some particular names because they are disabled or that they are the only child to have survived among others.
Sometimes, they name children after people whose lives are worth emulating. In the past, there are particular names people give to children who were born after a dead one, a child who is born after twins, a third girl child, and more, people still do this but many others do not consider it anymore.
Who were you named after? What is the meaning of your name and why were you given that name?
Below are local Ewe names for boys. These are beautiful names with good meanings.
|Male Ewe Name||Meaning|
|Atsu||Older male twin|
|Agbenyo||Life is good|
|Agbenyega||Life is prime|
|Agbemafle||Life can’t be bought|
|Abgesi||In life’s hands|
|Amenyo||Human is good|
|Edudzi||He(God) has won|
|Efarkonam||He has given me peace|
|Edem||He has saved me|
|Elinam||He is there for me|
|Elikplim||He is with me|
|Kplorm||Go with me|
|Komla, kobla||Tuesday born|
|Mawuli||There is God|
|Mawulikem||God has strengthen me|
|Nuyanti||Tree of knowledge|
|Zanetor||May the darkness end|
It is evident that Ewe names give a lot of credit to and honor the creator and supreme being. These names have no special origins, these are names our grandparents, their parents and ancestors have their children. Which one of these names is your favorite?
Let’s have a look at the local Ewe names for girls and their meanings.
|Female Ewe Name||Meaning|
|Amewusika||Human is worth more than Gold|
|Bubune||Respect to Him(God)|
|Delali||There’s a helper|
|Deladem||I have been helped|
|Delasi||The helper had heard|
|Enam||He(God) gave to me|
|Etornam||He answered me|
|Edinam||He granted me luck|
|Ese||He has heard|
|Elinam||He is there for me|
|Exornam||He has saved me|
|Ewoenam||He has done it for me|
|Eyram||He has blessed me|
|Edzordziman||It made me happy|
|Elorm||He loves me|
|Fafali||There is peace and calm|
|Kekeli||There is brightness|
|Lololi||There is love|
|Mawusinu||Waiting on God|
|Mansa||Third girl child|
|Seyram||Destiny has blessed me|
|Sefakor||Destiny has given me peace|
|Selorm||Destiny loves me|
|Selikem||Destiny has held me firm|
|Xeta /Edo||Born after twins|
|Zanetor||My the darkness end|
Many people prefer these local names to Christianized/foreign names. These were the names we would have all had if we had not been colonized, that is why there is the fusion between the two, people take both the foreign and local names.
As stated above, these names have an impact on the lives of the children, or at least, that is what we believe, that is why it is important to choose the right names for them, names they will be proud of when they grow up. It is even believed that having some kinds of names will make one poor or rich in the future, superstition or not?
As ‘scary’ or strange as some of these names sound, parents feel proud to give these games to their children, this is why there is a thing called ‘naming ceremony’ if it wasn’t important, it wouldn’t have existed. let us learn to give these traditional names to our children, these traditions are what makes us distinct and unique.