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Some Popular Yoruba Names & Their Meanings (VERY INTERESTING)

In Yoruba Land, the natives have a tradition of naming a child in order of place, circumstances surrounding his birth as well as in honour of an ancestor. Below are examples of such names and what they connote:
Ojo———-A male child that has his umbilical cord tied around his neck at birth.

Ajayi——–A child born with face turned downwards

Talabi——-A child born with the head and body covered with Caul like a masquerade

Oni———A baby whose incessant cry at birth suggest that he/she is in distress

Ige ——–A baby that came out of the womb with feet first

Aina——Is the female of Ojo(of the two names, Ijebu tribe uses Aina,it is proverbial that (Ijebu
Kii je Ojo),”Ijebus never bear the name Ojo.”

Dada—–Children with knotted hair or dreads

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Ilori——Conceived after a previous birth, before resumption of mensturation

Oke—–A child wrapped in a thin
membrane at birth, (The Amniotic sac)

Taiwo—-The first to arrive of a twin

Kehinde—The last to arrive of a twin

Eta Oko—The third child in a Triplet

Idowu—–A child born after a set of twins.

Alaba——A child born after Idowu

Olugbodi—-A child born with a the sixth finger

Erinle——–A child born with an umbilical cord around his wrist.

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