Akan names and their appellation

Akan names come from a traditional naming system for people from countries such as Togo, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
A child’s name is determined by factors surrounding his or her birth. For example, the day of their birth or the manner in which they were born may determine which name they get irrespective of their gender.
These Akan names signify the day one is born. According to Akan tradition, each child is born with a name associated to their soul. The day the child is born is therefore determined by the soul.
The well thought and organized naming system of the Akan’s was initiated by the ancestors and has attracted so many people’s attention as they desire to know more about these names.
As a matter of fact, it is possible to tell what led to someone’s birth, the day they were born and their rank among the siblings just by their names. This is why you need to read this article to know more about Akan names and their meanings.
Akan names are not just names given to children to give them identity.
There is a specific traditional system that is followed when the naming is being done. The names also have different meanings and appellations.
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Ever wondered what the Akan names mean?
The following is an account of the different Akan names and appellations. First things first, it is automatic for a child to get a specific name depending on the day they were born according to the Akan tradition.
To add to that, the name is accompanied by certain appellations. The list below highlights all the popular names for both males and females from each day of the week and the accompanying appellations.
1. Dampo-Bodua or Akosua-Kwasi
These names are given to children that are born on a Sunday. They are believed to be naturally agile and therefore their appellation is “Agility”. They are quick, fast and are highly skilled in performing tasks especially crafts.
2. Kwadwo or Akoto-Okoto or Asera/ Adwoa-Kwado
These are names for children born on Monday. They like peace and will avoid trouble at all cost. Their appellation means “Peaceful”.
3. Kosia or Nimo- Ogyama/ Abena-Kwabena
They were born on Tuesday. They are always friendly hence their appellation means “Friendliness
4. Kwaku- Atobi, Bonsam/Akua or Daaku- Odaakuo, Obirisuon or Obisi
They were born on Wednesday. Their appellations means “Evil”. They are mostly associated with stubbornness.
5. Yaw-Busuo-Operaba/ Yaa or Preko
They were born on Thursday. Their appellation is bravery. They never care about what will result from a certain situation.
6. Kofi-Ntifu or Babɔne/ Afua, Kyini- Baafi or Nkoso
They were born on Friday. They are known to be wanderers and are unable to stay in one place for long. They can travel to far places, start their own families there and never bother to check on those family members they left behind.
7. Kwame- Nyamewa or Adoma- Oteanankannuro /Ama, Atoapoma
Born on Saturday. The males are believed to be always set for combat hence “Ready for combat” becomes his first appellation while “Snakebite herbalist” becomes his second appellation. Females are creators hence one of their appellation is “creation” while the other is “Grace”.
Meaning of Akan names in Ghana
Like many cultures in the world, Ghanaians view naming of a child as a very important rite of passage. They normally pick a meaningful name since they believe the name accompanies the individual for the rest of their life.
Their convention for naming is very unique compared to other cultures in the world.
You could be searching for a beautiful name for your son or daughter; here is a comprehensive list of Akan names with their meaning.
Odeneho. It means one who is independent
Bekoe. This is a child who came to fight
Katakyie. This is a very strong man.
Bediako. One who came purposely to engage in war.
Agyeman. Came to save the nation
Osei. A very noble man
Piesie. The firstborn in a family
Manu. The second child to be born in a family.
Mensah/Mansah. Born third in a family.
Annan/Anane. The fourth born.
Anum. This is the fifth born
Nsiah. Is the sixth born
Nson . The seventh born
Awotwe. Born as the eight child.
Nkrumah. The ninth born
Badu. Is the tenth born
Duku. Meaning the eleventh born
Adunu. Is the twelve born
Adusa. Means the thirteenth child.
Adiyiah. Is one who encountered a lot of sorrow
Abayie. Is a child who came well
Antobre. One who never experienced hardship
Abeberese. One who experience hardships
Acheompong. Attributed to be bearers of chiefs and also kings
Addae.
It means the morning sun
Addai. Means clouds
Adekorato. Means treasurer
Agyei. One who is a messenger of God
Agyenim. A God given child who is very great
Ansah. Meaning a person who is royal
Donkor. This is a slave
Serwaah. One who is noble
Bagyina. Is a stable child
Sumina. A garbage
Agyegyesem. Is a trouble maker
Most popular female names with meanings What Does Each Name Mean?
Akan female names come out so well in the form just as Akan ancestors designed them.
Here is a list of Akan female names for your daughter.
Ababio
Abina
Adjua
Adwoa
Adzo
Afafa
Afryea
Afuom
Ajoba
Akuba
Akwete
Antobam
Araba
Awusi
Boahinmaa
Deladem
Dhakira
Dofi
Dogbeda
Duku
Dzidzorli
Dzifa
Effia
Ejo
Ekuwa
Elinam
Enyonyam
Esi
Hania
Ikhlas
I’tmad
Kisi
Kuukuwa
Likem
Lumusi
Mama
Mawusi
Morowa
Nanyamka
Nyamkomago
Ozigbodi
Serwa
Tawiah
Tsoenamawu
Veliane
Wafaa
Woelinam
Xoese
Xorlali
Yaaba
Yaayaa
Yawa
Ye
Yehowada
Yomavu
Zuhrah
Looking for unique Akan names?
If you are searching for cute Akan names check out the following beautiful Akan names. Almost all Akan names are beautiful. Here is a list of the most beautiful ones:
Katakyie
Piesie
Nsiah
Nkrumah
Adiyiah
Addae
Addai
Ansah
Serwaah
Akan local names and meaning
Most Akan names are local because they have a local origin and background. Here is a list of some them and their meanings.
Piesie. The first born to the family
Manu. The second child to be born in a family.
Mensah/Mansah. Born third in a family.
Annan/Anane. The forth born.
Anum. This is the fifth born.
Dampo Born on a Sunday
kwadwo. Born on Monday.
Kwabena. Born on Tuesday
Kwaku. Born on Wednesday.
Yaw. Born on Thursday
Kofi. Born on Friday
Kwame. Born on Saturday
Akan twin names
Akan twins do have special names. The names vary between the younger and the elder twin. The elder twin is normally the second one since it is believed that it is maturity that made him or her allow the other one come out first.
Here is a list of Akan twin names
Ata and Ataa where Ata is the male child and Ataa the female one.
Ata Panin (male younger twin) and AtaaPanin (female younger twin)
Ata Kumaa (male elder twin) and AtaaKumaa (female elder twin)
Beautiful names for girls with meanings
Royal Akan names are mainly for those children whose appellations show qualities of leadership and nobility. They include:
Bekoe – This is a child who came to fight
Katakyie – This is a very strong man.
Agyeman – Came to save the nation
Osie – A very noble man
Acheompong – Attributed to be bearers of chiefs and also kings
Ansah – Meaning a person who is royal
Agyenim – A God given child who is very great
Bagyina – Is a stable child
Serwaah – One who is noble
Common Akan female names
The most common Akan female names are those drawn from the day in which the baby was born. They include:
Abina
Akosua
Abenaa
Akua
Yaa
Afua
Amma
Araba
Adzo
Adwoa
Adjua
Akuba
Awusi
Efua
Effia
Ejo
Kisi
Mama
Popular Akan names
The popularity of Akan names is determined by their appellation. The more desirable the appellation is, the popular the name is.
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