Yoruba name generator

This Yoruba name generator will generate either 10 male, female or unisex names and their meanings depending on your choice.

Yoruba is a Nigerian language and thus mostly spoken in Nigeria, although it did spread to other West African countries, like Benin, and it can be found in communities in both Europe and the Americas.

Many names are unisex, which is likely due to their meanings which aren't gender specific. There are 3 types of names, the given names (Oruko Amutorunwa) , an ascribed Name (Oruko Abiso) and a pet or praise name (Oriki). The given name isn't like a given name in most cultures, instead it is a name which reflects a significant event which occurred at the birth of the child. Not everybody will have a name like this and as such these names aren't required to be on a birth certificate.

The ascribed name is more in line with what many cultures would see as a given name, in the case of the Yoruba it's a name given after a Christening or naming ceremony. This name could also reflect a significant event, but it could also reflect family traditions. This name is required to be on a birth certificate.

The pet or praise name are somewhat similar to nicknames, except in the case of the Yoruba they tend to reflect family backgrounds, traditions and/or hopes for the future of the child. These names could also be used as an ascribed name, in which case they would have to be on the birth certificate.

To start, simply click on the button to generate 10 random names. Don't like the names? Simply click again to get 10 new random names.

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