Every first week in March (1st- 7th) is Celebrate Your Name Week and in the light of that, here is a list of some Igbo names and their meanings. Igbo Kwenu!
The Igbos are indigenes of the five South-Eastern states of Nigeria: Abia, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi and Enugu. They are the third largest ethnic group and are popularly referred to as Ndi Igbo. They are ambitious, industrious and a hardworking set of people.
They are known to engage and excel in businesses, and as some folks would say, “An Igbo man can sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo,” that’s how industrious they are. An Igbo man can never be caught idle unless something ‘strong’ is wrong with him or maybe they are doing him from the village.
The Igbos usually name their children according to circumstances surrounding the birth of the child. If a child is born after a bad event, misunderstanding, arrival of wealth or even delayed conception, it reflects in the name given to the child. There are also cases where a child is named based on how his/her parents feel at the time of his birth.
Below are some Igbo names and their meanings
Ada means First daughter
Akudo means peaceful wealth
Amaechi means Who knows tomorrow
Amarachukwu means God’s grace
Anele means let’s keep looking; at the future of course, but literally it means,“looku looku”
Azubuike means The strength is behind
Azuka means The one behind is greater. People sarcastically use this name to refer to ladies who have a large buttocks, meaning what they have behind them is great. Lol
Chiamaka means God is beautiful
Chibuike means God is my strength
Chibundu means God is life
Chibuzo means God leads the way
Chidinma means God is good
Chidumaga means God leads me
Chimuanya means My God is awake
Chinazaekpere means God answers prayers
Chinecherem means God thinks for me
Chinelo means God remembers me
Chinemerem means God does for me
Chinonso/Chukwunonso means God is close by
Chinwendu means God owns life
Chioma means Good God
Chukwuebuka means God is the greatest
Chukwuemeka means God has done well
Echezona means Don’t forget
Echidime means tomorrow is pregnant. Well, I no know who give am belle sha
Egondu means Money of life
Ejikeme means Don’t do it by force
Ekwutosinammadu means don’t talk bad about others. Mostly used when there has been a disagreement or misunderstanding in the family.
Ezeonu means King of mouth. Lolz. The leader of all the people with big mouth.
Ifeanyichukwu means Nothing is difficult for God
Ifeoma/Iheoma means Beautiful things
Ifunanya means Love
Ikechukwu means the power of God
Kamsiyochukwu means What I asked from God
Kosisochukwu means The way it pleases God
Nkechinyere means The one given by God
Nkemakonam means My own will not pass me by
Nkemjika means The one I have is better
Nkiruka means The one in front is greater. This is supposed to mean that the future will be greater but over sabi people claim it is the name for ladies with big boobs, i.e. what they have in front of them is greater. People and their dirty mind!
Nnanna means Father’s father or grandfather. Some folks believe it’s a reincarnation name.
Nnenna means Father’s mother or grandmother. Reincarnation inferred too
Nwakaego means Child is more valuable than money. Now the bad belle people claim that families that ain’t wealthy but are very fertile give their kids this name as a proof that even if they don’t have money, a child is of more value.
Obiageri means Person wey come chop. Name for a child born into affluence.
Obinna means Father’s heart
Obumneke means Am I the creator? Another funny one because people usually claim that it is a name given to an ‘unbeautiful’ child implying that it is an excuse for being ‘unfine’
Obumneme means Am I the one doing it? Funny question right? Well, it’s supposed to infer that it’s the Lord doing actually
Okwudiri means Let the talk go back to the person that said it. This is a back-to-sender kinda name, implying that whatever you wish me returns to you. lolz
Olaedo means Precious ornament. Most kids who bear this name are beautiful
Oluchi means The work of God
Oluebube means Miracle, glorious work
Onukwube means let your mouth continue to talk. Very funny if you ask me
Onuwa means Mouth of the world, for people who talk too much. Lolz, just kidding
Onwubiko means Death please. I don’t know what this person did to death sha. Given to children born after several deaths in the family
Onyebuchi means Who is God?
Onyekachi means Who is greater than God?
Onyemauche means Who knows the mind of God?
Onyinyechi/Onyinyechukwu means God’s gift
Uchechi/Uchechukwu means Gods will/mind
Ugochukwu/Ugochi means God’s pride
Uzoma means a good road/way