Adaora

  • Origin: Igbo
  • Meaning: “daughter of all.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • (ah-DOH-rah)

The name sounds exactly like Adora, being composed of the Igbo elements, ada (daughter) and ora (all).

A common short form is Ada.

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Latif, Latifa

  • Origin: Arabic لَطِيْف
  • Meaning: “gentle; kind; benevolent.”

Latif is a masculine given-name which comes directly from the Arabic word لَطِيف (gentle; kind; benevolent). In Islam, Al-Latif لطيف, (the Kind; the Benevolent) is one of the 99 names of Allah (God). It’s feminine form is Latifa.

Latif & Latifa are commonly used throughout the Islamic world.

A notable American bearer is actress & singer, Queen Latifah.

Other forms include:

  • Latıif (m), Latıifa (f) (Avar)
  • Lətif (m), Lətife (f) (Azeri)
  • Latheef, Latheefa (Dhivehi)
  • Latifah (f) (Indonesian, Malaysian)
  • Letîf (m), Letîfe (f) (Kurdish)
  • Lәtyjif (m), Lәtyjifә (f) (Tatar)
  • Letife (f) (Turkish)
  • Lateef لطیف, Lateefa(h) (Urdu)

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Chukwudi

  • Origin: Igbo
  • Meaning: “God exists.”
  • Gender: masculine
  • CHUCK-WOOD-DEE

The name is an Igbo male name meaning “God exists.”

A notable bearer is British actor, Chuk Iwuji (b. 1975).

A common short form is Chuk, which sounds exactly like Chuck.

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Nnenna

  • Origin: Igbo
  • Meaning: “father’s mother.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: NEN-nah

The name comes from the Igbo meaning “father’s mother,” it is sometimes given to girls who families believe the father’s mother has been reincarnated.

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Fuad

  • Origin: Arabic فُؤاد
  • Meaning: “heart.”
  • Gender: masculine
  • Pronunciation: foo-AD

The name comes directly from the Arabic word for heart. It is used equally among Arab- Muslims & Christians. Among Christians, particularly Palestinians, Chaldeans and Lebanese Christians who profess Roman Catholicism, it is used in reference to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the same way the Spanish name Corazón is used in the Spanish-speaking world, though in the Arabic case, the name is strictly masculine.

Among Muslims, the term fu’ad is used at least 5 times in the Quran. The name is used throughout the Islamic world.

It is even used among Non-Arab groups in the Middle East, such as Mizrachi Jews.

The name was borne by two Egyptian kings.

Other forms include:

  • Fuad (Amharic, Azeri, Bosnian, Indonesian)
  • Fouad (Maghrebi)
  • Fuat (Turkish)
  • Fawad (Urdu)

A feminine form is Fuada(h).

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Olanna

igbo girl

The name can be Igbo and mean “father’s jewel,” being composed of the Igbo words ọla (jewel; precious thing) and nna (father). It appears as the name of one of the main characters in the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006).

It is also a Scandinavian feminine form of Ole. Other Scandinavian offshoots are Olanne & Oleanna.

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