Damilọ́lá

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “God makes me wealthy.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pron: DAH-MEE-LOH-LAH (equal emphasis)

The name is composed of the Yoruba dá…l’ọ́lá (to make wealthy by God) and mi (me).

Another form is Dánlọlá.

It is borne by Nigerian model and actress, Dámilọ́la Adégbìtẹ́ (b. 1985).

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Aráolúwa, Àràolúwa

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “the Lord’s kin” or “the Lord’s Miracle.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: AH-raw-OH-loo-wah

These are separate names but they have identical pronunciation. The former is from the Yoruba phrase ará-olúwa (the Lord’s kin), while the latter is derived from àrà-olúwa, meaning, (the Lord’s wonder).

A common short form is Ara.

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Dárasími, Ọlúwadárasími

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “good to me; the Lord is good to me.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: DAH-rah-SEE-mee

Dárasími is from the Yoruba phrase, dára-sí-mi (good to me), there is also Ọlúwadárasími, which means “the Lord is good to me.”

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Tamílọ́rẹ

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “give me a gift.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciatioh: TAH-mee-LOH-reh

This lyrical gem looks like a cross between Tammy & Lora, but is actually a Yoruba feminine name. It comes from the Yoruba phrase, ta mí lọ́rẹ, literally, “give me a gift.” It would make a lovely and unique option for a child born around the holidays.

Possible nicknames include, Tami, Tammie, Tammy, Lore or Lori.

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Ajani

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “one whom we fought to have.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: AH-JAH-NEE

The name is a Yoruba unisex name which is usually given to a child where the parents were having a hard time having children or a child who was in a high risk pregnancy. It is from the Yoruba phrase, à-jà-ní (the one we fought for, or the one whom we fought to have).

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Ẹ̀bùnolúwa

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “the Lord’s gift.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • E-boo-noo-LOO-wah

The name is composed of the Yoruba words ẹbùn (gift) and olúwa (the Lord).

Other forms are Ẹ̀bùn & Ẹ̀bùnolú.

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Akin

Akin is from the Yoruba word meaning “brave,” and is primarily used on males. It is a common element in many Yoruba male names.

When spelled Akın, it is a Turkish male name, which comes directly from the Turkish word for “raid.”

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Ayokunlé

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “joy fills the house.”
  • Gender: masculine
  • Pronunciation: I-yo-KOON-ley

The name is composed of the Yoruba words ayọ̀ (joy) kún (fill, complete, add to) & ilé (house).

Short forms are Ayo & Kunlé.

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Kehinde

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Gender: unisex
  • Meaning: “one who comes second.”
  • Pronunciation: KEH-HEEN-DEH

The name is composed of the Yoruba words kẹ́hìn “comes last” and dé “arrives.” The name is usually given to the 2nd oldest twin.

A common short form is Kenny.

A Hispanicised form used in Latin-America & the Caribbean among people of Yoruba descent is Kaindé as in the case of Afro-Cuban singer, Lisa-Kaindé Diaz (b. 1994).

Other forms include: Kẹ́yìndé, Ọmọ́kẹhìndé & Ọlákẹ́hìndé.

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Ayomikun

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “my joy is full.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: I-yo-ME-koon

The name is composed of the Yoruba words ayọ̀ (joy); mi (my) and kún (full). A common short form is Ayo.

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