A-Z of Yoruba names for your kids (with meanings)

A name can be more than just a word, it can be a story, an ode, a wish, a blessing or a conversation starter. It’s usually the first piece of information given to someone. So, like all names, choosing a Yoruba name should be given significant consideration.

A-Z Yoruba names for your kids (with meanings!)

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Workplace suitability used to be a determining factor for parents when choosing Yoruba names for their children. Parents often agonised about the possibility of children losing job opportunities because a boss couldn’t pronounce their names.

While for the current generation it is comforting to know that many successful artists have made waves, even with their native Yoruba names. A couple of examples are Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (Fela is short for Olufela, which means God enlarges wealth) and Jide Kosoko (Jide means to be awoken).

Whether you're expecting a new arrival, or someone in your family is due to welcome a child, choosing a name can be a daunting task.rom the surrounding Yoruba traditions to a helpful list of Yoruba boys, girls and unisex names, you’ll find everything you need to know about Yoruba names right here.

The Yorubas have one of the most interesting and the most complicated naming traditions in the world. A private child naming ceremony is often organized seven days after the birth of the child.

There, the child’s unique identity is unveiled. In pre-colonial West Africa, parents from the Yoruba ethnic group relied on traditional priests to decide the child’s destiny and to choose a name that reflects their pathway. Then a public ceremony was held, to celebrate the arrival of the child with friends and family.

However, things have changed in the twenty-first century, especially with the advent of Christianity and Islam. Parents, grandparents and, in rare cases, family friends suggest beautiful Yoruba names for the baby. Often these names describe the circumstance surrounding the baby’s conception and birth.

Some of the most delightful names available in this majority South Western and North-central Nigerian ethnic group are referred to as praise names (popularly called Oriki names). Such names are often bestowed upon children who have brought exceptional joy and pride to the family. Examples of Oriki names include Ayinla, Ajoke, Alao, Akano, Asabi, Ajani, Akanmu, Amope, Anike, Abike, Abake, Alao, Adio, Akanni, Amoke, Arike, Akano, Agbeke, Ajin-un, Alake, Awero, Abebi, Abeun, Aremu, Alani, Ayinke and Ìshọ̀lá.

Also notable is that Yorubas have interesting naming traditions for twins. In such cases, names are predetermined by the order of the baby’s arrival. Taiwo (a name that loosely translates to ‘pre-tasted the world’) is the name given to the first twin. The second twin is named Kehinde, a name meaning ‘the one who lagged behind’.

There are lots of Yoruba names to choose from. To simplify your name search, we have compiled a comprehensive litany of trendy, religious, quaint or modern baby names. Enjoy choosing a creative name for your baby.

There are lots of Yoruba names to choose from

Yoruba boys names and meanings A-Z

NameMeaning
AbayomrunkojeGod won't allow humiliation
AbegundeOne born during the holiday
AbeoThe bringer of happiness
AbiadeOne who is born of royal parents
AbidogunOne born before the war
AbiodunOne born at the time of festival
AbiolaBorn in honour; Born during the first days
AbioyeThe son of royalty; A variant of Abiola
AdebamgbeA Nigerian term meaning royalty dwells within me
AdebiyiThe royal one
AdedayoThe crown has turned to joy
AdemolaCrown is added to my wealth
AdeniyiThe value or honour of a crown
AdeperoThe crown has brought peace
AdesanyaMy pains have been compensated with the arrival of this child
AdesholaOne who is crowned to bring wealth
AdesolaA child crowned with wealth
AdetayoCrown has brought joy
AdetokunboA Nigerian name of Yoruba descent Ade means 'crown'
AdetolaThe crown can be measured to wealth
AdetopeThe crown is worthy of praise
AdetosoyeThe crown is entitled to the throne
AdisaClear spoken person
AkinBrave; heroic; Hebrew - Man
AlakeOne to be honoured
AparaMatchless; unique; one who is exclusive and has no equivalent
AyindeWe gave praise and he came
AyodeleJoy has returned; a variant of name Ayotunde
AyotomiwaWealth has returned
BabasolaFather's wealth has arrived
BabatunjiThe father returns again
BanjokoDon't ever leave me
BankoleBuild a home for me
BayodeHe who brings joy with himself
BayowaHe has come with joy
BoladeHonour will come
DamolaMixed with wealth
DurojaiyeOne who waits for the joy of life
DurosinmiWait to rest
EsupofoThe devil has lost
FarayioluwolaI rely on God
FiyinfoluGive honour to God
FolarinWalk with glory
FoluA shy or timid man
GbadeboThe one who brings the crown
IdogbeThe second third born after twins
IfelewaThe beautiful love
IlesMessenger of God
InioluwaAcquiring God's treasure
IranolaA wealthy family
Isamotu OlalekanWithout God I'm destitute
IseoluwaThe act of God
Iyanu-OluwaThe miracle of God
JesutosinJesus is worthy of worship
JimohOne who is born on a Friday
KasekoTo mock or ridicule someone
MabayojeDo not destroy joy
MajekodunmiDo not let it be a thing of pain
MayowaOne who brings joy to the family
MoboFreedom
MobolajiBorn of wealth
ModadeolaA man wearing a crown of wealth or affluence
ModurodoluwaI waited on the Lord
ModurolorilerioluwaOne who stands on the promise of God
MofetoluwaA man who graciously accepts God's will
MofihinfoluwaTo God be the glory
MofolorunsoOne who is placed in God's care
NaadeA boy who is born in royalty
NumilekunoluwaClean my tears, Lord
ObaThe king
ObafemiThe king loves me
ObaloluwaGod is the king
ObasolapeGod has made His wealth complete
ObatotosinloluwaGod is indeed worthy of praise
OdunayoYear of happiness
OgooluwaThe glory of God
OlabamijiWealth wakes with me
OlabisiThe joy is multiple The joy is multiple
OlabodeWealth has come home
OladayoWealth has become joy
OlamilekanLord Shiva, one of the three major divinities in the later hindu pantheon
OsonSummer
PamilekunayoOne who brings tears of joy
RemilekunConsole me, Lord
RereloluwaGod is good all the time
RopoCome to save
SangodeleThe God of thunder has come
SareolaOne who is walking towards getting wealthy
SerikiLeader of an Islamic community
SeyeHonour
ShakaleThe almighty
ShoyebiA word used for wizards who ward off evil
ShijuadeA man who is destined for greatness
SinmiloluwaRest in the Lord
SunkanmiDraw close to me
SunmoluwaOne who is moving closer towards God
TadenikawoPerson under the protection of the crown
TanimolaNobody knows what lies tomorrow
TantoluwaNo one like God
TayoBoy full of happiness
TeleayoThe one who lays ground for joy
TeleolaHe has laid ground for wealth
TemidayoMine has turned into joy
TemiloluwaGod is mine
TemitopeOne who is worthy of praise
TeniayoThe foundation of joy
TifeoluwaIt is the will of God
TiwaladeThe crown is ours
TiwatopeOur situation is worthy of thanks
TolulolaWealth belongs to God
TolulopeTo God be the glory
ToluwalaseAuthority belongs to God
ToluwalogoThe glory belongs to God
ToluwalopeGod is worthy of praise
ToluwanimiI belong to God
TomoriWe have seen a baby again
TosinOnly God is servable
YeleOne who befits the family

There are lots of Yoruba names to choose from

Yoruba girls names and meanings A-Z

NameMeaning
AbebiWe asked for a girl child
AbidemiA girl born during father's absence
AbionaOne who is born during a journey
AdankwoOne born on the fourth day
AdaomaA good and virtuous
AdaoraDaughter of all
AdefolakeYour wealth supports us
AderiyikeThe pampered crown
AdesinaShe opens the way
AdunniA daughter of the sweet person
AegaA palm bird; tiny bird
AinaBeautiful Eyed Woman
AmokeLoving stroke or to pet her
AtinukeOne who has been taken care of right from conception
AyobamiWealth meet me; one asking for wealth
AyokunumiI am overwhelmed with wealth
AyomisioluwakonitanThe joy of the Lord will never diminish in my life
AyoolaThe joy of wealth
AyotolaJoy is enough wealth
AyotoluwafunmiThe joy that the Lord has given me
AyotundunJoy is sweet
AyowonuolaJoy enters wealth
AyowunmiA girl who loves joy
BandeleBorn away from home
BereFirst daughter of the family
BidemiBorn awaiting me
BimpeOne who is gorgeous and beautiful
BisiShe who is a first-born daughter in the family
BmideleFollow me home
BodundeCame with Christmas or one who was born during Christmas
BolanleOne who finds wealth at home
BolatitoHow joy sanctifies me
BoluwajiRise up with the Lord
BoluwatifeAs God wishes; one who follows the will of God
BosedeA daughter that came to world on a Sunday
BunmiTo be my gift
BusayoAdd to the joy
DideoluwakusidedeThe coming of the Lord is at hand
DiekololaoluwaGod's blessing isn't small
DiekololaoluwalayemiThe wealth of God in my life cannot be measured
DoyinsolaMy wealth is sweet
EbunoluwaThe God's gift
EmilohiOnly God is great
EniiyiA person of integrity
EnitanPerson of the story or person with a history
EriifeoluwaThe evidence of God's love
EromidolaMy thought has become wealth
EyitopeThis is worthy for praise
FadekunmiAdd crown to me or add crown for me
FehintolaRest on wealth
FeyisayoUse this as joy
FeyisetanUse this as history
FeyisolaA girl who always has the blessing of her parents on her; my blessing
FiayosemiThe one who has molded her parents with joy
FibikemiBless me with your birth
FisayoGod has added me to my joy
FoladeThe honour arrives
FolakeOne who is taken care of with wealth
FolaoluwashadeThe wealth of God is my crown
FolasadeHonour confers a crown
FolushoGod cares; who is always under God's protection
FowokeA girl who is pampered with money
FoyinsolaAdd honey to the wealth
FunmilayoGift of God or God has brought me joy
FyiynfoluwaGive praise to God; a person who never forgets to praise God for everything
GbemisolaCarry me into wealth
GbohunmiGod has heard my cry
GbolahunShow the wealth
GboyegaCarry the glory high
IbidolapoA term used for a child whose birth brought the wealth together
IbidunThe birth was sweet
IbilolaA girl who is born in riches
IbironkeThe family will love this child
IbukunBlessings
IbukunadeThe blessings have come to me
IbukunoluwaThe blessings of God
IdowuA child who is born after twins
IfedayoLove has turned to joy
IfedeLove is here
IfedolaoluwaGod has blessed our love
IfedolapoWealth has been mixed with love
IfejesukristiThe love of Jesus Christ
IfelayoLove is joy
IfeoluwadolapoGod's love has brought us wealth
IfesowapoLove has joined us together
IfetundunLove is sweet
IfeyaLove; a lovable woman
IkeoluwaOne who is under the constant care of God
IlearaA healthy child
IlerioluwaThe promise of God
IretomiwaBlessing has come to me; a girl who has brought blessings to her family
IsokenOne who is content with her destiny
IyawaAbility or skill; a skillful woman
JadesolaCome out into wealth
JadesolaoluwaOne who has come out to the wealth of God
JaiyeolaOne who is enjoying a wealthy life
JesulayotimoniJesus is the joy I have
JibolaA child born with wealth
JolasunLet the wealth some forth
KayinThe child that has been long awaited
KehindeCame second or the second born child
KeyshiaA girl who is the favourite of everyone
KikelomoA child whom everyone loves pampering
KinfeosioluwaI may love you more, my Lord
KokumoThis one will not die
KolapoWealth is in abundance
KolawoleWealth has entered
KoredeA girl who has brought joy to the family
LanreMy wealth is the future
LatorunwaOne who has descended from heaven
LoladeGod is with you
MofoluwakemiGiven for the Lord's blessing
MonifeThe one who has been loved
OlamideDivinity of triumph; supernatural of success
OluchiThe work of god
OluwabusolaGod adds to my wealth
OluwafunbiGod gave this to me
OmoladeChild of the crown
OmorinsolaThe child who walks into wealth
OrisaAn angelic manifestation
OyinlolaNigerian term meaning wealth is sweet
RonkeA person who has someone to pamper
SholaA blessed one
TambaraA girl who is at ease
TiaraoluwaFrom the body of God, Lord's wonder
TimilehinGod is with you
TitilayoOne who is joyful for ever; ever happy
ToluwalasheGod's will will be done
TujukaCheerful
YejideOne who looks like her mother
ZoputanThe protector

There are lots of Yoruba names to choose from

NameMeaning
AjayiBorn face-down
AyomideJoy has returned ; a variant of name Ayotunde
AyotundeJoy has returned; a variant of name Ayomide
IgeBorn feet first
JaiyesimiOne who believes in enjoying life
ModupeoreThank you God for this gift
MonjolaoluwaEnjoying the wealth of God
MorenikejiThis child resembles me
NiyilolawaThe wealth is here
OlajuwanThe exaltation of the triumph
OlayinkaWealth surrounds me
OlorunyomiGod has saved me
OlumorotiI stand with God
OlusolaGod has blessed me
OluwagbengaGod has lifted me up
OluwatokeGod is worthy to be adored
TejumolaOne who looks forward to better days
TiwaOne who owns the crown or kingship
TokunboOne who is from across the seas

If you’re going to pick a Yoruba name for your child, don’t forget to choose a name that resonates well with you. Don’t worry about how other people might react to it. The significance and meaning of the name are arguably the most important considerations. And if anyone poses that timeless Shakespearean question, “What’s in a name?” shrug your shoulders and say, “Everything.”

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