The African Book of Names

The African Book of Names

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The African Book of Names offers readers more than 5,000 common and uncommon names organized by theme from 37 countries and at least 70 different ethnolinguistic groups. Destined to become a classic keepsake, The African Book of Names shares in-depth insight about the spiritual, social, and political importance of names from Angola to Zimbabwe. As the most far-reaching book on the subject, this timely and informative resource guide vibrates with the culture of Africa and encourages Blacks across the globe to affirm their African origins by selecting African names. In addition to thousands of names from north, south, east, central and west Africa, the book shares: 

  • A checklist of dos and don'ts to consider when choosing a name—from sound and rhythm to origin and meaning
  • A guide to conducting your own African-centered naming ceremony
  • A 200-year naming calendar