271 Yoruba Baby Names With Meanings

To the Yoruba people, a name isn’t just a word or an identity. It’s an embodiment of lineage, history, and family. As per the Yoruba custom, Yoruba kids are named in a ceremony that is held seven days after their birth. In ancient times, the names were found by divination performed by traditional Ifa priests, called Babalawo locally. But now, the names are suggested by the ranking members of the family, which include mother, father, grandparents, or relatives. A private ceremony, just for the parents and close family members, is held where the child is bestowed the name. A public ceremony, with entertainment and feasting, is held by parents to celebrate the arrival of the baby a few days after the private ceremony.

Yoruba names are classified into five categories – Oruko Amutorunwa or destiny names, Oruko Abiso or acquired names, Oruko Oriki or Panegyrics, Oruko Abiku, and Oruko Inagije or alias. Yoruba girls are named after the circumstances in which their birth took place, or as a reflection of the wealth, they bring to their family. Modern or Christian parents use Christian forms of traditional names, while Muslim Yoruba parents give Arabic names with Yoruba phonetics to their children.

We, at MomJunction, have gone out of our way to get you some of the best Yoruba baby names with meanings. Take a look!

AbayomrunkojeGod won't allow humiliation.Boy
AbebiWe asked for a girl child.Girl
AbegundeOne born during the holiday.Boy
AbeoThe bringer of happiness .Boy
AbiadeOne who is born of royal parents.Boy
AbidemiA girl born during father's absence.Girl
AbidugunOne born before the war.Boy
AbiodunOne born at the time of festival.Boy
Abiola(African - Yoruban) Born in Honor; Born during the first daysBoy
AbionaOne who is born during a journeyGirl
AbioyeThe son of royalty; A Variant of AbiolaBoy
AdankwoOne born on fourth day.Girl
AdaomaA good and virtuous lady.Girl
AdaoraDaughter of allGirl
AdebamgbeA Nigerian term meaning royalty dwells within me.Boy
AdebiyiThe royal one.Boy
AdedayoThe crown has turned to joy.Boy
AdefolakeYour wealth supports us.Girl
AdemolaCrown is Added to My WealthBoy
AdeniyiThe value or honour of a crownBoy
AdeperoThe crown has bring peaceBoy
AderiyikeThe pampered crown.Girl
AdesanyaMy pains have been compensated with the arrival of this child.Boy
AdesholaOne who is crowned to bring wealthBoy
AdesinaShe opens the wayGirl
AdesolaA child crowned with wealth.Boy
AdetayoCrown has brought us great joy.Boy
AdetokunboA Nigerian name of Yoruba decent. Ade means 'crownBoy
AdetolaThe crown can be measured to wealth.Boy
AdetopeThe crown is worthy of praise.Boy
AdetosoyeThe crown is entitled to the throne.Boy
AdisaClear Spoken Person - AfricanBoy
AdunniA daughter of the sweet personGirl
AegaA palm bird, tiny birdGirl
AinaBeautiful Eyed WomanGirl
AjayiBorn face-downUnisex
AkinYoruban - Brave, Heroic ; Hebrew - ManBoy
AlakeAfrican - One To Be HonoredBoy
AmokeLoving stroke or to pet herGirl
AparaMatchless; Unique; One who is exclusive and has no equivalentBoy
AtinukeOne who has been taken care of right from the conception.Girl
AyindeYoruba - We gave praise and he came;Boy
AyobamiWealth meet me, one asking for wealth.Girl
AyodeleYoruba - Joy has returned ; A variant of name AyotundeBoy
AyokunumiI am overwhelmed with wealth.Girl
AyomideYoruba - Joy has returned ; A variant of name AyotundeUnisex
AyomisioluwakonitanThe Joy of the lord will never diminish in my life.Girl
AyoolaThe joy of wealthGirl
AyotolaJoy is enough wealth.Girl
AyotoluwafunmiThe joy that the lord has given me.Girl
AyotomiwaWealth has returned.Boy
AyotundeYoruba - Joy has returned; A variant of name AyomideUnisex
AyotundunA Yoruba term, meaning joy is sweet.Girl
AyowonuolaA Yoruba term, meaning joy enters wealth.Girl
AyowunmiA girl who loves joy.Girl
BabasolafFather's wealth has arrived.Boy
BabatunjiThe father returns again.Boy
BandeleBorn Away From HomeGirl
BanjokoDon't ever leave me.Boy
BankoleBuild a home for me.Boy
BayodeHe who brings joy with himself.Boy
BayowaHe has come with joy.Boy
BereFirst daughter of the family.Girl
BidemiBorn awaiting me.Girl
BimpeOne who is gorgeous and beautiful.Girl
BisiShe who is a first-born daughter in the familyGirl
BmideleA Yoruba term meaning follow me home.Girl
BodundeCame with Christmas or one who was born during Christmas.Girl
BoladeHonor will come.Boy
BolanleOne who finds wealth at home.Girl
BolatitoA Yoruba term meaning how joy sanctifies me.Girl
BoluwajiRise up with Lord.Girl
BoluwatifeAs God wishes, one who follows the will of God.Girl
BosedeA daughter that came to world on a SundayGirl
BunmiTo be my giftGirl
BusayoAdd to the joy.Girl
DamolaMixed with wealth.Boy
DideoluwakusidedeThe coming of the Lord is at hand.Girl
DiekololaoluwaGod's blessing isn't small.Girl
DiekololaoluwalayemiThe wealth of God in my life cannot be measured.Girl
DoyinsolaMy wealth is sweet.Girl
DurojaiyeOne who waits for the joy of life.Boy
DurosinmiWait to rest.Boy
EbunoluwaThe God's giftGirl
EmilohiOnly God is great.Girl
EmiolaThe honorable one, or an honorable man.Girl
EniafeA beloved man.Girl
EniiyiA person of integrity.Girl
EnitanPerson of the story or person with a history.Girl
EriifeoluwaThe evidence of God's love.Girl
EromidolaMy thought has become wealth.Girl
EsupofoThe devil has lost.Boy
EyitopeThis is worthy for praise.Girl
FadekunmiAdd crown to me or add crown for me.Girl
FarayioluwaI rely on God.Boy
FehintolaYoruba term, meaning rest the back on wealth.Girl
FeyisayoUse this as joy.Girl
FeyisetanA Yoruba term meaning use this as history.Girl
FeyisolaA girl who always has the blessing of her parents on her, my blessing.Girl
FiayosemiThe one who has molded her parents with joy.Girl
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