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!

AbionaOne who is born during a journeyGirl
AdesinaShe opens the wayGirl
AinaBeautiful Eyed WomanGirl
AjayiBorn face-downUnisex
AlakeAfrican - One To Be HonoredBoy
AmokeLoving stroke or to pet herGirl
AparaMatchless; Unique; One who is exclusive and has no equivalentBoy
BandeleBorn Away From HomeGirl
IgeBorn feet firstUnisex
KayinKayin means The Child that has been Long AwaitedGirl
KehindeCame second or the second born child.Girl
OlayinkaWealth surrounds meUnisex
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
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
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
AkinYoruban - Brave, Heroic ; Hebrew - ManBoy
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
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