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Urhobo Names and Their Meanings, by …

Urhobo Historical Society

Urhobo Names and Their Meanings
(Revised: August, 2005)

By Aruegodore Oyiborhoro, ED.D., F.A.A.A. Long Island, New York, USA Every Urhobo name given to a child has a meaning attached to it. The Urhobo believe that a child lives up to the likeness or meaning of the name that she or he bears. For instance, there is a general belief that if a 'thief' is the name of a child that child may grow up to be a 'rogue.' If, on the other hand, your child is given a name that suggests a 'rich person,' there is the belief that such a child invariably grows up to be a wealthy individual. Urhobo parents are therefore very careful of the names that they give to their children. For the most part, grandparents or close older relatives have the privilege of giving names to new-borns. This is usually an honor. However, unlike some of their ethnic neighbors, Urhobo people do not have any special naming ceremonies that require performing certain rites. Apart from the parents and grandparents, traditionally Urhobo rarely allowed new-borns to be touched or sometimes seen directly by others until the age of three months. Mother and child are usually strong enough to have an outing at this age. This involves visiting the in-laws and other close relatives. At this time, the child should have an established given name. A birth registry is a recent notion in Urhoboland. Traditionally, Urhobo parents do not “count” the number of their children. Parents are not permitted by Urhobo cultural practices to count their children. The number of fingers often represents a count of one's children. Urhobo names have deep meanings. Names are not mere labels, as they are in some other societies. Many Urhobo names invoke SPIRITUAL
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Urhobo names are sometimes sentences or even phrases. The Urhobo are a very republican people. short form. It must be pointed out that a few of the names under GENDER are not so common any more. Urhobo people thrive best when challenged. dignity and fame. We also give names as a celebration and APPRECIATION of the gift of a child itself. The Urhobo also give names that emphasize the importance of PEOPLE as an important RESOURCE. while others are GENDER specific. They work very hard to acquire wealth and fame in an old-fashioned way. However.org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. A good number of Urhobo names have to do with WEALTH AND MONEY. Some of these names may belong to cross categories warranting repetition in some cases. Each category contains the long form. Names are also given to denote COLORS. The ‘short forms’. This is deliberate. If it is suspect. gender. NATURAL RESOURCES and PLACE of origin or where born. Most Urhobo names start with vowels in the initial position except where abbreviated. therefore. The list that follows contains a sample of some common Urhobo names. Names with SPIRITUAL or RELIGIOUS Significance waado. Your wealth is as good as its source. The names are placed in categories. Several Urhobo names reflect honor and ACHIEVEMENT. Urhobo will investigate the source of your wealth. especially if the individual was born on that specific day.htm 2/13 .1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings. Sometimes we give names to connote a CHALLENGE to self or others. by … or religious significance. The ‘long forms’ may in fact be the 'short forms' of the actual long names. WEATHER conditions. and meaning attached to each name. Certain names are simply PHILOSOPHICAL. Sometimes names are given to denote SPECIAL DAYS. you stand to lose your respect. are in some cases doubly short forms of the real names. the actual meanings of the names are never in doubt.

htm . by … NAMES Anaborhi Edewor Ejiroghene Ejokparoghene Ejomafuvwe Enohor/Elohor Erhiaganoma Erhimeyoma Erhinyoja Erhinyuse Erhiroghene Eseoghene Eserovwe Oghenebrume Oghenechovwe Oghenefejiro Oghenegaren Oghenekevwe Oghenekohwo Ogheneme Oghenemine Oghenenyore Ogheneruemu Oghenerukevwe Ogheneruno SHORT FORMS GENDER MEANINGS Unisex UNISEX Male Unisex Praise God Be born with good destiny Sacred day of worship in traditional religion Praise God Let's trust in God Let peace reign in my life Blessing Guardian spirit overpowers the body My guardian spirit (God) is good Guardian spirit (God) meets our challenges (hears our prayers) Guardian spirit (God) answers prayers The spirit of God God's gift God’s grace or Free gift God decided in my favor God aided me God is praiseworthy God is great God gave (provided for) me God provides My God I look up to God God answers prayers God makes things possible God did this for me God has so much (great) 3/13 Akpenvwoghene Akpenvwe Naborhi Dewor Ejiro Jomafuvwe or Jomafu Nohor or Lohor Erhi or Rhiaganoma Oyoma Rhinyoja or Onyoja Use Erhi or Oghene Ese Ese or Ovwe Brume Jokpa or Oghene Unisex Unuisex Female Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Chovwe or Oghene Unisex Ofejiro or Oghene Unisex Garen or Oghene Unisex Kevwe or Oghene Unisex Oghene or Kohwo Unisex Ome or Oghene Mine or Mimi Nyore or Oghene Oghene Oruno or Runo Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Rukevwe or Ruks Unisex waado.1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo.

htm .1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. by … Oghenetega Oghenevwede Tega or Oghene Unisex Unisex Unisex God is worship-worthy God owns the day God provides all strength God provides my support God’s own time Good guardian spirit Who creates life? Who is my creator? Whom do I look up to? Who can predict what life can bring? May our children be blessed May my guardian spirit (God) be blessed Oghenede or Oghene Oghenevwogagan Gaga or Oghene Oghenochuko Okeroghene Omamerhi Onakpoma Onomavwe Onomine Onovughakpor Oyovwikemo Oyovwikerhi Okeoghene or Oghene Mamerhi or Oma Ono Ono Ono or Mimi Ochuko or Oghene Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Ono or Onovughe Unisex Kemo or Yovwike Unisex Kerhi or Yovwike Unisex Names with CHALLENGE Connotations Achojah Aruegodore Edojah Efemini Efetobo Efetobore Etanomare Ighomuedafe Miriodere Mitaire Mivwodere Ogbamremu Ojakorotu Achojah Egodo Dojah Efe Efe Tobore Tanomare or Nomare Igho or Dafe Miriode Mitai Mivwode Ogba Jakorotu or Orotu Male Male Male Male Male Rise up to challenge We have come (established) home Day of challenge Let's see how wealthy you can be Wealth has now been achieved Unisex Wealth is achieved Unisex Freed from blame (despair) Male Money intoxicates the wealthy Unisex I now have a name Unisex I have achieved (reached) their match Unisex I now have a name Male Male Male Be strong to survive (eat) The brave meets a lot of challenges This is a group challenge 4/13 Oboganriemu Obogan waado.

1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. by … Ojanomare Onajite Onanojah Onoharhese Udumebraye Janoma Ojite Onojah Noharhese Udume or Dumebraye Unisex I have met the challenge Unisex This is sufficient Male Male This is a challenge Who is intoxicated with power? My presence gives them heartache (challenge) Onogaganmue Ono or Ogagan Unisex Who blames good deeds? Male Names with ACHIEVEMENT Connotations NAMES Edafetanure Efemena Efemuaye Efetobore Etanomare Etaredafe Ighomuedafe Ighovavwerhe Irikefe Miriodere / Mivwodere Mitaire Odafe Odavwaro Oghomena Oghonoro Okagbare Omonigho Omonoro SHORT FORMS Tanure Efe Efe Tobore Tanomare or Tanoma Dafe Igho or Dafe Igho Kefe Miriode or Mivwode Mitaire Dafe Odaro Ogho or Omena Ogho or Onoro Kagbare Omo or Igho Omo or Onoro GENDER MEANINGS Male Unisex Male Male Male Male Male Male Male Unisex Unisex Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Unisex Unisex The wealthy have spoken Here is my wealth Those intoxicated with riches Wealth has now been achieved Freed from blame / despair Words of the wealthy Money intoxicates the wealthy There is joy in riches First to become wealthy I now have a name I have reached their match Rich individual I am contented Here is my respect Respect is greater than gold (riches) Now I have all styles / skills Child is greater than riches Child is greater than gold 5/13 waado.htm .

by … Onajite Onogaganmue Orodena Ojite or Jite Ogagan or Ono Orode Unisex Male Male This is sufficient Who is intoxicated with prowess (power)? The great one Names with Connotations of APPRECIATION NAMES Akpenvwoghene Ejiroghene Eseoghene Norioghene Oghenebrume Oghenechovwe Oghenefejiro Oghenekevwe Oghenenyerhovwo Oghenerhoro Ogheneruemu Oghenerukevwe Ogheneruno Oghenetega Oghenochuko Onoharhese Oyovwikerhi SHORT FORMS GENDER MEANINGS Akpenvwe Ejiro or Oghene Ese or Oghene Norien Brume Ofejiro or Oghene Kevwe Nyerhovwo or Oghene Oghene Oghene Runo or Oruno Tega Noharhese Kerhi or Yovwike Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Praise God Praise God God's gift Look at God’s judgment God decided in my favor God supported me God is praiseworthy God gave me (this child) God answers prayers God is great God makes things possible God did this for me God has done so much (great) God is worship worthy God provides my support Who blames good deeds? May my guardian spirit (God) be blessed Chovwe or Oghene Unisex Rukevwe or Ruks Unisex Ochuko or Oghene Unisex PHILOSOPHICAL Names NAMES Akpobome Akpofure SHORT FORMS Akpobo Ofure GENDER MEANINGS Unisex Male My own life Life is now peaceful.org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. 6/13 waado.1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.htm .

org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. by … Akporovwovwo Akpovwovwo Naborhi Anaborhi Asaroyoma Ataikiru Sayoma Taikiru Unisex Unisex Female Male Unisex Male Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Male Unisex Unisex Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Good life in later years Be born with good destiny Comfort zones(people prefer comfort zones) Talk (plan) before taking action Those who profess strength with mere talk The rich have good destiny The day I did them a favor I have come to stay / Stranded in this world Love Let them say Let it be good ( a success) The elderly also run for life Mine is famous Let's stand firmly Your own thing is precious (unique) Every thing has time The way life should (ought) to be Watch what you say Think before you act Compare my achievements with those of my detractors Guardian Spirit answers prayers Beauty We have aided them (met their challenge) The world has so much to say (much gossip) Our thoughts went far (deep thoughts) Stars I now have a name 7/13 Avwunudiogba Unudiogba Edaferierhi Edemirukaye Edafe Ede or Demirukai Jakpor or Eghwrudjakpor Eghwrudje Guono Eguono Ejaita Ejoyovwi Emarejedje Emetitiri Emudiaga Emuobosa Emuvoke Enakpodia Enita Enitekiru Enivwenaye Erhinyuse Erhuvwun Erukainure Jaita Joyovwi Metitiri Mudiaga Muobo Voke Nakpodia Nita Eniteh Nivwenai Use Erhus Omare or Ejedje Unisex Rukainure or Eruks Etabuno or Etarakpobuno Tabuno Rokpaka Irorokpaka Isio Isio Miriodere Miriode waado.1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.htm .

htm 8/13 .org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo.1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings. by … Oba Obatare Oborerhinrin Odirin Ogbeta Oghomena Okiremute Okpako Omafuvwe Omenasan Oba Atare Berhirin Dirin Gbeta Okite Kpako Mafuvwe or Oma Menasan Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Unisex Male Female Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Unisex Unisex King Destiny It’s your destiny Patience Bad talk Here is my respect There is time for every thing Senior I am at peace ( All is well with me) Mine is unique Who is intoxicated with prowess (power)? Who blames good deeds? This is mine Whom do I look up to? Who knows tomorrow? The great one It’s sufficient to make parables King Queen Everyone with his/her own destiny Everyone has his/her own minds/thougths Tired of sojourn My presence gives them heartache (challenge) Peace of mind No more deaths (dying) Good deeds Omena or Ogho Unisex Onogaganmue Ogagan or Ono Onoharhese Onome Onomine Onoriode Orodena Otevwobrise Ovie Oviereya Ovigueraye Ovuevuraye Oyabevwe Udumebraye Ufuoma Ughwubetine Uruemuesiri Noharhese Onome Ono or Mimi Ono Orode Otobrise or Otobru Ovie Ovieya Ovigue Ovuevu or Vuevuraye Oyabe Udume or Dumebraye Fuoma Betine Esiri or Uruemu Unisex Names Based on GENDER waado.

1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. A person is greater than riches Young disciple (follower or servant) Child is greater than riches Imonivwerha Imoni Iniovosa Odibo Ohwevwo Ohwofasa Ohwonigho Omodibo Omonigho waado.htm . by … NAMES Emetemedia Emeterhire Enajemete Esereshareberuo Eyakodevu Inenevwerha Okoro Okotete Omote Omotejohwo Omotekoro Omotore Umukoko Umuto SHORT FORMS Metemedia Emete Emete Ese or Eseberuo Okodevu Nene Okoro or Oshare Okote Omote Omotohwo Oro Tore or Omote Okoko Muto GENDER MEANINGS Female Female Female Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Male Unisex Female Female Female Female Female I will always remain a lady Girls have arrived These are also girls Men are hard to please Women can very secretive There is joy in motherhood Man Little young man Girl A girl is also a human being A girl is like gold Girl’s birth brings festivity Young woman Young man Woman Umukoro (Omokoro) Mukoro or Mokoro Male Names based on People as an important RESOURCE NAMES SHORT FORMS Niovosa Odibo Ohwo Ofasa Igho Modibo Igho Oro or 9/13 GENDER MEANINGS Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Male Unisex Unisex There is joy in having blood relations Siblings are unique Disciple (Follower or Servant) Good human relationship provides valuable support A person’s status should be defined by his/her achievement.

org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo.htm SHORT FORMS Efe or wunufe Tanure Diome Efe or Fekodo Efe Efe Efe GENDER MEANINGS Unisex Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Wealthy only by talk not substance The wealthy have spoken Let riches be mine Famous with wealth Here is my wealth Let’s see how wealthy you can be Those intosticated with riches There are more than 100 types of riches/wealth Wealth is joyful Destined to be wealthy 10/13 Efe or Feturi Unusex Efe Efe Unisex Unisex .1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings. by … Omonoro Omotore Onanefe Monoro Motore or Omote Ona or Efe Unisex Female Unisex Child is greater than gold Girl’s birth brings festivity This (child) is greater than riches Names that indicate SPECIAL DAYS NAMES Edeki Edewor Edore Eduvie SHORT FORMS GENDER MEANINGS Deki Dewor Dore Duvie Unisex Male Unisex Unisex Unisex Female Market day Traditional religion sacred day of worship Sunday Day of festivity (festival) Glory day (Day of Glory) Girl’s birth brings festivity Edidjana Didjana Omotore Tore or Motore Names Related to WEALTH / MONEY NAMES Avwunufe Edafetanure Efediome Efekodo Efemena Efemini Efemuaye Efeturi Efevwerha Efurhievwe waado.

by … Ejaife Esisorigho Etaidaferua Etaredafe Igberaharha Ighofose Ighofovwe Ighohwo Ighovavwerhe Irikefe Odafe Oghonoro Omoefe Omonigho Omovigho Onofeghara Onoharhigho Uduefebraye Jaife Esiso Taidafe Dafe Male Unisex Male Male Let them be rich (wealthy) Bag of money Words of the wealthy are more acceptable Words of the wealthy The poor take the blame Money can break close male/female relationships Wealth suites me Riches make you human There is joy in riches First to become wealthy Rich individual Respect is greater than gold (riches) Child is wealth Child is greater than riches Child brings wealth (means wealth) Who divides (shares) his/ her wealth with others? Who blames riches / wealth? Wealth gives them challenge (heartache) Gberaharha Male Ose or Igho Unisex Igho Igho Igho Kefe Dafe Onoro Unisex Unisex Male Male Male Unisex Omo or Efe Unisex Igho Omo or Igho Efe or Nofeghara Igho or Noharhigho Efe or Uduefe Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Male Names in Appreciation of COLOURS NAMES Ahwinahwi Obiebi Ododo Ofuafo waado.htm SHORT FORMS Ahwi Biebi Dodo Fuafo GENDER MEANINGS Male Unisex Unisex Unisex A really black ( dark) individual Black (dark) Red White 11/13 .org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo.1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.

htm SHORT FORMS Egbo Meni Merho Eni Erhue Ogoro Ogoro GENDER MEANINGS Male Male Male Male Male Male Male Forest Small elephant A special type of (small) catfish Elephant A special breed of cow used for traditional ceremonies Frog A big toad 12/13 .1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. by … Ofuako Omoyibo Oyibo Oyibonanarhoro Oyiborhoro Oyiborode Fuako Moyibo Oyibo Oyiborhoro or Oyibo or Oyibode Oyibode or Oyibo Oyibode or Oyibo Unisex Unisex Unisex Male Male Male One with white teeth Little white / fair skinned person White / fair skinned This is a big white / fair skinned person A big white / fair skinned person A big white / fair skinned person Names in Recognition of Types of WEATHER CONDITIONS NAMES Edosio Ohwahwa Okposio Osio Uvo SHORT FORMS Ede or Osio Hwahwa Osio Osio Uvo GENDER MEANINGS Male Male Unisex Unisex Male Rainy day Harmattan/cold season Heavy rain Rain Dry/Sunny season Names in Recognition of Significance of NATURAL RESOURCES NAMES Egbo Emeni Emerho Eni Erhue Ogoro Okpogoro waado.

org/…/UrhoboNames_Oyibo. by … Uloho Urhie Loho Urhie Male Male Iroko tree River Names in Honour of Cities and Places of BIRTH NAMES Agbarha Emetisiorho Okpara Ometeko Omorogun Omotughele Omotukane Orogun Sapele Uhwokori SHORT FORMS Agbarha Isiorho Okpara Eko Omo or Morogun Motughele Motukane Orogun Sapele Kokori GENDER MEANINGS Male Unisex Male Female Unisex Female Female Unisex Male Male Born in Agbarha Children born in diaspora Born in Okpara Girl born in Lagos/Eko Child born in Orogun Girl from Ughelli Girl born in diaspora (Ikale-Yoruba) Born in Orogun Born in Sapele Born in Uhwokori RETURN TO CONTENTS | RETURN TO URHOBO NAMES AND NAMING PRACTICES waado.1/21/2011 Urhobo Names and Their Meanings.htm 13/13 .

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