Names have very special meanings. Also the naming of children in traditional African society is very important. Though it varies from one community to another, we still practice it.
In the African society, children were named after seasons, events, passing on of great people and even after their grandparents or great, great grandparents and this practice is still continuing.
Well, just like any other Kenyan tribe, the Agikuyu community still practice this. I stumbled upon this long list of Kikuyu men names and their meanings but I’m not sure if its true.
People from the mountain, how true is this?
1.Kamau – very cute but kuhanya chini ya maji
2.Kimani – wengi waukua machokoraa
3.Mwangi – have more than one wife/girllfriend
4.Gitau– wuuui mkifika in action, either alale ama aanze za khai kai uhuanaga atia wi nui?
5.Mwaura– wana heart smart sana but kujichocha waachie
6.Njoroge – hawananga kakitu….but maringo za sumni
7.Mugo– responsible and love unconditionally
8.Wainaina– anapenda dem na bado anatamani rafiki ya uyo dem
9.Kariuki – kuwamufala na ugishagi mob.Lakini wako na pesa, kutumia pia hawajui
10.Kuria– look innocent but act so rude
11.Murigi– ici ni ngoma muno…iriaga nginya tucucu
12.Mburu– always with excusses na hawajai kubali makosa
13.Macharia– very loving and make good fathers
14.Chege – kulia hana ndoo kila tym (Vey stingy)
15.Ngugi- kung’oa ndo zao na kubonga mob
16.Maina– aya mathiaga na imera,leo happy the other minute amejam.
18.Kamande – mdomo ka wamama na ni mafala kuruka….sura mbaya
19.Karanja/kinyanjui– Crazy in bed
20.Njuguna– cute and honest
21.Mungai – calculating no irimu cia kawaida, matiendete kuriha mathiri.
22.Muiruri- aingi ao nimatondoiraga kana kuona rurimi na makoragwo matigitie
23.Irungu– aya makinyaga handu akaigwa kwimira tondu gutiri undu oe…
24. Muigai-aya mendete aka magethura
25.Kiarie – Aya ni endi andu na matiri makoro
26. Kabiru– Muthamaki King who knows ow to treat his Queen.
27. Ngigi – Hardworker who doesn’t care about anyone Nindathie
28. Muchiri– Hawa nao ni mabroker, wezi, wakora, mendete indo cia magendo muno.
29. Ngure– Mdomo miiiiingi na ni mafala.