Traditional African Names

Traditional African Names

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by Jonathan Musere
     
 

This volume looks at the in-depth meaning of indigenous as well as adopted African names. African personal names have multitudinous functions such as the association of one's occupation, habits and personality. Many African names emanate from one's ancestry through clan, ethnic/tribal or religious affiliation. Since most of these names emanate from the 'Bantuphone'

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This volume looks at the in-depth meaning of indigenous as well as adopted African names. African personal names have multitudinous functions such as the association of one's occupation, habits and personality. Many African names emanate from one's ancestry through clan, ethnic/tribal or religious affiliation. Since most of these names emanate from the 'Bantuphone' region of the east, central and southern Africa, it is not uncommon for many of these names to have a similar meaning albeit different pronuciation.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
The 6,000 examples are fascinating to read, and will most certainly open up a new area in the field of nomenclature...This index is an impressive volume and should fill a large void in the area of etymology. It is highly recommended.
African Studies Quarterly
Until the publication of this book, it was extremely difficult to find any volume that collects and defines the meanings of the African names in English...This book is highly recommended for scholars and students of African anthropology, linguistics, literature, history and politics, as well as anyone interested in learning more about an important aspect of African Culture.
American Reference Books Annual
The 6,000 examples are fascinating to read, and will most certainly open up a new area in the field of nomenclature...This index is an impressive volume and should fill a large void in the area of etymology. It is highly recommended.
Modern African Studies
...what distinguishes this book from previous ones is its simplicity in name descriptions and definitions. The alphabetical listings of these names as well as its well-prepared index will be very helpful to those who are not familiar with African appellations. This book is highly recommended for scholars and students of African anthropology, linguistics, literature, history and politics as well as those in the African/Black diaspora who are interested in learning more about African culture.
International Journal Of African Historical Studies
Musere has produced an informative volume that will be of use to students and scholars of Africa for years to come.
Library Review
His introduction is a splendidly informative essay...Musere's book is packed with information and it is easy to consult.
Booknews
African names are complex and nuanced in meaning, often carrying associations with family, location, occupation, cultural traditions, or major events. This volume compiles, in alphabetical order, some 6,000 names, primarily from the people of eastern, central, and southern Africa, including from Burundi, Congo (Zaire), Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Each succinct entry includes pronunciation guidelines, the gender associated with the name, its origins, and its meaning, including social connotations, variations in meanings of similar words used in related ethnic contexts, and the ethnic groups associated with the name. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810836433
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

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