Shakespeare once asked “What is in a name"? Names vary from culture to culture.
In Afraka and for Afrakans, it has an extremely significance, to a linguistic structure and phonological process found in the language
A person statue, collective history or life experience of a person family or ethnic history
Akan name there kids based off the days of the week
Kemetic or people of Ta Meri named there kids mainly of the cosmos
Amazigh names are maternal, women keep there last names,man inherit them
Habesha peoples, women keep there last names. Ethiopians usually receive a personal name attached to the biological father’s name. E.G. Abebe Bikilla, someones who father is name Bikilla, Ethiopians don’t have middle names
Somalis name there kids in a patronymic manner.
Yoruba name there kids on the 8th day, and pay particular attention to the physical characteristics surrounding the child’s birth. In addition, names are also given that reflect the religion,profession and cultural roots of the family. Destiny name and Acquired names
Kikuyu name the first boy is named after the father’s father, the second boy after the mother’s father. The first girl is named after the father’s mother, and the second after the mothers mother
European colonization attempted to destroy these and Native American systems.
Toward the late 1900s Afrakans resurfaced with obtaining Afrakan names.
Rejecting there slave names given to them during slavery. Most Afrakans in the western hemisphere bare names of slave owners or slave profession e.g. cotton
Two notable Afrakans that expressed this idea were Omowale or Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur
“As long as you’re running around here wearing the white man’s name,bragging about you one of the Joneses, or one of the Browns, or one of the Smiths, or as long as you’re running around here bragging about your part in this so called American democracy, then you will always be looked down upon as a chump by the white man, you’ll never be given recognition nor respect, your problem will continue to go unsolved, and you will still be in the same rut or ditch a 1000yrs from now”. Omowale, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
“The Afrakan Party is about serious freedom, and if you want serious freedom and serious liberation and self determination, How can with a name that somebody else gave you. The name of a person who didn’t even respect you. I was liberated at birth. It gives me character. They gave you a wrong religion, wrong name, and switch everything around” Tupac Amaru Shakur, Chairman of the New Afrakan Party
Afrakans in America that were reborn :Joanne Chesimard(Assata Shakur), Lew Alcindor(Kareem Abdul Jabeer)Stokely Carmichael(Kwame Ture) Louis Eugene Wolcott
(Louis Farrakhan) Yvette Marie Stevens(Chaka Adunne Aduffe Karifi Khan) Alice Faye Williams(Afeni Shakur)Everett LeRoi Jones(Amiri Baraka)
Ibgo: Ikechukwu, “in god’s hands or gods power ‘ Chiwetel- God brings
Yoruba:Oludotun-God becomes new Olufela :God expands wealth Anikulapo( He who carries death in his pouch)
Ethiopia: Tigist- Patience Abebe: He has flowered,flourished,grown or blooming like a flower Desta: Joy Halie- My power