There are more than seventy different ethnic groups in Ghana, each with different traditions and cultures.
Asking a Ghanaian his or her name is one way to identify which ethnic group he or she belongs to.
The meaning of Ghanaian names is beautiful.
Parents in Ghana name their children after notable people in the community, historical events, or natural phenomena.
Among the popular names in Ghana, what is the most famous?
Many people are familiar with Kofi and Kwame due to their legacy of renowned Ghanaian leaders.
Ghanaian names and their meanings
Parents usually choose names that reflect their ethnic background. However, some take on monikers from outside their ethnicity as a form of homage to other cultural influences.
The following are Ghanaian names and their meanings:
- Kofi – Born on a Friday
- Kwame – Born on a Saturday
- Abam – The second child after twins
- Kplorm – Guide me
- Abeeku – One who is born on Wednesday
- Mawuli – There is a God
- Nkrumah – The 9th born child
- Adekorafo – Treasurer
- Adjo – One who is born on a Monday
- Kienam – Shine
- Aboagye – One who is powerful and complete
- Mawufeasi – God’s hand
- Makafui – I will praise him
- Abronoma – Dove
- Commmie – One who is born on a Saturday
- Acheampong – One that gave birth to the king
- Addae – The morning sun
- Kafui – Praise him
- Malike – I will be established
- Kojo – Born on Monday
- Manorgbe – I shall live
- Danquah – Everlasting
- Adom – Help from go
- Kaatachi – Paramount chief or leader
- Elolo – God is great
- Adric – One who is a blessed ruler
- Danso – Reliable one
- Adwenpa – One who gives good ideas
- Agyei – Messenger from God
- Botwe – The 8th born
- Ebo – One who is born on a Tuesday
- Dziedzorm – I was glad
- Agyenim – The great one from God
- Agymah – One who leaves his community
- Bediako – One who is in war
- KWamena – One who is born on Saturday
- Bubune – Honour to Him
- Coblah – One who is born on Tuesday
- Dodzi – To persevere
- Ekow – Boy born on Thursday
- Elikplim – God is with me
- Madonudenu – My confidence is in God
- Kwaku – Boy born on Wednesday
- Nyakpoo – A calm answer
Ghanaian names for girls
Most Ghanaian female names sound gentle and cool.
Female names can also be influenced by the days of the week, just like male names.
Here is a list of the names:
- Nyankomago – The second child after twins
- Ama – Born on Saturday
- Dzigbodi – Patience
- Dhakirah – The one who remembers God frequently
- Zuhrah – Brightness
- Serwa – A noblewoman
- Abina – One born on a Tuesday
- Tawiah – The first child after twins
- Adjua – The one born on Monday
- Tsoenamawu – Leave it to God
- Afryea – Born during good times
- Veliane – Companion
- Yaaba – One who is born on Thursday
- Haniah – Of happiness and bliss
- Wafaa – Faithfulness
- Akuba – One who is born on Wednesday
- Woelinam – In God I trust
- Akwete – Elder of the twins
- Xorlali – The savior exists
- Dofi – The second child after twins
- Ye – The elder of twins
- Esi – One who is born on Sunday
- Yehowada – God’s Day
- Boahinmaa – The one who has left her community
- Antobam – The posthumous child
- Ikhlas – Sincerity
- Araba – The one who is born on a Tuesday
- I’timad – Reliance or dependence.
- Enyonyam – It is suitable for me
- Kuukuwa – One who is born on Wednesday
- Nanyamka – God’s gift
- Mawusi – One who is in the hands of God
- Awusi – The one who is born on a Sunday
- Yowahu – Call on God
- Morowa – Queen
- Ekuwa – One who is born on Wednesday
- Lumusi – One who is born face downward
Unisex Ghanaian names
There are some Ghanaian names that can be used both by men and women.
The monikers have beautiful meanings and come from the major ethnic groups.
The following are some famous names for both boys and girls.
- Gyasi – Wonderful child
- Xoese – Believe
- Adwoa – Associated with peace
- Elinam – He is there for me
- ELikem – Establish me
- Adofo – Warrior
- Adom – Help from God
- Dzifa – One is at peace
- Afreyea – Born during good times
- Gifty – A gorgeous tall girl
- Yihana – Congratulations
- Ashanti – Undefeated, divine, and peace.
- Hunu – sun
- Akua – Associated with spiders
- Quaw – Born on Thursday
- Kwesi – Came on Sunday
- Ababio – Child that keeps coming
- Afuom – On the field Dogbeda – pray Dzidzorli
The meanings of Ghanaian names will not only inspire you to discover the rich culture of Africa but also the thousands of languages that it is home to.
It’s a special moment for many parents to name their children, since names carry special meanings.