The original Kikuyu people are thought to have migrated to the area from the east and north-east over a period of a couple of hundred years from the 16th century, and were actually part of the group known as Meru. Kiambiroiro - the name of a mountain; Kamiti - of trees; Ndundu -? Other Tree Names. If it happens that a person was never named after a grandchild, the line can still be traced to a great or even great-great-grandchild. Sorry, this is one of those names with obscure origins, but I will try to inquire further. They have mapunda - donkeys, Simba, nguruwe, nyoka, Tembo Mbawala - deer, komba - etc. ed. Githii, was the cloak that was worn by men. More Filters. Morphology. A person from Kambaland adopted by the Kikuyu would be called Waweru. Takinya - just arrive. 52. Tuko.co.ke News â A Kenyan man has elicited laughter online after giving out a list of Kikuyu female names accompanied by their meaning.Laban Thuo outlined a list of 15 Kikuyu female names and warned men to be careful before dating a Kikuyu woman. Kamau, you cannot use the 'special characters' in this comment capsules, they will appear as question marks. Kikuyu botanical dictionary of plant names and … The names Mwangi and Maina seem to be common in all the four districts. I wasn't expecting that so fast but its great. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 14, 2018: Hello Anne Maina. when The Europeans came,they asked what the name of the forest was were told 'mutitu wa Muthiga' They could not pronounce the name well & corrupted it to Muthaiga to suit their pronunciation. Morphology. Uthoni is the 'state of being an Inlaw' or the place where the in-laws stay. A Ndirangũ riika was initiated in 1862, 147. How did you arrive at the year 1780? Am really sorry for not keeping tabs with my page. The shortest month isn't short on sources of baby name inspiration. It is not surprising then that Muthoni is associated more with Shyness than with 'in-law'. I have a question about the Kikuyu naming system. That cannot be true. @kariuki, thank you for your reply. In the same vein, the first daughter is given the name of her paternal grandmother and the second daughter is named after her maternal grandmother. Cagnolo desribed them thus - “They are the…temples of the Kikuyu paganism” . The word has the same roots as the Swahili 'chenga chenga' for bits of something. This is pure conjecture. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 24, 2011: Waweru means from the dry lands. - wild Olive tree. Daniel Wagitungo Kamau from Nairobi Kenya on February 15, 2019: There was an old man whose father was a brother to my great grandfather.This old man had a lot of rich history pertaining to the period of pre-migration & migration of us Mbari ya Kihara from Murang'a until we settled in Kiambu.since i am fascinated & interested in my family's history,i would sit with him and he would narrate these stories which collaborated with what i had been told by my father & paternal grandmother. It may have been a nickname that stack to be handed down. I have put question marks where I have no idea. Mũgio and Mũrũrũ - The bark is tripped to make string. All names for trees in Kikuyu start with Mũ, the prefix for nouns that have a spirit such as a person - Mũndũ. 59. This video is unavailable. The next boy will be named after your own father. But not clans. Mwai is common in Nyeri and not Murang'a or Kiambu. 60. 139. Kikuyu, Bantu-speaking people who live in the highland area of south-central Kenya, near Mount Kenya. Suppose she was married and had two sons. Post updated to accommodate Gikuyu cultural icon, Gakaara wa Wanjau’s views on 19th September 2009 . I just saw your other page about Kikuyu names for girls. This is because they have a different name for the Muirungu and Chuma 'ituika' names which might imply that they held the ceremony separately from the Murang'a Kikuyu. usage Close. KIKUYU ETHNOVETERINARY PLANT SPECIES BIRIBIRI Capsicum frutescens GAKARAKU Garium spurium GITHURI Euphorbia candelabrum IRIGU Musa sapientum KAGUTUI Vernonia brachycalyx KANYANJA Thunbergia alata KANYANYA Thunbergia alata Curiously,this always worked.Please note all Kikuyu girls have the 9 nine clans names.Even those named Njoki had an original name like Wambui,Waithira,Wangu,Wanjiru...etc, 10) Kiambu- It is a mbari in Kiambu.Its ancestor was named 'Mbuu' hence the name Kiambu meaning the village of 'Mbuu' ( gicagi Kia Mbari ya Mbuu). Fun Facts about the name Kikuyu. Gĩthĩnji - The slaughterer (of goats or cows), 36. The word GÄ©kÅ©yÅ© means 'a huge sycomore tree. This name comes from the kikuyu word ' Thigirii'.It is basically a river that passes through Karura Forest.The Europeans could not pronounce it well so they said'Gigiri'.Another corruption of the word is 'Thigiri'. Gathee, an old small man; Muthee - and old man; Muchembi- from the Kamba Musembi; Kabata - a Kikuyu dance; Getei - ? Mũchoki - The one who returns (initially a child who replaced a departed one but it is often a name handed down from a grandfather to a grandchild like other Kikuyu names. Gĩtaũ - There was a Gĩtaũ riika initiated in 1847, 33. Ndirangũ - Prohibiting war. Nice article. I would also have guessed that the name Mutungi has something to do with a water container. 63. 13) Ruaraka( Nairobi)-This name comes from Ruui Rwaka( Rwaka River) The Europeans could not pronounce it well so they said "Ruaraka', 14) Ruiru-This is a river that passes in or near Ruiru town.It has big blackish stones making the water look black.hence the Kikuyu's called it 'Ruiru' meaning the black river, 15) Gigiri-UNEP. Find kikuyu girl names list. Where I doubt the authenticity of the scientific name, I have placed a question mark until the matter is settled. The Kikuyu orthography applied is not the one adopted by Italians who were the first white people to establish a printing press in Kikuyu land. 106. You may need excel spreadsheet to sort out the names. That to me is more credible. Post updated to accommodate academic historian, Professor Gideon S. Were’s views and correct citations on 17th September 2011. Huhu- a bat; Muhunyu -? The word also means shame. Subsequent boys are named after their paternal and maternal uncles alternately. This name is not only rare on the web but i also can't seem to find the meaning. Question: What is the meaning of the name "Kĩragũ"? ... Presley, Cora Ann. What is the scientific name? A woman does not name her father twice just because she has married several men, or has had children by several men. Free subscription Get the news that matters from one of the leading news sites in Kenya. It lived in north Georgia and she would make a salve by boiling the buds from this tree. Choose from the 150+ popular male name ideas that follow. Now it's time to choose a special name for your little princess. This last name is the 390,849 th most frequent surname throughout the world, borne by approximately 1 in 8,052,537 people. 155. Anyone who knows what names of various places like Kiambu, Nyeri etc mean? What does it mean? But it seems you managed to contact me elsewhere and I answered you. Congratulations on your baby boy. Anothert boys name is 'Mwai' it basically means to spread something like maize out in the sun to dry. Maybe you should publish it, even online so that those in your lineage, both in Murang'a and Kiambu can read it. 140. Mũiri - pygeum Africana - The leaves were boiled and inhale to treat colds. Open grasslands on flat ground are called 'weru'. As you say, this is a work in progress. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 27, 2012: Ngureco, we differ only one point. e.g,Sheep,Goat Skin,Tobacco leaves have to lay down in the sun to dry.Therefore,your grandfather ( or the one he was named after) must have been good at doing the same thing hence the name 'Mwai'. The term Kikuyu is derived from the Swahili form of the word GÄ©kÅ©yÅ©. Disregard my comments/questions about girl names (Mukami, Wangeci, etc. Since these trees grow to a great age and height an old one can be called a gikuyu. Gĩchuhĩ - A finger ring, e.g. Let say your first born is a boy and your father's name was Joseph. Means "travelling one" in Kikuyu. That was very insightful. For Kenyaâs more than 43 ethnic groups, names are more than just pretty words. Unfortunately even elders have forgotten the origins of some Kikuyu names like your husbands name. The Kikuyu are the largest ethnic group in Kenya. Reverend Cagnolo, documented a selection of trees that he deemed important to the Kikuyu. Great job on this site and keep up. Some nicknames remain family secrets. My brother is called Githii, I wonder if you know what that means. Your are right about Mungai (mu-Ngai) - of God. Question: What is the meaning of the Kikuyu name Gĩchũrũ? From Kikuyu mbura meaning "rain". There's the Vine and Instagram sensation Maple, a Border Collie, Golden Retriever, and. I will add the name Kairu to the hub. Suited to very fertile, well-drained soils. It's a pity I can't write the names in proper Gikuyu alphabet. Kenyatta - The first president of the Republic of Kenya was known as Njomo Kenyatta. Instead the has been standardized because the Kikuyu of today know the trees by the same name. I find your articles really educative...have you written any other concerning female names and kikuyu clans? 2. Looking for a beautiful, unique, or even bizarre and weird name for your baby girl, cat, or even your favorite lawn gnome? Maina - Maina was a 'ruling generation' name among the Kikuyu and an age set name (riika) among many Bantu communities in Kenya. If you husband is not Kikuyu and you still want to give all your children kikuyu names, you can act as though they were all born by a single parent and give them your relatives name. I believe that Muranga and Kiambu names do not differ much. It was probably given to a diviner or diviner's son as a nick name before it joined mainstream names. It’s my conjecture that the Kirinyaga group seems to have migrated along the right side of Thagana from Nyambene hills whilst the Muranga groups seems to have migrated on the right side of Athi river through Chania river and into Ithanga, Makuyu and Muranga. You could ask the oldest relative to confirm. Only some sections of Kikuyu use animals names and that may point to a certain direction in their migration. Sometimes in English and other languages, there is more than one common name for a species. The Gikuyu are generally fluent in three languages. Hinga - The hypocrite. 5) Wainaina-An age group circumcised in the 1860's. Hi, I am trying to find the meaning of the name Thuo. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on March 05, 2015: Thanks for visiting my page and finding it useful. People would also be interested to know the place where each name is most common – Kiambu, Nyeri, Muranga, Kirinyaga, etc. It might hold a clue as to the name Ndundu which isn't an owl as you said but has to do with the old Kikuyu judicial system. That is all I know about the name. Am told my great great grandfather named Njubi Njonjo migrated from muranga and settled in lower kabete. Kahũthia - the one who makes seemingly heavy things appear light. Both were nick-names. 3) Mungai-skin disease like small pox that also swept through Kikuyuland.Those circumcised during that time were given this name. Select filters then press SEARCH below + Gender. It was also used to feed cattle and goats. This would give the Kikuyu in the interior time to mobilise. 1) Njenga-Was a riika name where the initiates were fed crushed maize. I have given you the three above because Kikuyu is tonal and the meaning could lie anywhere. To ensure the longevity of the tree, never cut bark from the trunk of a living tree. Karabu - ? The next girls are named after their paternal and maternal aunties alternately. Perhaps you can call for your readers to suggest more names which you may have omitted (a small table with three columns can hold 300 names). 182. Weird things about the name Kikuyu: The name spelled backwards is Uyukik. I know Ndundu is an owl. i forgot to add the name "thuku" to the list, do you happen to know the meaning of this name? Mwangi - This is another generation derived from “kwanga," which Dr. Muriuki states means “rapid expansion”. ", 103. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 17, 2015: Thanks for that insight. Kĩbakĩ – The big tobacco leaf (The third president of the Republic of Kenya is Mwai Kĩbakĩ), 74. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 27, 2020: Thanks for your motivating words. Most growth in spring, summer and autumn. Perhaps you are looking for a traditional Chinese name or a modern name. Kahiga - small stone; Waikhenye-? stolons) forming dense mats on the soil surface. His real names were Johnstone Kamau wa Muigai, 167. Related Work Gachathi, F. N. (Francis Norman). This name generator will give you 10 random tree names. Gathua - The one who limps (diminutive). I have a cousin named Wanjiru but we pronounce it siru instead of the more common shiru. Your research on Kikuyu culture and traditions is breathtaking, however I would like you to clarify whether the name Wainaina means courageous(as you have indicated) or the one who shivers(during circumcision) keeping in mind that "riitwa ni ria gukuria muana". My own specualation about Kiambu is - Kia (of) mbu (distress call). It could be a large block or something. It is this second group that carried the names referencing animals. kikuyu names and meanings Subscribe for more Gikuyu trending videos http://bit.ly/2zm05Ji Popular and traditional Scottish names for baby boys. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 23, 2012: Yours is a thought provoking question and I will throw in some speculation. The name Gikuyu means a huge fig tree â Mukuyu, and Mumbi means Creator. Watch Queue Queue A nickname was passed on into the mainstream with the approval of the old man who owned it. In addition to Kikuyu baby names, at Baby Name World you will find thousands of other unique and popular male and female baby names and their meaning sorted by origin. The first 6 names are the generic names. And so they called maize, bebe. May I add some more names - Wamiti, Wachiuru, Nyamu, Wachira, Mwai, and Thairu? The remnants of banana flower after the formation of a bunch of bananas is called ‘a banana “mukono” which is used as stopper or lid, Gīoce – any contraption to help lift heavy objects the way a modern crane functions, Mūirūrī – boys name from ancient times - meaning not clear. Daniel Wagitungo Kamau from Nairobi Kenya on August 31, 2018: allow me to give meaning/shed light on kikuyu names mentioned below as i understand them from my paternal grandmother,maternal grandfather & father.Also names of places in Kikuyu Land. Is it originally maasai or kikuyu? People would be interested to know the meaning of Kikuyu names for boys and girls. Mũderendũ (Teclea spp).– Used for making spear handles. Consider this to be a work in progress where readers' input is highly welcome so that we can have a complete database of Mt. Does anyone know muthithioni or thithioni tree? 13: 4-6. If you are Russian, have Russian heritage, or simply love the Russian language, look no further. I have checked the site with meanings of Kikuyu names. Now when they crashed maize in a pestle and mortar, the result was sand like grains - Njenga. Charles Njonjo. You also don't have Githu, Githae, Njai and Mahihu. 48. Kamande - There was a Kamande riika (initiation age set) in 1902, 54. At what point did this change? “Mwangi”, another generation set is derived from “kwanga”, which he states is “rapid expansion. Description Top of page. Mũtamaiyũ - Olea Chrisofila (africana) ? Thanks for the inciteful query. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 22, 2018: We learn everyday. There are other names that are shared by both girls and boys in Nyeri like Wagura , in othaya it's girls name but in Tetu it's boys names .I would also like to more names like Wambugu Ihope it was derived from mbugu of a diviner,Nderi (vulture ),Wanyagia Muruuthi ,Ngatia (Lion )Kibiru. My name is very common in parts of Kiambu district (Mucugi) and I don't have a clue what it means. 2) Githuku-was a skin disease that afflicated Kikuyuland sometimes in the 16th &17th Century.some boys were given this name to distinguish them from their grandfathers names( who they were named after & held similar names) cousins & close relatives. There is Muchembi, Kabata, Getei, Karabu, Kiambiroiro, Kamiti, Ndundu, Huhu, Muhunyu, Ruiru, Ruhiu, Wakhungu, Wahiga, Ng'arua, Kahiga, Waikhenye, Wakiihuri, Nderu, Gachiengo, Igeria, Rie (i think Rie might be short of something but i can't figure out what), Gicicio, Gashamba, Makara, Ikinya. Kamau - There was a Kamau riika initiated in 1845. If so, congratulations! When he became a grandfather, he authorised the name to be used formally. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 22, 2012: Thanks Kamau. Animal related names are more common in Nyeri because (speculation) I believe the Nyeri group arrived last and in their wondering were influenced more by the naming methods of the communities they cam across than say the Muranga who had settled earlier. His real names were Johnstone Kamau wa Muigai, 66. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 09, 2012: Mbiyu will be promptly added in this 'work in progress. Hi.This is all very interesting.What does the name Jomo mean?Please share your suggestions on kikuyu first names i can give to my first born son together with their meanings.I am also curious as tk how a son is named when the paternal grandfather is not in the picture.Looking foward to your response. And so they called Maize, mbembe. Maina and Mwangi are commong because each ruling generation was either a Mwangi or a Maina (Leakey has called them generic names because there were actually nine known Ituika names). Mũthĩnji – The slaughter (of animals). However, it is also a popular garden lawn species in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa … What happens when a couple has more children that there are living immediate relatives? Mũkũngũgũ – All homesteads were ringed with a “green hedge or stockade” of this tree. If you're looking for a modern, cute, or traditional Arabic name, this list is for you! The use of tree pictures to help with tree species identification is also recommended.. Each species of tree can have many different names, here we cross reference them so you can find out the botanical and common names for a tree. The Embu people were once called Kembu before they detached from the main group so more Kikuyu from Central moved into the Peryphery to act as Distress callers when attacks were made. Here is a list of some of the most common Kikuyu names and what they really mean; 1. The other names are listed below. Give that Joseph a Kikuyu name eg. 8) Wamaitha-same as Nyokabi above. The initiates trembled due to the morning cold weather & the very cold river water.the initiates were named Wainaina meaning the one who trembles. Graphic Representation of the "TEN" Clans of the Gikuyu According to the mythology of the Gikuyu, the first parents Gikuyu and Mumbi after arriving at Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga begat "nine" daughters who were the subsequently the mothers of the "nine" Kikuyu clans that bear their name. For example, if you look at your list of names for names starting with “N” - Ndegwa, Ngare, Ngigi, Njagi, Njau, Njeru, Njogu, and Njoka, they are names that are more common in Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Embu and Meru than they are in Muranga and Kiambu. For example I have just asked about Gitau. 30. It is mostly found in Africa, where 99 percent of Kikuyu reside; 87 percent reside â¦ Kogĩ - The small sharp one (sharp brain), 89. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 16, 2011: Thanks for the additions. The grandchild was then called by this namesake’s nickname with approval from the old man. I'm from Muranga where we say susu instead of the more common 'shosho'. Kikuyu elders at a Beer Festival (Tuthu Village,Muranga in 1908)According to Kikuyu tales, God, Ngai, created the first man Gikuyu and placed him at a place near Mount Kenya at a place called Mukurwe wa Gathaga in present day Muranga County. Ngai gave him aâ¦ Thanks or all the very useful articles you have on this site. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 02, 2015: Mware Wa Mbatia - I highly suspect it is originally Maasai. NYAMBURA f Eastern African, Kikuyu. does anyone know the meanings of the names 'mwaura', 'waweru', and 'kibutu'? See Citrus Trees, List of Vernacular Names for an example.. Where this writer’s respondents had given an indication of what the tree was used for, the use has been stated. Wahiga - perhaps associated with a stone; Ng'arua -? Ngondu - Sheep (the Kikuyu believed that sheep were among the most stupid animals, and I suspect people with this name suffered excessive bullying). Intermarriages are common in Muranga along the common border on the Kenol, Makuyu, sagana road. Where do you find your sources for riika names, and can I access them in the states? Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on November 06, 2011: To ynw - My Mbari is Thuku but I have not found someone who can tell me the meaning. It was common for people to be called by their Riika names instead of their true names and the ruling generations cut across Kiambu (Karura), Muranga (Metumi) and Nyeri (Gaki). Some names are more common in Kiambu and Muranga than they are in Nyeri and Kirinyaga. You are right about all the names you have mentioned. A complete list of boy names from the Bibleâboth from the Old and New Testament. Hi. someone joked it's related to dancing or jumping?? Daniel Wagitungo Kamau from Nairobi Kenya on February 08, 2019: The Kienjeku age group were/was circumcised in 1898. Ne thegio, I appreciate. my name is james mwasaha nguma, am fron nairobi am the chairmain of vison development self help group. Here is a comprehensive list of traditional French names as well as the most popular names for girls in France and Canada today. Leakey notes that this tree was used for piercing lobes. There are 2 different types of names: one is a generic type and the other a randomized 'original' type. Dr. Muriuki (A history of the Kikuyu- 1500 to 1900) gives the meaning of “Maina”, a generation set, as being derived from “kuina”, to sing or dance. What do the following names mean- Mūkono, Njagī, Mūkuria,Gīoce, Mūirūrī. Kahara – A bold head is called a 'Kĩhara.' This is a terrific list of old-fashioned baby boy names, the majority of which are in style. For example, the elders of the Kikuyu carried a staff from the thigi tree that, when placed between two disputing sides, caused them to stop fighting and seek reconciliation. All names for trees in Kikuyu start with Mũ, the prefix for nouns that have a spirit such as a person - Mũndũ. Mũgumo and Mũkũyũ were sacred trees. If my mother-in-law is called Njeri, my second daughter should be called Njeri according to tradition. In addition, there are other names such as Gachahi, Gathata, Kahihia, Kagiri , Wandeto... Do clans change from one generation to another or do I belong to the same clan as my father, grandfather, children and grandchildren? I do not have information on your questions. 1989. emmanuel - wow, that's really interesting..thank you for your help. For those that have hidden meanings, the site gives the literal one. of: Kikuyu botanical dictionary of plant names and uses. Sometimes conjecture is all we have to rely on so I cannot speak authoritatively about a name such as Kariri and Keguro unless of I an elder who is certain or I find a document by early writers like Leakey, Cagnolo and Jomo. The sufferers spent inordinately long periods out in the sun, warming themselves. Thanks for your quick reply! popularity and diffusion. The origin of my first name is no mystery. For example, my Clan name is 'Anjiru a Mbari ya Thuku - Anjiru of the House of Thuku. Here's a bunch of strange and unusually lovely names to pick from! From Valentine's Day to Black History Month, February is packed with symbolism to get your creative juices flowing! Cagnolo did not state traditional uses of the trees, but was more concerned with what the Europeans would do with them, especially the ones that could produce timber. Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. That Eulogy would be an interesting read. About the following names, I wish to get back to you later so that I am factual - (Chege, Gichege, Mwaniki, Ndung'u, and Wangeci). Hello Thuo, I have still not found the meaning of Thuo, but I will keep the search.
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