Uncommon baby names in Nigeria
In the olden days, naming a child wasn’t such a big deal most of the time, children were named based on the circumstances surrounding their birth for example if the mother has been looking for a child, the child would be named in Yoruba land or if the child at birth turned out to be very beautiful: Bimpe or Amaka, born on Sunday and beautiful? Nwukaamaka or Bosede. Perhaps the child came in a time of plenty would be called obiangeli in Igbo or oladipupo in Yoruba, or came after the death of a grandparent-babtunde in Yoruba ….and so on and so forth you get the idea. But in recent times people don’t really do that anymore (and there’s nothing wrong with that by the way) preferring their child to answer to an English first name while the native name (or circumstantial name as I call it) comes second.
Due to this development there’s been a high rise in the number of people having the same first name. I once taught a class with five children bearing David. And the total number was 22! That’s like 23%. We had to resort to adjectives to distinguish them like David yellow, or David short or David 1 and 2. It wasn’t my choice but it was either that or call them by their surnames (which didn’t seem very polite to me especially when their parents are around) I couldn’t stand it but alas, it’s a common phenomenon in Nigeria.
Maybe you’re the mum out there tired of hearing common names like joy, Emmanuel, Mary, Elizabeth etc.
Or maybe you’re looking for something unique for your baby. Then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of English names that few people bear especially around this part of the globe. Scroll though my collection and see if you know anybody personally that bearing that name. If it’s just its just one person or none at all then I’ll say it classifies as uncommon
Not so common English baby names in Nigeria (and their meaning of course)
When I heard that name I had to ask for it to be repeated to me. It’s a Hebrew (1 Samuel 18:19) name that means ‘the flock of God’ or my help is God’. It’s a biblical name that can be used for both boys and girls
I certainly don’t know any Nigerian bearing the name Owen. It’s something I only see in movies but who’s to say it has to be that way. Owen is a welsh name that means noble, high born or royal. It’s certainly a suitable name for your little prince.
I can personally testify about this one, because I named my baby Liam. Even though there’s a sufficient number of fairly popular people with that name (Liam hemsworth for example) yet you’ll be surprised the number of Nigerians who haven’t heard the name before. ( or maybe I need to upgrade my circle of friends) well for all of you that keep asking me what it means well Liam is an Irish name which means strong willed protector, guardian, desire, boss.
I won’t be surprised if this name picks up popularity in the next few years since Linda Ikeji has decided to name her baby Jayce, but for now I’ll still classify it as unique by Nigerian standards( good job Linda) Jayce means ‘healing’ and ‘the lord is my salvation’ and what a lovely name it is. Other variations are Jace or Jason
The first baby girl name on the list and I’m not trying to me partial here. Well i’ve only met one person bearing the name phoebe. But a friend of mine recently had a baby and named her phoebe. It has a cute spelling and sound. The name was mentioned in the Bible (check Rom 16:1&2) so I think it can pass as biblical…Anyway it has a Greek origin meaning “bright or radiant” with a name like phoebe I don’t think your baby will be anything but.
It’s a Christian name but sufficiently rare around these parts. I once had a teacher named Gershom and he was an inspiration to me. Biblically Gershom was the first son of Moses. Being biblical it’s not surprising that it has Hebrew origins and it means “sojourner”
I’ve only come across it once and it sounded so exotic. In roman mythology Clementia was the goddess of mercy, forgiveness, leniency and redemption. It’s is a Latin name meaning mild or merciful. It’s the female version of the name Clement.
if you’re the right type of person, you’re probably thinking of the word Grande. (I love her music by the way). It’s a very beautiful name in my opinion, so beautiful that I’m seriously considering naming my next baby Arianna(hey don’t steal my idea). It means pure holy or chase. All good virtues for your little girl.
A perfect and beautiful name for a perfect and beautiful baby girl( or boy maybe?). It rolls of the tongue and is pleasant to the ears. It means delight and luxury. Who won’t want that for their baby?
And there is my top 10 list of uncommon baby names and their meanings and I hope this inspires someone looking for something unique. Till next time!
Need more inspiration? Check HERE for more biblical names and their meanings