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). Their own name for themselves is Origin of Kikuyu Tribe. We may have to do so in an attempt to try and understand why some areas are having some boys’ names referencing animals. to kiarie - I can only guess that the Kamanya is derived from 'menya - know' and that it has something to do with knowing, or knowledge. the word also gives the impression of dry lands, as Kamba country was known to be. However, It appears to me like the Nyeri Kikuyu came a bit late on the trail from Ethiopia by between 30 and 60 years. Gĩchohi – The big beer. Kariuki is among the most common Kikuyu names. Names such as: Mathenge, Nyamu, Njogu, Muruthi, Wangombe, Ngari, Njau, Mbogo, Kamunyi, Nguku, Ndegwa. Description Top of page. Crossing such a river required lots of preparations and in those days that was not a mean task if the naming of the senior clan of Aembu as thagana a.k.a nguua migogo is anything to go by. Answer: mũthii - the one who travels, goes away. Njeri, then call your daughter Njeri. — In Kikuyu, to get a liquid from a container cannot translate to emptying. Now it's time to choose a special name for your little princess. It may have started as a nickname. ed. 5) Wainaina-An age group circumcised in the 1860's. Your sister's children will however belong to her husbands clan. Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. If so, congratulations! The names that reference animals are more common in Nyeri and Kirinyaga. It is compiled with the help of respondents still knowledgeable on how the Kikuyu used the trees. When I was learning to read and write Gikuyu, names like Cege, Gaciri, Gicuhi etc never used to have 'h' like today (Chege, Gacheru...). 6) Waweru-Born in desert/dry places such as Kamba Land or places like ndieya in Limuru Kiambu where men would go to graze their livestock ( mahiu) and their wives would travel there to supply them with food & water.during this times,a boy may be born there hence the name or born during famine when there was little vegetation like the famine of the mid 1800's & early 1900's in Kikuyu land.The boy child would be named after a person who came or visited such dry places. Perhaps it was a riika (cirmcusion age set) whos meaning has been forgotten. Is it originally maasai or kikuyu? someone joked it's related to dancing or jumping?? Need the perfect name for your baby boy? 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. The first girl should be named after the father's mother, so again you can give the mother an African name eg. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 29, 2017: I worked in a broadcasting house with a man named Njonjo who used to come from an area between Kinoo and Kikuyu but he is now deceased. If you are Russian, have Russian heritage, or simply love the Russian language, look no further. Mũtamaiyũ - Olea Chrisofila (africana) ? 52. Since then, an old Kikuyu saying came to mind - ita ritari ndundu rihuragwo na njuguma imwe - a warrior group that is not united is beaten with one club (knobkerie). For some reason, the holiness of this tree has survived the ages. 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 sorry for responding six months late. Kamande - There was a Kamande riika (initiation age set) in 1902, 54. Ngai gave him a… The buds would be full of a jelly-like substance. Usage: Language: Place + Letters. Reverend Cagnolo, documented a selection of trees that he deemed important to the Kikuyu. About 'gakuo'. The name Gikuyu means a huge fig tree – Mukuyu, and Mumbi means Creator. That to me is more credible. When it is her turn, she names the next relative in the queue. Does anyone know muthithioni or thithioni tree? In the experience of this researcher, this tree is common in all of Kikuyu country. I believe Mucugi means the feather that one added to his or her head during a dance. I am trying to find out the origin of the name. This list includes a variety of rugged, feminine, and old-fashioned names. 161. 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. Why? ); I will repost them on the appropriate page :). GÄ©kÅ©yÅ© means "large sycamore (mÅ©kÅ©yÅ©) tree". Question: What is the meaning of the name "Kĩragũ"? I find your articles really educative...have you written any other concerning female names and kikuyu clans? 'Maitha' is another name Kikuyus refer to the Maasai, 9) Njoki-Literally meaning the resurrected one.This name was given to a baby girl after death of a previous baby girl.If the deaths happened twice,then the third girl to replace the one that died before,would be called 'Njoki'.This the Kikuyu's believed,would confuse the death spirits and the baby would survive. I did not know that Wamaitha has any connection with the Maasai. This name is common to almost all the communities in Kenya, including the Kalenjin and Luo who are Nilotic. literaly 'you have no shame.' Macharia - The one who looks for, searches (in a big way), 94. The name Muchembi is in my family, does that mean that we could have Kamba ancestors somewhere? Largest collection of kikuyu girl names, kikuyu girl names and meanings, kikuyu baby girl names. 63. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 02, 2015: Mware Wa Mbatia - I highly suspect it is originally Maasai. I did not see the notification. Your speculation that people arrived/expanded to Nyeri and Kiambu latter after they had first settled in Muranga is most likely to be correct. You are right, we are acquainted (hahaha). Post updated to accommodate Gikuyu cultural icon, Gakaara wa Wanjau’s views on 19th September 2009 . But mbutu means eyelashes. Also, a lot of words are pronounced with the distinctive Kamba 's' instead of sh like in the example above. A child will be told 'nd nduri na thoni! I am half German-Half Kikuyu and I would be quite pleased if anyone assisted me to know the meaning and origin of my name. Njoroge - A Njoroge riika was initiated in 1858. Of course, not all 'Kamothos' are left-handed as the name entered the mainstream ages ago. 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. Kikuyu also had a religious tree– the Mugumo tree–where they would pray and offer sacrifices to facing the sacred Mountain Kirinyaga. 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. That Eulogy would be an interesting read. Kamau, you cannot use the 'special characters' in this comment capsules, they will appear as question marks. 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. I've also heard Gathee, Muthee. Key Kikuyu facts. A complete list of boy names from the Bible—both from the Old and New Testament. 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. Ngũgĩ - There was a Ngũgĩ riika in 1876. Gĩchuhĩ - A finger ring, e.g. Subsequent boys are named after their paternal and maternal uncles alternately. 106. She would name the first son after her husband's father and the second son after her own father. That's so interesting! 12) Karura-This were large green leafy wild vegetation( they looked like Nduma (arrow roots) growing along rivers in Kiambu but are now extinct.Hence Karura forest in Nairobi is named after a river that passes through it. If my mother-in-law is called Njeri, my second daughter should be called Njeri according to tradition. Mūkono - If a man stretched out his hands (to the left and to the right), the length from one outstretched hand to the other was one “mukono,” a form of measurement no longer in use. I will write on its uses by the Kikuyu. Some nicknames remain family secrets. I intend to credit readers directly in the hub when they contribute the meanings of the names. wedding ring. The other names are listed below. A woman does not name her father twice just because she has married several men, or has had children by several men. Morphology. Kariũki - When a child died soon after birth, the family may decide to give the next child an alternative name like Kariuki, or Muchoki - the reincarnated one. Its bark is used to make herbal tea. any masculine feminine unisex-Usage, language or place. I always welcome suggestions. However, I was able to know from grandmother the source of the name. The word has the same roots as the Swahili 'chenga chenga' for many grains or bits of something. Mother tongue of Kikuyu people is Bantu Kikuyu language. Mũkũngũgũ - Used to make shamba border posts called gitoka with live trees. But not clans. Should my Mother-in-law answer thinking that I was calling her only to find out that I was calling a child, that would be very mannerless on my part. 24. In the process there was a lot of integration of these two groups as mobility was now easier and the names referencing animals came into play. Thank you for your article, Kariuki. There were two riikas initiated in 1849 and 1850, 80. Mũtathi - Herbal but what was treated not clear. 2. You may need excel spreadsheet to sort out the names. My believe is that to migrate to upper Nyeri may not have been an easy task as it may look today – the families, including children and the elderly had to cross thagana, which 400 years ago may have carried twice as much volume of water as it does today. Also, what about Kariri, Kiambuthi, and Kiguro (often spelled phonetically, like Keguro)? The Kikuyu people are the largest ethnic group living in Kenya, with a population of just under 7 million people. Huhu- a bat; Muhunyu -? For example, my Clan name is 'Anjiru a Mbari ya Thuku - Anjiru of the House of Thuku. Some names are difficult to unravel. Mũthĩnji – The slaughter (of animals). The grandchild was then called by this namesake’s nickname with approval from the old man. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 16, 2017: Hi, Njubi Muiruri. Would she keep naming the first son from each man after her father? My husband's second name is Kaguanyu. 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. Gĩtahi - The big one who gets a liquid (water, beer etc.) Thanks or all the very useful articles you have on this site. This last name is the 390,849 th most frequent surname throughout the world, borne by approximately 1 in 8,052,537 people. Would she name her second son by the second husband after her own father again (thus having two sons with the same name)? Igeria - one who tries; Rie (i think Rie might be short of something but i can't figure out what)- ?, Gicicio - mirror; Gashamba - strong male; Makara - charcoal; Ikinya - step (footstep). What would be the situation if a woman had more than one husband (due to death for example). The word has the same roots as the Swahili 'chenga chenga' for bits of something. It was also the name of a beaded belt that kenyatta wore. Answer: Gĩchũrũ - porridge (big porridge). 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. Reverend Cagnolo, documented a selection of trees that he deemed important to the Kikuyu. 155. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on March 05, 2015: Thanks for visiting my page and finding it useful. my great great grandpa name was Nderi meaning eagle, his riika was Mwaura 1830. Mũkũyũ, Mũũmbũ - Sacred but fed to goats when not designated as sacred. Consider this to be a work in progress where readers' input is highly welcome so that we can have a complete database of Mt. Perhaps you are related with him and the Kenyatta era Atorney General. Ne thegio, I appreciate. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 17, 2015: Thanks for that insight. Kwara - to place a cover. I would like to know the meaning and origin of the name "Kinyanjui". Mũkoigo - fed to goats and had very durable timber for building. Maybe you should publish it, even online so that those in your lineage, both in Murang'a and Kiambu can read it. Tuko.co.ke News ☛ 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. Rev. 11) Nyeri- Nyeri is a Maasai word meaning 'red'. That will give me some fuel for a few more years. The term Kikuyu is derived from the Swahili form of the word GÄ©kÅ©yÅ©. In short, the name Muthoni is about shyness, but it really means in-law. To ensure the longevity of the tree, never cut bark from the trunk of a living tree. Used to make Thanju – herding and elders sticks. Kahiga - small stone; Waikhenye-? Find kikuyu girl names list. Thanks for your quick reply! The Karanja riika was initiated in 1852. This video is unavailable. Mugumo is the name of a special sacred tree known to the Kikuyu community and many others in Kenya. This means that one does not fool around with in-laws; one does not spend too much time with in-laws; in-laws should be given maximum respect. The sufferers spent inordinately long periods out in the sun, warming themselves. This is a list of some possible choices. According to Leakey, the Kikuyu are called Kikuyu in association with the Mũkũyũ. Kikuyu Women, the Mau Mau Rebellion, and Social Change in Kenya. Post updated to accommodate academic historian, Professor Gideon S. Were’s views and correct citations on 17th September 2011. Free subscription Get the news that matters from one of the leading news sites in Kenya. Those are the hints I have so far. Hinga - The hypocrite. Scroll my contents for "Kikuyu names for Girls and their meanings.". Anothert boys name is 'Mwai' it basically means to spread something like maize out in the sun to dry. I am curious about some of the names which originated from riikas, like Gitau. From the Anglo-Saxon tradition, these names are reminiscent of the Founding Fathers and the Gilded Age upper class. The name has of course lost that original meaning. Kamotho - small left handed. Congratulations on your baby boy. ), 104. Most growth in spring, summer and autumn. I overlooked the fact that this page is just for boy names! Didn’t know the correct name of the tree but she called it a buymyguinia bud tree. Did not know that Kibunja was a kikuyu name,am grateful for the kikuyu names knowledge provided by all of you. I would also have guessed that the name Mutungi has something to do with a water container. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on November 14, 2011: Hello Malaika, thanks for the compliments. Rev. Where I doubt the authenticity of the scientific name, I have placed a question mark until the matter is settled. A child may have been jokingly called 'kamotho' by his peers, and the name stuck. 139. What happened especially when one considers that the 9-plus clans are uniformly distributed in all the four districts? The Kikuyu are the largest ethnic group in Kenya. I ended up here after a long search of kikuyu naming system. Thanks for your contribution. usage Close. Tree name generator . Thanks for the explanation on Muthoni! The Kikuyu were Matriarchal - power in the hands of women - before men finally overthrew them. 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. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 26, 2015: Thanks for this question and sory for taking time to answer. 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