Real Names with Real Meanings for African Children
Tyra Mason and Sam
Format: Paperback, 192pp
Publisher: Seaburn Publishing Group
Baby Names - Real Names with Real Meanings for African Children
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
One of the most critical moments in a person's life arrives when their parents
decide on their name. In cultures where significance is given to the day and
time of birth, whether a child is a twin or their status in the family
hierarchy be it the first or last child, aids the parent in deriving a name for
the child. How often have you asked a person the meaning of their name to
receive the response, I really don't know, I think my parents made it up. Such
a response is given because naming rituals are not prevalent in the west.
Therefore, a child is often named based on the popularity of movies,
celebrities or from common name usage at the time they were born.
Baby Names for Children of African Heritage is a collaboration between Sam
Chekwas and Tyra Mason to provide a valuable resource of names from the "Mother
Land". More than fifteen thousand names are listed with their origin and
meaning, providing the most accurate source of names from African cultures. The
intelligentsia of names provide parents with a root from which meaning is added
to their child's identity. Abstract words that were before the nucleus of name
derivation can be replaced by concrete nouns that create a distinct character
for a person.
Launched during Black History Month, Baby Names for Children of African
Heritage has the markings of an invaluable cultural resource that will be
cherished for generations. The names contained in this publication provide
parents the opportunity to create icons of their children instead of
identifying them based on derivations of popular culture. Ethnic, religious or
personal qualities can be given to our children stemming from their full names
to cherished nicknames characterized by individual personalities.
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