Choosing baby boy names seemed to be very difficult for my husband and I. What we both understood was that we wanted a name that was stoic, bold, and powerful for our baby boy who would become a great man. We wanted a name that would embody his strength and individuality and honor our ancestors. That was where our agreement ended. My original choices were Barack and Malcolm. My husband didn’t want his son named after anyone else, but he didn’t quite want a junior either. So we scoured the internet for African names, and I had the idea of looking at names of African cities. So we ended up with Cairo (the capital of Egypt) and Zaire (The former name of the Congo. It also means river).
Our ancestors placed great importance on the naming of a child, as do all parents. I talk about the power of names in my novel, The Griot. There were naming ceremonies and every name had a powerful meaning like Adebomba (Yoruba) means “the crown came with me.” On my father’s side, many names were passed down, this naming tradition seems to be fading, unfortunately. I created this list of powerful and bold baby boy names to inspire stumped parents who want deep cultural connections with our ancestors.
Which baby boy name would you add to this list?