Akorfa, Etornam, Kafui, Yayra, Mawuena, Josephine…
My mother’s first name is Josephine. Her father is Joseph Yaovi Dzogbenuku, so when he had her as his first child born on a Thursday just like him, he named her Josephine Yawa Dzogbenuku. Sounds sweet right? This was the explanation my mother gave us when we asked her why she was the only one with an English name among the six of us. Maybe the other explanation will be that my father did not get to name her…haha
My name is Akorfa Ama Akoto and I love the sound of my name so much. What about you? Akorfa is an Ewe name and it means Solace. Even though I love my name, I remember as I was growing up and building my identity as a person in Junior High school, I told my colleagues ‘Solace’ was also my name. I think I was getting tired of the “Akorfa, wo k) fa d3n?”(Akorfa, what did you go and take?) or even the many people who often asked why I didn’t have an English name.
Some will ask, “Oh why don’t you have an English name? Have you not been baptized? Try your best to get one okay.”
I’m trying to recount if anyone has ever complimented me for my name. But I don’t remember any.
I guess the main reason I love my name is because of how my parents affectionately mention it and how sweet it sounds to the ear.
Maybe this explains why I often switch to calling my friends by their Ghanaian names immediately I get to know of it. You know some friends often use their English names and keep their Ghanaian names in hiding, or maybe for special occasions. Are you one? I’m referring to such friends.
Many years ago, at a registration center, I got to know of a friend’s Ewe name. Wow! “So why don’t you use this sweet and unique name?” I asked her. Her Ghanaian name is so beautiful I decided one of my children will have that name too. There and then I edited how I saved her name on my phone. I edited it to her Ghanaian name! Such beauty!
Have you chosen a name for your baby yet? Why not include a Ghanaian name? Or maybe choose Ghanaian names only 😄
Check out these 10 beautiful Ewe names with their meanings:
Akorfa – Solace
Etornam – He has responded to my call
Kafui – Praise Him
Yayra – Blessing
Mawuena – God’s gift
Kekeli – Sunshine
Esenam – He has heard me
Fafali- There’s peace
Close your eyes. Imagine you’re a baby right now. A talking baby. Your parents are in their bedroom discussing what name to give you. Tomorrow is your naming ceremony. What would you tell them?