List of fascinating Voltaian/Ewe names & their meanings

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THE EWE TRIBE, THEIR NAMES AND MEANINGS

This piece deals with Ewe names and their meanings. We should also note that most Ewe names are unisex.

NAMESMEANINGS

Afefa — Peaceful/Calm house
Afeke — Root of the house
Afelete — Established home
Afetsi — Home pillar
Agbe — Life
Agbeko — If only there is life
Agbemabiase — Life can’t question destiny
Agbemafle — Life can’t be bought/life is priceless
Agbenyefia — Life is King
Agbenyega — Life is the greatest
Agbenyo — Life is good
Agbesi — In the hands of life
Akorfa — Comfort/Peaceful heart
Akorfala — Consoler/Comforter
Akpe — Thanks
Akpenamawu — Thank God
Akpene — Thank Thee
Amenyo — Human is good
Ametefe — Replacement (a son whose father died before his birth)
Amewu/Amewuga — Human is more precious than money
Asiwome — In Thy hands
Aseye — Praises
Awoe — He (God) will do it

Blewu — Patient/Slow
Bubune — Honor unto Him (God)
Butsorme — Think of tomorrow
Butsormekpor — Think of tomorrow and see

 

Dela — Saviour/Redeemer
Deladem — The Saviour has redeemed me
Delali — The Saviour lives
Delanya — The Saviour knows
Delanyo – The Saviour is good
Delasi — In the Saviour’s hands/the Saviour has heard
Desiadenyo — All is good
Dodzi — Fortitude
Dogbeda — Pray
Domenyo — Kindness
Dzidedi — Comfort
Dzidudu — Dzidula
Dzidula — Conqueror
Dzidzeme — Peaceful heart
Dzidzor — Joy/Happiness
Dzidzorm — Dzidzorm
Dziedzorm — Glad I am
Dzifa — Comfort/Peace at heart
Dzigbordi — Patience
Dzordzoe — Righteous/Just
Dzorgbenyui — Good luck

Edem — He (God) has saved/delivered me
Edemi — He (God) has saved/delivered us
Edudzi — He (God) has vanquished
Edotom — He (God) has heeded me
Edotomi — He (God) has heard us
Edemi — He (God) has saved/delivered us
Edrorlali — The judge lives
Edinam — Am lucky
Edinami — We are lucky
Edzordzi — It makes happinness
Edzordzinam — It made me happy
Edzordzinami — It made us happy
Edzordzinawo — It made them happy
Efakor/Efakornam — He (God) has made comforted me
Egavakpor — Not sure if will stay (born after lost babies/chn)
Ehenyuive — Has brought joy/Bringer of joy
Ekplorm — He (God) leads me
Eleagbe — He (God) is alive
Eli — He (God) lives
Elinam — He (God) lives for me
Elinami — He (god) lives for us
Elivava — He (God) truly live
Elikplim — He (God) is with me
Elikplimi — He (God) is with us
Elike — Rooted in solid ground/well established
Elikem — He (God) has established/fortified me
Elikemi — He (God) has established/fortified us
Elemawusi — It is in the hands of God
Elolo — He (God) is great
Etriakor — He (God) is mighty
Elorm — He (God) loves me
Elormi — He (God) loves us
Emefa — It is calm
Ena — He (God) has given
Enam — He (God) gives me
Enami — He (God) gives us
Enya — He (God) knows
Enyam — He (God) knows me
Enyami — He (God) knows us
Enyo — He (God) is good
Enyonam — He (God) is good for me
Ese — He (God) hears
Esenam — He (God) has listened to me
Esene — He (God) listens
Eselali — The Hearer (God) lives
Eselase (or Eselasi) — The Hearer (God) has heard it
Esinu — Waiting upon the Lord (Him)
Etor — It belongs to Him (God); He has answered
Etornam — He (God) has answered me
Etornami — He (God) has answered us
Etorna — He (God) listens
Eyra — He (God) blesses
Eyram — He (God) blessed me/Am blessed
Eyrami — He (God) blesses us/We are blessed
Eyrae — He (God) has blessed him/her
Ewoe — He (God) has done it
Ewoenam — He (God) has done it for me
Ewoenami — He (God) has done it for us
Exornam — He (God) has saved/rescued me

 

 

Fafa — Peace/Calmness
Fafali — There is peace/calmness
Fiavi — Prince/Princess
Foli — First son

Gameli — There is time
Ganyo — Money is good
Galevo — Money is different
Ganyebusu — Money is evil
Gayra — Bless again
Gayram — Bless me again
Gayrami — Bless us again

Kafui — Praise Him (God)
Kekeli — Light/Brightness
Kekle — Light/Brightness
Kle — Shine/Brighten
Klenam — Shine for me
Klenami — Shine for us
Kplom — Lead me
Kplorla — Shepherd/Leader

Lebenam – Take good care of me
Lebene — Take good care of him/her
Lorm — Adore/Love me
Lolornyo — It is good to love
Lolor — Love
Lorne — Agree for him/her

Mawuenyega — God is great
Mawufemor — God’s way
Mawuli — God lives
Mawuko — Only God/Except God
Mawunyo — God is good
Mawusi — In God’s hands
Mawuli — God lives
Mawulinam — God lives for me
Mawulorm — God loves me
Mawuena — It’s God who gave
Mawuenam — It’s God who gave me
Mawunya — God knows/God’s word
Mawulikplim — God is with me
Mawulikplimi — God is with us
Mawuenyega — God is greatest
Mawuse — God hears
Mawulolo — God is great
Mawutor — Belongs to God
Mawueyram — It’s God who blessed me
Mawuworge — God will do it
Mawuwoe — God has done it
Makafui — I will praise Him (God)
Mazinkpi — I’ll be silentru
Morkporkpor — Hope

Namilkem — Establish/Fortify me
Nuna — Gift
Nunana — Gift/Talent
Nunya — Knowledge/Wisdom
Nunyati — Tree of wisdom/knowledge
Nukunu/Nkunu — Miracle
Nyuitor — Best/Perfect

Se — Law/Destiny/Fate
Sedem — Destiny/Fate has saved/delivered me
Sedemi — Destiny/Fate has saved/delivered us
Sedinam — Destiny/Fate is my luck/has made me lucky
Sedotom — Destiny/Fate has listened to me
Sedufia — Destiny/Fate is crowned king
Sedudzi — Destiny/Fate has triumphed
Sefakor — Destiny/Fate has comforted me
Sefadzi — Destiny/Fate has given me solace
Seli — Destiny/Fate lives
Selinam — Destiny/Fate lives for me
Sena — Destiny/Fate Gives/has given
Senyega — Destiny is great
Seyram — Destiny/Fate has blessed me
Seyrami — Destiny/fate has blessed us
Selorm — Destiny/Fate loves me
Sesi/Seshi — In the hands of destiny/fate
Sese — Destiny/fate hears
Senam — Destiny gives me/Destiny’s gift to me
Senya — Destiny Knows
Selasie/Selase — The hearer/God has heard
Senyo — Destiny/Fate is good
Sedotom — Destiny/Fate has listened to me
Setor — Belongs to destiny/Destiny has answered
Suboe — Worship him
Sitso/Sitsofe — Salvation

Tsodzine — Give Him your heart
Tsoenamawu — Give it to God
Tsoeke — Forgive
Tsoekewo — Forgive them

Vadem — Come and save me
Valikem – Come and establish me
Vayram — Come and bless me
Vormawu — Fear God

Woedem — You (God) have saved me
Woelorm — You (God) have loved me
Worlasi — In the hands of the maker
Worlawoe — The Lord has done it

Xoese — Believe
Xorse — Faith
Xornam — Save me

Yra — Bless
Yram — Bless me
Yrami — Bless us
Yayra — Blessing
Yingor — Excel

 

 

It will be good to also explain some of the surnames in English but it cannot be possible because Ewe language has 30 alphabets while the Eglish Language has 26.
Therefore English Language cannot and will not dare to explain some of our names in it.
For example:
– Adrah
– Adranyi
– Amedoamegboe
– Ametame
– Amevinya
– Banini
– Bedzo
– Dorbu
– Dugah
– Dunya
– Ekudeamenu
– Elegbadzadzi
– Fiadzo
– Fiagbor
– Fiamavle
– Fianu
– Fiawoyi
– Gadoglo
– Ganyo
– Gashika
– Gayome
– Gbekor
– Golomeke
– Hoenyame
– Hunexoe
– Kulewosi
– Kuzagbe
– Nunyani
– Nyamadi
– Nyonator
– Sakumadranyi
– Sedoame
– Sefoga
– Seshie
– Tamakloe
– Vivormadzigbe
– Xebidzi
– Xedzro
– Xoglimakadu

 

This list is not exhaustive. Many more names could be added.

 

Credit : Renee Accu Aphedo

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