Interesting Information

Find Out Your Ghanaian Name!

The Akan people of Ghana frequently name their children after the day of the week they were born. Before we departed for Ghana we each looked up our Ghanaian name. People are quite surprised and delighted when we use it to introduce ourselves with our Canadian name. We thought you might like to look up your Ghanaian name as well! You just need to look up the day of the week you were born to find out!

Male
Monday: Kwadwo – Variants: Kojo, Jojo, Kodjo
Tuesday: Kwabena – Variants: Ebo, Kobena, Kobina, Kobby,
Wednesday: Kwaku – Variants: Kaku, Koku, Kuuku, Kweku
Thursday: Yaw – Variants: Ekow, Yaba, Yao, Yawo
Friday: Kofi – Variants: Fiifi, Koffi
Saturday: Kwame – Variants: Ato, Komi, Kwamena, Kwami
Sunday: Kwasi – Variants: Akwasi, Kwesi, Kosi

Female
Monday: Adwoa – Variants: Adjoa, Adjua, Ajwoba
Tuesday: Abenaa – Variants: Abena, Abla, Abrema
Wednesday: Akua – Variants: Aku, Akuba, Ekua
Thursday: Yaa – Variants: Aba, Ayawa, Yaaba, Baaba
Friday: Afua – Variants: Afi, Afia, Efia
Saturday: Amma – Variants: Ama, Ame, Ameyo
Sunday: Akosua – Variants: Akosi, Akosiwa, Asi, Esi

Characteristics of each day:

Monday’s child is the father or mother in the family; nurturing in nature, dependable and organized, and protective of his/her family.
Tuesday’s child is the problem solver and planner of the family. They are structured in nature, neutral in all matters and never take sides.
Wednesday’s child is fully in control of every situation, does not want to be told what to do, knows it all, is spontaneous, vibrant and cordial.
Thursday’s child is quiet in nature and incredibly observant. They are generally listeners, not talkers, and analyzes situations very well.
Friday’s child is a leader, not a follower. He/she is very temperamental but has a big heart. Generally the instigator of everything.
Saturday’s child likes to take control of family situations. He/she runs the show and make the rules, but will go out of his/her way for others any time.
Sunday’s child is the passive, sensitive and warm member of the family. He/she tends to be shy and likes to keep to his/her self, but is very aware of his/her surroundings and usually is the secret keeper of the family.

References:
http://www.twi.bb/akan-names.php

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