Male and Female Yoruba Oriki Names and their Meaning


Yoruba Oriki name is a popular thing mostly among the people of the Yorubas, Also, you will find some interesting Yoruba Oriki names and meanings of these names that we have listed below.

Yoruba names are grouped into five categories. They include:

  • “Oruko Amutorunwa” meaning Destiny Names
  • “Oruko Abiso” meaning Acquired Names
  • “Oruko Oriki” meaning Panegyrics
  • “Oruko Abiku”
  • “Oruko Inagije” meaning Alias

In this article, we are focusing on Oruko Oriki

Oriki is cultural thing associated with the Yoruba culture. The word ‘Oriki” can be translated as panegyric which is a form of praise poetry. In the Yoruba culture, each settlement or minor tribe has its own Oriki. Each household within a tribe or settlement has it own Oriki. Even each individual has his/her own Oriki.

The name usually carries a praise poetry with it which is used to inspire the bearer of the name. The name and the praise poetry associated with the name varies in length depending on whether the name was given to a child to as a recital of the accomplishment of his/her family line or to describe his/her future destiny. The name is also given to praise a child for the pride they bring to the family or to describe and summon particular character traits that they believe a child was born with.

We have created for you a compilation of top Yoruba Oriki names and their meanings, for your convenience, the list is divided into male and female names.


  • Alade – It means one who survives to arrive.
  • Àjàgbé – Yoruba Oriki name meaning fought to carry this child.
  • Akangbe – It means one consciously or deliberately carried.
  • Alagbe – It means the one who survived to be carried.
  • Akanmu – Yoruba Oriki name meaning personally chosen.
  • Aremu – It means the one needing to be consoled before being picked up.
  • Atanda – This name one created to shine brightness.
  • Àkànní – Yoruba Oriki name meaning “met only once to have this child.” It is also a Yoruba Oriki given to a first male child.
  • Àkànjí – Akanji means the one whose touch gives life.
  • Ariyo –  meaning someone that people rejoice at the sight of him.
  • Some other Yoruba male Oriki names that we could not find their meanings: Akanda, Ajasa, Asamu, Ajabi, Adio, Aweda, Akano, Amoo, Ajao, Alao.

Yoruba female Oriki names and their meanings

  • Abeke – This name literarily means one that is begged to care for or pampered.
  • Akanke – Akanke means one who is especially cherished or pampered.
  • Àlàké – It means someone that circumstances had to be overcome to take care of her.
  • Ayinke – It means was that is meant to praise and pet.
  • Amoke – It means one known in order to care for.
  • Àbèbí – This Oriki name is given to someone that was given birth to after a lot of persuasions (probably a difficult birth).
  • Aweni – This Oriki literarily means a child to be bathed and possessed.
  • Amope – This name means that one whose knowledge is complete.
  • Awero – It means one that is bathed and covered in wrappers.
  • Àbèní – It means we begged to have this one i.e. a child that was begged for to have or born (from God or, more often traditionally, the gods).
  • Ànìké – It means a child that was born to be pampered.
  • Abegbe – It could mean a child that we begged to carry.
  • Adubi – It means one we struggled to birth. Usually, given to a baby born via breech birth.
  • Agbeke – It means one carried in order to pet.
  • Àshàké/Asake – Yoruba Oriki name meaning a daughter picked or selected to be pampered or cherished.
  • Ajoke – Ajoke means jointly cherished or jointly beloved or meaning meant to be taken care of by all.
  • Ajike – It means someone that wakes up to petting/pampering.
  • Aduni – It could mean a joy to have or one we struggled to have.
  • Àríké – Yoruba Oriki name meaning someone that is meant to be pampered or care for on sight.
  • Asabi –It means one selected for birth.
  • Apeke – This name means called or born to be cared for or pampered. The name is usually followed by soothing words and songs.
  • Àdùké – It means a child that people will fight over the privilege to care for her and pamper her.
  • Atunke – It means a child that would be continually taken care of.
  • Ayoka – Yoruba Oriki name meaning one who causes joy.
  • Abeje – It means a child that one Pampers, or persuade to comply to something.
  • Some other common Yoruba female Oriki names that we could not find their meanings: Adugbe, Aponke, Amosa, Abepe, Akanpe, Awebi, Adiya, Asape, Asani


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