Nupe Names and their Meanings – by Ndagi Abdullahi

Below are over a 200 Nupe names with their meanings and etymological origins outline. These are few among the over 1000 Nupe names in the book titled ‘Nupe Names: Their Meanings and Etymologies’ by Ndagi Abdullahi.

1. Aba = Father, Elderly [Hausa and Kanuri: Baba < Arabic: Aba (Father)]

2. Abaji = Riverine, River Place [Middle Nupe: Aba (Place) + Eji < Eje (River, Water, Fluid)]

3. Abara = Royal Blessing [Aba (King) + Ara (Person, Body)]

4. Abawa = Nupe Person [Old Nupe: Abawa (Nupe Person: Aba < Eba {Nupe} + Ewa {Person})] Note: In former times the Nupe people were known as the Eba people or Ebawa or Abawa.

5. Abdul = Servant, Servant of Allah [Arabic: Abdul (Slave)]

6. Abu = Father [Arabic: Abu (Father of)]

7. Abudu {see Abdul}

8. Abugi = House, Compound, Community [Abu (House, Room) + Gi (Thing, One)]

9. Adama = Father of all [Hausa, Kanuri: Adamu < Semitic (Arabic, Hebrew): Adam (First Human Being)]

10. Afa {also written as Alfa} = Islamic Teacher [Alfa < Yoruba: Alfa (Islamic Scholar < Arabic: Khalipha (Caliph)]

11. Alfa {see Afa}

12. Ali {see Aliyu}

13. Aliyu {better written as Aliwu} = The High, The Great [Arabic: Aliyu (The High)]

14. Aliwu {see Aliyu}

15. Aluwo = Powerful [Old Nupe: Alu (Owner, Possessor) + Ewo (Influence, Power)]

16. Amangi = Paterfamilias [Ama (Parent) + Gi (Thing)]

17. Amina = The Faithful, Iman Faithful [Arabic: Amina (Female faithful of Iman) < Old Ethiopic: Mara (African Religion of Mast)] Note: Amina was a religious nickname of the mother of Prophet Muhammad because of her Ethiopian Black African religious persuasions.

18. Aminu = The Faithful, Iman Faithful [Arabic: Amina (Male faithful of Iman) < Old Ethiopic: Mara (African Religion of Mast)] Note: Aminu was a religious nickname of Prophet Muhammad because of his Ethiopian Black African religious persuasions.

19. Angulu = Holy Person, Savant, Priest, Undertaker, Corpse [Old Nupe: Gulu (Ground, Corpse)]

20. Antu {also written as Hantu} = Favour, Gift [Hausa: Hannatu < Semitic (Arabic, Biblical): Hannah [God’s Favour, Gift]

21. Asabe = Saturday [Hausa: Asabe < Asibi (Saturday) < Arabic: As-Sibt, Yawm Al-Sabt (Saturday)]

22. Asan {wrongly written as Hassan} = Good, God [Arabic: Hassan (Good) < Old Ethiopic: Hasan (Creator, God)] Note: Nupes got the name from Hassan the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

23. Asibi = Saturday [Hausa: Asibi (Saturday) < Arabic: As-Sibt, Yawm Al-Sabt (Saturday)]

24. Audu = Servant of God [Hausa: Audu < Arabic: Abdul < Abdullahi (Slave of Allah)]

25. Baba = Father, Elderly [Hausa and Kanuri: Baba < Arabic: Aba (Father)]

26. Ba’bishe = Fowl Master, Poultry Farmer [Baba (Master, Father) + Bishe (Fowl)]

27. Baddegi {see Badigi}

28. Badegi {see Badigi}

29. Badigi {wrongly written as Baddegi or Badegi} = Strangers Community, Foreign Land [Ba < Eba (Place) + Digi < Edigi (Stranger, Foreigner)] Note: Baddegi town was initially a camp for Gbidi refugees.

30. Badoko = Horse Master, Horse Keeper[Baba(Master, Father) + Doko (Horse)]

31. Bagi = Male, King [Middle Nupe: Bagi (Male, Lord, King) < Old Nupe: Eba (Lord, King)]

32. Bagidi = God’s Man [Ba < Baba (Man) + Gidi (God)]

33. Bago = Affluence, King [Modern Nupe: Bago (Affluence) < Old Nupe: Bako < Ebako (King)]

34. Bako = [Hausa: Bako (Visitor) < Middle Nupe: Ebako (Great King: Eba {King} + Ko {Great})]

35. Bakudu {better written as Ba’Kudu} = Father of Kudu, Master of Kudu, Father from Kudu [Ba < Baba (Father, Master, King) + Kudu (cf: Kudu)]. Note: Bakudu was a reverential title fondly used to addressed Etsu Nupe Alhaji Muhammad Ndayako who was Hakimi of Kudu District before he became the Etsu Nupe.

36. Bakuso {better written as Ba’Kuso} = Forest Keeper, Forest Prophet [Baba (Father, Master, Seer) + Kuso (Forest)]

37. Bala = Arab, Arabian [Hausa: Bala < Balarabe (Arabian)]

38. Baluku {better written as Ba’lukuku} = Pigeon Keeper [Baba (Master) + Lukuku (Pigeon)]

39. Bamasin {better written as Ba’masin} = Tailor [Ba < Baba (Master) + Masin (Machine, Sewing machine)]

40. Banma = Parent’s Elder [Baba (Father, Elder) + Nma (Parent)]

41. Banna = Mother’s Elder [Baba (Father, Elder) + Nna(Mother, Madam)]

42. Baro = Wharf, Waterside [Old Nupe: Bark (Waterfront) < Eba (Place) + Aro (Water)]

43. Bawusa {better written as Ba’wusa Ba’wus} = Sacred Person’s Man [Baba (Man, Master) + Wu (Person, Thing) + Esa (Holy, Sacred)]

44. Bele = Sovereign, Great King, Monarch [Be < Ebe (Person) + Ele (Almighty)]. Note: Bele is a very ancient Nupe royal title for a great emperor.

45. Birama = African [Semitic {Qur’anic and Biblical}: Ibrahim, Abraham (The African)]

46. Bologi = Fine, Beautiful, Handsome [Middle Nupe: Borogi (Smooth, Soft) < Old Nupe: Bwarwagi (Watery)]

47. Cata {wrongly written as Chata or Chatta or Chiata} = Sovereign, Head of State [Ca < Ce < Ece (Power) + Ata (King, Emperor)]

48. Cece {wrongly written as Cheche} = Powerful Person [Ce < Ece (Power)]

49. Ceceko {wrongly written as Checheko} = Great Powerful [Cece (Powerful Person) + Ko (Great)]

50. Cekpa {wrongly written as Chekpa} = Executive, Officer, Official [Ce (Power) + Kpa < Ekpa (Death, Killing)]

51. Ceninya {wrongly written as Cheninya} = Commander, Leader, Head [Ce (Powerful) + Eni (Person) + Enya (Person)]

52. Dagaci {wrongly written as Dagachi} = Monarch [Kanuri: Dagaci < Old Nupe: Dagara, Tagara, Ata Gara (Emperor of the Gara Nupe People)]

53. Dangana = Emperor [Hausa: Dangana < Kanuri: Dangana < Old Nupe: Tagara, Ata Gara (Emperor of the Ancient Gara Nupe Empire)]

54. Daninya {wrongly written as Daniyan} = Kingly, Sovereign, Royalty [Da < Ta < Ata (King) + Ni, Eni (Person) + Enya (Person, Body)]

55. Danjuma = Friday Son [Hausa: Danjuma (Son of Friday) < Hausa: Dan (Son) + Arabic: Yawm al-Jum’at (Friday)]

56. Danladi {also pronounced and written as Danlade or Dalade} = Sunday Son [

57. Danlami = Thursday Son [Hausa: Danlami (Son of Thursday) < Hausa: Dan (Son) + Arabic: Yawm al-Hamis (Thursday)]

58. Dantala = Tuesday Son [Hausa: Dantala (Son of Tuesday) < Hausa: Dan (Son) + Arabic: Yawm ath-Thalatha (Tuesday)]

59. Dari = Mighty, Large, Big, Honourable Person [Da < Eda (Big, Large) + Ri < Eri(Thing)]

60. Dewo = Wealthy, Have Money [De (Have, Possess) + Ewo (Money, Power, Influence)]

61. Dogi = Hamlet, Village [Middle Nupe: Edogi (Hut, Barn) < Edo (Camp, Settlement) + Egi (Thing)]

62. Dokodza = Rein, Horse rein [Doko (Horse) + Dza < Edza (Rope, Chain, Rein)]

63. Dombashi {also written as Donbashi} = Great Lord, Almighty King [Edo (Great) + Ba < Eba (Lord) + Shi < Eshi (Person)]

64. Dunguru = Emperor [Gara Nupe: Great King, Emperor]. Note: Dunguru was the royal title of the Emperor of the ancient Nupe Empire of Dunguru otherwise known as AtaGara.

65. Dunfia {wrongly written as Dunfya} = Monarch, King, Head of State [Edun (City, State) + Efia (King, Monarch)]. Dunfia is an Old Nupe word used as the royal title of the king of the Ife or Eba Nupe people. A variant of this word as survived as Alafin among the Oyo Yoruba people.

66. Dwale = Almighty Person, Ruler [Dwa < Du (Great) + Le, Ele (Might, Power)]

67. Dzukogi = Small Market [Dzuko (Market) + Gi (Small, Little)]

68. Dzukoko = Big Market, Supermarket [Dzuko (Market) + Ko (Great, Large, Big)]

69. Dzuma = Friday [Hausa: Juma’a (Friday) < Arabic Yawm al-Jum’a (Friday)]

70. Dzwafu = Aboriginal Settlement, Ancient Town, Old City [Dzwa < Edzwa (Original, Ancient, Prehistoric) + Efu (City, Town, Settlement)]

71. Ebo = Person, Man [Old Nupe: Ebo (Person)]

72. Ebwagi = Freedom, Freetown [Ebo < Ebwa (Save, Safety) + Gi (Thing)]

73. Edozhigi = Campsite Settlement, Hut Town [Edo (Hut, Camp) + Ezhigi (Settlement, Town)]

74. Ejiko = King, Town Head [Eji < Ezhi (Settlement, Town) + Ko (Person)]

75. Enagi = Game Reserve, Animal [Middle Nupe: Enagi (Animal) < Old Nupe: Ena (Animal)]

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76. Etsu = King, God, Sun [derived from Etsa, Esa, Isa (Ancient Sara Nupe Trinity synonymous word for God, Sun and the King)]

77. Evuti = White Land [Middle Nupe: Evuti (White Land) < Evu (White) + Eti (Land)]

78. Eyagi = River Niger One [Middle Nupe: Eyagi (River Niger Thing)]

79. Gabi = Emperor, King, Prince [Ega < Gara (Gara: King, Emperor) + Ebi (King, Emperor)]

80. Galadima = Emperor, King, Royalty [Hausa: Galadima < Kanuri: Galadima < Gara Nupe: Garadi-Ma (King of the Gara People)]

81. Gana = Emperor [Old Nupe: Gara (Emperor)]

82. Garba = Father of Bakara, Bakr Faithful [Hausa: Garba < Abubakar < Arabic: Abubakar (The Father of Bakr)] Note: Caliph Abubakar was one of the closest of Prophet Muhammad’s Companions.

83. Gata = Kingly, Royal [Ga (Of) + Ata(King)]

84. Gbangba = Land, Field, Open Land [Egba (Earth, Land) + Egba (Earth, Land)]

85. Gbako = River [Old Nupe: Gbakoro (River, Water Thing)]

86. Gbongbo = The Great, Big Boss, Boss [Gbo (Big, Great) + Gbo (Big, Great)]

87. Gborigi = Mighty Person, Very Powerful Person [Gbo (Mighty, Powerful) + Ri, Eri (Thing) + Gi, Egi (Thing)]

88. Gboya = Giant [Gbo (Big, Large) + Eya (person)]

89. Ndagidi = God’s Man

90. Gimba = King, Lord, Holy Person, Prophet [Egi (Thing, Person) + Eba (Lord, God)]

91. Ginya {wrongly written as Ginyan} = Royal Person [Egi (Prince, King) + Enya (Person)]

92. Giwa = Great Person, Powerful Person, Elephant [Hausa: Giwa(Elephant)]. Note: Giwa is a royal salutation for a number of royal offices in reference to their greatness.

93. Gogo = Queen, Madam, Aunty, Grandmother [Middle Nupe: Gogo (Queen)]

94. Go’ogbo {shortened form of Go’Wogbo} = Empress, Powerful Queen [Go < Gogo (Queen) + Wogbo (Ultimate Power)]

95. Goyi = Fulani [Middle Nupe: Goyi (Bush Person) < Gonyi < Ego (Bush) + Enyi (Person)]

96. Gulu = Holy Spirit, Sacred Thing [Gu < Ku (Earth, Death, Spirit) + Lu < Ru (Thing)]

97. Hassan {see Asan}

98. Hussain {see Wuseni}

99. Huseni {see Wuseni}

100. Ibrahim {better written as Yibirayi} = The African, Abraham [Semitic (Arabic): Ibrahim (The African)]

101. Isa {see Yisa}

102. Isah {see Yisa}

103. Iye = Person [Iye (Soul (Life), Iya (Person)]

104. Jebba = Riverine, River place, Waterfront [Middle Nupe: Yeba < Old Nupe: Yaba = River Bank: Eya (River) + Eba (Place)]

105. Jiya = King, Chief [Eji < Ezhi (Settlement, Town) + Eya (person)]

106. Jiwo = King, Chief [Eji < Ezhi (Settlement, Town) + Ewo (Power)]

107. Kadiri = Almighty [Arabic: Qadir < Abdul-Qadir: (Servant of Almighty Allah)]

108. Kafa = Royal, Kingly, King King [Old Nupe: Ka (Of, Owner) + Fa, Afa, Apa (Eba Nupe King, Ancient Eba Nupe Empire)]

109. Kaka = Grandmother, Aunty [Hausa: Kaka (Godmother, Grandmother) < Old Nupe: Ancient, Ancestor] Note: Kaka is also an Old Nupe word meaning ‘Ancestor’ or ‘Ancient’. But the Modern Nupe meaning of Kaka as ‘Grandmother’ or ‘Aunty’ derives from Hausa.

110. Kaso = Divine Person, Diviner, Prophet [Ka (Of, Thing) + So < Esa (God, Divinity)]

111. Katun = Knowledge [Hausa: Karatun (Studies)]

112. Kere = Ground, Land, Earth [Eke (Earth) + Re, Ere (Thing)]

113. Keremi = Paved Road, Field, Landmass [Kere (Land) + Emi (Place, Thing)]

114. Ketso = Holy Person, Holy thing [Ke < Ki (Thing, One) + Tso < Tswa < Etswa < Esa (Holy, Sacred, God)]

115. Kiatswa = Holy Person, Holy thing [Ki (Thing, One) + Tswa < Etswa < Esa (Holy, Sacred, God)]

116. Kobo = Prince, Royal Person, Royalty [Ko < Koro (King, Emperor) + Bo, Ebo (Person)]

117. Kodi = Stranger, Foreigner [Ko (Person) + Di, Edi (Tribe, Language)]

118. Kofian = King, Kingly, Royal Person [Old Nupe: Ko < Ku (Thing, Person) + Fian < Efe (King)]

119. Kolo = King, Emperor; River Spirit, River Niger God, God of the River Niger [< Ko (Thing) + Elo, Ero (Water)] Note: Kolo is an Old Nupe word for Water or the Spirit of a river; but in Middle Nupe Kolo acquired the tropical meaning of a ‘King’.

120. Koro = King, Emperor; River Spirit, River Niger God, God of the River Niger [< Ko (Thing) + Elo, Ero (Water)] Note: Koro is an Old Nupe word for Water or the Spirit of a river; but in Middle Nupe Koro acquired the tropical meaning of a ‘King’.

121. Koroka = Riverine, Royal [Koro (River, King) + Ka (Thing)]

122. Kpako = Emperor [Old Nupe: Kpako < Kpakoro < Kpa (Great) + Koro (King)] Note: Kpako was a royal title of the Emperor of the ancient Koro or Gara or Bini Nupe people)]

123. Kpotun = Ambassador [Kpo (Great, Honourable) + Tun < Tunci (Messenger, Deputy)]

124. Kpwatwa {also written as Kpotwa} = King, Emperor, Empire [Old Nupe: Kpwatwa < Twakpwa < Tagwa < Tagwara < Tagara < Ata Gara < Ata (King) + Gara (Gara, Bini Nupe People)] Note: Kpwatwa was an Old Bini Nupe royal title of the Nupe Emperor who ruled over the vast AtaGara or Tako Nupe Empire.

125. Kpotwa {see Kpwatwa}

126. Kudu = Pond, River, River Niger, Sea, Ocean [Old Nupe: Kuduru < Ku (Thing) + Duru (River, Stream, Water)]

127. Kure = Warrior, Hunter, Butcher [Hausa: Kure (Male hyena)] Note: In Modern Nupe Kure was initially used as a title to praise great and professional hunters. Kure is later on used to refer to the Head of the Butchers guild.

128. Kuso = Holy, Sacred, Holy Person, Sacred King [Old Nupe: Kuso < Kusa < Ku (Of) + Esa (God, King)]

129. Kusodu = Mayor, Chief, King [Old Nupe: Kuso (Sacred King) + Edu (Settlement, Nation)]

130. Kuta = King [Old Nupe: Ku (One) + Ta < Ata (King)]. Note: Kuta is an ancient Nupe title for a king much the same way as we use Etsu as the royal title for a king today. Other synonymous variants of Kuta includes Kanta, Akanda, Kanda, Guta, Nda etc, etc.

131. Ladan = Muezzin, Prayer Announcer [Hausa: Ladan (Muezzin) < Arabic: Adhan (Prayer Call)]

132. Lafiagi {see Lafiyagi}

133. Lafiyagi {wrongly written as Lafiagi} = River Niger Nupe Town [Middle Nupe: Lafaya < Old Nupe: Lapa Eya (River Niger Nupe Place) < La (Place) + Apa (Nupe) + Eya (River Niger)] Note: In former times Nupe settlements were known as Lapa or Lafa.

134. Lakpene {see Lakpiania}

135. Lakpiania {also written as Lakpiana; wrongly written as Lakpene or Lekpene} = Dreamer, Oracle, Spiritualist, Fortuneteller [Old Nupe: Lakpiania (Dream) < La (One, Owner, The) + Kpiania < Kpeara < Kpe ara (Lie down, Sleep, Dream, Consult the Spirit world, Serve as a Spiritual Medium)]

136. Lamin {wrongly written as Lami} = Thursday [Hausa: Lami < Alamin (Thursday) < Arabic: Yawm Al-Hamis (Thursday)]

137. Lapai = Nupe River, Apa River, Pai River [Old Nupe: Lapai (Nupe River) < La (River) + Apa (Nupe)]

138. Larai {see Lare}

139. Lare {wrongly written as Larai} = [Hausa: Larai < Laruba (Wednesday) < Arabic: Yawm al-Arba (Wednesday)]

140. Legbo = Jinn, Genie, Spirit; Mighty, Powerful [Old Nupe: Legbo (Water Spirit) < Le (Owner) + Egbo (Might, Power, Influence)]

141. Lerama = Prince, Royal Person, Royalty [Hausa: Yerima < Kanuri: Yerima (Governor of the North) < Yeri (North) + Ma (King)]

142. Liaba = Eba land [Middle Nupe: Ele Aba, Ile Aba (Ebaland) < Eli < Ele (Land) + Aba (Eba, Ebi, Ebe, Egbe, Bini Nupe Subtribe)]

143. Lile = Landlord, feudal lord, Mighty Person, Chief, King, Emperor [Li (Person, Thing) + Le < Ele (Land)]. Note: Lile is an Old Nupe word meaning landlord and used to referred to a feudal lord. It was used in Middle Nupe as a royal title in reference to a king or a ruler in general. The Fulani Jihadists came and banned the use of Lile in reference to a king but it has survived into Modern Nupe as the royal title of the chief of Mokwa.

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144. Liman = Imam, Leader of the faithful [Hausa: Limam, Limami: Imam < Arabic: Imam (Imam, Leader of the faithful)]

145. Lolo = Song, Music [Old Nupe: Elo (Talk, Speak, Sing)]

146. Lukpan = Executioner, Official Killer, Warrior, Military Officer [Lu (Owner) + Kpa < Ekpa (Death, Killing)]

147. Madaki = Chamberlain in charge of animal husbandry [Hausa: Madaki < Madawaki < Mai Dawaki (Shepherd)]. Note: Madaki or Madawaki is derived from the Hausa term for a shepherd but Madaki was conferred by the Fulani rulers of Nupe on a powerful royal personage who is an influential member of the Emirate Council and also a leading member of the Order of Waziri.

148. Madiwu {wrongly written as Madiu} = Psalmist, Chorister, Poet [….]

149. Maji {see Mazhi}

150. Majin {see Mazhi}

151. Makwa {wrongly written as Mokwa} = Gbara Nation, Igbara State, Nupe Kingdom [Old Nupe: Makwara, Magwara, Ma-Gbara = Gbara Nation: Ma (Nation) + Gbara (cf: Gbara)] Note: Gbara was the old capital of the Nupe Nation in the days when the Nupe Nation was known as Magbara or Makwara or Makes.

152. Makun = Crown Prince, Heir Apparent [Ma < Mamman (Prince) + Kun, Ekun (Powerful, Eminence)]

153. Mamman = Prince, Honourable, Chief, Great Person, Parent [Old Nupe: Mamman (Prince) < Ema (Great, Big)]

154. Mandzwakwa = Aborigines, Aboriginal People, Original Homeland [Man (People, Nation) + Dzwakwa (Aborigine)]

155. Manfada = Palace Person [Man (Person, Thing) + Fada (Hausa: Palace)]

156. Manmasun = Prince Esun [Mamman (Prince) + Esun(Life)]

157. Mantafian = Tafian Scholar [Man (Scholar, Teacher) + Tafian {cf: Tafian}]

158. Manzuma = Prince Zuma [Mamman (Prince) + Zuma (Rock)]

159. Masaba = Prince Saba [Mamman (Prince) + Saba (High Priest, God’s Messenger, Divine Oracle)]

160. Masaga = Factory, Glassworks [Hausa: Masaka (Crafts shop, Factory)] Note: Masaga has become the formal name of the glassworks ward in Bida.

161. Masin = Tailor [Masin (Machine, Sewing machine)]

162. Mayaki = War General, General [Hausa: Mai Yaki (War General, Warrior)]

163. Mazhi {also written as Maji or Majin} = Mayor, Chief of the Town [Ma (King) + Zhi, Ezhi (Settlement, Town, City)]

164. Mokwa {see Makwa}

165. Mukun = Food, Foodstuff; Feeder, One who provides food for others [Mu < Emu (Food) + Kun (Thing)]. Note: Mukun originally referred to foodstuff but was also used to refer a wealthy philanthropist who feeds many poor people. It is now used in Modern Nupe to refer to the Head of the Glassmakers’ guild.

166. Mustafa {wrongly written as Mustapha} = The Chosen, The Best, Fara Faithful [Arabic: Mustafa (The Chosen) < Old Ethiopic: Safara (African Religion)]

167. Nagenu = Royal Person, Prince [Na(Person) + Ge < Egi (God, King) + Nu (Person, One)]

168. Nagia {wrongly written as Nagya} = Royal Person, Prince [Na (Person) + Gia < Egi (God, King)]

169. Nagun = Life, Living Thing, Life-giving Charm [Ena (Life) + Egun (Thing)]

170. Natsu = Prince, Royal Person [Na (Person) + Etsu (King)]

171. Ndabida = King, King of Bida, Master of Bida, Mister Bida [Nda (King, Master, Mister) + Bida] Note: Ndabida was the royal title of the King of Bida when Bida was a Bini settlement before the advent of the Nupe-Fulani Jihadists.

172. Ndabini = Bini Man [Nda (Man, Master) + Bini (An ancient Nupe Subtribe)] Note: The Bini forms the largest Nupe subtribe today and they are in fact the people solely, but wrongly, referred to as the ‘Nupe’ people today.

173. Ndabisan = Chief of the Bisan Nupe People [Nda (Master, Chief) + Bisan (A Subtribe of the Ancient Yisa Nupe People)]

174. Ndace = King, Ruler, Leader, Great Master [Nda (Master) + Ece (Great)] Note: Ndace originally referred to a Great Leader or a King but is now used in Modern Nupe to refer to a hunter.

175. Ndadzan = Master Drummer [Nda (Master) + Edzan (Drummer, Drum)]

176. Ndaeji {see Ndeji}

177. Ndagana = Emperor [Old Nupe: Ndagana (Emperor of the AtaGara Empire)] Note: Ndagana is the same as Atagara and was the royal title of the Emperor of the prehistoric Nupe Empire of AtaGara also variously known as Tako, Zugurma, Mokwa, Gbara or Gbajibo.

178. Ndagi = Paternal Uncle, Master [Nda (Master) + Egi (Thing, One)]

179. Ndagidi = God’s Man [Nda (Man) + Gidi (God)]

180. Ndagiman = Uncle Man [Ndagi (Paternal Uncle) + Man (Teacher< Hausa: Mallam < Arabic: Mu’alim)]

181. Ndako = Grandfather, Ancestor; Emperor, King [Ndako < Ndakoro < Nda (Master) + Koro (Emperor < King < River)]

182. Ndakogi = Ancestor, Emperor [Ndakogi < Ndakorogi < Ndakoro (Emperor, Ancestor) + Egi (Thing, One, Person)] Note: In Old Nupe Ndako or Ndakoro is the royal title of the Emperor of the Nupe Empire of AtaGara but in Middle Nupe Ndako referred to the ancestors while in Modern Nupe Ndako refers to a Grandfather.

183. Ndakobo = Prince Doyen, Paramount Prince, Heir Apparent; Prince, Royalty [Nda (Master, Man) + Kobo (Prince, Royal Person, Royalty)]

184. Ndakuru = Holy Master, Priest [Nda (Master) + Kuru (Holy Spirit, Sacred)]

185. Ndakuso = Godly Man, Holy Master [Nda (Man) + Kuso (Godly, Sacred)]

186. Ndalati = Farm Master Maste, Field Master [

187. Ndalolo = Song Master, Musician [Nda (Master) + Lolo (Song, Music)]

188. Ndaman = Mister Teacher [Nda (Mister, Master) + Man (Teacher)]

189. Ndaminin = Chamberlain, Master of the House [Nda (Master) + Minin (Chamber, Inner House)]

190. Ndana = Shepherd [Nda (Master) + Ena (Animal)]

191. Ndangboro = Paramount Chief, Big Man [Nda (Master, Man) + Gboro (Big, Chief)]

192. Ndasa = Sacred Master, Holy Priest [Nda (Master) + Sa < Esa (Holy, Sacred)]

193. Ndatsakpe = Priest of Holy Land [Nda (Master, Priest) + Tsa (Holy, Sacred) + Kpe (Land)]

194. Ndayagi = Mister Yoruba, Yoruba man, Yoruba master; River Niger Spirit, River Niger God [Nda (Master, Spirit, God) + Eyagi (Yoruba, River Niger)]

195. Ndayako = Master Emperor, Great Emperor [Nda (Master) + Yako < Yakoro < Ekoro (Koro: Emperor)]

196. Ndayisa {better written as Nda’Yisa} = Yisa Man, Father of Yisa [Nda (Father, Man) + Yisa (cf: Yisa)]

197. Ndeji {also written as Ndaeji} = King, Prime Minister [Nda (Master, King) + Eji < Ezhi (Town, Settlement)]

198. Ninwoye = Very Powerful Person [Nin (Person) + Woye (Powerful Person)]

199. Nkoci {wrongly written as Nkochi} = Councilor [Nko (Council) + Ci (Of)]

200. Nnadzuma = Madam Friday, Friday Lady [Nna (Lady, Madam) + Dzuma < Juma’a < Hausa: Juma’a < Arabic: Yawm al-Jum’a (Friday)]

201. Nnadzwa = Fresh Lady, Beautiful Woman [Nna (Woman, Madam, Lady) + Dzwa (Fresh)]

202. Nnafiania = Monarch, King, Kingly [Nna (Owner) + Fia < Fe < Efe (King) + Nia < Ni (Person)]

203. Nnagi = Maternal aunt, Madam [Nna (Madam, Mother) + Egi (Person, Thing, One)]

204. Nnako = Grandmother [Nna (Madam, Mother) + Ko (Great, Grand)]

205. Nnakogi = Grandmother One [Nnako (Grandmother) + Gi (One, Person)]

206. Nnakuso = Godly Woman, Priestess [Nna (Woman) + Kuso

207. Nnakun = War General, Warrior, Death One, Death [Nna (Thing, Person, One) + Kun < Ekun (Death)]. Note: Nnakun radically means death and it was the name of the god of death and, later on, the name of the goddess of death who was personified in the amazon war general woman who always led the Nupe army into all wars.

208. Nnani = Madam, Mother Superior [Nna (Madam) + Eni (Person)]

209. Nnanko = Dame, Council Madam [Nna (Madam, Dame) + Nko (Council, Estate)]

210. Nnalolo = Songstress [Nna (Madam) + Lolo (Song, Music)]

211. Nmadu = Paterfamilias [Nma (Father, Chief) + Edu (Town, Settlement; Person)]. Note: Nmadu is an Old Nupe word and was not derived from ‘Muhammadu’ as some wrongly claimed.

212. Nnamasa = Masa Fry Woman [Nna (Madam, Lady) + Masa (Deep fried cake)]

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213. Nmanna = Mother’s Uncle [Nma (Maternal Uncle) + Nna (Mother)]

214. Nnasha {wrongly written as Nnashia} = Lady Aisha, Madam Aisha [Nna (Madam, Lady) + Asha (Islamic: Aisha)]

215. Nnashirun = Black One, Holy Female Child [Nna (Madam) + Shirun (Holy Child)]

216. Nnawusa = Sacred Woman [Nna (Madam, Woman) + Wusa (Sacred Person)]

217. Ntatu = Lady Talatu, Madam Talatu [N < Nna (Lady, Madam) + Tatu < Hausa: Talatu < Arabic: Yawm ath-Thalatha (Tuesday)]

218. Nmanda = Great Master, Great Ancestor [Nma (Great, Parent) + Nda (Master)]

219. Nyizagi = Female, King [Middle Nupe: Nyizagi (Yisa King) < Old Nupe: Yisagi (Yisa King)]

220. Rofyan {see Rufian}

221. Rufian {wrongly written as Rofyan or Rufyan} = King [Ru (Of, One) + Fian < Efe (King)]. Note: Among the ancient Efe or Ife or Apa Nupe people the king was referred to as the Rufian. It is a variant of this same word that has survived among the Oyo Yoruba as Alafin. Other variants of Rufian includes Kofian, Dunfian, etc, etc.

222. Saba = High Priest, God’s Messenger, Divine Oracle [Sa < Esa (God) + Ba < Eba (Lord, Master)]

223. Sagi = Empress, Queen, King, Emperor [Old Nupe: Sagi < Saragi < Tsaragi < Tsara (King, Divine King)] Note: Tsara or Tsaragi was the royal title of the King of the ancient Esa or Yisa Nupe people. The Nupe King Tsara or Tsaragi is known to Hausa historians as Saraki or Kisra.

224. Sakiwa = Kingly Person, Royal Person [Saki < Saraki (King, Royal) + Wa (Person)]

225. Sambo = Godly Person [Fulani: Sambo (Godly Person, Pious Person) < Sa (Godly) + Ebo (Person)]

226. Seni {short form of Wuseni; see Wuseni}

227. Shaba = Heir Apparent, King, Kingly, Royal Person [Sha < Esha < Eshi (Person) + Eba (Lord)]

228. Sheshi = Angel, Sky King, God [Old Nupe: Sheshi (Sky Person) < Eshe (Sky) + Eshi (Person)]

229. Shehu {better written as Shewu} = Islamic Scholar [Hausa-Fulani: Shehu (Islamic Scholar) < Arabic: Sheikh (Elder, Religious Elder)]

230. Shewu {see Shehu}

231. Shiru = Black One, Holy Child [Shi < Eshi (Black) + Ru (Thing, One)]. Note: In ancient Nupe culture Shiru, meaning the Black One, is the sacred name given to a child born with a caul who is believed to be a holy child from the gods.

232. Shirun {a variant of Shiru; see Shiru}

233. Sode {a variant of Soje or Soji; see Soje}

234. Soje = Sacred King [

235. Sokyara = Holy Master, Priest [So < Esa (God, Divine) + Ki (Thing, One) + Ara < Ena (Person, Body)]

236. Sonfada {wrongly written as Tsonfada} = Prime Minister [Hausa: Sanfada < Sarkin Fada (King of the Palace) < San < Sarkin (King of) + Fada (Palace)]

237. Sonfadako {wrongly written as Tsonfadako or Sonfarako} = Great Prime Minister < [Sonfada (Prime Minister) + Ko (Great)].

238. Sonfawa = Head Butcher [Hausa: Son < San < Sarkin (King of) + Fawa (Skin, Hide)]

239. Soninya = Queen [Hausa: Sarauniya (Queen)]

240. Sonmazhi {wrongly written as Sonmaji} = Professional [Son < San < Sarkin (King) + Mazhi (Professional)]

241. Suman = African [Arabic: Usman (The African)]

242. Swasun = Living, Lively Person, Person full of Life [Swa < Esun (Life) + Sun < Esun (Life)]

243. Tafian {wrongly written as Tafyan} = Palace, Capital City, King’s Town [Ta (Place) + Fian < Efia (King)]

244. Tako = Monarch, Emperor, Great King [Tako < Takoro < Tagara < Ata Gara (Emperor of the Ancient Gara Nupe Empire)] Note: AtaGara was a great empire of ancient Nupe. AtaGara was also known as AtaKoro or Takoro and the Emperor of Takoro was known as Takoro or simply as Tako.

245. Tanko = Thanksgiving [Hausa: Tanko < English: Thank God] Note: Nickname giving to a much sought after male child born after the birth of three to four female children.

246. Tatu = Tuesday [Hausa: Talatu < Arabic: Yawm ath-Thalatha (Tuesday)]

247. Tenin = Monday [Hausa: Tani < Arabic: Yawm ath-Thani (Monday)]

248. Tetengi = Small, Little [Ete (Ground, Land, Tree)]

249. Tsado = Holy Town, Sacred City [Etsa (Holy) + Edo (Town, Settlement, Land, Earth)]

250. Tsadu = Holy River, River Niger; Holy town, Sacred Town, Holy Settlement [Etsa (Holy, Sacred) + Edu (Water, River, River Niger; Town, Settlement)]

251. Tsadza = Holy Person [Etsa (Holy, Sacred) + Dza, Edza (Person)]

252. Tsaragi = King, Sacred King, Kingly; Godly; Sun [Old Nupe: Tsaragi < Tsara < Etsa (King, Sun, God)] Note: Tsara or Tsaragi was the royal title of the King of the ancient Esa or Yisa Nupe people. The Nupe King Tsara or Tsaragi is known to Hausa historians as Saraki or Kisra.

253. Tsonfada {see Sonfada}

254. Tsonfadako {see Sonfadako}

255. Tsonga {wrongly written as Shonga} = Capital city, Thronecity [Tso < Etso (Head, Capital) + Ga (Thing)]

256. Tsudi {wrongly written as Tsoede} = Foreign King, Stranger King [Etsu (King) + Edi (Language)]

257. Tsunyankpa = Lanlord, Feudal Lord, Principal [Etsu (King, Principal) + Nyankpa (Land, Principality)]

258. Tswaida {also rightly written as Tsoda or Tsoida} = Sacred King, Holy Ruler [Tswa < Etswa (God, Sacred, Holy) + Da < Ta < Ata (King)]

259. Tswanku {also Tswankuku} = Holy One, Holy Person [Tswa < Etswa (God, Sacred, Holy) + Ku (Thing, Person)]

260. Tswankuku {a variant of Tswanku; see Tswanku}

261. Tswanya = Ruler, King, Royal Person [Old Nupe: Tswanya (King) < Tswa < Etswa < Etsu (King) + Enya (Person)]

262. Tswasha = Divine King [Tswa < Etsu (King) + Sha<Esha<Eshe

263. Ture = European, White man, Foreigner [Hausa: Ture, Turai, Bature (European) < Ture, Toro, Toronkawa < White Fulanis)]

264. Umaru = Black African [Arabic: Umar (African) < Old Ethiopic: Mara (Black Negro Africa)]

265. Wambai = Minister, King’s Messenger, Lord’s Person [Hausa, Kanuri: Wambai (Minister) < Was (Person) + Eba (Lord)]

266. Wogbo = Great Power [Ewo (Influence, Power) + Gbo (Big, Great)]

267. Woye = Powerful Person [Wo < Ewo (Power) + Ye < Iye < Iya (Person)]

268. Wusa = Sacred Person [Wu (Person, Thing) + Esa (Holy, Sacred)]

269. Wuseni {wrongly written as Hussain, Huseni, etc.} = Good, God [Arabic: Hussain (Good) < Old Ethiopic: Hasan (Creator, God)] Note: Nupes got the name from Hussain the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

270. Yabagi = Lord’s Person, King’s Officer [Ya < Iya (Person) + Bagi (Lord, King)]

271. Ya’Iye = Person, Senior Person [Ya (Senior, Person) + Iye, Iya (Person)]

272. Yaman = Elder Teacher [Eya (Elder < Person) + Man (Hausa: Mallam < Arabic: Mu’alim)]

273. Yanda = Elder Master [Eya (Elder < Person) + Nda (Master)]

274. Yawo = Person, Wife [Old Nupe: Yawo (Person) < Iya < Eya (Person) + Ewo (Thing)]

275. Yerama = Prince, Royal Person, Royalty [Hausa: Yerima < Kanuri: Yerima (Governor of the North) < Yeri (North) + Ma (King)]

276. Yerima = Prince [Kanuri: Yerima (Governor of the North) < Yeri (North) + Ma (King)]

277. Yibirayi {see Ibrahim}

278. Yisa {wrongly written as Isa or Isah} = Jesus, Christ [Semitic: Isa, Yashua (Jesus Christ)]

279. Yisa = King, Sun, God [Old Nupe: Esa (Ancient Sara Nupe Trinity synonymous word for God, Sun and the King)] Note: Yisa also became the national name of an ancient Nupe tribal section.

280. Yitsu {a corruption form of Zhitsu; see Zhitsu}

281. Zhiri {a variant of Zhirin} = Chief, King; Black One [Ezhi (Town) + Eri (Thing, Person)] Note: In ancient times the head or chief or even the king of a town or a city was known as Zhiri or Zhirin which meant ‘Owner of the Town’.

282. Zhirin {a variant of Zhiri; see Zhiri}

283. Zhitsu = King [Ezhi (Town) + Etsu (Chief, Head)]

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