Fante naming and their meanings

There’s a regular order of birth naming for all Akan however, in Mfantse the spellings and pronunciations are different and there are differences.

Number of Children naming

First born – Ɔkwan/ Abakan. First born is Piesie in Twi

Second born – Benyin/Benyi/Benyiwaa

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Third born – Mensa/Mesima/Mansa

Fourth born – Anan (Annan)/ Maanan

Fifth born – Anum/Num (General for all Akans)

Sixth born – Nsia anglicalised to Essien

Seventh born – Eson/Essoun

Eight born – Awɔtwe/Awotwe

Ninth born – Ackon/Ackun/Nkrumah

Tenth born – Bedu anglicalised to Baidoo / Beduwa

And it goes on and on……..

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Days of the week naming

Kwesi/Akosoa/Esi – Kwesida (Sunday born)

Kojo(Cudjoe)/Jojo/Adjoa (Adwowa) – Ɛdwoda (Monday born)

Kobina/Ebo/Abena/Araba – Ɛbenada (Teusday born)

Kweku(Quaque)/Kuuku/Abeiku/Ekuwa(Ekua)/Kuukua – Wukuada (Wednesday born)

Ekow/Kwaw(Kwao)/Aba/Baaba – Yawoada (Thursday born)

Kofi/Yoofi/Fiifi/Fii/Efua/Efuwa/Efe – Ɛffida (Friday born)

Kwame/Kwamena(Quamena)/Ato/Ama – Memenda (Saturday born)

Twin Naming

Panyin – Older child of a twin (The child who came first)

Kakra – Younger child of a twin (The child who came second)

Atta – One of the twins

A typical example of these naming are Kofi Annan (Kofi – born on Friday, Annan – the fourth child of his parents) and Fiifi Atta

Mills (Fiifi – born on Friday and Atta – a twin child)

What is your Fante name?

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