Emmanuel Kariuki is a native Kikuyu speaker and has written extensively about the Kikuyu community and the language on Hubpages. — In Kikuyu, to get a liquid from a container cannot translate to emptying. There is Muchembi, Kabata, Getei, Karabu, Kiambiroiro, Kamiti, Ndundu, Huhu, Muhunyu, Ruiru, Ruhiu, Wakhungu, Wahiga, Ng'arua, Kahiga, Waikhenye, Wakiihuri, Nderu, Gachiengo, Igeria, Rie (i think Rie might be short of something but i can't figure out what), Gicicio, Gashamba, Makara, Ikinya. Here are 11 names from across the country and what they mean. If the mother of the child came from a single-parent home, this might present a problem and she may name him after her own grandfather. In favourable conditions the runners spread rapidly, making kikuyu a very suitable species for erosion control. May I add some more names - Wamiti, Wachiuru, Nyamu, Wachira, Mwai, and Thairu? From celebrating the harvest season to marking times of peace, each tribe has a unique way of giving their newest members a name. 12) Karura-This were large green leafy wild vegetation( they looked like Nduma (arrow roots) growing along rivers in Kiambu but are now extinct.Hence Karura forest in Nairobi is named after a river that passes through it. Should my Mother-in-law answer thinking that I was calling her only to find out that I was calling a child, that would be very mannerless on my part. Maina and Mwangi are commong because each ruling generation was either a Mwangi or a Maina (Leakey has called them generic names because there were actually nine known Ituika names). I have a cousin named Wanjiru but we pronounce it siru instead of the more common shiru. Wangombe - of cattle; followed by the origins where it is known... Work in progress. Graphic Representation of the "TEN" Clans of the Gikuyu According to the mythology of the Gikuyu, the first parents Gikuyu and Mumbi after arriving at Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga begat "nine" daughters who were the subsequently the mothers of the "nine" Kikuyu clans that bear their name. The Kikuyu are the largest ethnic group in Kenya. Below is my contribution, which is definitely inadequate. I will write on its uses by the Kikuyu. We are from Kiambu,though our origins was in Murang'a.My family,mbari ya Kihara, were among the first families to arrive in Kiambu( present day Muthaiga,Gigiri,Gachie,Karura) in 1780 (4 years after the U.S attained independence). 56. 28. 139. Athoni is the plural. Both were nick-names. If you husband is not Kikuyu and you still want to give all your children kikuyu names, you can act as though they were all born by a single parent and give them your relatives name. Prostrate growth. Mũgio and Mũrũrũ - The bark is tripped to make string. Mũchoki - The one who returns (initially a child who replaced a departed one but it is often a name handed down from a grandfather to a grandchild like other Kikuyu names. But I have not found an elderly person yet who knows the meaning. To the best of my knowledge, Jomo is not a conventional Kikuyu name and it is possible that Kenyatta coined it to accompany the equally unusual "Kenyatta" when he decided to dump the names "Johnstone" and "Kamau". NJERI f Eastern African, Kikuyu. The evidence above implies that a tripartite agreement between tribes or subtribes existed in antiquity. Answer: kĩgera - A square stone or other material. Does anyone know muthithioni or thithioni tree? Names such as: Mathenge, Nyamu, Njogu, Muruthi, Wangombe, Ngari, Njau, Mbogo, Kamunyi, Nguku, Ndegwa. The Kikuyu (also AgÄ©kÅ©yÅ©/GÄ©kÅ©yÅ©) are a Bantu ethnic group native to Central Kenya.At a population of 8,148,668 as of 2019, they account for 17.13% of the total population of Kenya, making them the largest ethnic group in Kenya.. 13) Ruaraka( Nairobi)-This name comes from Ruui Rwaka( Rwaka River) The Europeans could not pronounce it well so they said "Ruaraka', 14) Ruiru-This is a river that passes in or near Ruiru town.It has big blackish stones making the water look black.hence the Kikuyu's called it 'Ruiru' meaning the black river, 15) Gigiri-UNEP. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 14, 2019: Hi. Karĩmi - Kurima is to dig (or to farm). Is the the U in Nju as in Uruguay or as in O - ode ? These names work perfect in most types of fiction and are used quite often, like the 'Whomping Willow' in Harry Potter. Morphology. Ndundu is therefore a united group or platoon and also connotes 'unity'. to kiarie - I can only guess that the Kamanya is derived from 'menya - know' and that it has something to do with knowing, or knowledge. My great great grandfather was always in the battlefront during Maasai / Gikuyu skirmishes and so my second name is derived from Gikuyu 'gutunga njamba cia ita'- confronting the enemy forces. This last name is the 390,849 th most frequent surname throughout the world, borne by approximately 1 in 8,052,537 people. Kikuyu botanical dictionary of plant names and … Mũkũyũ, Mũũmbũ - Sacred but fed to goats when not designated as sacred. This name generator will give you 10 random tree names. I think the Murang'a Kikuyu were the same group spreading into Kiambu after the Embu became more distinct and ceased calling themselves the Kembu. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 03, 2012: It is likely there was a Kamba ancestor. The word has the same roots as the Swahili 'chenga chenga' for bits of something. Cagnolo records that there was a famine 'of the small bones' at the time. Disregard my comments/questions about girl names (Mukami, Wangeci, etc. Takinya - just arrive. I suppose we have to allow dynamism in Kikuyu too. Congratulations on your baby girl! Mugumo is the name of a special sacred tree known to the Kikuyu community and many others in Kenya. Give that Joseph a Kikuyu name eg. Kamau - There was a Kamau riika initiated in 1845. ); I will repost them on the appropriate page :). For Kenya’s more than 43 ethnic groups, names are more than just pretty words. Gachũhĩ – A small finger ring, or earring, 13. Find kikuyu girl names list. 48. This article explains how the Kalenjin people name their children, and the meanings of the names. 155. Free subscription Get the news that matters from one of the leading news sites in Kenya. The original Kikuyu people are thought to have migrated to the area from the east and north-east over a period of a couple of hundred years from the 16th century, and were actually part of the group known as Meru. Wakiihuri - of the calabash; Nderu - beard; Gachiengo-? Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. I will add the name Kairu to the hub. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on November 06, 2011: To ynw - My Mbari is Thuku but I have not found someone who can tell me the meaning. 16) Muthaiga-came from the word 'Muthiga' which is a tree that grew in abundance in this place,Muthiga.The Karura Kikuyu would harvest herbs from the forest ( Karura forest is a remnant of this) to make poisons for their arrows. Unfortunately even elders have forgotten the origins of some Kikuyu names like your husbands name. 16) Muthaiga-came from the word 'Muthiga' which is a tree that grew in abundance in this place,Muthiga.The Karura Kikuyu would harvest herbs from the forest ( Karura forest is a remnant of this) to make poisons for their arrows. Where can one get Kikuyu keyboard/fonts? It might hold a clue as to the name Ndundu which isn't an owl as you said but has to do with the old Kikuyu judicial system. These are the Mũkũyũ (Ficus sycamora) and the Mũgumo (Ficus natalensis). All names for trees in Kikuyu start with Mũ, the prefix for nouns that have a spirit such as a person - Mũndũ. They even add an 'H' at the end (Chegeh). Three Trees****. I am half German-Half Kikuyu and I would be quite pleased if anyone assisted me to know the meaning and origin of my name. From celebrating the harvest season to marking times of peace, each tribe has a unique way of giving their newest members a name. Maina - Maina was a 'ruling generation' name among the Kikuyu and an age set name (riika) among many Bantu communities in Kenya. I did not see the notification. Will update soon. Since these trees grow to a great age and height an old one can be called a gikuyu. A child will be told 'nd nduri na thoni! That cannot be true. Njenga - Broken bits of maize. Mũkoigo - fed to goats and had very durable timber for building. Igeria - one who tries; Rie (i think Rie might be short of something but i can't figure out what)- ?, Gicicio - mirror; Gashamba - strong male; Makara - charcoal; Ikinya - step (footstep). The buds would be full of a jelly-like substance. Dr. Muriuki (A history of the Kikuyu- 1500 to 1900) gives the meaning of “Maina”, a generation set, as being derived from “kuina”, to sing or dance. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 02, 2015: Mware Wa Mbatia - I highly suspect it is originally Maasai. Answer: Kĩragũ - this name is associated with a traditional doctor, Mũragũri, Mũgo. About 'gakuo'. Kikuyu grass gives you a solution against dry spells, foot traffic and watering. The Kikuyu have a proverb: ritwa ni ria gukuria mwana (a name is for the child to grow): Don't attach too much to a name. 'Maitha' is another name Kikuyus refer to the Maasai, 9) Njoki-Literally meaning the resurrected one.This name was given to a baby girl after death of a previous baby girl.If the deaths happened twice,then the third girl to replace the one that died before,would be called 'Njoki'.This the Kikuyu's believed,would confuse the death spirits and the baby would survive. Watch Queue Queue. This video is unavailable. Here are 11 names from across the country and what they mean. @Emmanuel Kariuki would you help me understand the meaning of my name Njubi and where it originated? Hopefully, I will once have time to write a little about our names. Mũkũngũgũ - Used to make shamba border posts called gitoka with live trees. My brother is called Githii, I wonder if you know what that means. Ng'ang'a - Two Ng'ang'a riikas were initiated in 1856 and 1857. Would she name her second son by the second husband after her own father again (thus having two sons with the same name)? Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 29, 2017: I worked in a broadcasting house with a man named Njonjo who used to come from an area between Kinoo and Kikuyu but he is now deceased. Question: What does 'mũthii' mean in the Kikuyu language? Subsequent boys are named after their paternal and maternal uncles alternately. Need the perfect name for your baby boy? Origin of Kikuyu Tribe. Kiambiroiro - the name of a mountain; Kamiti - of trees; Ndundu -? I've also heard Gathee, Muthee. I overlooked the fact that this page is just for boy names! The Kikuyu orthography applied is not the one adopted by Italians who were the first white people to establish a printing press in Kikuyu land. In other words, you should be shy when you are among your in-laws. What I would like to know is the meaning of the name Mwai being the name of my great grandpa of whom am named after, his riika wa Kienjeku am not sure when.. Mũtũndũ - The thick liquid from this tree was used to treat wounds. 106. Those are the hints I have so far. The first girl should be named after the father's mother, so again you can give the mother an African name eg. Name – Pennisetum clandestinum Synonym – Cenchrus clandestinus Family – Poaceae. Question: What is the meaning of the Kikuyu name Gĩchũrũ? 4) Gakuo- Given to a boy child.this happened when the baby become so sick,passed out( faint) and people would think the baby had died only to later cough up & wake up hence 'kaana gakuo' ( dead baby). She merely names the man's father when it is his turn. Kogĩ - The small sharp one (sharp brain), 89. Kamotho - small left handed. However, many farmers are yet to know the immense value of feeding their livestock on … For Kenya’s more than 43 ethnic groups, names are more than just pretty words. There are other names that are shared by both girls and boys in Nyeri like Wagura , in othaya it's girls name but in Tetu it's boys names .I would also like to more names like Wambugu Ihope it was derived from mbugu of a diviner,Nderi (vulture ),Wanyagia Muruuthi ,Ngatia (Lion )Kibiru. Is it originally maasai or kikuyu? If you are Russian, have Russian heritage, or simply love the Russian language, look no further. When the Kikuyu first saw maize, it looked quite like the hailstones that came with heavy rain - mbura ya bebe. I read a book (I forget which) that associated the word with 'guchomora' to unsheath a sword. Here is a comprehensive list of traditional French names as well as the most popular names for girls in France and Canada today. What would be the situation if a woman had more than one husband (due to death for example). G ĩchere – A shard, or a piece of something like a gourd or pot, 9. Kikuyu grass, for most farmers of livestock, is this little, ever-present species of value pasture that animals like grazing. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on March 19, 2014: I would go with "Courageous" for Wanaina as was handed down orally - If someone was to shiver during Circumcision, the matter would be so embarrassing that it would not be honoured with a name. 1989. Will update with more 'animal' names soon. There is probably an easier way but that's the way I do it. Macharia - The one who looks for, searches (in a big way), 94. Choose from the 150+ popular male name ideas that follow. This name is common to almost all the communities in Kenya, including the Kalenjin and Luo who are Nilotic. Kamau, you cannot use the 'special characters' in this comment capsules, they will appear as question marks. Also, what if a woman has several children "at home" (or while being unmarried)? Google Kikuyu people and select the Wikipedia link. Thanks for your quick reply! As you say, this is a work in progress. The Sacred Fig-Tree of the A-Kikuyu of East Africa“. Kikuyu People - the trees and shrubs around them - HubPages Where this writer’s respondents had given an indication of what the tree was used for, the use has been stated. See Citrus Trees, List of Vernacular Names for an example.. Karanja - I was informed that this name was first given to an age set that had been afflicted by a strange disease. Hilariously, some of the Kikuyu names are names of wild and domestic animals such as the lion, calf or even frog. Mythically, the nation of the AgÄ©kÅ©yÅ© came from two original parents who were created by God, namely GÄ©kÅ©yÅ© and MÅ©mbi. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 12, 2012: I had said that because the Kikuyu saw the owl as a harbinger of death, no one would have wanted to be associated with it, therefore, Ndundu as a person's name could not have been associated with the owl. 40. I hope you will have to excuse me for introducing migration of Kikuyu on this hub – a hub that is discussing the Kikuyu names for boys. Browse Kikuyu baby names and meanings. The Kikuyu have a saying - gũtirĩ kĩrĩra gĩtarĩ mũndũ mũgo wakĩo- Every religion has its priest. Instead the has been standardized because the Kikuyu of today know the trees by the same name. There's the Vine and Instagram sensation Maple, a Border Collie, Golden Retriever, and. You can also check if you have the following names: Mukundi, Munene, Muraguri, Maitho, Gathongo, Gachii, Muraya, Murigo, Ngina, Gachagua, Kimaru, Njaramba, Muchoki, Murigi, Ndiangui. What of "mubariki" really in need of its scientific name. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1992. The names that reference animals are more common in Nyeri and Kirinyaga. A woman does not name her father twice just because she has married several men, or has had children by several men. The list below is by no means exhaustive. I never saw the notification. Mwangi and Irungu are also ruling generation names. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 17, 2015: Thanks for that insight. The information you have here is going to be very helpful to people. ex Chiov) is a tropical grass from Eastern Africa that has been introduced in other tropical and subtropical areas.It is palatable, resistant to heavy grazing and mostly used for pasture. Those are the hints I have so far. In the polygamous system, if a man has more than one wife, then the first born son of each wife is named after the man's father. Thanks for the explanation on Muthoni! 23. I would like to know the meaning and origin of the name "Kinyanjui". Now about unfortunate names - People seem to love whatever name they were given regardless of its meaning. Leakey notes that this tree was used for piercing lobes. I am impressed by your knowldge of Gikuyu. Anothert boys name is 'Mwai' it basically means to spread something like maize out in the sun to dry. Classic, old-fashioned names like "Rudy," "Walt," "Felix," and "Silas" are more popular than ever. Popular and traditional Scottish names for baby boys. 140. People would be interested to know the meaning of Kikuyu names for boys and girls. These Southern baby names for boys and girls will reflect your pride of living south of the Mason-Dixon line. 61. Ciugũ – Relating to cow-pens (where the cows sleep), 4. For example: Cege, Gitau, Kamau, Kangethe, Karanja, Kiarii, Kimani, Kinuthia, Kinyanjui, Mbugua, Mburu, Nganga, Njenga, Njiri, Njoroge, Njuguna and Wainaina are more common in Kiambu and Muranga. Your sister's children will however belong to her husbands clan. I always welcome suggestions. Hi, I am trying to find the meaning of the name Thuo. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 24, 2011: Waweru means from the dry lands. Mũgo - The diviner priest. Hi i have a question : i am half Kikuyu , named after my paternal grandmother. If you're looking for a first name that has something to do with the deserts of our planet, then this is the place for you. Mother tongue of Kikuyu people is Bantu Kikuyu language. 7) Nyokabi-one who Came from maasai land.This name was given to girls who had been abducted from maasai's by Kikuyu warriors during raids in Maasai land.Since warriors never killed girls during these raids,they would carry the girls back home,raise them & later sell them off as their daughters.Since the girl's name was not known,they would call the girl Nyokabi ( literally meaning 'okabi' maasai).This raids happenned in Kikiuyuland as recently as 1930's with my grandfather( who died this year 2018 aged 111) participating & witnessing such an abduction in a place called 'Nachu' in Ndeiya Limuru. Gakuo - (o like in always):a small piece of cloth, Gaku(u) - o like in own) with a strees on the middle 'u':small hippo from the word 'ngu(u). 152. The first 6 names are the generic names. 8) Wamaitha-same as Nyokabi above. Animal related names are more common in Nyeri because (speculation) I believe the Nyeri group arrived last and in their wondering were influenced more by the naming methods of the communities they cam across than say the Muranga who had settled earlier. I choose to go with my own speculation. I'm from Muranga where we say susu instead of the more common 'shosho'. Gathua - The one who limps (diminutive). My great great grandfather named Njubi Njonjo migrated from muranga then settled in lower kabete. someone joked it's related to dancing or jumping?? The Gikuyu are generally fluent in three languages. This is pure conjecture. When updating, I will order the names alphabetically. Isn't that interesting? Muthoni means 'in-law'. I will try to ask around and see if there is another explanation. One of the most important decisions you'll make in your son's life is what to name him. But not clans. My second name 'Mutungi' is rare in Gikuyu but very common among the Meru and the Kamba. Also, a lot of words are pronounced with the distinctive Kamba 's' instead of sh like in the example above. Both were nicknames. Discover 100+ preppy-sounding baby names for girls and boys. Thanks for the help. 24. The child may, however, have a different baptism name. Man. Key Kikuyu facts. We may have to do so in an attempt to try and understand why some areas are having some boys’ names referencing animals. It is this second group that carried the names referencing animals. Answer: mũthii - the one who travels, goes away. Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Moisture – dry to swampy (all). The names Mwangi and Maina seem to be common in all the four districts. The name was also given to a person who could speak more than one language. 2. The use of tree pictures to help with tree species identification is also recommended.. Each species of tree can have many different names, here we cross reference them so you can find out the botanical and common names for a tree. I have given you the three above because Kikuyu is tonal and the meaning could lie anywhere. Ofcourse you can give you child her Kikuyu name. If my mother-in-law is called Njeri, my second daughter should be called Njeri according to tradition. That will give me some fuel for a few more years. But mbutu means eyelashes. it would be sad to end the heritage ... Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 06, 2017: Hi Wangui Kaguanyu. I know Ndundu is an owl. These names will give any girl an aura of elevated sophistication and beauty. The runners are several mm thick, and have internodes at intervals of about 5 cm, each with a single leaf sheath and blade. Njomo – The first president of the Republic of Kenya was known as Njomo Kenyatta. "Using trees as a symbol of peace is in keeping with a widespread African tradition. Githii, was the cloak that was worn by men. Great job on this site and keep up. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 17, 2011: You are right - Wambugu was derived from 'deviner.' I have written for female names, yes. Let say your first born is a boy and your father's name was Joseph. Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. Gathenya - a small gap (usually in between the front teeth), 18. Many species of trees have Other Common Names in different languages, however the Latin Botanical Scientific Name for each species of tree is universal among languages and countries. How unique is the name Kikuyu? Now when they crashed maize in a pestle and mortar, the result was sand like grains - Njenga. Kikuyu Women, the Mau Mau Rebellion, and Social Change in Kenya. Mũgumo and Mũkũyũ were sacred trees. I've also found Mugi, Kibuku, Nguyai and Munyari. But the Kikuyu absorbed other communities and nicknames also entered the mainstream. My sources are old books like the Akikuyu by Cagnolo and old knowledgeable Kikuyus. A child may have been jokingly called 'kamotho' by his peers, and the name stuck. Kenya region names. Morphology. Kiambuthi is from Mbuthi - the seeds and small stones that were thrown to the ground by a diviner so Kiambuthi would mean "of the diviner pebbles." Hello Thuo, I have still not found the meaning of Thuo, but I will keep the search. Kĩbakĩ – The big tobacco leaf (The third president of the Republic of Kenya is Mwai Kĩbakĩ), 74. You are right, Kikuyu did not have CH, until the post independence parents started to romanticize their children's names. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 27, 2012: Ngureco, we differ only one point. My great Grandfather,Kamau Wa Wangunyu or 'Mutumbu' belonged to this age group. Mũiri - pygeum Africana - The leaves were boiled and inhale to treat colds. Kikuyu names are used by the Kikuyu people of Kenya. Ngigĩ – Locust (there were several Ngigĩ riikas in the past to commemorate locust invasions). Many thanks for your thoughts on this issue. The wood makes good hoe handles. Did not know that Kibunja was a kikuyu name,am grateful for the kikuyu names knowledge provided by all of you. In such a case, some research is done to determine who would have been next in line if he had lived. Thank you for your article, Kariuki. Rev. Open grasslands on flat ground are called 'weru'. Many trees that commonly grow in North America and parts of Europe possess medicinal benefits. 2. This would give the Kikuyu in the interior time to mobilise. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 23, 2012: Yours is a thought provoking question and I will throw in some speculation. Kikuyu names are endless it seems, but we should strive to have as many as possible. This would mean that my first born would not be named after paternal grandmother , but maybe maternal grandfather /aunt/uncle or cousin ? What happens when a couple has more children that there are living immediate relatives? I wonder if that tradition/origin is common knowledge among the average Kikuyu since even a child could tell me it had to do with shyness. When it is her turn, she names the next relative in the queue. Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Nyeri could have been a clan or people who are also represented in that area called Ntonyiri in Meru. Another suggestion: Gakuo (I believe this means small dead thing--an unfortunate name). When I was learning to read and write Gikuyu, names like Cege, Gaciri, Gicuhi etc never used to have 'h' like today (Chege, Gacheru...). I have checked the site with meanings of Kikuyu names. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 03, 2018: I have been unable to fathom the meaning of Kagwanyu. Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 16, 2011: Thanks for the additions. @kariuki, thank you for your reply. That is the literal meaning. what does my name mean? Welcome to TreeNames.net.You can view our List of Common Tree Names, or a List of Botanical Tree Names to identify the common or botanical tree name or type. Here is a list of some of the most common Kikuyu names and what they really mean; 1. So little is known about this name and the little leads to Mbatian. Now is the perfect time to pick the perfect name. Tuko.co.ke News ☛ A Kenyan man has elicited laughter online after giving out a list of Kikuyu female names accompanied by their meaning.Laban Thuo outlined a list of 15 Kikuyu female names and warned men to be careful before dating a Kikuyu woman. Thanks or all the very useful articles you have on this site. So when i have a child , can i give him / her a kikuyu name eventhough i am girl ? Kikuyu name generator . In short, the name Muthoni is about shyness, but it really means in-law. Mũciri - The one who participates in a judicial hearing. “Mwangi”, another generation set is derived from “kwanga”, which he states is “rapid expansion. Mugumo is the name of a special sacred tree known to the Kikuyu community and many others in Kenya. Mũringa - A species of tree (cordia Holstii). This name comes from the kikuyu word ' Thigirii'.It is basically a river that passes through Karura Forest.The Europeans could not pronounce it well so they said'Gigiri'.Another corruption of the word is 'Thigiri'. Where do you find your sources for riika names, and can I access them in the states? 30. Also, what about Kariri, Kiambuthi, and Kiguro (often spelled phonetically, like Keguro)? Kahiga - small stone; Waikhenye-? Emmanuel Kariuki (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 22, 2012: Thanks Kamau. Answer: Gĩchũrũ - porridge (big porridge). ex Chiov) is a tropical grass from Eastern Africa that has been introduced in other tropical and subtropical areas.It is palatable, resistant to heavy grazing and mostly used for pasture. Approx 17% of Population of kenya is Kikuyu people. And so they called maize, bebe. If I were you, I would pretend that my husband is Kikuyu. Kĩmani - Cagnolo has given the name to mean 'eating beans'. You are right, we are acquainted (hahaha). The word also means shame. Your are right about Mungai (mu-Ngai) - of God. Kibutu - I have no idea. The Karanja riika was initiated in 1852. Ngai gave him a… Karĩmi is the small farmer. Here are 150+ names for you to choose from. Initially I will give a literal meaning e.g. Some of these trees are listed in this section. Type – grass Height – 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) Exposure – full sun. Kariũki - When a child died soon after birth, the family may decide to give the next child an alternative name like Kariuki, or Muchoki - the reincarnated one. Some names are difficult to unravel. I would also have guessed that the name Mutungi has something to do with a water container. Muriuki G. (Historian) does not agree with that and is categorical that a man called Mbuu started "Mbari ya Mbuu" - the clan of Mbuu, and then moved south into present day Kiambu which is named after him. Description Top of page. Njoroge - A Njoroge riika was initiated in 1858. A nickname was passed on into the mainstream with the approval of the old man who owned it. Kamau, then name your son Kamau. Why? Mũkindũri - Croton Elliotanus ? That Eulogy would be an interesting read. Thank you. I am curious about some of the names which originated from riikas, like Gitau. The Kikuyu and Kamba of Kenya East Central Africa Part V. Name Checker. Most growth in spring, summer and autumn. 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