Monday, December 05, 2005

Pseudo-African Onomatology

From the (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun-Sentinel:

Heritage at root of name change

Black adults link to African ancestors

By Gregory Lewis
Staff Writer
Posted December 5 2005

FORT LAUDERDALE — What's in a name?

If it's an African one, and you're of African descent, then it's connected to your ancestors and what your purpose in life is, says Yeyefini Efunbolade, a Yoruba priestess.


[Anthropologist Niara] Sudarkasa said blacks are more exposed to Africa after 40 years of promotion by black intellectuals.

In the midst of that period, black people began giving their children names that sounded like they were from the motherland.

"They were supposed to be African, but they aren't," Sudarkasa said. "But they are creative."


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