Names in Tiv Society


In Tiv society, the day of the native week does not matter to them in giving names but rather names are given based on circumstances and religious expression.  
Traditionally, Tiv people sometimes bear the names of their ancestors, that is their grand parents or parents before them. The bearers of such name are believed to have a very strong relationship with their namesakes. Iti is name in Tiv language. There are parents that give the name “Tiv” to their children. It remains one of the great ancestor of the entire Tiv people. “The children then serve as the line of association between their living fathers and the deceased.   The most ancient of all names in Tiv society are  Aondo (God), Takuruku and Tiv. These names were often given to children, and are still given in the most remote part of Tar Tiv. In some Tiv mythologies, Aondo (God) was the direct bodily progenitor of Tiv people who became deified. Other names associated with ancestors are:
Terhide – father has returned 
Ngohide – mother has returns
Names associated with death in Tiv society are many and vary. Ku is death.
Ku kaa – Death has passed 
Ku hemba – Death is greater
Ku wua – Death has killed 
Ku kase – Death has surrounded 
Ku yila – Death has called 
Ku too – Death has taken
Kukiigh – Death has come to an end
Ku yange – Death has prevented
Kuyima – Death has saved



Here are some more modern Tiv names for you…
A
Achia
Adoo
Afa
Akaeer
Ako
Aluamo
Aluher
Aluper
Anase, Ana
Aondoaseer
Aondodoo
Aondohemba
Aondover
Aondona
Ashi
Ashiamar
Ati
Ato
Atiiseer
Aver
Awashima
Awase
Awuese
Ayila


B
Bem, Bemgba
Bunde

C
Cham
Chile
Chia


D
Denen
Deve
Dese
Doo
Doobee
Doom
Doofan
Doose
Doosuur
Dondo
Dooshima
Dooyum
Doowuese

E
Erdoo
Ernan
Eli
Ereen
Ember


F
Famaren
Fanen
Fanan
Faeren
Faga
Fater

G
Gaadi
Gande
Gandepuun
Gesa
Gemashima

H
Hemba
Hembasoon
Hembadoon
Hemen
Hiidoon
Hom

I
Ier
Iember
Ina
Ikuma
Iorna
Iyorumun
Iortyom
Iordzwa
Iordza
Iornum
Iwanger
Iwuese
Iyua, Iyuadoo, Iwua

J
Jando
Jirjir

K
Kamdoon
Kashimana
Kwaghdoo
Kwaghfan
Kersha
Kenger
Keetor
Kpilakaa
Kumam
Kumator
Ku kaa – Death has passed 
Ku hemba – Death is greater
Ku wua – Death has killed 
Ku kase – Death has surrounded 
Ku yila – Death has called 
Ku too – Death has taken
Kukiigh – Death has come to an end
Ku yange – Death has prevented
Kuyima – Death has saved


L

Lahadi
Luper
Luter
Liamdoo
Liambee

Lianater

M
Masefan
Mchivir
Mfedoo, Mfe, Mphe
Mimidoo, Mimi
Memshima
Member
Mnenger
Mngohol
Mnena
Msugh, Msughter
Msendoo
Msuur
Msoo
Mtsor
Mrumun
Mker
Mvande
Mwuese
Mzahan
Mzehemen


N
Nenger, Nenge, Nengen
Ngohide, Ngohile
Ngunan
Ngufan
Nguor
Nguseer
Ngusen
Nguyilan
Nguher
Nguper
Nguavese
Nguamo
Ngi
Nguungwan
Ngusha
Ngutor
Nguper
Nguoron
Nguwasen
Ngodoo


O
Ordooter
Ordue
Orngu
Orkuma
Orpine
Oryiman
Orseer

P
Pase
Pine
Pever


R

S
Saater
Sedoo
Sesugh
Serumun
Seumbur
Sewuese
Sefa
Sedondo
Sekaav
Sesoo
Shagba
Shidoo
Shima
Shimakaa
Shipinen
Shabem
Suursha, Suur, Suurshater, Suugh

T

Tavershima
Terfa
Tertindi
Terver
Terna
Terhemen
Terhemba
Terhide
Terkuma
Terkura
Terkumbur
Terngu
Terlumun
Ternenger
Ternese
Tertsua
Terseer
Tersuur
Tersoo
Tertsor
Tertsegha Tertsea
Terwase
Terdzungwe
Teryima
Tesen
Tivna
Torkula
Torkwase
Torkuma
Torva

U
Uke

Ukeyima
Udoo
Ufa
Ushafa

V
Vanger
Vandefan
Vihishima
Veruun
Verem
Verse
Vershima
Verashe
Ver
Veyima

W
Wandoo
Wasem
Wuese

Y

Yadoo

Yana

Yuadoo

Yima

Yina


Z
Zahemen

Zakaa
Zanzan