More Zimbabwean Names – Everloving, Hatred, Never Trust a Woman

In Zimbabwe, traditional names are often “bestowed not in Ndebele, Sotho or some other local language, but in English, the world’s lingua franca,” according to In a Land of Homemade Names, Tiffany Doesn’t Cut It (NYT, 10/07) by Michael Wines.

A few of the inventive Zimbabwean names mentioned in the article include:

Abide
Anywhere
Confess
Enough
Everloving
Funeral
Godknows
Hatred
Never Trust a Woman
Nomatter
Norest
Oblivious
Passion
Praise
Raised-on
Smile
Wedding

Wines also notes that, across southern Africa, “one can find any number of Lovemores, Tellmores, Trymores and Learnmores, along with lots of people named Justice, Honour, Trust, Gift, Energy, Knowledge and even a Zambian athlete named Jupiter.”

For more examples, here’s a post on Zimbabwean names from a few days back.


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