Names at Kiva – Ezathullah, Karamfilka, Longuino, Parascovia

Kiva is a non-profit organization that allows you to lend money to entrepreneurs in developing countries all over the world.

How is Kiva applicable to baby naming? Well, many of the small business owners in Kiva’s database have very interesting first names–browsing through them might spark a few ideas. For example, here are some that I gathered last week…

Male names Female names
Afghanistan Ezathullah, Kambit, Mahbob, Norallah, Sardar Gulalai, Khalida, Nazanen, Rohena, Sadeqa
Azerbaijan Abbas, Cherkez, Heydarali, Magsud, Yusif Aygun, Firganiz, Seyidurre, Tahira, Zemfira
Benin Bruno, Christian, Frédéric, Marcel, Osariere Enogie, Koubouratou, Osariemen, Patience, Ugbo
Bolivia Arturo, Gregorio, Jhonny, Marco, Mario Albertina, Erodita, Ines, Jesusa, Marcela
Bulgaria Dimitar, Emil, Gentcho, Ihtiandar, Krasimir Karamfilka, Nezat, Tzvetelina, Velichka, Zlatka
Cambodia Chun, Kouk, Sophal, Um, Yous Chanthy, Khai, Samoeun, Sokcheng, Yorn
Cameroon Godlove, Moses, Ndah, Thomas, Valentine Alice, Comfort, Emelda, Nanga, Theresia
Cote D’Ivoire Aboh, Didier, Koua, Moussa, Otawaye Akissi, Clementine, Henriette, Kouadio, Odette
Dem. Rep. Congo Ali, Felly, Ifoly, Muka, Theo Adolphine, Kambere, Kebadio, Saida, Victorine
Dominican Republic Carlos, Ciprian, Esdras, Hipolito, Pedro Arsenia, Balbina, Belquis, Soraida, Yudelka
Ecuador Alsi, Aroldo, Bernardo, Cristóbal, Edgar Germania, Lorenza, Lucita, Nieves, Piedad
El Salvador Fermin, Guillermo, Israel, Miguel, Reynaldo Etilma, Nidia, Norma, Rhina, Silvia
Ghana Kwamina, Mawulawoè, Steven, Yaa, Yakubu Alima, Faustina, Gifty, Mariama, Millicent
Honduras Agusto, Cesario, Gerardo, Rigoberto, Wilmer Angela, Edis, Guillermina, Ninfa, Sayra
Indonesia Joko, Neman, Nuryanto, Slamet, Turimin Ketut, Muni, Rusmini, Ulfah, Wawat
Kenya Aggrey, Davies, Dickson, Obadiah, Titus Catherine, Houglias, Nereah, Rafriza, Teresia
Mali Gabriel, Joseph, Mkama, Syvanus, Wycliffee Lasty, Nuru, Regina, Rokia, Tabia
Mexico Celedonio, Fausto, Ignacio, Jose, Longuino Cayetana, Claudia, Domitila, Elodia, Gloria
Moldova Ion, Nicolae, Ruslan, Valeriu, Vasile Elisaveta, Gheorghita, Liliana, Parascovia, Svetlana
Mozambique Admiro, Enoque, Jorge, Jossefa, Vasco Amina, Atalia, Olinda, Raquelina, Valentina
Nicaragua Francisco, Hugo, Isidro, Lazaro, Santos Amelia, Isaura, Lissette, Neylin, Simona
Nigeria Cookey, Dogood, Monday, Nosa, Rezent Blessing, Esther, Folake, Itohan, Osagiduwa
Paraguay Dionisio, Herminio, Roberto, Teofilo, Yimi Emiliana, Purificación, Rosalina, Viviana, Zunilda
Peru Aquiles, Ciriaco, Gabino, Nemesio, Oswaldo Epifania, Gilma, Leocadia, Teodenila, Widma
Senegal Amsatou, Atoumane, Babacar, Ibrahima, Moustapha Diariétou, Gnima, Rokhaya, Seynabou, Toulaye
Sierra Leone Amadu, Fojay, Sankoh, Sorie, Unisa Aminata, Fatmata, Kadiatu, Mabinty, Mbalu
Tajikistan Alisher, Ergash, Khakim, Safarboy, Sayfiddin Bahtier, Gulnora, Matluba, Nabieva, Zainura
Tanzania Abdallah, Agust, Jafari, Kimangano, Nassor Arafa, Dotto, Evodia, Rajubu, Zainabu
Togo Kodzo, Kossi, Siakou, Yaovi, Yawo Abla, Ayémiahé, Beauty, Chérifatou, Yawa
Uganda Charles, Kibirige, Mathius, Morris, Peter Agnes, Annet, Halimah, Lovisa, Night
Ukraine Gennadyi, Mamuka, Vitalyi, Vladimir, Yuryi Ibolya, Ludmila, Raisa, Tatyana, Yelena
Viet Nam Cao, Nghiep, Nhanh, Phong, Thuan Giao, Khong, Phung, Thanh, Thi

P.S. – Kiva means “unity” in Swahili. Might not be a bad name itself, eh?


3 thoughts on “Names at Kiva – Ezathullah, Karamfilka, Longuino, Parascovia

  1. I found the name Kadiatu on your site. We are adopting a girl named kadiatu from Sierra Leone and I was wondering if you knew the meaning of that name

    thank you

  2. I can’t find a meaning in any of my books or online, but I’ll keep looking and come back to update if I find anything for you…

    P.S. Congrats on adopting! I hope everything goes smoothly!

  3. My fiance is from Mali and the name Kadiatu is a very common one in West Africa. When I asked him, he couldn’t come up with a specific meaning but thought it was a version of the name Kadija who was a wife of the prophet Mohamed.

    Incidentally, if/when we ever have a girl, I would like to name her Rokia. Not only is it a pretty name but it was the name of my fiance’s late mother.

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