A name to be proud of
When I named my son I wanted him to be able to carry his name with pride. What made you choose?
When my son was born I already knew what names to give him and why I wanted those names for him. I am a big believer in giving names with meaning and hoping that he will live up to the name one day.

I went quite through a few names and finally settled for two names, Samila Zingce. Samila (to be strong again) – I had him a few months after I lost my mother and by having him in my life I had strength again. Zingce (be proud) – I want him to be a proud young man and also make me, his mama proud. There is a double meaning to the name one directly linking to him and one to me and I really hope that he lives up to them. I think its important that he has a name that he can be proud of.

I steered clear of English names, I have nothing against the names but I was not having a Michael, Patrick or Steve as one of his names, Samila Michael Peter, I don’t think so. I have an English name and I would rather not mention it because I really do not like it.

It’s quite interesting how the names have evolved with time. Most parents I know have given their children beautiful names with great meanings behind them. You can tell that these names are well thought and carry the pride and high hopes of the family.

You have kids named after great political leaders and during the political struggle – Samora, Kwame, Azania and other names. You also get parents who combine their names to form a name e.g. Khulani and Masanda would result in Khulasande. Some parents use names from the Bible like Ruth, Amos, Sarah, Azakhiwe Lilizwi (may s/he be built by the word of God), Ndinani (I am with you) and many other beautiful names.

While watching television the other day I was quite sad to see names like Nontsokolo (struggle/hard times), Ndoyithini (what will I do with it), Nosililo (a cry). The names I have mentioned here are full of negativity and it was not surprising that the programme I was watching was full of doom and gloom. People sometimes give names according to their situation at the time for example a mother might have been going through a hard time and would go for Nontsokolo. I think that is unfair that parents should let a child be a reminder of a bad phase they went through. People usually ask the meaning of a name and how does one expect a child to explain the meaning of their name with the outmost confidence.

You want the child to know that he was welcomed and the arrival was a joyous one in the family. Think of names like Qhawe (Hero), Kumkani (King), Uyathandwa (you are loved) – if you a child with that name how can you not hold your head high and have a smile on your face. As parents we can instil pride in our angels by giving them beautiful names.

What did you consider when choosing your child’s name?

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