Abby at Appellation Mountain shared this article recently: Africa’s naming traditions: Nine ways to name your child.
Not only do I just love learning about the naming traditions of other cultures, but I was so intrigued by this:
“Many parents express their religious beliefs through names … [like] Hailemariam means the power of Mary (Ethiopia)“
Hailemariam! I love it! I tried to find other examples of Marian names within African naming traditions and was unsuccessful, but in doing so I came across the story of Our Lady of Kibeho and loved this namey bit from the Judgement on the Apparitions of Kibeho by Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, Rwanda:
“Yes, the Virgin Mary appeared at Kibeho on 28 November 1981 and in the months that followed. There are more reasons to believe in the apparitions than to deny them. Only the three initial testimonies merit being considered authentic; they were given by Alphonsine Mumureke, Nathalie Mukamazimpaka, and by Marie Claire Mukangango. The Virgin appeared to them with the name “Nyina wa Jambo”, that is “Mother of the Word”, which is synonymous to “Umubyeyl W’iamna” that is, “Mother of God”, as she herself explained.”
Do any of you know anything more about African naming traditions, especially in light of the faith? Any other examples of Marian names like Hailemariam?