Xhosa Names and Meanings in a series of animated ect by South African graphic designer and illustrator Thandiwe Tshabalala.

Way back, when apartheid was taking place in South Africa, parents used to give their kids English names so that white people wouldn’t have to struggle pronouncing African names. Most people born during the times of apartheid were given names like: Knowledge, Margaret, Mavis(which has negative connotations), Innocentia, Innocent, Jeffrey, Gloria…eeek.. Let me just stop there. However when black folks got their ‘freedom’ back, they went back to naming their children African/South African names.

These names are beautiful, you’re welcome to choose one for your kid/s.

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